Get information about how to tackle your latest decking project, including materials, installation, and repairs.
Install a new deck, or reattach an existing one, that is set up to last.
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
With a little planning, small decks and patios can provide the same entertaining value as larger outdoor spaces. See our simple ideas to maximize the space of your small deck.
Carpenter Nathan Gilbert builds and installs a railing for deck stairs that will match the original railing around the rest of the deck.
Painter Mauro Henrique paints an outdoor railing that Nathan just built to match the original railing around a homeowner’s deck.
In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his stair-building secrets
Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner repair her deck by replacing rotted hangers and re-securing the joist to the structure.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to open up a wall for a large glass slider
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.
Wash, sand, and stain your deck to give it a fresh look for the spring.
They may cost more up front, but these low-maintenance materials save later on frequent repainting and replacement—without skimping on curb appeal.
If you’re looking for the best decking material that fits your needs and budget, here’s information on the different types of deck materials you should consider.
Looking for the best decking treatment? A guide to the cleaners, finishes, and techniques for making your wood deck look new again.
Need more storage? Here’s how to use the area under your deck to create additional storage space for all kinds of items.
Awnings reduce sunlight, protect patio furniture, and make outdoor living more enjoyable. Let’s take a look at the different styles and costs of awnings.
Learn about decking basics — from safety inspections and protocols to construction and maintenance. Know what you can DIY and when to hire contractors.
Explore a range of different possibilities before building your deck.
Learn more about the two common causes for a wobbly deck and how to stabilize your space.
What you should know before building a deck around your above-ground pool
In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique teaches a homeowner how to re-stain her mahogany deck.
Tom Silva and Norm Abram team up to make quick work of framing a small deck. Did the chisel come out of Norm's pouch? Of course it did
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, general contractor Tom Silva and mason Mark McCullough share some wild code violations submitted to them by home inspectors
With its unique nature, varying grains, and overall warmth, nothing beats the beauty of a natural wood deck. Beyond the look, there are other benefits too; read on to find out what makes wood an ideal choice for decking.
These stylish and eco-friendly pieces are made of plastic retrieved from the ocean!
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