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

  • Post Flashing

    A new PVC collar protects rail posts from moisture in the Trex RainEscape under-deck drainage system

  • Under-Deck Drainage Roundup

    A variety of products are now abailable to create a dry living space below the deck. Which one is right for your job?

  • Tiling a Deck

    Fiberglass grating is a sturdy, drainable substrate option for exterior stone and ceramic tile

  • Outdoor Bonus Room

    A four-car garage offers plenty of square footage for a roof-top deck

  • Field-Treating Pressure-Treated Pine

    Even though it's not required by code, it's a good idea to treat all cuts and penetrations in PT pine with copper naphthenate-if you can find it



  • 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

  • Getting Into Hardscaping

    Expand your deck business by partnering with a patio contractor

  • Deck Maintenance Programs

    After installing a tropical hardwood deck, a savvy deckbuilder should make finishing and maintaining it a top priority.


All Decking & Railing Articles

  • Pavers for Rooftop Decks

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

  • Thermally Modified Decking

    It's heat-treated to be rot-resistant and dimensionally stable, but how does it actually perform? Here are some reports from the field.

  • Foolproof Cable Railings

    Stainless steel cable is a versatile infill choice for wood, aluminum, and steel rail systems, but make sure the posts and rails are properly designed and installed to support the extra tension loads

  • Dressing Up Support Posts

    Even though 6x6 support posts are structurally adequate for most decks, they can look jarringly unfinished as well as skinny and out of proportion.

  • Easy-Erase Chalk Lines

    Not all chalk washes easily from composite decking

  • Manufactured Stone Fascia

    New styles from Ply Gem expand design possibilities

  • Precast Concrete Tiles Install Right on the Joists

    Integrate a tiled area into a wood or composite deck, or tile the whole deck for a low-maintenance surface

  • Students Injured in Deck Collapse

    Members of a student Frisbee team celebrating their upcoming university graduation were injured April 30 when the second-story deck on which they were standing collapsed in Cedarville, Ohio. The injuries were not considered life threatening.

  • Deck Repairs Ordered in Knoxville

    As many as 100 wood decks at an apartment complex in Knoxville, Tenn., are affected by emergency repair orders after a woman was injured in a deck collapse last month.

  • Cable-Ready Posts

    The Vertebrace is pre-threaded for cable connections and accepts a 4x4 PVC or composite post sleeve

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