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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.

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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Deck Support Columns

How to Decorate Deck Support Columns

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

Deck Support Beams

How to Size a Deck Beam

Learn about how to choose the correct size beam for your deck. We discuss engineered beams and "sandwiched" style beams.

Deck Framing

Deck Floor Joists

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

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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

Decking over decking

No; this is not a recommended practice.

Decking Installation

Installing Composite Decking

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

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Create a free account and get instant & exclusive access to all that Decks.com has to offer:

Checkmark 1,000+ How-To articles
Checkmark 80+ Free Deck Plans
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Checkmark Free & Simple Deck Design Tool
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

 


Popular Framing Articles
Deck Support Columns

How to Decorate Deck Support Columns

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

Deck Support Beams

How to Install Flush Deck Headers & Beams

Flush beams are a great solution when space and clearance may be limited. Learn how to install deck headers and flush beams at Decks.com.

Deck Framing

Deck Floor Joists

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

Next Step: Decking Articles
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

Best Hidden Fasteners for Decking

Hidden fasteners create a clean deck surface and can be used with composite, wood and other materials. Learn about hidden deck fasteners at Decks.com.

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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