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Old 01-31-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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I used to do a ton of lattice work, mainly as deck skirting. It's a tried look anymore so I've gone to using horizonal 1x4's instead most of the time. I vary the space between 1x4's depending on customers desires.

Since this was a tall one all the 1x4's were stained on the sawhorses prior to being nailing up.

The folks had a problem with raccoons & skunks getting up under the old deck or in the basement. A trench was dug at the bottom of the skirting, wire mesh stapled on the backside of the skirt framing into the trench then concreted.

So what's you all's perferred method of skirting?

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Old 01-31-2012, 10:27 AM   #2
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I fortunately never had to do any. I had one customer you initially wanted it, but we laid some stone down prior to building the deck. Once the deck was done, he liked the look with it open.

No other customer ever requested it.

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I dont do a lot of decks, but I like a square lattice in a picture frame....

Here's the back of my own house.

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I dont do a lot of decks, but I like a square lattice in a picture frame....

Here's the back of my own house.

That's darn nice Alex.
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Just vertical deck boards.

But those are some nice looking alternatives in the photos above.
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I dont do a lot of decks, but I like a square lattice in a picture frame....

Here's the back of my own house.

Thats nice Alex I did a job for someone using square wood lattice, I remember having hard time locating that, not many places carried and it was almost $68 per section as special order... this was about 8 years ago. Haven't used it since... I wonder if the availability is more popular now for this type of lattice.
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Looks great.
Lattice is still popular but the diagonal is getting old.
We do use the square most of the time.
It is a heavy duty (1 1/8" thick) and runs about $ 70.00
It is however a special order.
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Hey Al, I most always install solid skirting. I have not done one with lattice in forever.

I did a Com job like the one you sent with 1x4 ipe spaced about the same way. Normaly I use 5/4 x 6'' Incense cedar I can get local runing up and down with screen vents.

That Texas cedar is real close to the same price.

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we have mostly been doing composite decks the last couple years, but if thats not in the budget its pt fence boards for the skirting.. if we are doing composite. its azec
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I can only get square lattice in cedar, and it costs about $100 per 4x8 sheet. It's chump change when factored in with the cost of all the Azek, and Ipe.
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Let's see if I can post some pics.
We do the occasional lattice, mostly vertical deck boards.

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Nuthin... No one really does it around here. Although a good portion of our projects are 6'+ off the ground, even a ground level deck may be 6' out of the ground on the other end.
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The style here in Toronto is to have a skirt. About 98% of all my decks have one. IF the deck is more than 2' above grade we'll cut in a door for under-deck storage.
My most popular skirting is vertical 1x6 boards, butted edge to edge, or occasionally overlapped. We'll also do horizontal boards, sometimes horizontal 1x4 with a 1" gap; once in a while I'll do heavy square lattice (we make it ourselves), and with a composite deck we'll often do a 1x12 either vertical or horizontal.
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Couple of houses where I did not build the decks but built and installed the lattice.
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I do solid or lattice depending on the customer's desire.

Here is some clear mahogany (meranti) lattice on a porch I did last year.
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PVC frames with vertical deck boards fastened to the back (or lattice if the HO is cheap).
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We also rarly add skirts under our decks, but if we do, it is usually square lattice, never diagonal. If it fits, we will sometimes match the house siding.

I really like the look of Al's (Deckman) and Matt's (Breyer) first pic. the space 1x's looks really good.

Here is some ipe square lattice. Also a pretty tall deck with redwood square lattice.
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We also rarly add skirts under our decks, but if we do, it is usually square lattice, never diagonal. If it fits, we will sometimes match the house siding.

I really like the look of Al's (Deckman) and Matt's (Breyer) first pic. the space 1x's looks really good.

Here is some ipe square lattice. Also a pretty tall deck with redwood square lattice.
Thanks for the kind words Mark.
That was an interesting project... We actually installed 6x9 pavers along the perimeter of the deck and dropped the skirting down to that flat surface, creating a clean line about 6" out from the deck, so the HO could mow up close to the deck, and not have to use a weed wacker.

Typically we have 3/8" gap between skirt boards... And usually don't do skirting taller than, say, 4'.


Beautiful Ipe lattice, btw. Never had the opportunity to do any...
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If the HO wants a skirt I offer a tongue and groove PVC fence board or good quality PVC Lattice - not the big box store quality www.permalatt.com . I use the PVC lattice more on fences and privacy screens though. I have also used 1/2" PVC sheet cut to 4"-6" widths and then painted. Some choose the less expensive wood options.
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Here is one that we are finishing. It really came about because the owner bought this door on closeout and we needed a place to put it. When we built the deck 2 years ago, I felt that something like this was needed, so I'm glad that he forced me to do it.

It will get stone below the siding and around the door.
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