Here at CFC Fences and Decks when building a project we like to do it right. Right down to the very framing of a deck. Framing is very important and often people don’t give it a second thought. Whether your deck be high off the ground, or at ground level, framing matters. You want to build a solid foundation for your decking material to cover fully and to have the best lifetime. CFC offers three materials for framing: douglas fir, pressure treated lumber, and steel.
There is nothing quite like lumber for a deck foundation. We use Douglas Fir or pressure treated lumber because of their superior strength. With your deck framing you don’t want a soft wood because it will bend and sag much easier than a hard wood. Your framing affects every other part of your deck, so make sure you select a strong material for your framing.
If you’re looking for something a little stronger than wood consider going with a steel framing. If you get steel framing, you get high-performance, low-maintenance, dual-coated galvanized steel that won’t sag, rot, warp or leave you hanging like traditional pressure-treated wood substructures. However, the major downside is cost. Steel framing is considerably more expensive than wood framing. If your deck is going to have high traffic, is near water, or you just want the extra support, however, then there is nothing better for your deck.
Framing is very important and often people don’t give it a second thought. Whether your deck be high off the ground, or at ground level, framing matters.