Should You Build a Floating Vinyl Deck?

building floating vinyl deckAre you getting ready to build a deck next year? Have you considered a floating deck? If you haven’t, you might want to consider one; it might make for a better final product, depending on your home.

How Does it “Float”?

The name is a bit of a misnomer. The “floating” refers how the deck looks. The joists of floating decks project past base of the deck, so you can’t see any part of the base. Voila – a floating deck is made.

Why Floating Vinyl Decks?

In case you’ve never noticed a floating vinyl deck, it floats. Or, rather, it sits just off the ground and isn’t attached to the main housing structure. The fact that it isn’t attached to your home makes it much easier to build yourself. It also means you can choose a location that might work better than a regular deck, such as somewhere with a view or within a garden.

Pros of Floating Vinyl Decks

A separate floating deck might offer you the option of building your deck, rather than hiring a contractor. Additionally, as a separate structure, a floating deck might not require a permit to save you time and money (check first). Even if you have an existing deck, a floating deck can add more space or act as a separate entertainment area.

Building Floating Vinyl Decks

Initially, figure out where you could a deck. You’ll want a space that’s flat and offers good drainage (i.e. no mud puddles around the structure). If you have to, bring in some crushed gravel to create your base.

Next, decide on the size and shape of your deck. There’s not much when it comes to limitations, as long as you know how to build a sturdy deck base. You also need to figure out how far off the ground you would like the deck to be, and how many stairs will be required, if any.

Keep in mind that depending on building codes you might need to install a vinyl deck railing.

Additional Tips:

  • Install a layer of barrier to prevent plants and weeds from coming up.
  • For windy locations you’ll need to secure the structure to the ground.
  • Take the extra time to create a level deck on a sturdy base, so it doesn’t start to sag after a few years or wet weather.

Don’t Forget Vinyl Decking

Creating a great floating deck isn’t just about the deck itself – it’s also about what you put on it. Putting vinyl decking on your floating deck ensures that you have a long lasting, durable, and comfortable deck surface.

What’s Next?

Hop online and look for some unique and creative floating decks that would work for your home. Ensure that you understand the building codes for a solid deck and check with your local bylaw office. Next, check out some fantastic Econodek patterns and get planning!