Useful tips

Do deck posts need footings?

Do deck posts need footings?

Large decks that are attached to the house should always have footings because they act to spread the heavy load of the deck from the surface of a support post over a large surface of the soil so the ground can adequately support it. The footings ensure that the deck will not fall, tip or rot away after a few years.

How deep do deck posts need to be?

Regardless of reaching solid ground before a minimum depth of 600mm, the deck footing should be at 600mm deep (always dig bigger, never smaller). If your engineer has specified a minimum depth, you need to dig to that depth.

Can I use 4×6 for deck post?

Most professionals will encourage you to consider going with a 6×6 deck post form the outset of the project. Decks that are going to be built higher than just a few feet off the ground will likely need something more substantial than a simple 4×4.

What kind of posts do you need for a deck?

There are a variety of parts that go into creating a sturdy deck, including deck post caps, deck post anchor fittings, deck railing, deck post brackets, deck balusters and decking posts. Like deck flooring, deck posts come in a variety of materials and colors. We have a range of options, including aluminum, metal, wood and composite.

What’s the best footing form for a deck?

Heavy-duty cardboard tubes come in a variety of diameters and are the go-to footing forms for a lot of deck builders. Certainly the most readily available concrete form is the earth wall of the hole you dig. However, for a variety of reasons, earth-wall forms are not always ideal.

Where can I buy post skirts for my Deck?

Product was successfully added to your shopping cart. Here you will find Post Skirts for all the major Deck Rail Brands. If you want to create your own unique rail design, there are several Post Skirt styles, materials, and colors to choose from.

Can a concrete deck support a 6×6 post?

However, most concrete deck blocks can only hold 4×4 posts, not 6x6s and they have no lateral strength at the base of the post. Also, if you drop set the framing into the groove, the underside of the joist is still 5-6″ above grade.