Decking How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our decking step-by-step tips & ideas.
This Old House paint expert Mauro Henrique shows a homeowner how to breathe new life into those old, splintery handrails.
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.
Install a new deck, or reattach an existing one, that is set up to last.
Learn more about the two common causes for a wobbly deck and how to stabilize your space.
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 helps diagnose a problem with composite decking coming loose
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a deck box planter using western red cedar.
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
On a new front porch, Tom Silva shows Kevin O'Connor how to install mahogany decking with hidden fasteners and perfectly mitered joints
Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install fiesta string lights to get the party started in Texas
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
16 upgrades and add-ons to create a more attractive and usable backyard deck
Shoring up an old deck with new supports with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to dig and pour concrete supports
Here are a handful of ways to create a more beautiful and relaxing outdoor space.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some tricks of the trade for accurately cutting and assembling railing supports
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to save a wood deck from a catastrophic collapse
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to open up a wall for a large glass slider
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
Don't lift a finger without our time-tested guidance on making all the right choices for this popular outdoor project
From built-in planters to shade-producing pergolas to railings and more, explore innovative decking ideas.