Learn the Terms to Frame and Build Your Deck Like a Pro

One of the greatest projects a person can plan and accomplish for their family's home is building an outdoor space that will be loved and gathered upon for decades to come. Another great feature of a deck build or remodel, is that it looks incredibly impressive and once planned out, executing it with a couple of friends can be a walk in the park.

So, what is a deck joist?

A deck joist is a long, horizontal support that makes up the majority of a deck's framework. Joists are attached to the installed ledger board using a joist hanger, or hanger bracket, and run the entire distance of the deck out from the house.

Deck joists are generally spaced 16 inches apart on-center and require different span lengths depending upon the size of the deck, the spacing, and the material used. To find the maximum joist span for your project, check out the convenient chart below:

Find out what your deck joist span and length should be here on the deck joist span chart

For more in-depth deck framing and building information, read our Decks 101: Deck Framing Guide to become a true deck construction pro and wow your family, friends and guests these spring and summer seasons ahead!

The more you know, the better your deck and backyard projects will be! Whether you're looking at a brand new start or a fresh end-of-season deck renovation, give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com. Our deck experts will help you get the information, products, and tools you need for a gorgeous deck that you created and designed!

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