We seldom build a deck that doesn’t have a “picture-frame” border installed around the perimeter, and often times we’ll run a deck board within the field that is perpendicular to the decking – it’s a signature feature of our decks.
Accessories like borders are what make a deck. They provide an excellent accent to an already excellent deck. Using a border or herring bone is a great way to break up a big deck to eliminate splicing and butt joints( seams that join two boards together).
These seams can be ugly and diminish the look and integrity of the deck. They are usually done with different colors then the railings and decking to stand out. We use two board and three board borders around the perimeter and sometimes down the stairs.