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In florida: floating deck or attached...also what's code for footings there?

In florida: floating deck or attached...also what's code for footings there?

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Old 08-17-14, 08:43 PM
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In florida: floating deck or attached...also what's code for footings there?

Any advice appreciated:

Building a deck in Florida and wondering what is most accepted there. My guess is that free standing (floating) would be a be conducive to rot in such a climate (posts in contact with the ground). But I've never built a deck in Florida, so wondering what the local experts think.

If I go with the ledger (attached) option, how deep are the footings? I'm used (like most people) to dealing with a frost line.

Deck is relatively small, 36 inches off the ground, 120 sq feet.

Located in Orlando. Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 08-18-14, 02:31 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Well, the frost line in Orlando is probably non existent. Buried posts in any climate is not recommended. How tall will the deck be? Free standing is recommended. Cross bracing will keep sway to a minimum. If you have pictures of the site, it would help us give better advice.
 
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Old 08-18-14, 03:34 AM
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Larry, the deck is 36" off the ground

If I remember correctly, the footer depth for the Orlando area [used to live in Bithlo] is 16" for most structures but you may not need to go that deep for a deck. I suspect the city or orange county has a brochure about building a deck .... or the inspector can tell you what he expects to see.
 
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Old 08-18-14, 03:51 AM
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Duh! Right past the brain! You would dig footings as prescribed by local authority, insert sonotubes and pour them. You can either set post bases during the pour or drill them after the cure. The main thing is, the posts must be above grade. http://www.awc.org/publications/dca/dca6/dca6-09.pdf
 
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Good information, much appreciated. So nice not dealing with a frost line for once!
 
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