Five Keys to a Greener Deck

Figure 1. By supporting this deck with an engineered brace back to the house framing, no footings were needed. This saved both concrete and labor.

Figure 2. Designing framing with air spaces allows it to dry out, minimizing the chance of rot and helping to maximize lifespan.

Figure 3. Chamfering the tops of railing posts helps them to shed water.

Figure 4. Holding posts off the footing with metal bases keeps the post bottoms from wicking up water.

Figure 5. Environmentally certified lumber comes with a paper trail to verify it was sustainably harvested.

Figure 6. Sealing decks with a high-quality finish (and encouraging your customer to maintain the deck regularly) is a key to longevity.

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