Quick Curves With Steel
Light-gauge steel makes creative deck framing easier.
Synopsis: In this article, award-winning deck builder Joe Ciaraldi explains the process of installing a curved deck. Ciaraldi uses Trex Transcend straight rail parts—steel joists and beams and either metal support posts or pressure-treated wood posts wrapped with PVC trim boards—and explains step by step how he curves the rails on site. The article explains that steel parts are build to last: they span longer distances and weigh less than wood beams and joists, and they are rot- and insect-proof. Ciaraldi also gives details for sizing the steel with the correct radius and shows photos of his team framing the curve in one steel-deck project.
We use curves a lot when we build our decks. Sometimes they can solve design problems, like by avoiding existing landscaping or providing extra deck space for a table and chairs. Other times, the curve is all about aesthetics.
Not surprisingly, curves add…