Q. Should you lay decking bark side up or bark side down?

A. Paul Fisette responds: Depending on the wood type, moisture content, and exposure, deck boards can cup, twist, or decay. Theoretically, you can ensure that a board will cup downward to shed water, and thereby reduce deterioration, by exposing one face or the other. In fact, seldom does a week pass that I’m not involved in a discussion about...

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