Home Decking

Decking

A deck in your backyard can make any outdoor living space more comfortable and inviting. Decks come in all shapes and sizes, from multi-level decks to attached pergolas. Many decks are DIY-friendly, but many homeowners work with a professional contractor for their decking needs.

The Basics of Decking

The most common type of decking is pressure-treated wood because it is resistant to both rot and insects, but there are other decking materials used by homeowners who want to create a new deck or replace their old one:

  • Bamboo: This is one of the cheapest deck materials available and is ideal for dryer climates as it is susceptible to rot.
  • Cedar: Cedar may be soft and susceptible to scratches but naturally rot-resistant.
  • Composite: This eco-friendly decking option is made from recycled materials and wood byproducts.
  • Ipe: Insect-, rot-, and weather-resistant, this hardwood is among the most expensive deck materials.
  • Pressure-treated lumber: The most common type of decking material, pressure-treated lumber is an economical option.
  • Redwood: This type of lumber is a mid-grade material resistant to insects and warping.

Even though the cost of decking materials ranges from $3 to $15 per square foot, labor costs, at $8 to $22 per square foot, often account for half or more of the total cost. Installing your deck yourself can save you a lot of money.

A local contractor will give you an estimate if you want to have your deck installed by a professional. However, it is always advisable to get several quotes, as the cost may vary depending on the company you choose.

If you want to learn more about installing your deck, maintaining your existing deck, or finding a local contractor, check out the resources below for more information.

attaching railing post to deck

How to Attach Railing Posts to Deck Framing

When homeowners and DIYers build a deck, they often fail to attach the railing posts to the deck framing securely. A secure method of attaching railing posts to a deck is to notch the post at the bottom so it fit snugly in the space between the two outer floor joists. Watch this video to find out more.

4 Benefits of Fiber Cement Decking

Many homeowners enjoy spending time outdoors on a deck or porch. Unfortunately, the elements can often take a toll on traditional decking materials, causing rot, fading, and peeling, all of which require...
Finished built-in bench corner seat on deck

How to Add Built-in Seating to a Deck

Decks are great for outdoor entertaining, but you need to have plenty of seating in place first. To make this deck more party friendly, we added built-in corner bench made from treated lumber. Watch this video to see how it's done.

Deck Renovation – Considerations When Building a Wood Deck

Being outdoors, decks suffer constant exposure to the outside elements. Heavy wind, rain, snow and sun can all have a damaging effect on a deck. As a result, you will find your...

A Noisy Deck & the Water Heater Disaster

If your deck boards are starting to squeak then you might need to do a little bit of experimentation. Danny and Joe go over a few options for one homeowner who is dealing with a noisy deck.

Pravol vs Trex: Which Composite Decking Is Better?

If this is your first introduction to the world of composite decking, it’s understandable if you are overwhelmed with the number of options before you. By now you should know that composite...
Decorate concrete along a home's exterior

DIY ‘Mix and Match’ Patio Project

To fix their home's ugly concrete perimeter, Lisa Young and her husband used SpreadStone™ Decorative Concrete Resurfacing Kits.
Rolling Deck Restore coating on concrete porch floor.

Deck Restore Deck and Patio Resurfacer Coating

Deck Restore is a latex coating that fills gaps and cracks on weathered decks and patios for a durable surface that’s mildew and UV resistant. Watch this video to find out more.

Fiberon Deck

This is Mark the foreman, and he’s installing the back deck with planks from Fiberon. They’re actually made of composite material, and that means they last longer than wood, and require less maintenance.