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Tutorial Articles
Framing

Deck Joist Sizing and Spacing

Step-by-step instructions and tips on how to frame. Learn how to install treated wood joists and beams to build a strong deck.

Framing

Beam Span Chart Table

Learn how to size your deck beam using this easy-to-use span table. Just cross-reference the post spacing and joist length to determine the beam size.

Railings

Deck Railing Codes

Learn about the building codes that regulate guardrails. How high do rails need to be? What are the rail infill requirements?

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Calculators

Decking Calculator

Deck floor materials, screws and hidden fastener calculator

Stairs Calculator

Stringer length, angle, projection and number of risers needed

Cost To Build A Deck

Find out how much you will pay in materials to build a deck

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Inspiration Articles
Railings

Top 18 Deck Railing Ideas & Designs

Railings add the finishing touch to your deck. Get inspired by these deck railing ideas and styles from Decks.com and make your outdoor space unique.

Design

Budget - Determines Deck Size and Materials

Some tips for designing a deck to fit your budget.

Decking

Deck Patterns, Layouts & Design Ideas

Installing your decking at a 45-degree angle is a popular style for decks. This can be done to reduce decking seams or just for appearance.

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Inspiration Photos

Cape Cod Deck

Deck Additions

Stone Deck With Metal Railings

Deck Additions

The Breiling Deck

Cedar Mill Deck Company

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Design Articles
Design

10 Tips For Designing A Great Deck

This is an introduction to design. Start here to get some fresh ideas before designing your dream deck this year.

Design

Deck Railing Designs

Learn about the newest and most stylish deck railings on the market. Browse pictures of wood, metal, glass, composite and cable rail systems.

Design

Deck Design Styles

Learn how to design a deck to match your sense of style and to compliment your house.