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A Porch with a Rooftop Deck
A Porch with a Rooftop Deck

How it Works: Deck Loads
How it Works: Deck Loads

Explore the gravitational and lateral forces that conspire to topple backyard decks and the codes designed to counter them.

Durable Deck Railing
Durable Deck Railing

A look at low-maintenance alternatives to wood

Railing Retrofit
Railing RetrofitOnline Membership Required

New posts, a cable-rail system, and an applied rim board breathe new life into a weathered deck

Bending Decking for Decorative Inlays
Bending Decking for Decorative InlaysOnline Membership Required

The ability to heat-form synthetic boards on site paves the way to designs that can set a deck apart

Synthetic or Wood Decking?
Synthetic or Wood Decking?Online Membership Required

Synthetic and wood deck planks are durable and good-looking choices, but nothing is maintenance-free.

Restoring Montpelier's Exterior

Preserverving a historic home brick-by-brick

Bio-based wood sealer
Bio-based wood sealer


More options for color-matched deck screwsOnline Membership Required

Headcote deck screws

Porches with Personality

Whether your porch is for shelter, relaxation, or reflection, a world of design choices are await you

Synthetic Decking Takes Off
Synthetic Decking Takes Off

Now available in a variety of colors and textures, this durable array of products won't rot, splinter, or crack. What's not to like?

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In Search of the Perfect Screened PorchOnline Membership Required

Make the right design choices, and you'll have an outdoor room you can enjoy without battling the bugs

Ranch Makeover, Bungalow Style

Eight signature design elements transform a brick ranch

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