Floating decks can cause a bit of confusion. You may have heard that they are a bad idea, but floating decks can be executed safely and can look good too. In fact, we find that floating decks create unique, functional spaces that homeowners end up really enjoying. Here’s what you need to know about floating decks and when they are a good idea (and when they’re not.)
What is a Floating Deck?
A floating deck is also known as a freestanding deck. They are not attached to any building or other structure and they, therefore, do not need footings installed below the frost line or a ledger (a framing member which usually connects decks to the house.) Floating decks may be supported by small footings or concrete blocks, which may sometimes create the impression that they are floating a few inches off the ground.
Where Can You Put a Floating Deck?
You can put a floating deck anywhere except next to the house or another structure. Decks that are against a home absolutely need ledgers to be stable, and the building code will require ledgers and other supports as well.
Besides, one of the best advantages of a floating deck is that you can put it in unusual spots, creating unique spaces to entertain, sunbathe, relax, and enjoy your yard in general. Some ideas for floating deck placement include:
- Among trees: Create a sheltered, private space beneath mature trees by placing your floating deck close to them.
- In the garden: For those who love the garden, placing a floating deck amid your favourite plants just makes sense. You can make quite the statement by arranging greenery around the deck.
- The center: Place your floating deck in the center of your yard and be surrounded by green grass and other features on all sides.
- Multiple decks: Have several smaller decks connected by pathways to create multiple spaces for entertaining.
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The Advantages of a Floating Deck
Why choose a floating deck? There are many advantages of this unique yard option.
- Avoid building codes: Many of the more restrictive parts of the building code will not apply to floating decks. You may also not need to get a permit for these decks depending on your local regulations. In some cases, you may need to keep them small to keep them under the building code radar.
- Construction: It is simpler and faster to install a floating deck than a regular deck that is connected to your home.
- Cost: As they need fewer supports and fewer accessories, floating decks tend to cost much less.
- Trees: When you have mature trees, a floating deck is a good way to protect their health. You won’t have to dig your supports into the ground and disturb tree roots to install them.
Is a floating deck right for your property? And what will it cost? We can answer your questions and ensure you get a quality floating deck.