Floating decks are simple, attractive and relatively easy to build. They are sometimes called “grade-level” decks because they are built just above the ground level, or grade. Adding a floating deck in your back yard can provide a much-needed platform for patio furniture, a grill, a hammock and other backyard amenities.
Floating Decks and Building Codes
One of the biggest perks of a floating deck is that you probably won’t need to get a permit to build it. The International Residential Code says you won’t need a permit for your floating deck if your project meets the following criteria. Always check with your local building department for local regulations.
- It takes up less than 200 square feet
- It’s not more than 30 inches above the ground
- It’s not attached to your house
- It’s not in front of an egress door
Advantages of a Floating Deck
There are numerous advantages to choosing a floating deck. In addition to not requiring a building permit, floating decks are far easier and faster to build than elevated decks. They don’t require frost depth footings and don’t need handrails because they are so close to the ground. Because a floating deck is ground-level, repairing and maintaining them is easy. And if you want to move a floating deck, just lift it up and relocate to a new spot.
Best Wood for Building a Floating Deck
Always use pressure-treated lumber to build a floating deck frame. If you can find ground contact pressure-treated lumber, that’s even better. The extra processing these boards go through protects them from the additional threat of deterioration from being so close to the ground. Many kinds of lumber make beautiful decking material consider redwood or cedar.
Caring for Your Floating Deck
If you want your deck to keep its color and texture, plan to pressure wash and reseal it every year. Over time, all unsealed decks will turn gray and start to crack. Redwood and cedar tend to age better than other materials, but they will eventually fall victim to age. If you really want a low-maintenance floating deck, consider composite decking instead. With little cleaning and low maintenance, the wood-resin composite material will retain its original appearance for years.
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