Keeping Water Out of Decks

Careful detailing of trouble spots ensures longevity

Predictably, our climate causes a lot of water-related problems, making good flashing details paramount to the longevity of decks and the houses they are attached to.


Moisture Management


  • The Great Stain Shoot-Out

    Twenty-two finishes were applied to six different types of wood decking - here's what we learned at the midpoint of our testing.

  • New Columns for an Old Porch

    A New England contractor gives a classic front entry a facelift by replacing the failing wood millwork with composite columns and PVC trim

  • Pavers for Rooftop Decks

    Azek's composite pavers stand up to ground contact, but are light enough to use on a roof

  • Ipe Decking Finishes

    When it comes to tropical hardwoods, forget everything you thought you knew about deck finishes


All Decking & Railing Articles

  • Sunny Forecast for Decking Market

    The U.S. decking market is expected to reach $7.1 Billion by 2020. The demand for wood decking should increase by a 1.3% annual rate, while the demand for wood-plastic composite decking is expected to rise 4.5% annually, according to the Freedonia Group's most recent market analysis.

  • Railing Manufacturers Want Your Business

    In a market dominated by site-built wood railings, makers of manufactured components are looking for an edge

  • Deck Tension Tie

    The new adjustable USP ADTT-TZ from MiTek is designed to resist lateral loads

  • Concealed Beam Tie

    Simpson's CBTZ connects a beam with a post without a lot of metal showing

  • Rice-Husk Composite

    Unlike plastic-composite products made with wood in the mix, TruGrain decking and porch flooring are made from a composite material including rice husks

  • Inside-Look Deck Finish

    Applied in two coats, Cabot Gold finish is designed to make a wood deck look more like an interior floor

  • Installing a Composite Rail Kit

    Prefabricated components take the guesswork out of building good-looking railings for decks and porches

  • Fast Joist-Hanger Installation

    A simple site-built jig speeds things along and makes for a stronger build

  • TimberSil May Return

    A non-toxic wood intended for outdoor use looked great on paper but ran into a variety of problems in the field. But TimberSil, treated with sodium silicate and heat, could be making a return to the market under new owners. Rights to the wood were acquired by ASM Capital after TimberSil's parent...

  • Adding Curves to a Steel-Frame Deck

    It’s easier than you think to bend steel and dress it up with flexible PVC trim

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