Learning how to stain a deck will allow you to bring out the rich colors and textures of the wood's surface. However, applying wood stain does more than enhance a deck’s appearance. Exterior stain helps waterproof a deck and provides vital protection from the elements to keep the lumber from warping. This guide will teach you how to prep your deck for staining and how to stain both the deck boards and railing.
Most decks need a little bit of cleaning and maintenance at least once a year. A pressure washer can be a great tool to speed up the deck cleaning process.
If it's been awhile since the deck was sealed, and water no longer beads up on the surface, it may also be time to reapply deck sealer.
Whether your deck just needs a quick cleaning or a complete refresh, you can use this guide to get started on the steps to having a brighter, longer lasting deck.
Raised decks are a perfect space for outdoor entertaining and relaxing. The style of deck you choose to build determines how you use your deck, as well as how you build it. This guide will give you step-by-step instructions and some safety tips to help you learn how to build a raised deck.
There’s a lot to consider when choosing a location for your deck You may find that a detached location in the rear part of your yard provides the perfect spot. A deck next to the house lets you take advantage of the exterior walls to get the best fit for your deck design.
Consider the features of your landscape, too: the slope of the grade, any existing vegetation or views.
This guide will teach you what to consider before deciding on a location for your deck.
A deck can provide your home's outdoor space with a comfortable, inviting area for relaxing and entertaining. To create the perfect deck, you first need to learn how to plan a deck. You can hire someone, or you can build your own deck using a few common tools and the right lumber. This guide gives you the basic steps for properly planning a deck, plus tips on what kind of wood to buy.
Estimating the amount of material you need to build a deck is part art, part science. The process of calculating deck materials starts with a detailed drawing of the deck, which you’ll need to supply to your local building department when applying for a permit. The drawing will specify the size, type and quantity of deck piers or footings you’ll need. It will also indicate the size and length of any posts and beams necessary.
Ledger and deck frame size, joist spacing, decking type, railing, railing post size and quantity will be indicated on the drawings as well. Any stairs will be drawn, which will indicate the width and approximate length. With the drawing as a reference, follow the steps below to estimate what and how much you will need to build your deck.
Whether you’re building a wood deck or a composite deck, the process is the same. Wood decks tend to be less expensive than composite decks, but require more maintenance.
An outdoor deck is a great place to catch some fresh air, admire the sunrise or just enjoy a cool beverage with your family. If you have enough space, your deck can also serve as your main hosting area for dinner parties and barbecues. However, no nighttime gathering is complete without ample outdoor deck lighting.
Whether you’re interested in battery-powered, hardwired LED or solar deck lighting, there are many ways to illuminate your space. For most homeowners, using a combination of multiple lighting selections will provide the best results. This guide will explain the various options available and provide a few patio lighting ideas.
When Courtney Clymer of Lifestyled Atlanta created her gorgeous outdoor entertaining area, perhaps her most ingenious idea was laying deck flooring over the cement slab patio. It dresses up the space beautifully, and it’s a lot more pleasant for bare feet than concrete.
Here, Courtney shows us how she and her husband installed the deck flooring in just a day.
This DIY deck is a gorgeous addition to Alexi Parry's backyard. Alexi blogs about DIY projects, design and entertaining at Seeking Alexi. She created this simple deck to help make her backyard the perfect place for outdoor entertaining.
Alexi had no specialized skills for building a deck, but she’s a fearless DIYer, and she produced this simple and sturdy deck without spending a lot of money.
Follow her step-by-step tutorial to create a similar DIY deck for your backyard.
A floating deck, or freestanding deck, can add visual appeal to your backyard as well as increasing the space available for outdoor dining, entertaining or just relaxing outside. Caitlin Ketcham of the blog Desert Domicile included a beautiful floating deck in her amazing total backyard makeover, part of our Patio Style Challenge. Caitlin handled the backyard design, and The Home Depot helped with the bigger projects, including this floating deck.
As you’ll see, this is not a small DIY project, but it’s doable for anyone with moderate DIY skills who wants to tackle it. Caitlin describes all the steps involved below.
Ashley Basnight, of Handmade Haven, loves to entertain, but didn’t have a great backyard space to host people. Being the avid DIYer she is, Ashley built her own floating deck!
Read on to see how Ashley created a backyard oasis perfect for entertaining her guests and find out how to build a floating deck and DIY chevron privacy wall.
Learning how to build a deck in your outdoor space can enhance your home’s options for entertaining and relaxation. It can also be a demanding job, so carefully plan the amount of decking you’ll need and enlist any helping hands that you can. This guide will teach you how to build a ground level deck with step-by-step instructions.
● Wear hearing and eye protection when using power tools.
● Wear eye protection when using striking tools.
● Wear a dust mask when cutting lumber and mixing concrete.
● Do not wear gloves when operating power saws.
● Use GFCI-protected power cords when operating corded power tools outdoors.
● Use manufacturer-approved hardware and fasteners for all wood products.
Sunny days are perfect for outside fun. However, too much sun can damage your skin, and too much heat can ruin your outdoor plans. Learn how to shade a deck or patio to help protect people and pets. Covering your deck can prevent outdoor furnishings from fading or degrading in the sunlight as well.
Shade solutions for decks and patios are more than just useful. They make attractive and enjoyable additions to your outdoor living spaces. Get cool shady spots around pools, gardens and children’s play areas.
This guide will give you a variety of deck shade ideas. It will outline patio covering ideas and deck shading options, including manual, motorized and removable options. Find the ideal way to relax in a shady spot in your yard.
A deck can add years of enjoyment to your home, but over time the wood decking can wear down and even begin to rot if not properly maintained. Follow this guide for step by step instructions and learn how to maintain your deck. A little care and know-how will ensure you have a more durable and appealing outdoor space for years to come.
Decks offer a great way to enjoy your outdoor space, but inevitably fall prey to the elements, especially decks made of wood instead of composite materials. Refinishing a deck may be necessary to give it a new life, make it more attractive and improve your home’s resale value. This guide to how to refinish a deck reviews the steps for cleaning, sanding and adding a new finish.
Decks provide comfortable places to relax and elegant ways to transition from indoors to out. These deck ideas suggest different ways to design and build a custom deck to your tastes, while taking advantage of the outdoor space available to you.