Your Guide to a Beautiful, Safe, Strong Deck
Are you looking to build a new deck, or do you simply want to ensure that your current deck is safe and code compliant? Whatever your decking needs, our Deck Center has the solutions. From finding the right products to navigating building codes, our resources can help make the process easier and make your deck safer.
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Ideas and Inspiration
Find the inspiration to build your own outdoor oasis. We’ve assembled a collection of some of our favorite decks complete with how-to guides.
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Building a Safe, Strong Deck for information on products and designs.
Add beauty and strength to your outdoor living structures with Outdoor Accents decorative hardware.
Our educational video series guides you through the most important components of building a safer, stronger deck.
Planning and Building
Now that you’re found your inspiration, it’s time to plan. These resources can help you design your deck, select products and find step-by-step instructions.
With this free web-based software, you can design your deck, print out your permit submittal pages and materials lists, and go. Design the rest of your dream backyard with our Fence Planner Software™ and Pergola Planner Software™.
This guide offers step-by-step instruction on using connectors and fasteners to build safe, code-compliant decks.
Learn more about common Simpson Strong-Tie connector, anchor and fastener options to meet the prescriptive requirements for the DCA6 – Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide (2015 International Residential Code edition).
Decks built with a continuous load path rely on a system of key connections to transfer load throughout the deck frame and into the ground or supporting structure. In this animation, learn how to properly create a continuous load path.
Simpson Strong-Tie provides installation details for a variety of connectors and fasteners used in the construction of wood decks to clarify installation.
Check out our videos, online and in-person training, literature and industry tips for deck construction.
Join Simpson Strong-Tie R&D engineers for an informative conversation about the requirements and solutions for ensuring a safe and structurally sound deck ledger connection.
Find a dealer near you who can help you with your deck planning and building projects.
Safety and Maintenance
Whether you’re building a deck or have an existing deck, you should know how to evaluate its construction to make sure it's structurally sound and safe.
Using the proper structural connectors and fasteners, as well as regular maintenance, are the keys to a safe, strong deck.
Learn the five warning signs of an unsafe deck and how to determine if you need to repair, retrofit or rebuild your deck.
See how to connect your deck securely with connectors and structural fasteners to create a continuous load path.
Deck failures are preventable. Using the proper structural connectors and fasteners, as well as regular maintenance, is the secret to a safe, strong deck.
Where Great Backyards Begin
Whether you’re taking on a project for the love of the challenge, in need of a place to unwind, or creating spaces for family and friends — a strong, beautiful outdoor structure can make all the difference. Look through our ideas, tools and plans to find a project that sparks your interest.Explore Outdoor Living Solutions