What are Finger Jointed Timbers?
Finger jointed timbers are typically shorter lengths of timber whereby the ends are machined into a particular pattern which allows them to interlock easily.
There are a variety of different finger jointed timbers that you can select from to build your deck, with the most popular option being Merbau because of it is a stable timber variety
Finger jointed timber boards are typically marginally more affordable than standard solid timber boards. The finger jointed boards are generally used for screens and low traffic deck areas a great way to create less wastage, depending on the dimensions of your deck.
Finger jointed material are glued together end to end which can create faults over time at some joints, particularly if the deck is in an exposed location to all weather conditions , receives a lot of traffic or heavy furniture is placed on the deck.
The aesthetics of a finger jointed screen and decking boards may not appeal to all as it can be a busy detail with lots of short pieces butting end to end
Although non-finger jointed boards are marginally more expensive, they will provide a better solution in most cases because they are stronger, more durable and less susceptible to failure. The best timber board for your individual project will depend on your environment, climate and many other factors so it is important that you speak with a qualified and experienced deck builder for advice.
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