Decks & Porches

Dekorators voyage used by remodeler Pete Soares construction

"I’ve also had the chance to hit Voyage decking with a sledgehammer—it was fun to do, of course, but more than that, the board didn’t show signs of weakness or breaking."

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

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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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