Best Practices: Decks - Foundations
As a Northern Utah Home Inspector, evaluating the installation and safeness of deck foundations is a top priority. Unfortunately there is so much that cannot be determined when it comes to footings and their depths. This means that I must rely upon the visual clues to make my determinations as to whether the deck’s foundation looks adequate, or whether it needs to be further evaluated by a licensed contractor or structural engineer. This is another segment in a series provided by the Journal of Light Construction trade magazine, and while all of the information presented isn’t mandated by the building codes, several of the specifics greatly exceed the code and this is why they are deemed “Best Practices”. If you are going to build a deck, or have one built, then I highly recommend that you take the safer “Best Practices” approach. It may cost more on the initial investment of the build, but the “Best Practices” detailing will provide years of trouble free peace of mind while you enjoy time on your deck.
Journal of Light Construction (JLC) - Foundations
Michael Chotiner is a contributing editor to JLC.