Deck Design & Construction Collection
Materials reviews, instructional articles, and inspirational photos to help you to build a durable and beautiful deck
Whether you’re searching for inspiration when planning your new deck, or you just need the details and techniques to get the job done right, this collection of how-to and design articles is for you.
Decks that look past their prime aren’t necessarily candidates for replacement. In this article, editorial adviser Mike Guertin shows how he assessed a shabby-looking deck but decided it was worth saving—which he did, with an outlay of $600 in materials and three days’ labor.
From wood to aluminum decking, the Buyer’s Guide to Decking walks you through the various options currently available.
Deck illumination falls into three key categories: safety lighting, task lighting, and security lighting. Accent lighting for decks can serve all those functions, depending on how it is deployed.
Deck stain keeps new wood looking good and helps to refurbish old, weathered boards. In this article, you’ll learn what the differences are between oil-based, water-based, and water-based epoxy-fortified deck stains.
Deck design is just as important as deck construction. Follow these 7 guidelines to build the perfect outdoor space.
Learn about low-maintenance alternatives to wood such as, cable rail, glass, metal, composites, and all plastic deck railing.
In this article, NADRA technical adviser Glenn Mathewson shares his top 10 deck-building mistakes that you’ll need to avoid in order to build a longer-lasting, safer deck.
In this Master Carpenter article, editor Mike Guertin explains how to make an underdeck-drainage system from EPDM rubber-roof material and an aluminum gutter.
If you are planning to build a deck these days, chances are that you will want to use hidden fasteners. These fasteners, which make for a blemish-free deck finish, come in a variety of styles but the most popular are grooved-decking fasteners. Editorial adviser Mike Guertin takes a look at a variety of the options now available for grooved-decking fasteners.
Follow veteran deck builder Bobby Parks and his crew in this online-member article, as they construct a new raised deck on a Georgia home. Parks explains his approach step-by-step, with advice on framing, building stairs, setting posts, and adding railings.
The options in penetrating deck finishes may seem confusing, but there are some clues to help you choose the right finish for the job.