Howdy guys. I'm going to be doing some rebuilding on a free-standing deck. It's approx 48" off the ground. The deck was expanded at some point so is now a combination of joist-on-beam and joist hanger construction. That's caused problems which I'll be trying to rectify.
Approx 12x14 deck. Beam is looking to be doubled 2x10, 14' long. Entire deck span is just over 12', so the joists will either be 12' (on beam) or 6' (hangers).
So, joist-on-beam just kind of looks scary to me. I'm planning to switch it all to joist hangers. I'm just working from the Internet and a book from Lowes... does anyone who KNOWS have a preference for one method or the other?