This is an introduction to design. Start here to get some fresh ideas before designing your dream deck this year.
Learn how to install concrete footings to properly support your deck. Watch our step-by-step foundations video.
Get some great ideas for railings. Make your deck unique.
Water drainage systems allow you to comfortably use the space under a high deck.
Cable rails are a modern looking rail system that preserves views. Learn how to install cable rails to meet building codes.
Low maintenance decking materials, including aluminum, vinyl and composite products are the latest rage in the deck industry...
Read Patrick R. Occhino’s techniques of using a pressure washer. Only someone that does this every day can tell you the proper way and when to use a pressure washer.
Learn about the building codes that regulate guardrails. How high do rails need to be? What are the rail infill requirements?
All decks greater than 30" above grade must have a guardrail.
Step-by-step instructions and tips on how to frame. Learn how to install treated wood joists and beams to build a strong deck.
Learn how to build stairs using 2x12 stringers. Watch our step-by-step DIY video. Review the code requirements for stair construction.
Learn how to properly install a waterproof ledger board using flashing and fasteners. Check out our step-by-step video and detail drawings.
Step-by-step instructions for installing 2x12 stair stringers.
Learn what factors determine the maximum joist cantilever overhang that is allowed.
Skirting can be an attractive feature that can be added to any low-level deck.
Step-by-step instructions on how to install a ledger board to a concrete house foundation wall using expansion anchors.
Find out how deep you need to dig your footings in your area. Look at our U.S. map of extreme frost penetration.
Step-by-step instructions for installing rail posts to your deck frame.