I am starting on getting a deck built. My wife and I have designed the basic shape and size etc but need help on the structure. My wife really wants the decking to run at a 45 degree angle relative to the house so I thought we would have the joists run at a 45 degree angle perpendicular to the decking so that we could use 16 inch joist spacing.
I thought I would use the Simpson skewed joist hangers but my contractor friend feels that nails directly through the joists into the ledger combined with an angle bracket would be stronger than the joist hangers which he feels are a waste of money for an angled connection.
I am looking for a second opinion on the issue of skewed joist hangers.