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

  • 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.

     
  • Landscaping designs and decking without gaps can drastically affect the drying potential of the framing beneath the deck.

    Decay Resistance and the Code

    Using decay-resistant lumber, field-treating cut ends with preservative, and providing adequate airflow are all ways to help prevent wood decks from rotting. But when are they required by code, and when are they a good idea even if not required?

     
  • Everflashing Ledger Flashing

    Preformed flashing is designed to protect the ledger connection with the house

     
  • Cofair Products Deck Flash Barrier

    This self-adhering peel-and-stick membrane protects joist tops from moisture damage

     

Finishes

 

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  • These posts and rails are made of treated southern yellow pine, while the balusters are aluminum. Note the post-mounted built-in deck lighting, a great upgrade for dining after dark.

    Custom Railings

    While rail kits are popular, some deck builders prefer to distinguish their projects with custom site-built railing designs.

     
  • GreenTek Tools Demo-Dek Demolition Tool

    For speedy deck demo, this tough tool is hard to beat

     
  • Burned Decking

    Sunlight reflected from distorted window glass burns an arc pattern into Trex decking

     
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    Wild Hog Railing Wire Mesh

    Openings are small enough to be in compliance with the 4-inch-sphere rule

     
  • AGS Stainless Starlight LED Accent Lighting

    Solar-powered stainless steel fixtures are designed to complement cable railing

     
  • Adjustable Tensioning Mechanism for a Gate

    Anticipate movement in the framing by building in an easy way to adjust the gate post

     
  • Vinyl, Composite, and PVC Fencing

    Improved quality and durability has fueled demand for fencing that’s not made of wood

     
  • Solid Post Attachments With Threaded Rod

    When the railing post is on the outside of the frame, reinforce the attachment by running threaded rod through the joists

     
  • Guardrail Post Kits

    Manufactured surface-mounted post kits won't warp or twist like 4x4 wood posts, but proper blocking is still the key to a strong installation that meets code

     
  • Fire-Resistant Decks

    Using the right decking material makes a big difference in areas prone to wild fires

     
 
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