DECKING GLOSSARY

Baluster:  a vertical support used in railings

Beam:  a piece of decking that goes between the posts and supports the joists

Cap Rail:  a piece placed on top of the railing to give it a finished look

Composite Decking:  decking that is manufacturer from wood fiber and plastic and requires less maintenance and has a longer lifespan

Decking Boards:  the floor of the deck

Fascia:  a board that covers the rim joists

Footing:  the below ground support for the decks posts

Joist Hanger:  a piece of metal made to secure the joists and attach to the home’s ledger board or a beam that supports the joists

Joist:  a piece of deck framing – it is sub-deck and is located directly beneath the deck boards

Lattice:  a piece of material that has a cross pattern of weaves strips typically used to privacy screens

Ledger:  a board that is attached to the side of the home and holds up one end of the deck

On Center:  a method of measuring the distance between two decking boards – measuring from the center of one to the center of the next

Post:  a vertical wooden post that is part of the footing and framing and supports the beam

Post Cap:  a piece that attaches to the top of the post to cover and protect it from the elements

Pressure Treated Wood:  wood that is treated with high pressure chemicals to preserve the wood

Rise:  the height of a step

Run:  the length of a step

Skirt:  covers the under structure of the decking

Stringer:  the piece of structure that supports the stairway

Sub-Structure:  all the decking construction that is located below the decking boards – includes the joists, hangers, ledgers, rim joists, beams, posts, anchors, and footers

Customer Reviews

At Sunshine Contracting, customer satisfaction has always been our top priority. We’re dedicated to the success of every project, and this commitment to excellence has helped us earn outstanding reviews from previous customers.

“The quality of their work has been excellent. They have demonstrated a commitment to doing things right and making sure the customer is happy with the result. Our experience with Sunshine Contracting's high quality and high value home repair/update products and installation services is why we continued to use them when we moved to our new home.”

Ed W.

“Quality work and professional team. I looked around the Stafford area for someone that could replace two of my patio doors with quality doors and Sunshine exceeded my expectations, and trust me, I have very high expectations. Highly professional from start to finish. The gentleman that installed the doors was very meticulous and ensured every minuscule adjustment was perfect. I will use them again for any of my home's needs. Lastly, it is not easy to find quality contractors like Sunshine provides.”

Bradley G.

“We were very happy that we chose Sunshine Contracting for our Hardie siding and gutter installation. Sunshine is one of the few James Hardie Elite Preferred contractors in the area, and they beat the other Elite Preferred installer by about 25 percent on their estimate. More importantly, Sunshine did an awesome job with the actual siding project, board and batten siding on a mid century modern Deck House.”

Tim Q.
Schedule Your Free At-Home Consultation