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Deck Terms and Definitions

Baluster
One of a series of vertical upright supports between the posts of deck railing.
Beam
The wood, composite, or metal boards that sit on top of the deck foundation supports.
Cantilever
Type of deck construction where the joists extend beyond the support beam.
Cap Rail
The top horizontal part of deck railing, sometimes a separate piece.
Composite Decking
Deck planks, or boards made from plastic and wood fiber.
Deck Paint
Exterior paint that is very wear resistant. Decking Wide board, usually two inches thick, attached to flooring or roofing joists acting as the floor or roof of a structure. Alternately, light gauged ribbed metal sheets used for supporting a roof or floor.
Fascia
Boards or planks placed to cover end joists.
Footing
Underground support of deck posts, commonly made of concrete.
Guardrail
Lower horizontal board between railing posts.
Joist
The wood, composite, or metal boards that support the visible planks.
Post
Vertical piece of material on top of the footing to support the beams.
Pressure Treated Wood
Wood that has undergone the high pressure treatment of chemicals in order to preserve the wood.
Railing Post
Vertical upright lumber to hold deck rails.
Span
The distance between deck supports.

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Designing a Deck

Designing a Deck
A deck is a popular home improvement that not only adds to the value of your home, but also provides an extra space for enjoying the outdoors. You'll want to carefully consider the design elements that go into your deck. You must think of a deck as a new addition to your house (like a room), one in which you are planning specific use of.

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Pressure Washing Your Deck

Pressure Washing Your Deck
The easiest, most effective way of cleaning dirty, grimy surfaces is with a pressure washer. They are specially designed to remove built-up mold, mildew, dirt and grime and to restore surfaces to like-new condition in a fraction of the time it would take by hand. Pressure washers come in a variety of styles, sizes and additional attachments that can be used for more than just cleaning your deck.

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Working With Deck Builders

Working With Deck Builders
Having a deck installed offers one perk that most home improvements don’t offer. Due to the fact that the addition is outside, you won’t have to interrupt your daily life to accommodate to the installation. You won’t have contractors and materials all over your house and you will not be losing electricity or water at any given point.

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