Deck Codes & Standards

Does Your Deck Comply with Deck Building Codes and Standards, and Is It Safe?
These are not always the same.

Deck Codes & Standards (by Bruce A. Barker) shows how to design and build decks that comply with modern deck construction best practices. Often, these best practices go beyond the minimum requirements of building codes. By some estimates more than 120,000 people are injured by deck failures, and there are more than 50 fatalities every year in the United States. Following this careful and detailed advice is the surest way for a homeowner to protect against disaster.

Using the same common-sense approach in his bestselling book Codes for Homeowners, Deck Codes & Standards isolates the aspects of deck building that are the most frequent sources of trouble, and shows–with photos, illustrations, and commentary–how to do it correctly.

This book is not only for DIYers who are building a brand new deck. This book also contains a detailed checklist for homeowners to help them determine if their deck might need a more thorough inspection by a qualified deck inspector.

Building codes have changed significantly in the past several years. If your existing deck is more than a few years old, you’ll want this detailed and accessible volume.

Want more information about deck construction best practices? Try the American Wood Council website.