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:
Southern Forest Products Association:
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:
Western Wood Products Association: