Learn how to build and maintain your deck with these DIY projects and tips with ideas for your dream deck.
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 partial sun blockers. Keep your deck cooler and screen out harmful ultraviolet rays. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUNSETTER
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Dream Deck Plans
This small deck is packed with features: composite decking, cantilevered seating nooks, a cedar pergola, custom railing, cascading stairs—all illustrated with solid, easy-to-understand construction details.
How to Install Joist Hangers
If you install them properly, joist hangers will keep your decks and floors strong as wood dries, twists, shrinks and ages. We'll show you a four-step method for installing joist hangers that will ensure that your floor or deck stays flat and strong. So the next time you hold a square dance or weight-lifting contest on your deck, you'll rest easier knowing you used joist hangers and installed them the right way.
Rebuild an Old Deck With New Decking and Railings
An old deck with a sound structure doesn't have to be torn down. You can remove the worn out decking and railing, and then replace it with new, low-maintenance decking and railing – a brand-new deck for a lot less money.
Build a No-Rot, No-Maintenance Deck
Build this spacious, semi-private deck, which features planters, a handsome railing, low voltage lighting and a wide range of low maintenance, durable materials. It's a big project, but our photos and drawings show you all you need to know to assemble it successfully.
Attaching a New Deck to a House: The Correct Method
With proper flashing, a wood deck will last many years; without it, the deck and the ledger it's attached to will quickly rot. Detailed photos in this article show the difference.
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, recondition and stain the wood.
How to Choose Composite Decking
Simplify shopping for composite decking by weighing the importance of 7 key issues, including budget, sunlight, moisture, appearance, building codes and the cost of extras. Some types will meet your needs and others won't. Photo courtesy of Timbertech
Tips for How to Build a Deck
A veteran pro tells you his favorite deck building tips that speed up the job, increase deck durability and improve quality. The result is a better deck, less hassle and fewer problems.