Deck and Patio

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15 Gorgeous Deck and Patio Ideas You Can DIY

Stop dreaming about your perfect deck or patio and start planning. Take a look at some of our favorite projects, and then build one (or more!) in your backyard.

13 Best Patio and Deck Cleaners

To get your deck or patio ready for summer, give it a good scrub-down. Using the right patio or deck...


Best Patio Shade Sails and Ideas

Our favorite patio shade sails make all your backyard oasis dreams come true!


How to Build Deck Stairs

Calculating the step dimensions, laying out stringers and building a sturdy set of deck stairs.


What Is an Awning? What To Know Before You Buy

These roof extensions provide shade and shelter for relaxing on your back deck or unlocking your front door. Here's what...

10 Inspiring Deck Designs

Whether wood or composite, decks offer a place to relax, soak up the sun and entertain while also adding value...


Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers

Our favorite seasoned adventurers recommend gift ideas big and small, including camp stoves, a jeweler's loupe and THE best travel...

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What To Do With Outdoor Patio Furniture During Winter

Harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on outdoor furniture. We asked an expert for tips on what to do with...


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How and Where to Store Outdoor Patio Cushions

Learning how to store outdoor patio cushions significantly enhances your outdoor space without adding a lot of time to your...


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How to Easily Clean an Outdoor Rug

Your outdoor rug should be cleaned just like an indoor rug or carpet. Here’s how to do it.


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Lowe’s Labor Day Sales You Won’t Want to Miss

Celebrate the season at Lowe's Labor Day Sale with special values on everything you need to get your home and...


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10 Things To Do To Prepare Your Deck or Patio For Fall

You've been enjoying your deck or patio throughout the summer, but now the weather's changing. Here are 10 tips to...


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If You See This Pattern on Your Porch, This Is What It Means

This peculiar squiggly pattern is caused by a certain type of garden pest. Learn why they do it and how...


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8 Tips and Products for Cleaning Composite Decking

If you use your deck a lot or are planning an outdoor party, you may be wondering how to clean...

8 Best Pressure Washer Attachments

Want to enhance your pressure washer game? These eight pressure washer attachments turn a great tool into a can't-live-without-it workhorse.


6 Best Patio Awning Ideas

Make your patio more fun and functional by adding an awning. The protection and privacy make your patio everyone's favorite...


Pergola vs. Gazebo: What’s the Difference?

Find out which one might be the better option for your home.


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10 Best Outdoor Shades

Whether you call them outdoor blinds, shades or privacy panels, you'll love their beauty and cooling effect on your outdoor...


The Best Roll Up Shades for Your Porch

Sometimes you want a little less sun beating down on your deck. A roll-up shade is an easy to way...


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7 Best Patio Trees for Shade

Here’s a list of ornamental trees in a variety of sizes to create shade for any patio.


5 Best Palapa Umbrellas for Your Backyard

Get some shade in your backyard and add some style with one of these palapa umbrellas.


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Our Favorite Garden and Patio Finds on Amazon For Less Than $25

These garden and patio finds from Amazon will help you fight pests, clean the grill and get your outdoor space...

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8 Ways to Shade Your Deck or Patio

Is your outdoor area too hot and sunny? Learn about shade solutions for your deck or patio, from large canopies...


Family Handyman Reader Projects: Outdoor Spaces

We asked Family Handyman readers what kinds of projects they tackled during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. The results were...


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How To Clean Outdoor Cushions

Keep your outdoor cushions looking and feeling fresh with these smart and easy cleaning methods.


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5 Lessons We Learned While Building a Deck

When you build a deck from the ground up, you're going to learn some things. Here are some of the...


Why Composite Decking Makes Sense for Deck Rebuilds

Composite decking costs a little more than natural wood, but benefits like its sharp look, ease of maintenance, and durability...


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Azek Decking vs Trex: Which is Best for You?

Decide whether Azek or Trex is the best choice for your specific project, with this summary and comparison of these...