Deck Building Resource Center

Find everything you need to know about building a deck with guides, how-tos, and tips, all developed by our team of expert deck builders. If you run into any questions with planning or building your project, just reach out – we’re here to help.

“The hardest part of the job was unloading the boards off the truck.”

Jason L.
Littleton | Colorado

How to build a deck: A DIY overview

Bring your vision to life with a step-by-step overview of how to build a TimberTech deck.  

Overview

STEP 1

Design & planning

  • Determine the design and scope of the project, including deck size, railing style, and color scheme.
  • Create a materials list based on the project requirements.
  • Consider any necessary tools and equipment needed.
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STEP 2

Framing a deck

  • Install the ledger board to the house (if applicable).
  • Build the deck frame using aluminum, steel, or pressure-treated wood.
  • Install support beams and joists according to local building codes.
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STEP 3

Installing decking

  • Determine the decking layout according to design plan.
  • Install the starter clips along the deck frame, if required.
  • Begin installing the deck boards, ensuring proper spacing and alignment. Use hidden fasteners or color-matched screws for a seamless finish.
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STEP 4

Installing railing

  • Choose the railing style and height that complements your deck design.
  • Install the railing posts, ensuring they are securely attached to the deck frame.
  • Attach the railing sections to the posts, following the instructions for your chosen collection.
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STEP 5

Deck stairs

  • Determine the design of the stairs based on the deck’s height and local building codes.
  • Cut and assemble the stringers, treads, and risers, securing them to the deck with appropriate hardware.
  • Finish by installing railings, if needed.
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STEP 6

Custom details

  • Install any additional features, such as lighting, pergolas, and furniture.
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STEP 7

Maintenance

  • Regularly clean your deck to maintain its beauty. Use TimberTech’s Deck Cleaner and a medium to stiff fiber or nylon brush depending on whether you installed a PVC or Composite deck.
  • Regularly inspect the decking and railing to ensure they are in good condition.
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DIY Decking Ideas & Inspiration

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