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Anatomy of a Deck

The how-to section of Decks.com is designed to provide in-depth educational instruction on the subjects of deck building from start to finish. Decks.com uses the input from knowledgeable deck professionals, including contractors, building inspectors and our qualified staff to educate the public on current and accepted deck construction methods and related topics. Here you will find 100s of articles about deck design, materials and how to build and maintain your deck. Click on the links below the deck anatomy diagram to learn more about the important parts of deck construction.

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  1. Flashing
  2. Ledger
  3. Hardware
  4. Joists
  5. Bridging
  6. Decking
  7. Railing
  8. Railing Posts
  9. Footings
  10. Support Posts
  11. Beams
  12. Stairs

 

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How to Decorate Deck Support Columns

Browse some examples of decorative deck support posts for tall decks.

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How to Brace a Swaying Deck

Learn how to install a diagonal brace on your deck frame to prevent racking. Check out our detailed image.

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Why is Joist Protection so Important for Your Deck?

If you’ve ever seen a piece of wood left out in the weather for any period of time, you know what happens: decay. Whether through wet rot, insect damage, or mildew, the fibers begin to break down.

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Decking Patterns

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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10 Common Deck Building Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Building a deck can be a complicated process. Learn how to avoid falling into common deck building pitfalls with tips and advice from the experts at Decks.com.

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Best Time to Build a Deck

People often wonder when the best time to build a deck is. Learn why building a deck in winter or fall might be your best bet.

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Deck Framing

Anatomy of a Deck

The how-to section of Decks.com is designed to provide in-depth educational instruction on the subjects of deck building from start to finish. Decks.com uses the input from knowledgeable deck professionals, including contractors, building inspectors and our qualified staff to educate the public on current and accepted deck construction methods and related topics. Here you will find 100s of articles about deck design, materials and how to build and maintain your deck. Click on the links below the deck anatomy diagram to learn more about the important parts of deck construction.

We hope you find what you are looking for and good luck building!

  1. Flashing
  2. Ledger
  3. Hardware
  4. Joists
  5. Bridging
  6. Decking
  7. Railing
  8. Railing Posts
  9. Footings
  10. Support Posts
  11. Beams
  12. Stairs

 

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Popular Framing Articles
Deck Support Columns

How to Decorate Deck Support Columns

Browse some examples of decorative deck support posts for tall decks.

Deck Framing

Reinforcing Deck Rim or Band Joists

Learn a technique to strengthen your guard rails by installing a double rim joist and adding structural blocking to reduce bounce.

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How to Use a Triple Deck Beam to 6x6 Post Connection

Learn how to use a post beam connector to attach a 3-2x10 beam to a support post for a deck when there isn't enough material on the post to create a notched connection.

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Decking Installation

Decking Patterns

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.

Decking Installation

Dos & Don'ts for Homeowners to Consider When Building a Deck

Your dream deck can take whatever shape you like. The trick is making it fit your budget and site conditions. While the deck doesn’t have to be built as a rectangle, there could be good reasons for doing just that.

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Installing Composite Decking

Learn about how to install composite decking. Topics include expansion and contraction issues and hidden fastener systems.

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