Are 2×6’s better to use for the decking than 5/4×6?

Backyard Questions & AnswerCategory: Backyard DecksAre 2×6’s better to use for the decking than 5/4×6?
Backyard Boy Staff asked 12 months ago

A 2×6, although thicker, may in fact be a lesser grade of wood when compared to wood used for decking. Lumber mills tend to use the better grades of lumber for 5/4×6 deck boards, spindles and wood trim. In addition, using 2×6’s as decking may do little to improve the overall strength of a deck which is more related to the underneath substructure.