A floating deck can be an extremely attractive addition to your home, that’s very affordable and quick to install.
Hanging decks are built on concrete blocks instead of attached to your home. It’s a simple flat decking that’s not anchored to the house or the ground. Rarely is a low deck higher than two feet of the floor, which means they don’t require additional railing for safety.
A low-level deck “floats” because, unlike normal decking, it’s not attached to your home or fixed to the ground and is typically easier to build than standard decking and generally doesn’t require building permits (please check with your local city’s building authority).
Well constructed low level decks can last for years, providing good maintenance, making it a practical long-term solution to increase available living space in your backyard.
Floating Deck Ideas
An Upper-Level deck is more than just wooden boards in your backyard. It’s a stylish and versatile outdoor entertainment area that you can use year-round for entertaining or relaxing.
Hanging decks is not attached to the home but is built separately from the house. Patios are the perfect use of floating decks. A great deck idea is transforming your outdated backyard patio by covering it with decking. You can also expand your existing backyard area by installing floating boardwalks, (long decking footpaths) that you can use to walk through your garden.
Most importantly, remember that low-level decks can be portable, making it ideal to move around the backyard. A low-level decking can be used as a dance floor for parties, a stage for shows, sunbathing and many more uses in your backyard.
Building a Floating Deck
Building a low-level decking can be as simple as preparing a flat ground as a base, laying sub-frames and then attaching decking boards, either composite or hardwood. The most important things to understand about floating decking are:
- Ground / Foundation – The ground layer is the start of your deck where you’ll need level dirt that’s been compacted.
- Sub-frame – What you will lay your decking boards on.
- Decking Boards – Your finishing layer.