Deck Board Spacing?

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Old 07-13-17, 07:37 AM
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Deck Board Spacing?

I'm using AC2 Cedar Tone decking from Menards (5/4" x 6"). I've heard/read differing opinions about whether or not to space the boards. My lumber has been sitting outside on my patio for almost the entire month of June (and has been rained on several times)

With this in mind, do I need to leave a space between my deck boards? Thanks!
 
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I've worked on a lot of deck jobs. We always left space between the boards.
 
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If the boards were kiln dried you'd leave a gap, if it's wet pressure treated - butt them together as it will have a gap when it shrinks/dries.
 
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To further Mark's comment, the only time I would not leave a space is if using treated lumber that was still wet from the treatment process.
 
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