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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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Engineered Deck Beam

Use treated engineered deck beams for long spans with fewer posts and footings. Engineered beams can be designed and specially ordered from your lumberyard.

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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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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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How to Install and Fasten Deck Fascia

Installing deck fascia can be easy if you have the proper tools, fasteners, and practical information that you’ll find right here.

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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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How to Install Wood Deck Support Posts

Installing wood deck posts on top of concrete footings will provide additional support for your deck. We recommend using 6x6 posts due to their strength. Learn how install them at Decks.com.

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Decks vs Patios: Cost, Pros, Cons, & Comparisons

Learn what factors affect the costs of decking and patios. Discover all the comparisons factors to help you choose the right space for your home with Decks.com.

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Installing deck fascia can be easy if you have the proper tools, fasteners, and practical information that you’ll find right here.

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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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Hidden Deck Fastening: 3 Ways to Fasten Your Composite Deck Boards

Hidden deck fasteners are the ideal option for DIY builders looking to hide their hardware, without sacrificing the stability of their deck. From nearly invisible deck plugs to color-matched deck screws, knowing how to choose and install these hidden fasteners is an easy way to level-up your deck project.

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