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

  • 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

  • Making Porch Floorboards Last

    During many years as a restoration contractor, I bet I’ve replaced over a mile of rotten porch floorboards. Today’s fast-growth lumber has very little natural resistance to rot, so it’s vital that you completely seal the boards before they’re installed.



  • 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.

  • Rustic Is in the Details

    Careful craftsmanship and the right materials create an old-style hand-hewn look.


All Decking & Railing Articles

  • Removing Grade Stamps

    Though grade stamps are unattractive, there are reasons to leave them in place even after the decking has been installed

  • Ipe Decking Finishes

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

  • Doggone Deck

    Clever design makes this multifamily building's rooftop dog and dog-owner friendly

  • Concrete-Filled PVC Posts

    Using PVC as the form and fascia yields strong and durable stairway terminal posts

  • Ready Seal Deck Stain

    This oil-based, semi-transparent sealer and stain for wood contains less than 100 grams of VOCs per liter

  • Aboeda ZomeTek Bamboo Decking

    A new twist on composite decking mixes bamboo fibers with recycled plastic

  • Not Black and White

    Feeney adds a splash of color to the deck with its new line of aluminum railing

  • Beyond Decking

    En route to providing one-stop deck shopping, MoistureShield has introduced an accessory line-up that includes an aluminum rail, hidden fasteners, and a variety of lighting options

  • Versatex VersaWrap Column Wrap

    Add glue, wrap the 12x12 post, and peel off the protective tape an hour later

  • AGS ReadyRail Stainless Steel Cable Rail Kits

    Prefabricated systems simplify installation

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