Learn how to build and maintain your deck with these DIY projects and tips with ideas for your dream deck.
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.
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How to Build a Deck With Composites
Expert deck builders show you how to build a deck with composites and other rot-resistant materials for longevity. Your deck will also look better and require less maintenance.
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.
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 cut stair stringers, and assemble the stair parts. And you won't have to do any hard math to figure it all out (but your calculations will have to be ...
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 stainless steel.
How to Build the Deck of Your Dreams
Learn key features and techniques for building first-class decks, including planters, shading ideas, stairs, durable materials, privacy screens, curved railings and other features.
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
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.