When it comes to building a new deck, you have a myriad of formats from which to choose. One of the most flexible types is the freestanding deck, which can be placed in any part of your yard. While one may first think of a wooden platform by itself on a wide lawn or surrounding an above-ground pool, it is actually more common to see them directly next to the house.
What Is a Freestanding Deck?
A freestanding deck is a deck that sustains its own weight. An attached structure attaches to the house, letting it bear half of its weight. However, a freestanding deck includes a second pair of columns and braces to take care of the total vertical and lateral weight. One can superficially attach it to the house. From above, one cannot tell that the freestanding deck is any different than a regular one.
What Are Their Benefits?
One of the benefits of a freestanding deck is its practicality. Some backsides of houses cannot support a deck. Overhanging second stories do not support the weight. Sidings made with rough textures like brick, fieldstone, concrete, or stucco do not allow deck attachments to penetrate. Structural support underneath solves this issue.
Along with technical practicality, freestanding models let homeowners avoid needing a building permit. According to the International Residential Code, outdoor structures within 200 square feet and unattached to the house do not need a permit. However, Maryland and its counties may have their own deck permitting rules. Talk with your local deck builder to ensure your deck will follow the code.
Another benefit is its ease of installation and design. Decks, freestanding or otherwise, can be custom-made to fit your yard’s unique design. Without the need for significant impact on your house, you also can be worry-free regarding potential structural damage to the house. You can also take the opportunity to make a second outdoor living space below the deck.
What Are the Cons?
As mentioned above, some types of architecture may require a freestanding deck as opposed to an attached one. While there are a few cons to this kind, they are minimal and unlikely to be an issue. For example, the cost for extra columns and beams will increase the deck price, but should not be excessive. Also, the deck requires solid engineering principles and installation to avoid stability issues. With the right contractor, however, this should not be a problem.
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