Decks

Deck maintenance projects and tips to keep your deck looking great for years.

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  • Deck Rescue: Renew Your Deck

  • Deck seen too many summers? Give it a new lease on life for less than $300. We'll show you how to clean and renew your deck like a pro in…

  • Restore a Deck

  • Restore an old wood deck, even if it's worn, cracked and splintery. Simply paint it with a thick, acrylic deck restoration coating, which will…

  • How to Choose Deck Hardware

  • Use triple-zinc or stainless steel joist hangers for most decks to ensure long-term strength and durability. Coastal building codes require…

  • How to Choose Composite Decking

  • Simplify shopping for composite decking by weighing the importance of 7 key issues, including budget, sunlight, moisture, appearance, building…

  • How to Remove Flaking Deck Stain

  • Even the best solid-color deck stains eventually flake away. To make an old deck look new again, strip off all the old finish, then clean,…

  • Replacing Deck Boards

  • Has your deck seen better days? You probably don't have to rebuild the whole thing. Whether you have one bad deck board to replace or many, the…

  • How to Buy Deck Lumber

  • Choosing good lumber will make your deck look better, last longer and go together faster. These 10 tips that will help you choose better lumber.

  • How to Revive a Deck

  • Make your weathered old deck look like new. We'll show you the whole refinishing process, with expert tips on how to handle tough spots and…

  • How to Build Deck Stairs

  • Sure, building deck stairs can be tricky. But in this story, we'll make it easy by showing you how to estimate step dimensions, layout and…

  • Low-Maintenance Decks

  • Composite or synthetic decking is the ultimate choice for a low-maintenance, long-lasting deck. Learn about decking choices for building your…

  • How to Shade Your Deck or Patio

  • Deck too hot? Learn about shade solutions for your deck or patio, from large canopies and awnings to DIY shade alternatives and inexpensive…

  • Can You Stain Pressure-Treated Wood?

  • Just because you used pressure-treated lumber doesn't mean your outdoor project has to stay green. Not only can you can stain treated wood, you…

  • How to Build a Patio Privacy Screen

  • This airy screen provides the perfect solution to a less-than-private patio or deck by screening in your outdoor living area. The screen offers…

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