This deck is the king for a reason. We took the liberty to be generous with the pics. The client chose a composite deck from Home Depot (Veranda AmorGuard -Brazilian Walnut). A beautiful product, and very expensive. On this deck we installed each board with screwed-in hidden fasteners, & installed the boards at a 45 degree angle.
The original deck was an out of code cedar double -decker.
It took us a day to carefully remove the attached deck from the dwelling.
We removed and replaced the upper deck first because it was easier.
We left a partial section on the first level to build the upper level as seen above.
Probably the most important piece of lumber on the lower band. This is the ledger board' - we used treated lumber and galvanized 1/2" screws (10" long) connect two it's sister lumber on the inside wall of the dwelling. *Must use galvanized screws w/chemically treated lumber to prevent corrosion.
Framing out the lower level deck.
To the right is the view from under the crawl space (the inside of the house) where the galvanized screw is attached with galvanized washers and bolts.
Below is a picture of the screws from the outside. It is on this board where the entire deck will rest on.
Each screw is attached every 16" or so, staggered.
True to his at, Gerarrdois disciplined with his tools, including his yellow chalk line. This ensures a leveled deck.
Since the homeowner wanted the deck boards at 45 degree angles, we had to build the floor joist 12" apart versus the typically standard 16".
The metal u-brackets are not only galvanized but also a code requirement. It keep the joists securely attached to the ledger boards - notice each pre-drilled hole has a galvanized nail.
We removed the deck joists because they were compromised. They wee only nailed in and over time they started to loosen, causing the deck to lean down.
Again with the chalk line to ensure a leveled upper level.
To ensure the joists to lean, we inserted 2/3's into the flooring and then secured the joists with four 1/2" galvanized screws.
The line keeps you true.
We have advanced, the deck structure is built and we'v started screwing the 20' deck boards...a tedious process.
The deck stairs are cut/built on site to accommodate the terrain.
A view from the top.
The upper level deck has roofing material with a run-off at the end to prevent water from falling on the first level.
If you closely on the left you might see the hidden clasp that connects the deck boards to the deck frame.
Decks must now be built on 6x6 notched post and screwed in with 1/2" galvanized screws, washers, and bolts.
We recessed the screws because the composite decking has a decorative facia board. Had we not done this the screws would've made the facia board look bumpy.
Inside views of the screw system required by code. Note the metal hurricane straps.
You would not believe the extra work required to be able to lay a picture frame board. It's worth it.
Lunch on the Chattahoochee River
Gravel to go underneath the deck...a late request by the client, but a good
Thank goodness for youth...
Working on the steps, notice the facia board on top of the regular wood.
The railing system was even more involved than we anticipated. Felt like it was an IKEA product.
The posts are also secured by two 1/2" x6 "galvanized screws - another code requirement.
We installed new James Hardie fiber cement soffit boards & 1x4 trim, then painted it to it's original HOA approved color.
Here it is waiting on furniture.