Decks & Porches

tundraland does a deck in a day program

The goal: sell a deck today and install it tomorrow. A year after launch, this remodeler’s sale-to-install cycle is down to seven days and counting. 

Photo courtesy Jeffrey A. Davis, Davis Photograph

This inspiring modernization of an 80-year-old historical structure holds lessons any remodeler can put to work

How deck builders weigh potential liability against the needs of budget-conscious homeowners who just want a repair

Railings provide safety but also define the overall look of a deck. Contractor views differ on what works, what doesn’t, and who decides.

This extrusion does double duty as both a hidden fastener and a deck drainage system

model remodel

The second part of our two-part story focuses on the project’s finishes and strategic solutions to real-world construction challenges

Products from MiTek, Azek, Color Guard Railing Systems, and AERT

Deck builders balance potential liability against the budget-conscious homeowner’s desire for just a repair

professional remodeler showing how to install stucco above a deck ledger

There are plenty of wrong ways to install stucco on a wall with a deck ledger. Here’s how to do it the right way.

finished deck using admiral spacemaker outdoor flooring

This self-draining tongue-and-groove PVC decking system is a one-step solution for elevated decks

Time-tested tips for cutting, notching, and fastening wood deck boards

Photo: Flickr user designmilk, photo by NelsonKon (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Today’s shapes, materials, colors, and appliances have elevated the deck to a living room’s equal. How far can it go? 

Deck Cable Railing. Photo: Deckorators

Photo: Deckorators

Whether it’s wood or composite, here’s how to ensure that water drains away from the walls, ledger, and joists 

Intex Hampton extruded PVC railing system

Photo: courtesy schedulefred.com

Fred Home Improvement's senior remodeling consultant Steve Todd on why Intex's product is his preferred railing system

Photo: commons.wikimedia.org

Is it worth the time and trouble to hold a pre-construction meeting on small jobs? You bet. Here's why.

Fiberon’s Symmetry Railing has a composite substructure and PVC surface with a matte finish for a natural look. 

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