Direct contact wooden deck (can't pour pad)

Old 01-06-09, 02:56 PM
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Direct contact wooden deck (can't pour pad)

I'm looking for tips on how to build a direct contact deck & connecting walkways.

I've seen it done but am worried about how long it will last.

We have more than one deck to build on the property and connecting walk ways and want them at or very near ground level.

In one case the deck will be a floor in a shop with a very low overhead. If we elevate the deck more than a couple of inches we would be uncomfortable walking under the roof... and no way to redo the shop & roof.

We can't use concrete in this case so pouring pads is not an option.

Thanks for any help.
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AWPA Standards

Apparntly, there are standards for direct contact. Download the pdf file and try to find the section that pertains to your project.
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There are ways to do ground level decks and walkways, but you won't get much of a life span out of them. Even ACQ treated lumber that is in direct contact with dirt will only lat about 10 years -- 15 tops.

I'm lost -- WHY can't you use concrete?? Concrete costs about 1/3 of wood decking, and my concrete driveway STILL looks great 60 years after it was poured and driven on daily!!

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