Building a deck over concrete steps. A concrete stoop and steps can be a formidable obstacle when trying to build a deck. A massive concrete stoop will be difficult to remove. Most of the time you will need to break the concrete apart using a sledge hammer or jack hammer and haul the debris away. Some builders choose to build over the stoop instead.
There are three common foundations if you choose to build a wooden deck. You could use deck blocks, traditional concrete footings, or the Titan Deck Foot Anchor™. For your convenience, each approach is described below.
As you can see, with your space restrictions building a wood or composite deck requires some work and in every case should include removing the existing concrete slab patio. So, if you are not set on this type of deck, there are other options like an interlocking stone paver patio which is easier to address your height restrictions but still requires excavation.
If the integrity of the concrete slab is good and level, you can install some "click together" decking products. There are quite a few new products that just click together like puzzle pieces but are either wood, tile, or composite decking. Also, they are made for installation on to concrete slabs and outdoor use.
How to Build a Wood Deck Over a Concrete Patio. Select from a variety of materials including treated lumber such as pine or cedar or lower-maintenance products like composite decking or PVC. Start by securing two-by-four runners, or sleepers, to the concrete, then attach decking to the runners. Keep drainage in mind, and the end result is an attractive, durable surface.
Working a case right now involving the collapse of a wood deck with concrete topping poured over #30 felt. So, based on my experience, the long term prospects for the roofing paper and cedar is that it will fail and somebody will get hurt, at least economically, possibly physically.
If clearances are smaller, then it becomes more difficult to build a deck over concrete. If the height of the door threshold that leads out to the slab is fewer than three inches, then building a platform for the deck boards requires ripping—sawing boards lengthwise—to make a frame at the right height.
Or, call all those clients and ask nicely if you can come back and redo your work at no cost to them, before the rot happens. Working a case right now involving the collapse of a wood deck with concrete topping poured over #30 felt.
You could only do this if there is sufficient space between the existing slab and your door (otherwise the flooring would prevent the door from opening). You would then place your wood porch flooring over the sleepers. Another option of course, is to remove the concrete entirely and rebuild the porch from the ground up.
9. Attach the wood-composite decking to the top of the concrete stoop using the same masonry anchors. 10. Conceal each anchor in decking with a plug cut from a composite decking board. 11. Sweep decking clean of all debris.
This short video will show you how to build deck over your patio and make it look nice.
How to install Fiberon decking over a concrete patio. Ground-level and rooftop decks present unique challenges when it comes to water management and air circulation. The sleeper system enables adequate drainage and ventilation which, in turn, protects the deck boards from damage due to moisture build-up.
Decks are popular backyard features, but they also make for dramatic front entries. Instead of removing those concrete front steps, save some time by building a wood deck over and around them.