Proper hold down anchors are required when building a deck or a screened-in porch, that is being added to an existing patio. The manufacturers of the hold down anchors sell the correct bolts, screws, fasteners to make up a system that will provide you with all the structural integrity you need for both jobs.
Concrete piers are vertical structural elements that support the weight of a building or structure. Their design and installation must consider the weight being supported and the frost line in your area. There are preformed concrete pier forms that provide you with the properly shaped concrete pier foundation.
Tim Carter demonstrates in a six-part video series how to rebuild a defective front porch and permanently stop water leaks into the home. This second video shows the hidden problem once the decking has been removed.
Installing a deck flashing properly is critical to keep water from getting behind the ledger board. The deck flashing needs to overlap the deck ledger board much like shingles overlap. Follow these tips when installing flashing on your deck.
Concrete piers can support lots of weight when you are building your deck. The type of soil you have can affect the size and depth of the piers. In most areas, frost heave will be a consideration. Proper deck footing will keep your deck solid and safe.