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

     

Finishes

  • 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


  • 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

     
  • 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

     
  • Thompson's Aerosol Waterproofing Stain

    Match wood accessories to the deck with minimal cleanup.

     
  • Tips on Composite Decking

    Trim carpenter Frank Caputo offers some tips for working successfully with composite decking in this video from the Journal of Light Construction.

     
  • Nail Stains and Mahogany Decking

    Black stains can develop around the heads of decking nails even when the fasteners are made from stainless steel. Bill Feist, a former researcher at the Forest Products Laboratory, offers some tests to determine what's causing the stains and suggests how to get rid of them.

     
  • Manufacturer Sued Over Decaying Decking

    A nonprofit foundation used a treated lumber called TimberSIL for decking and railings in 39 houses in New Orleans, but later replaced it when it showed signs of premature decay. Now the foundation has sued for $500,000 in damages.

     
  • EverClip Hidden Fasteners

    The new hidden fastener, designed for use with Tamko EverGrain grooved deck boards, comes preassembled with the screw to speed installation

     
 
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