Free standing versus Attached Deck

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Old 06-10-04, 07:56 PM
kildron
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Free standing versus Attached Deck

I can not decide on wheather or not to install a freestanding deck next to my house or use a ledger board.

If I build a freestanding deck, how far away from the siding should I install it?

What are the disadvantages of a freestanding deck?

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Old 06-17-04, 08:11 AM
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advantages

1) You may not be taxed on anything that is not attached to your house (not living space)

2) A ledger will never rot or bring water into your house.

Disadvatages are obvious: aesthetics and more footers to dig.

You decide

ps

The gap between the deck and siding can be as little as 3/4 inch. Maybe even less, just allow for expansion if the boards run parallel to the house. Perfect for rain and snow drainage.
 
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Old 06-18-04, 01:20 AM
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Thumbs up Disadvatages None for a freestanding

Kildron, a free standing or floating deck if done right will look nice. I used a floating deck for my pool and my deck looks great. Others have used the same usage of dek-blocks and their decks look great too. If you're in doubt go here " http://decks.hemmingsjones.com " and go to the photo section and click on block under deck. Also you can go to " www.deckplans.com " and go to the gallery and see other deck that use floating deck. You wont regret it. Let me know what you think.
 
 

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