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Get information about how to tackle your latest decking project, including materials, installation, and repairs.

How to Attach a Deck to a House

Install a new deck, or reattach an existing one, that is set up to last.

S9 E21, Tom Silva shows Kevin O’Connor how to replace deck posts

How to Replace a Deck Post

Shoring up an old deck with new supports with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor install decking

How to Install Decking

On a new front porch, Tom Silva shows Kevin O'Connor how to install mahogany decking with hidden fasteners and perfectly mitered joints

10 Design Ideas for Small Decks

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.

S20 E1, Nathan Gilbert builds deck stair railings

How to Build a Deck Railing

Carpenter Nathan Gilbert builds and installs a railing for deck stairs that will match the original railing around the rest of the deck.

S20 E1, Mauro Henrique paints a deck rail

How to Paint Outdoor Railings

Painter Mauro Henrique paints an outdoor railing that Nathan just built to match the original railing around a homeowner’s deck.

Ask S5 E6, Tom Silva builds deck stairs

How to Build Deck Stairs

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his stair-building secrets

Ingenious Hot Tub Deck Ideas

Give your hot tub the extra special touch it needs with these great deck ideas for your hot tub.


How to Replace a Deck Joist Hanger

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.


How to Install a Sliding Glass Door

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to open up a wall for a large glass slider

Go From an Old Deck to New in 4 Steps

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.

How to Give Your Deck a Spring Cleaning

Wash, sand, and stain your deck to give it a fresh look for the spring.

Low-Maintenance Exterior Material Options for Your Home

They may cost more up front, but these low-maintenance materials save later on frequent repainting and replacement—without skimping on curb appeal.

Decking Material Types

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.

Deck Cleaners, Stains & Sealers

Looking for the best decking treatment? A guide to the cleaners, finishes, and techniques for making your wood deck look new again.

Deck Ideas for Your Backyard

Design ideas to consider when remodeling or building your deck.

How to Build Storage Under Your Deck

Need more storage? Here’s how to use the area under your deck to create additional storage space for all kinds of items.

3 Types of Awnings for Your Deck

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.

How to Restore a Weathered Deck

Read these techniques for refurbishing an old deck.

Decking: An Overview

Learn about decking basics — from safety inspections and protocols to construction and maintenance. Know what you can DIY and when to hire contractors.

Decking Material Options to Consider

Explore a range of different possibilities before building your deck.

How to Fix a Wobbly Deck

Learn more about the two common causes for a wobbly deck and how to stabilize your space.

Tips for Building a Deck Around Your Above-Ground Pool

What you should know before building a deck around your above-ground pool

Protect a Deck with Pot Feet

This quick fix will keep your deck and your plants happy


How to Re-Stain a Deck

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique teaches a homeowner how to re-stain her mahogany deck.


Tom and Norm Build a Small 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


Home Inspection Nightmares | Dangerous Deck

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

Why Wood Decks Never Go Out of Style

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.

Yardbird Transforms Ocean Trash Into Patio Furniture

These stylish and eco-friendly pieces are made of plastic retrieved from the ocean!


Prepping to Stain Like a Pro

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.


How to Repair Rising Deck Boards

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps diagnose a problem with composite decking coming loose

Building a Deck? Read This!

Whether you're a skilled DIYer or plan to hire a pro, our expert tips will help you plan smart for a deck that fits your wallet, and your family's lifestyle