A Deck Built to Fail

Flashing, fastening, framing - you name it, it needed to be fixed

Unfortunately, the new deck didn't meet code; in fact, it looked like someone had been trying to build a deck that violated every typical code requirement, starting at the foundation and continuing up from there.


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  • Misty Gray

    Trex has added another color—a light gray the company calls "Island Mist"—to its Transcend decking palette. There are now nine Transcend decking colors, along with seven colors in the matching railing.

  • Four Injured in Deck Collapse

    Four workers dismantling a deck at an unoccupied house in Fayette County, Ga., were injured when the structure collapsed. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.

  • CertainTeed Railing Now in Canada

    CertainTeed says its EverNew vinyl railing is available in Canada now that it has won third-party compliance evaluations for the National Building Code of Canada and the Ontario Building Code. The railing is code-compliant in all Canadian provinces, CertainTeed says.

  • Deck Collapse While Showing House Ruins Realtor's Day

    For a New Jersey real estate agent, a residential deck failure came at the worst possible moment: while she was showing the house to a buyer.

  • CertainTeed Adds Rail Color

    CertainTeed is adding an almond hue to its line of EverNew Panorama composite railing. Almond is one of the company's most popular colors for siding and fencing, so the expansion of railing color options should make it easier for builders to coordinate building exteriors.

  • MoistureShield Expands Dealer Network

    MoistureShield composite decking should be easier to find in the Sunbelt and on the West Coast with the addition of 12 new distribution locations, the company says. They include outlets for Huttig Building Products, Blue Linx, Dixie Plywood and Lumber, Universal Forest Products, and Intermountain...

  • Latitudes Gets Longer Warranty

    Universal Forest Products says its Latitudes decking and railing now has an extended warranty covering the removal and replacement of defective material for the first five years. The existing 25-year structural and stain and fade warranties will continue to apply as well.

  • Outwater Updates Cable Rail Offerings

    Outwater Plastics Industries now offers three different cable diameters plus floor- and fascia-mounted posts in an updated line of cable railing products. Cable is available in 1/8-, 3/16-, and 1/4-inch-diameter type 316 stainless steel for both commercial and residential applications.

  • CertainTeed Expands Bufftech Line

    CertainTeed has added two colors to its Bufftech vinyl fencing line: a light, neutral color called Canyon Blend, and a darker earth tone called Timber Blend. The company says the new colors are popular with its vinyl siding customers and will help builders coordinate building exteriors.

  • TimberTech Gets a TV Spot

    TimberTech decking will get a plug from the home improvement program "A Taste of New York" later this spring. The show, which airs in April and May, features Farmingdale, N.Y., deck builder Steve Senzatimore.

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