Wood Decks

Floor joists for home addition.

Floor Joist Spans for Home Building Projects

Whether you’re building a deck, an addition, or a shed for your backyard; it’s important to make sure the floor joists are sized properly to support the load. Read on to find out the minimum size joists you need for different types of wood in home building projects.

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Using a roller to stain a deck

Cleaning and Staining a Wood Deck

Staining a wood deck and other exterior wood surfaces is vital to prolonging the life and look of the wood. Watch this video for tips on how to go about it.

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Wood deck before staining

How to Prepare a Wood Deck for Staining

Proper cleaning and drying is the key to staining a wood deck, fence, or outdoor furniture. Watch this video to find out more.

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Building a deck.

Adding a Deck and Landscaping the First Time Homeowner House

Watch this video to see how we installed a pressure treated wood deck, landscaped the yard, and added a crushed limestone driveway to our First Time Homeowner house.

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Freshly stained wood deck.

Whether to Paint or Stain a Wood Deck?

Marian asks, “Our 10-year-old pressure treated wood deck is a dull, dingy gray. Can I paint the wood deck successfully?”

Stain is a better option than paint when finishing a deck. Read on to find out more.

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Installing tongue and groove ipe flooring with stainless steel screws

How to Install Ipê Wood Flooring on a Porch

Ipê is a dense, tropical hardwood which grows in South America. It makes a great flooring material for porches and decks, since the wood is naturally resistant to moisture, fungus, insects, and rot. Watch this video to find out some tips on how to install ipê flooring on a porch.

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Finished back porch addition with fireplace

Foundation and Framing for a Back Porch Addition

The back porch addition for this historic home included a large fireplace and decorative scroll cuts in the bottom of the exposed rafters to match the design on the house. Watch this video to see how it was done.

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Laying wood deck board on a deck

How to Build a Wood Deck on Your Home

Adding a wood deck for outdoor entertaining and relaxing is a great way to get more enjoyment and add to the value of your home. Watch this video to find out the steps involved in adding a wood deck to your house.

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