In our last three articles we wrote about deck stairs, deck rails and deck balusters. Today let’s address those oh-so-important finishing touches for a deck using post covers (sometimes called sleeves) and post caps.

Two Story Deck with Post Covers and Post Cap Lights, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Two Story Deck with Post Covers and Post Cap Lights, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

What exactly IS a post cover?

Other than a platform deck built at ground-level, a deck will need to be supported with structural posts.  And these posts are (typically) built with pressure treated lumber.  So depending on the location and height of your deck, you may want to cover the bare posts.

For example if your deck is just slightly raised, simple landscaping will hide its posts and, in this case, skipping the post cover is common.

Low Grade Deck with Landscaping, by Archadeck

Low Grade Deck with Landscaping, by Archadeck

If, however, the deck is a little (or a lot) higher, lattice — or another deck skirt design — can be used to enclose the space as well as hide the posts.

Low Deck with Lattice, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Low Deck with Lattice, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Deck and Stairs Designed With Lattice, Project by Archadeck

Deck and Stairs Designed With Lattice, Project by Archadeck

If you have a two or three story home and your deck is built at those higher elevations, you should definitely consider post covers, wraps or sleeves.

Second Story Composite Deck with Post Covers by Archadeck

Second Story Composite Deck with Post Covers by Archadeck

As a side note:  Some homeowners add specialty covers for their deck railing posts too, as seen in the project below.

Custom Deck Rail Post Covers by Archadeck

Custom Deck Rail Post Covers by Archadeck

What exactly IS a post cap?

As the name implies, a deck post cap sits directly on top of the rail post, serving both decorative and useful purposes.

Function-wise, caps protect the end-grains of your rail posts from damage. Aesthetically, post caps come in nearly every conceivable shape, color, size and style; they’re a perfect way to incorporate deck lighting too.

Deck Post Caps with Lantern Lights by Archadeck

Deck Post Caps and Post Lantern Lights by Archadeck

As a side note:  Not all deck rails require post caps as seen in the project below.

Deck Rails Without Post Caps, Archadeck St. Louis Mo

Deck Rails Without Post Caps, Archadeck St. Louis Mo

The key takeaway here is pretty basic.  Add aesthetic appeal to your deck or porch project with deck post caps and covers.  And the options are plentiful.

Additional reading

The Space Under Your Deck:  Hide It, Disguise It, or Better Yet Use It

The Four Best Ways To Use The Space Under A Deck

How To Add Lights To A Deck, Screened Porch or Pergola

Next steps

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Sources

Decks Direct, Deckorators, The Deck Store, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Archadecks in Columbus OH, Kansas City, Raleigh Durham, Hennepin County MN, Pittsburgh PA, Central Iowa

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