I'm looking for an expert opinion from builders that have been there done that:
I am laying out a 5' x 90' deck that is 40" above the ground. I'd like to meet 100 psf live + 10 psf dead load. This span card says that I should be able to run the 2x6 at 24 o.c. up to 5'2". That's just over my 5' run for the joists (actually 4' 7 1/2" after you subtract the width of the beams and ledgers they will be hanging off of).
The question is: I know that's a minimum spec, and I don't want this deck to feel bouncy at all, so what's the most economical way to build this so that it's super solid feeling but can meet 110psf load?
I could go to 2x6 at 16 o.c. to make it beefier, or I could go with 2x8 at 24 o.c. (or even 16 o.c. if necessary).
For you guys with experience, if you wanted to beef it up more than minimum spec to make sure it's not bouncy, what direction would you go?