Deck Code Official - Composite Decking Interview

This is the transcript of an interview between and Building Official Roger Axel on November 6, 2007.


Composite Decking Material Review

Low maintenance decking materials, including aluminum, vinyl and composite products are the latest rage in the deck industry...

Composite Decking Price Comparison

Composite decking ranges in price from $1.49 to $5.30 per linear foot depending on the brand.

Capped Composite Decking

What is capped composite decking? Here's the rundown.

Wood Deck Materials

Compare pressure treated pine, cedar, redwood and mahogany.

Wet and Dry Wood

Most wood sold for deck building is considered wet and has a moisture content of over 30% water weight...

Cedar Decking

Cedar is a fantastic choice for a deck building material because of its combination of unique properties...


Redwood Decking

Redwood is a remarkable deck material in almost every way; it is very stable, straight, and its heartwood is naturally resistant to wood boring insects and weathering without the use a preservative chemicals...

Lumber Defects 101

Unfortunately, there are very few perfect pieces of lumber out there...

How to organize your materials for use

Once you have purchased all of your building materials and you are preparing to start construction it is a good idea to organize the various wood materials to see what you have to work with and prioritize the best boards for the certain uses...

How to Read Grade Stamping

Any lumber you purchase should have a grade stamp or end tag...

Plane Sawn and Quarter Sawn Cuts

Most framing lumber is plane sawn, meaning that it is cut roughly on the tangent or parallel to the wood grain leaving the end grain appearance of loops and growth swirls...

Bark Side Up vs. Best Side Up

Usually the best policy to use for surfacing an attractive wood floor is to always expose the best side of the board...


Pressure Treated Wood

Wood can be impregnated with a variety of preservative chemicals to prevent rot and insect infestation when used in exterior applications like building decks...

Different Types of Joist Hangers

Joist hangers can be used anywhere you need to strengthen a load bearing connection.

Hurricane Ties

Hurricane ties are hardware pieces that connect the joists to cantilevered beams to reduce uplift forces caused by high winds...

Decking Fasteners

Learn more about deck fasteners for wood and composite materials.

Deck Hardware Corrosion Resistance

Testing has shown that the new preservative chemicals used in pressure treated lumber are more corrosive to metals than CCA...

Post Base Connectors

Post bases are hardware items designed to attach the decks support posts to the top of the concrete footing pier.


Stainless Steel Deck Hardware

We have all heard the adage that a chain is a strong as its weakest link. Most often the reason for deck failure is poor hardware. Saving money on fasteners is the wrong idea. Quality hardware is important for the longevity of your deck as well as safety.

Post Beam Connectors

An alternative method of attaching support posts to beams rather than bolting through a notched post is to use a post beam connector.