What are the Most Common Deck Floor Designs?

What are the Most Common Deck Floor Designs?


Not all decks are built the same.  Builders choose what kind of floor design to make.  We sometimes overlook the designs if they are simple and subtle.  In other cases, the design stands out as a decorative element of the deck.  Whether you build a new deck or replace the flooring of an existing structure, you may want to consider which decking designs you like best.  The world of decking categorizes these patterns into six different groupings.  Here are all of the common deck patterns available.

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Seamless- Horizontal (Image sourced from www.calibamboo.com)

Seamless Decking

These patterns are the most popular decking designs around.  This is especially true for wooden decks.  The phrase seamless refers to the continuation of each board from one end of the deck to the other.   Each single board extends the length, width, or diagonal of the deck.  What we call ‘standard’ decking describes deck patterns with single boards that run from left to right across the deck.  A diagonal seamless pattern includes decking that runs from top left corner to bottom right or top right corner to bottom left.  Instead of a perpendicular design, all boards create a 45-degree angle with the length and width.  The last type of seamless decking is framed.  Framed patterns follow the standard design, however, they have a framing of boards creating a border.


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Staggered- Vertical (Image sourced from www.calibamboo.com)

Staggered Decking

The next commonly found decking designs involve staggering of boards so that each width, depth, or diagonal is spanned with more than one single board.  Horizontal staggered decking typically includes two boards running laterally that make up the deck’s width.  Vertical staggered patterns follow the same design, however, running the depth of the deck.  And lastly, diagonal staggered decking includes a series of two board lines running corner to corner diagonally across the deck.


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H Joint- Diagonal (Image sourced from www.calibamboo.com)

H Joint Decking

At first, H joint decking appears similar to staggered patterns.  This difference is, the staggering follows an alternating pattern of two size boards (one long one shorter). The same two lengths are used throughout the deck in alternating pairs of long-short followed by short-long.  H joint patterns also include horizontal, vertical, and diagonal directions.


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Transitional- Parquet (Image sourced from www.calibamboo.com)

Transitional Decking

As you can imagine, transitional patterns feature a transition from one direction to another.  Transitional decking creates a central seam separating the seamless decking models.  Instead of one continuous board, two equal length boards meet in the center seam.  This seam is made by a single deck board running in the opposite direction of the rest of the boards.  Transitional decking separates the deck into two equal sections of symmetrical patterns.


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Geometric- Heptagon (Image sourced from www.calibamboo.com)

Geometric Decking

The more skilled of builders use the deck floor to showcase a geometric design.  Geometric decking patterns range from straight cut parquet to difficult heptagon.  There are six common geometric deck patterns.  Parquet divides the deck into quadrants with alternating sections of seamless horizontal and seamless vertical.  The design creates a perpendicular set of seams that segment the deck.  Diamond and X geometric patterns appear similar.  Like the parquet pattern, they also create perpendicular seams with quadrant separations.  Each design includes sections of diagonal decking with directional differences.

More complex geometrical patterns like the triangle divide the deck sections into triangles, as opposed to squares.  The perpendicular seams run along the diagonals.  The basket weave mimics the wicker pattern found in traditional baskets.  Vertical boards meet horizontal boards, creating the woven design.  Heptagon patterns divide decking into seven triangular sections with all seven seams meeting at a point in the center.  The deck boards run seam to seam creating a spider web or repeated heptagon design.


Alternating Decking

In addition to varying the board direction, builders can use other design elements to create a pattern.  Often seen with composite decking, multiple colors creates a pattern  You can alternate board colors or feature one color on the floor framed in a contrasting color.  Another technique rarely used involves alternating board width.  With this approach, seamless horizontal or vertical decking designs have both wide and narrow width boards.


What kind of decking designs do you like the most?  Now that you know all of the options, consider which pattern best complements your yard.  Don’t be afraid to get creative.  After all, there is no such thing as traditional with modern decking.

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