Building a deck for the first time or updating your current one? Start your journey by exploring deck designs, ideas, and layouts that fit your needs. Then, prepare yourself to DIY like a pro. Get inspired and check out our roundup of everything you need to know before installing your deck.

Deck Designs & Layouts: What's Your Style?

Transform your backyard landscape! Match your house colour and interior style with deck furniture, create eye-catching details with dramatic lines, or invest in versatile and high-performance decks that offer stunning form and function. When building your outdoor oasis, the choice is yours. 

Looking for something more unique? Try beautiful finishes with multi-tones and subtle shades that help camouflage dirt. For visual interest, add trim in a different shade.

Hot tubs. Fire pits. Pergolas. Play around with your options to create the outdoor space of your dreams.

Visit your local Lowe's to check out deck board samples and get started today.


Decking Materials: Which One is Right for You?

Understand your options before choosing the material that’s right for you. If you’re concerned about the environment, TimberTech and AZEK are both committed to sustainability through clean manufacturing and the use of recycled content in their products.
Capped wood composite deck with deck chairs set up on it

Capped Wood Composite

With the look and feel of real lumber, high-performance composite decks outperform wood over time. Much more resistant to the elements, they offer the charm of traditional wood without the high-maintenance hassles.
Aerial view of capped polymer deck with furniture on it and grass in the top background

Capped Polymer

Thinking of adding a roof deck? AZEK® capped polymer is strong, durable, and weather resistant. Count on this lightweight building
material to resist stratches, stains, and fading.
Pressure treated lumber deck with black wicker furniture in the middle

Pressure Treated Lumber

Classic pressure-treated lumber has its own benefits as well. Versatile, easy to use, and affordable, it's also available exclusively at Lowe's in modern grey. Each piece is inspected for high quality and is kiln dried for maximum durability.

Decking Materials: What's the Difference?

 Maintenance  Periodic cleaning Periodic cleaning Annual staining and sealing
 Residential Warranty  Limited 30-year fade and stain, limited lifetime against material defects, termite and rot damage Limited 25-year fade and stain, material defects, termite and rot damage  X
 Hidden Fastening Option  Yes Yes X
 Durability ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
 Mold & Mildew Resistance ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆  X
 Stain Resistance ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
 Scratch Resistance ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
 Colourfastness ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
 Splinter-Free ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★   X
 Heat Dissipation ★ ★

Deck Colours

Try shades of grey and brown for a modern look. A pleasing palette of soft shades in silver and grey complement the most popular home exterior colours. Rustic textures and wood colours are also always in style; use earthy, adaptable brown tones to enrich the natural beauty of your outdoor space.

Deck Railing & Lighting: Finish Your Look

From smooth lines to Victorian profiles, stylish railings, and balusters set the scene on your deck. Explore unique collections by AZEK and TimberTech that truly complement individual architectural styles.

Enhance the safety and serenity of your outdoor experience. Accessory lighting on your stairs and posts are both practical and attractive additions. Accent lights, in-deck lights, and under-rail lights provide a delicate downlight effect or ambient glow.

Now that you’ve carefully considered what suits your lifestyle, making your deck plans will be smooth sailing. You know what style you like, which materials you need, and the extra details needed to finish it off.

Visit your nearest Lowe’s to learn more about our deck installation services.

Different Types of Deck Rail & Lighting

Make an unforgettable first impression with stylish deck railing and lighting. These finishing touches add an extra polish that pulls everything together.

  • Black post cap on wood baluster, blurred greenery in background

    Post Caps

    For a great beginner DIY project, post caps are an inexpensive way to finish the deck. They can help prevent water absorption in the wood and give your deck an aesthetic boost. Post caps come in a variety of shapes, colours, and styles, and add class and flair to any deck.
  • thin black balusters complement natural wood deck railing outdoors


    Balusters are short columns or pillars that support railings, which both give your deck added style and safety. You can choose yours in just about any style and colour to match the rest of your deck.
  • Aerial view of two deck riser lights on stairs

    Riser Lights

    Installing riser lights on your deck is a sophisticated way of adding safety to stairs. They come in a variety of shapes and styles so you can easily match them to your deck and furniture.
  • white composite deck railing and stairs contrast against grey deck flooring outdoors

    Composite Rail

    If you want to spend more time enjoying your deck than maintaining it, choose composite rail. It’s extremely durable and comes in a wide array of styles and colours. Although the initial cost may be higher, its value is much more affordable over the long run.
  • white aluminum deck railing and glass partition along perimeter of deck outdoors

    Aluminum Rail

    Aluminum is a top choice for railings because of its durability, affordability, strength, and ease of installation. They’re also incredibly low-maintenance, with a powder coating preventing chips, scratches, and peels.
  • Under rail light glows beneath wood deck railing at evening outdoors

    Under-Rail Lights

    When the sun goes down, you can still keep the evening going with under-rail deck lights. They cast a warm glow that doubles as sophistication and safety.

New & Exclusive to Lowe's

Crystal Rail's sleek tempered glass railing offers unobstructed views and gorgeous LED lighting at night. Available for special order at your local Lowe's.

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