Deck Building

Do you dream of the perfect deck? Are you longing for an escape to watch the birds, entertain friends and family, or read a book? Make those dreams a reality with practical tips to build and maintain your home's deck. If you have an existing deck, there's a good chance it needs a little rejuvenating. Try these 21 ideas to give it new life, including storage, cleaning, and pretty flower additions. In the long run, you'll save yourself maintenance if you take steps to protect your wood deck; we have tips from the experts to help give your deck a long, useful life. If refinishing an existing deck is on your to-do list, you'll save yourself lots of headaches with the right tools and proper steps -- cleaning, stripping, and washing to start; follow our top 10 steps for a successful project. If this year's project is a brand-new deck, you'll have to select the right materials and supplies, including nails, screws, and connectors; use our guide to take the worry out of shopping. Whether your deck is old or new, you should regularly check to make sure it's safe; use the 10-point checklist, courtesy of the North American Deck and Railing Association, to review your structures.


Maintenance Tips
Free Deck Planner

Customize your deck with our easy deck planning tool.

Deck Repair Guide

If your deck needs some TLC, use these tips to solve common deck dilemmas.

Deck Building Checklist

Use our easy checklist to keep your deck planning, budget, and building on track.

Everything in Deck Building
Deck Planning
Building & Maintaining Your Deck
  • Choose the Perfect Outdoor Deck

    Ask yourself these questions to determine the best outdoor deck design for your yard.

  • Your Guide to Deck Repair

    This guide to deck repair will help you decide how to tackle common deck problems, maintenance, and more.

  • 20 Ways to Upgrade Your Deck

    Revamp the look and feel of your deck with these easy ideas for function and style.

  • Build Wooden Exterior Steps

    Better Homes and Gardens contributing editor Danny Lipford helps you craft a new set of wooden exterior stairs.

  • Deck Building

    If you can master some construction principles, you can learn how to build your own deck.

  • Deck Finishes

    Most decks require some protection from the elements. Here are the differences between the choices.

  • Deck Safety Checklist

    It’s not as simple as just building a deck – you want it to be safe, too. Use this checklist from the National Amer...

  • Erecting Posts

    It’s important to get the buildings blocks of a deck – the posts – right. Here’s help for adding them.

  • How to Refinish Your Deck

    Before you decide to replace a deck, consider whether refinishing it may be a good option.

  • How to Remove Stains on Decks & Porches

    If your deck gets used, it might get stained. You can remove those marks, though; here’s how.

  • Maintain Your Wood Deck

    Keep your wood deck in tip-top condition with guidance from Better Homes and Gardens contributing editor Danny Lipf...

  • Protect Your Deck from the Weather

    Don’t let the elements get in the way of the quality of your deck. Here’s how to preserve your exterior living spac...

  • How to Add a Deck Planter

    Bring flowers, veggies, and herbs to the surface with a built-in planter on your deck.


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