Deck Construction

Before you begin construction of a deck, the first step should always be to make sure you’re building to code. No matter what kind of deck you’re building, the top priority is to ensure a safe deck. A good place to start is the DCA-6 Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide from the American Wood Council, which is a great general resource and includes guidance on the International Residential Code (IRC).

Learn more about proper deck construction from these additional resources.

American Wood Council: Connection Calculator

California Redwood Association:

Redwood Deck Construction

Get Real. Redwood v. Composite LCA

Redwood Decking Environmental Product Declaration

Redwood Decking Meets Wildland Fire Standards

Southern Forest Products Association:

Southern Pine Decks and Porches

LCA Report: Treated Lumber vs. Composite Decking

 Western Red Cedar:



Wood You Like to Know? Videos: Deck Maintenance and Repair


Siding, Paneling and Flooring

Learn about siding, paneling and flooring installation techniques for various softwood lumber species here.

Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association: Eastern White Pine Siding

Southern Forest Products Association: Southern Pine Flooring

Western Red Cedar Lumber Association:

Real Cedar Projects for Around Your Home

Installing Cedar Siding

Western Wood Products Association:

Installation Guide for Wood Siding

Installation Guide for Wood Paneling


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