Decking How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our decking step-by-step tips & ideas.
Use energy-efficient LEDs to cast a warm glow on the deck, stairs, and trees, and you can extend the party (safely) into the night
Looking for the best decking treatment? A guide to the cleaners, finishes, and techniques for making your wood deck look new again.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva's method for constructing a handsome on-grade deck.
Don't lift a finger without our time-tested guidance on making all the right choices for this popular outdoor project
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps diagnose a problem with composite decking coming loose
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva breathes new life into a weather-beaten wood deck
Ask This Old House master electrician, Heath Eastman, installs undermount, LED deck railing lights for a homeowner whose only deck lighting includes a single, bright spotlight.
Need more storage? Here’s how to use the area under your deck to create additional storage space for all kinds of items.
Shoring up an old deck with new supports with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva
On a new front porch, Tom Silva shows Kevin O'Connor how to install mahogany decking with hidden fasteners and perfectly mitered joints
In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his stair-building secrets
There's no secret to deck maintenance—repair the deck, clean it and protect it. But learning tricks the pros use can make the job go faster and the results last longer.
Nick Slavik demonstrates how to prep and clean two very different decks—one old and weathered, and one brand-new pine— in anticipation of restaining and finishing with two very different coatings from Behr.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a deck box planter using western red cedar.
This Old House host Kevin O'Connor has two simple sun-blocking solutions for keeping a deck and home cool during the summer
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva installs a cable railing on a deck in Greenwich Village, New York
Coat cracked and dried-out boards with sand-impregnated paint to bring them back to life
Ipe is the gold standard, but plenty of other species stack up quite nicely on looks and longevity, often at a lower price
Follow the prep instructions carefully and paint on a specialty coating to preserve weathered boards for years to come
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to dig and pour concrete supports
Composite decking is a beautiful, high performance, and environmentally-friendly way to create the outdoor oasis you've always wanted
Forget grass: For this young family, a handsome wood deck that steps down to a brick patio comprises the ideal chilling, cooking, playing, and entertaining space
In this instructional video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor discuss picking the perfect wood-deck finish
From built-in planters to shade-producing pergolas to railings and more, explore innovative decking ideas.
Our experts help you address 9 little trouble spots around your home before they cause big—as in big bucks—damage down the road
TOH general contractor Tom Silva gets joists square by using the Pythagorean theorem