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

 

All Decking & Railing Articles


  • 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.

     
  • All Decked Out: 8 New Products from the Deck Expo Show Floor

    The ever-expanding alternative decking category has numerous new additions.

     
  • DuraLife Adds Grooved Decking

    Integrity Composites now offers a grooved deck board option in its DuraLife MVP decking line, making it possible to install the decking with its proprietary Fastenator hidden fasteners. The company had launched MVP decking last year in a "square-edge only" profile.

     
  • Composite Decking Completes Bridge Rebuild

    A refurbished pedestrian bridge connecting two sides of what was once the Sandy Beach Amusement Park in Indian Lake, Ohio, meant some good PR for the Dayton, Ohio, company that provided the composite decking. Deck panels manufactured by Composite Advantage were nearly 12 feet wide and as long as 14...

     
  • 10 New Products You'll See at DeckExpo

    Deck lighting and thermally modified wood are among the trends we'll be spotting at the show.

     
  • 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

     
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    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

     
 
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