How would you (or would you) report decking material that is buted togeather?
When I was in construction, I always allowed 1/4 inch between deck boards to allow for air flow and expansion in the wet season.
Inspected a new (replacement) deck where the decking material is snug. decking is of pressure treated variety if that makes a difference? This is the “wet” season here in the norhwest, so may shrink a bit when the weather drys out. Seller says deck installed during the summer dryer weather.
I disagree it can be a safety concern if the water builds up. and then rot sets in.
And then what about WDO’S which that could be a conducive condition in WA, right Steve I did my WDO testing there, I would call it out if the condition was conducive.
with pressure treated 5/4" that is wet I always butt it as tight as i can and presto a few months later a near perfect 1/4"gap, just like magic…this only works on wet pressure treated or green lumber…other types must be spaced…jim