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

  • 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.

  • 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




All Decking & Railing Articles

  • Forecasts See Growing Decking Market

    The demand for decking in the U.S. will rise 2.4% per year for the next three years to a total of 3.5 billion lineal feet, according to forecasts from market analysts at Freedonia. The report attributes the trend to more residential construction, and continued investing by homeowners in decks and...

  • Fiberon Expands California Distribution

    Fiberon Decking is teaming up with wholesale distributor Taiga Building Products to expand Fiberon's access to the California market. The company says the move will mean a strong presence, especially in the northern part of the state.

  • Combining Decks and Patios

    Maintain a sense of privacy and easy egress from the house while also cost-effectively providing large entertainment spaces

  • Testing Single Posts vs. Railing Assemblies

    The president of a post-anchor manufacturing company weighs in on load testing of guardrail posts and assemblies

  • Attaching Posts to 2x6 Framing

    A PDB author responds to a reader's question about blocking details for guardrail post kits

  • A Better Post-Hole Tamper

    Build one yourself with a 6x6 and a length of steel pipe

  • Getting Into Hardscaping

    Expand your deck business by partnering with a patio contractor

  • Outdoor Bonus Room

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

  • Another Option for Fire-Resistant Decks

    Some pedestrian traffic coatings qualify as Class A, 1-hour fire-rated roof coverings. An installer advocates for their use on decks in a Wildland Urban Interface.

  • Railing Collapse Leads to Big Settlement

    A Staten Island, N.Y., woman who was injured when a deck railing gave way has reached a $400,000 settlement with the property owner. The 55-year-old woman suffered neck, back, and knee injuries.

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