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A floating deck can be an extremely attractive addition to your home, that’s very affordable and quick to install.
Floating 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 floating deck higher than two feet of the floor, which means they don’t require additional railing for safety.
A floating deck “floats” because unlike normal decking, it’s not attached to your home or fixed to the ground and are typically easier to build than standard decking and generally don’t require building permits (please check with your local city’s building authority).
Well constructed floating 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
A floating 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. Floating decks can add more space to your outdoor backyard.
Floating decking are not attached to the home, but are built separately from the house.
Patios are perfect use of floating decks. A great floating deck idea is transforming your outdated backyard patio by covering it with decking.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 floating decks can be portable, making it ideal to move around the backyard. A floating decking can be used as a dance floor for parties, a stage for shows, sunbathing deck and many more uses in your backyard.
Building a Floating Deck
Building a floating 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 floating 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.
Traditional decking includes: anchor points, posts and railing, whereas a floating deck is just a framed set of decking boards you can walk on.
How to Build a Floating Deck
decks are easy to build, and you can make the process even easier by asking the team at Decker’s to help you install one.
The difference between floating decks and traditional decking is that the supports are hidden under the floating decking with the timber deck boards slight elevated above the ground, yet covering the supports.
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Determining your Size
Decide how big you want your to be. Mark out in your backyard, remembering to take down length and width. Using stakes and string, measure out the space for your .
You’ll need to clear the area where you’re planning to install your . This includes removing grass and all other material. The ground will need to be flat and compacted so that it is hard. A good idea is also to lay some landscaping fabric or plastic and gravel over the area to prevent any grass or weeds growing under the deck.
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