Sleeper system decking over pavers?


Old 09-01-16, 07:27 AM
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Sleeper system decking over pavers?

From all of my research on sleeper system decking, I've gathered that you're only supposed to build a sleeper system on a concrete slab or roof. I'm wondering what the problem would be in installing a sleeper system on patio pavers?

We're about to redo our patio that is in quite a state of disrepair. As we've discovered the patio was built directly on the soil. We're planning on excavating and putting down several inches of gravel, then sand before installing the pavers. Getting a deck permit in our municipality is a nightmare, not too mention that we have fairly low clearance from our back door, any decking would have to be very close to the ground.

A sleeper system on top of the patio seems like the perfect solution but pouring that much concrete (10 by 20 patio) seems a little difficult for a couple of people. Would it really be so awful to install a sleeper system over the pavers? What variables or consequences am I not thinking of here?
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Old 09-01-16, 07:34 AM
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Welcome to the forums Jess!

I'm having a little trouble following what you intend to do? You want to remove the pavers, put down gravel and sand then reinstall the pavers .... then a wood deck on top of that?? It is never a good idea to have a wood deck so close to the ground that you can't get good ventilation under the deck to dry it out after it rains.
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Mainly the problem would be that it would become a very large kite if there was ever a small tornado in your area. That's why permitting would not likely allow it.
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I would stop after rebuilding the patio. As Mark said, it doesn't sound like you have enough room for a deck anyway.

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