Household & Real Estate

Ways to Install an Elevated Deck

Before installing an elevated deck, you must have the proper tools and materials. We will discuss what materials to use, how to dig holes, and fix joists. After that, you can choose a style. In addition, you must consider the type of lumber you want to use.

Materials to Choose From

There are a few primary materials to choose from when installing an elevated deck. First, you can choose from lightweight PVC or polyethylene. These materials are easy to cut and durable. They also resist fading. They will not warm up or melt like some composites or natural wood. They won’t break down in a landfill and are inexpensive. Your imagination and your budget only limit the options for these materials.

You can go with a wood-like composite or an ornamental railing for the railings. Wood railing is a classic and durable option, but you can choose an ornamental one to add personality to your elevated deck. Another option is the composite wood railing, which is environmentally friendly and resistant to rot. You can also choose composite wood deck tiles, which are eco-friendly and easy to install.

Digging Holes

The first step in installing an elevated deck is digging holes for the posts and footings. You can use a posthole digger or a power auger to dig the holes. Make sure you dig the holes below the soil’s frost line to prevent posts from shifting during construction. Next, install concrete tubing forms about one inch above the ground. Use a scrap 1x to keep them level, and use a tape measure or mason’s line to center the tubes. When finished, tamp the soil around the tubes to remove excess air.

Before digging holes for the footings, check with the local building department and permit the board to ensure you have permission to build your deck. Ensure you have the proper building permits and follow all zoning regulations.

Fixing Joists

Before repairing your elevated deck, ensure all joists are sound and secure. If the joists are warped or rotting, they must be replaced. Make sure you use pressure-treated wood for your replacement joists. The new joists should overlap about three feet and be the same length as the old joist.

For rotted wood, you should remove it using a saw and chisel. If the joist is in good condition, you can reinforce it with a copper naphthenate solution. While this solution may be effective, more is needed to provide structural value. Furthermore, the material may need to match the original look of the floor joist.

Choosing a Style

Choosing a style for an elevated deck should reflect the aesthetics and architectural style of the home. Choosing a deck railing that features natural wood can give the home a classic, traditional look. On the other hand, a sleek industrial look can be achieved with glass or stainless steel cable railing.

Considering the deck’s functionality is essential before deciding on a style. If it will be used to entertain guests, choose a multi-tiered deck with multiple seating areas. This way, people can sit and enjoy the view without being overly crowded. Alternatively, if you need to save space, you may opt for a single-level deck. In either case, the deck still provides an enjoyable outdoor living space.

Choosing a Location

Choosing a location for an elevated deck requires careful planning. You will need to consider prevailing winds, the size of your property, and other factors such as microclimates, weather, and views. You should also consider your budget. In addition, the location of your elevated deck will have a direct impact on your lifestyle.

Your location will also determine what elevation you should use for your elevated deck. For example, if you live in a warmer climate, consider putting the deck where shady areas will be during the day. If you live in a colder climate, choose a location where the sun isn’t as intense during the hours you plan to use your elevated deck.