I have just completed the frame of my deck and am not sure what to use for sway bracing. It is a free-standing deck that butts up to my house. I am going to run the decking parallel to the house, and have read I need to install sway bracing. This can either be a long strip of metal that runs diagonally along the joists, or a strip of 2 x 4's that run along the bottom. I would prefer to use metal, but I am not sure what to look for.
Decks.com says to use a metal T brace. To me, that actually would look like a T. Do you know what I should be looking for, and what I should ask for at the hardware store? I bought some Simpson Strong Tie CS22-R coiled strap, but I assume at 22 gauge, it is not strong enough. Is it better to just use the 2x4 along the bottom?
Here is a link to the decks.com explanation. Thanks for any help.