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Decking Materials | This Old Housecomposite. composite decking. View as slideshow. Photo by Hamilton Hedrick. Made by combining a blend of plastic and waste wood fibers, these boards won't splinter and don't need to be stained or painted. Yet composites are more expensive and heavier than most woods, and must be scrubbed regularly to prevent mildew. composites aren't as stiff as wood, and they move more in response to changes in temperature. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's installation instructions to ...

How to Build a Small Deck | This Old HouseFasten the intermediate stringers with 3-inch decking screws driven through the deck frame and into the rear of the stringers. 24. Attach risers to stringers with 3-inch decking screws. 25. Install 4x4 posts at the bottom corners of the stringers. 26. Use jigsaw to notch treads to fit around railing posts. 27. Fasten treads to stringers with 2 ½-inch composite decking screws. 28. Attach the composite decking to the deck landing with decking screws; leave a small space between each board.

How to Restore a Deck - This Old House - YouTube5 Dec 2014 ... In this video, this old house senior technical editor Mark Powers shows how to restore a deck. Follow the prep instructions carefully and paint on a specialt...

Help Identify Composite Decking | This Old House2 Apr 2014 ... Hi TOH Community, I recently moved into a home that has composite decking. The home was built in 2000 and I am assuming the decking was install soon after. I know that there were few companies that manufactured composite decking, being the main one. I have searched all over an under the deck for any manufacturer markings and cannot find a single one. Below is a link to where I have placed images (I had a difficult time inserting them in the post). Please ...

Decking Decisions | This Old HouseRecommendations: Typical choices are plain deck boards, like and ChoiceDek, and shaped tongue-and-groove deck boards, like (which you install) and SmartDeck's Duood EX (installed by a certified contractor). SmartDeck also offers a 100 percent plastic product, called Duood PE. If you're wiring the deck, consider ChoiceDek and Duood; both of these deck-and-rail systems are formed to allow running wires within posts or deck boards. composite ...

How to Clean and Restain a Deck | This Old Housethis old house general contractor Tom Silva breathes new life into a weather-beaten wood deck.

All About Hardwood Decking | This Old HouseTough: All these decking boards are hard enough to stand up to hail, claws, and heels. Durable: They're immune to insects and rot, even if they come in contact with the ground. Stable: These hardwoods don't shrink as much as pressure-treated softwoods or expand and contract with temperature fluctuations like plastics and composites do. Fire resistant: If a hardwood deck does catch fire, it won't billow toxic smoke like one made of composite boards or pressure-treated lumber ...

High-Tech Decks | This Old Housecomposite decking looks and behaves more like wood than all-plastic does because it contains about 50 percent wood dust in addition to plastic. Most boards have solid or tongue-and-groove profiles and are screwed down just like wood. Some have hollow cores to cut down on weight. Hi-Tech Decks 4. Photo by Burt Welleford. Workers at this old house's Timeless Home in Atlanta, Georgia, install all-plastic deck boards onto a substructure made of recycled plastic reinforced with ...

Our Favorite New Building and Deck Products | This Old HouseDeck Lighting In a Kit. plug-and-play system of LED lights for stairs showcased at the 2011 international. View as slideshow. In anticipation of building codes mandating that deck stairs require lighting, came up with a plug-and-play system of LED lights that recess into neat holes (easy to cut with a Forstner bit) and which are built into post caps. LEDs burn cool, eliminate the issue of lights dimming at the end of the line, and come with a seven-year warranty. All in all, a nifty system.

Read This Before You Build Your Deck | This Old Housecan of deck finish. View as slideshow. Photo by Jeff Harris. At the very least, coat a wood deck with a penetrating sealer to fend off rot and decayor stain it to add color and extra protection. Waterborne stains suit most types of wood, but only oil-based stains can penetrate tropical hardwoods. Stains with more pigment last longer and offer better sun protection than semitransparent or clear ones. composite boards need a finish that suits the material; seek advice from the manufacturer.

How to Build Porch Stairs - YouTube24 Sep 2016 ... Watch the full episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJxz5Mv9pDw Ask this old house general contractor Tom Silva builds a safe and solid set of porch stai...

How to Replace a Deck Post - This Old House - YouTube12 Oct 2014 ... Shoring up an old deck with new supports with this old house general contractor Tom Silva. (See below for a shopping list and tools.) Click here to SUBSCRIBE...

Deck Defense | This Old HouseA guide to the cleaners, finishes, and techniques for making your deck look new again.

How to Deck Over a Concrete Stoop | This Old HouseIn this how-to video, this old house general contractor Tom Silva shows how to conceal ugly concrete with wood-composite lumber.

The High-Tech, Low-Fuss Deck | This Old HouseForty years ago, pressure-treated deck boards were the greatest thing to hit the housing market since, er, vinyl siding. But while treated lumber holds up well under most conditions, it's going to need workcleaning, stripping, sanding, and sealing. Today, composite decking does even treated wood one better by doing away with the bulk of the upkeep. Made of a mix of waste wood or cellulose fiber and plastic, composite boards typically require only an occasional cleaning. Same goes ...

17 Stunning Decks to Inspire Your Backyard ... - This Old HouseRambling composite Deck. multi-level deck that winds in and around trees, deck design inspirational ideas. View as slideshow. Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn. Lush trees appear to hug a multi-level, curved deck structure with copious room for entertaining. Building a deck to fit in with the angles and height of existing foliage adds a sense of luxury that only customization will allow. Learn more about synthetic materials for a high-tech, low-fuss deck. Perk up your old digs by ...