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

  • Decking Pesticide Implicated in Honeybee Deaths

    Imidacloprid, a common pesticide used by some wood treaters in their non-copper preservative formulas, is harmful to honeybees even at very low concentrations, according to a recently-released EPA study.

  • Field Test: Elastomeric Coatings for PT Decking

    After using SuperDeck Deck & Dock elastomeric coating to restore old pressure-treated wood decking, Vermont painting contractor Scott Burt reports on the results.

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Buys EB-TY and Lumber Loc

    Hardware manufacturer Simpson Strong-Tie has acquired Blue Heron and Fox Chase, manufacturers of EB-TY and Lumber Loc biscuit-style hidden fastener systems for decking.

  • Removing Scratches From Composite Rails

    Automotive polishing and rubbing compounds can be used to fix scuffed and scratched composite railings and post sleeves

  • Lawsuit Filed in Berkeley Balcony Collapse

    A negligence lawsuit filed in the fatal collapse of a balcony in Berkeley, Calif., in June claims tenants of the apartment complained to building managers that mushrooms were growing on the balcony, a sure sign that water had infiltrated the framing.

  • Ipe Question and Answer Session

    Scott Burt and Todd Pudvar of Prep to Finish tackle questions about ipe, captured on video during their class at the 2015 Deck Expo in Chicago.

  • Railings Rule at DeckExpo

    A combined Remodeling Show, DeckExpo, and JLC Live event in Chicago last month showcased a variety of new railing products. Some were especially interesting to Hanley Wood's Lauren Hunter and Craig Webb. Here's their report.

  • Accoya Wood Earns Code Approval

    Accoya wood, an acetylated wood product, has received an ICC-ES evaluation report providing evidence that it meets code requirements for resistance to termites and decay in both above-ground and ground-contact use.

  • Trex Hosts Plastic Challenge

    Trex, which makes decking out of recycled plastic bags, is hosting its annual Trex Film Recycling Challenge and giving U.S. students a chance to win Trex products for their school. Winners will be announced next April on Earth Day.

  • Next, we poured a sample of each finish into our drilled holes to a depth of 14 inch and let the samples stand for four weeks.

    Finishes: Penetrating or Film-Forming?

    How deeply do these finishes penetrate wood?

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