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CWC: Resources For Wood Plank Decking
Canadian Wood Council provides you with information for wood plank decking (tongue and groove), including common species, sizes, shapes, grades, ordering and installation. See pages 32-37 of this report. (PDF)

WRCLA: Information On Western Red Cedar Deck Building
Western Red Cedar Lumber Association site provides cedar deck building information, including sections on ideas, planning, deck projects, building, finishing, maintenance and resources.
Issues & Performance

Fine Homebuilding: Details For A Lasting Deck
Fine Homebuilding provides results of a study that explains how design details, fasteners and finishes hold up the best on outdoor structures. (PDF)

FPL: Controlling Moisture In Deck Lumber
Forest Products Laboratory provides this section of the Porches Decks & Outbuildings book that tells how many deck problems can be traced to moisture content of wood both during construction and over its lifetime. (PDF)
Procedures

BC Housing: Illustrated Guide For Building Safe & Durable Wood Decks & Balconies
BC Housing online Illustrated Guide For Building Safe and Durable Wood Decks and Balconies provides best practice approaches for designing wood decks and balconies in BC. It includes key principles regarding structural design, moisture management, material selection and maintenance. The information is relevant for low-rise wood-frame residential buildings across BC. (PDF)

Buildipedia: How To Refinish A Wood Deck
Buildipedia online video describes how to refinish a wood deck.

Fine Homebuilding: Deck Stains
Fine Homebuilding describes deck stains that are engineered to color and protect wood in a single coat and are available in oil-based, water-based, and water-based epoxy-fortified mixtures.

Fine Homebuilding: Framing A Deck With A Radius
Fine Homebuilding online video describes how to you make pressure-treated framing conform to a radius for a curved deck.

FPL: Finsihes For Wood Decks
US Forest Products Laboratory offers technical brief from Advanced Housing Research Center, that outlines how finishes to wood decks can minimize problems from cracking, raised grain and mildew growth. (PDF)

Paint Dealers: Cleaners & Restorers For Wood Decks
Paint Dealers magazine article covers types of products for wood deck cleaning and restoring, plus gives you the pros and cons of mechanical cleaning methods. 1998 (PDF)
Product Supply

Dovetail: Comparison Of Wood-Plastic Composite & Wood Decking
Dovetail report Comparison of Performance Characteristics & Environmental Attributes of Wood-Plastic Composite vs Wood Decking says life cycle assessment indicates that WPCs have substantially higher environmental impacts in comparison to a naturally durable solid wood product such as western red cedar. While WPCs may be made completely, or nearly so, from recycled content, the overall environmental impact of WPC products is nonetheless large as compared to impacts linked to traditional solid-wood decking products. (PDF)
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