Lay terrace wood permanently and without stumbling

When you have completed the substructure, the laying of the terrace wood is the final work. You must lay out the boards across the fixing battens and screw them at appropriate intervals so that no tripping hazards can occur.

Movement tolerance and screw connection

Before laying your decking, you should presort the terrace wood. If possible, avoid interruptions of the planks and the transfer of joints, as the transitions always carry the risk of later deformation. One-piece continuous decking boards "work" invisibly and the few millimeters of movement are insignificant in maintaining the appropriate distance between the planks.

The terrace wood both in the substructure and the decking boards sometimes generate strong forces at the attachment points. Therefore, the boreholes should be located at a sufficient distance from the edges and the sides of the head and should have at least the screw diameter.

How to correctly lay out terrace wood

  • Pre-sorted decking
  • spacer
  • Gurtbandzwinge
  • Insulating blocks or foil
  • countersunk
  • Senkkopfbohrer
  • drilling machine
  • Holzbohrer
  • Maybe rubber mallet

1. Lay out terrace wood

Lay out the first decking board or planks on the wall or on a side. Be sure to keep the minimum distance to the masonry of five millimeters. If your spacers are only intended for use between neighboring boards, use wooden wedges for decency to the wall.

2. Drill holes

Drill the first two mounting holes in the first floorboard. Use a drill size that is at least equal to the screw diameter or not more than one millimeter above it. By slowly drilling with a sharp drill and a powerful drill, you avoid heating the wood. Screw the decking directly after drilling.

3. Apply spacers

Attach your spacers to the front of the first row of boards. If you use spacers that apart from the lateral distance also form a distance to the lower mounting strip, you must place them before screwing the board.

3. Install insulation

If you use only side-acting spacers, insert small pieces of insulating foil or mats between the wood of the substructure and the decking boards to prevent direct contact with the wood.

Tips & Tricks

After the first row of boards, you can always lay several rows of boards at once, fix with a belt clamp and make the holes and screw connections in one piece.

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