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.

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Deck styles vary widely, but the process is usually the same, follow this...

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