- 1 How do you build a ground level deck step by step?
- 2 Do I need footings for a ground level deck?
- 3 Can I build a deck directly on the ground?
- 4 How far off the ground does a deck need to be?
- 5 How do you prepare the ground under a deck?
- 6 How do you build a deck without digging holes?
- 7 Why deck posts should not be set in concrete?
- 8 Can you build a deck without footings?
- 9 Can I use deck pier blocks instead of footings?
- 10 How many footings do I need for a 12×16 deck?
- 11 Can pressure treated wood touch the ground?
- 12 How do you lay decking on uneven ground?
- 13 How high off the ground can a deck be without a railing?
- 14 Do I need gravel under deck blocks?
- 15 What do you put under decking?
How do you build a ground level deck step by step?
Building A Ground Level Step-By-Step
- Step 3: Consider Ground Level Deck Ventilation.
- Step 4: Plan the Foundation and Leveling.
- Step 5: Lay the Beams.
- Step 6: Attach Anchors / Joists.
- Step 7: Attach Inner Joists.
- Step 8: Lay the Decking.
- Step 9: Trim the Edges.
- Step 10: Add Steps or Stairs.
Do I need footings for a ground level deck?
If you want to expand your outdoor living space, a ground level deck might be your best option. Since it’s not connected to a house, it can go anywhere in your yard and doesn’t require deep footings. Because it rises just inches above ground, it doesn’t need stairs or railings.
Can I build a deck directly on the ground?
Floating decks can be set directly on the ground or, preferably, a bed of gravel. But it’s best to support the deck on concrete blocks. This keeps the wood off the ground and away from moisture so the wood stays drier and lasts longer.
How far off the ground does a deck need to be?
There is no standard height for a “grade-level” deck—the maximum measurement from grade to the deck surface could be 6 inches, 12 inches, 24 inches, or more. But generally speaking, I apply the term to decks that are up to 30 inches above grade, since guardrails are required for any decks that are higher than that.
How do you prepare the ground under a deck?
To suppress the growth of unwanted vegetation underneath the deck, the area should be covered with landscaping fabric. First, add a layer of coarse sand for drainage. Then cover the sand with landscaping fabric. Bury the fabric under several inches of gravel.
How do you build a deck without digging holes?
OZCO Building Products’ OZ-Deck Foundation System is one of the best ways to build a deck without digging holes. It’s a hot-dipped galvanized plate that when combined with OZCO’s post anchors creates a solid foundation so you can build a solid deck without digging holes or pouring concrete.
Why deck posts should not be set in concrete?
A deck post should always be placed on top of footing, not inside concrete because it can break. Concrete tends to absorb moisture and wood expands when it gets wet, so these two factors combined will result in the wood breaking the concrete.
Can you build a deck without footings?
When it comes to floating decks, which are decks that are built very close to the ground, they don’t need any sort of footing. You can either use small concrete blocks and planks, or you can use a post that sets into a pre-formed hole.
Can I use deck pier blocks instead of footings?
Pier blocks can be used instead of footings for a ground-level deck not requiring permits. Piers blocks can also be used if the frost level depth is less then the height of the pier block. These footing size requirements are to ensure enough soil bearing to prevent the joist from sinking in the ground.
How many footings do I need for a 12×16 deck?
A standard deck will need four footings parallel to the house, but they will need to be temporarily braced by 6 inch-by-6 inch posts. Using doubled boards, you will then need to build beams on the top row of the posts to frame the edges of the deck. These must be topped with adjustable post caps.
Can pressure treated wood touch the ground?
Ground-contact pressure–treated lumber can be used either above ground or in contact with the ground. Has twice the level of chemical retention and protection compared to above-ground treated wood.
How do you lay decking on uneven ground?
To build a decking base on sloped uneven ground:
- Clear the area of all grass, weeds and debris using a good quality spade.
- Dig 1ft deep post holes.
- Set the posts using post mix so that the top is at or slightly above the desired height.
How high off the ground can a deck be without a railing?
If your deck is below 30 inches, a railing is not required. With that said, if you choose to build a deck, even if it is only 24 inches off the ground, that is still high enough that even an adult could injure themselves.
Do I need gravel under deck blocks?
The gravel will allow water to drain away from the base of the blocks, further decreasing the chance of frost heaving, and also give you an easy way to adjust the level of each block to get the most even support.
What do you put under decking?
If you’re laying your deck straight onto the ground, cover the area with a layer of weed control fabric. Then add 40 mm to 50 mm of gravel on top. The other method is to create concrete pads for the deck to sit on top of. This will reduce the likelihood of moisture seeping into the frame and causing damage.