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04-26-2014, 02:14 PM #1
It is very difficult to determine whether it is OK to build a free standing deck
next to a building overhang. Also, even though it is free standing does it still have to be attached the building? Even the AWC isn't really clear bout this. I'll continue to research this but if anyone really understands what's actually required it would be greatly appreciated.
04-26-2014, 02:31 PM #2
Yes, you can attach a previously free standing deck to the main structure, but ... a deck which is attached to and supported by the structure is supposed to have footings like the structure has, below frost level, etc., while a free standing deck's footings are not required to be below frost level as the deck is allowed to move up and down with the frost heave.
04-26-2014, 02:45 PM #3
04-27-2014, 08:04 AM #4
Search for American Wood Council's free online publication Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide. Will tell you exactly how to build a valid deck structure.
You can always ask the local AHJ for details...
"The Code is not a peak to reach but a foundation to build from."
04-27-2014, 06:08 PM #5