Building a Deck Over Sloped Ground

A multi-layered backyard deck built on a sloped terrain.

You’re standing in your backyard, looking at the slope that leads down to your neighbor’s garden. You’ve always wanted a deck, and this seems like the perfect spot. But is it really? Building a deck on a slope is challenging, and it’s important to get it right? In cases like this, it’s best to hire professional services like Precision Decks. We have the expertise and experience to build a deck that will be safe and stable, no matter the terrain.

Step-by-Step Process on How to Build a Deck on a Slope

Dig Foundation Holes

The first step to building a deck on a slope is digging foundation holes. You’ll need to use a post-hole digger to do this. The depth of the hole will depend on the slope of the land. If the slope is mild, dig the holes about two feet deep. But if the slope is more severe, you will need to dig the holes up to three feet deep. Once you’ve dug the holes, you can begin building the deck’s frame.

Install Deck Posts

After you’ve dug the foundation holes for your deck, the next step is to install the deck posts. This is a fairly straightforward process, but keep a few things in mind. First, ensure that the post is level with the ground and set in concrete. Once the post is level, you must attach it to the beam using joist hangers. The hangers should be level with one another, with nails or screws to secure them.

Fill the Foundation Holes with Concrete

After you install the deck posts, the next step is to fill the holes with concrete. Simply add the concrete mix to the holes and use a trowel to level the top. This helps secure the posts in place and provides a stable foundation for your deck. It’s especially important to ensure the holes are filled with concrete if you’re building your deck on a slope so the posts don’t shift over time.

Build the Deck’s Second Size Frame and Join the Beams

The next step is to build the deck’s foundation. Once the concrete is dry, you can move on to the next step, building the deck’s frame. This process involves attaching the joists and beams to the ledger board. You must use galvanized nails or screws to avoid rusting. First, attach the ledger boards to the house. Then, install the metal joist hangers and attach the beams. Once the beams are in place, you can add the joists.

Add The Floor Beams

It’s important to ensure the deck beam is securely connected before attaching the floor beam; this helps prevent the deck from shifting or sliding down the slope. Use some heavy-duty screws or nails to secure the deck beam in place. Once that’s done, you can attach the floor beam. Like the deck beam, ensure it’s securely fastened before moving on to the next step.

Add Railings, Lightings, and a Wood Finish

The last step when building a deck on a slope is adding railings, lighting, and applying a wood finish. These ensure your deck is safe, secure, and stylish. Railings are essential to prevent falls, and there are many different designs to choose from. Lights add to your deck’s ambiance and make it safer at night. Finally, applying a wood finish helps protect your deck from the elements, particularly if you live in an area with harsh conditions, and keep it looking its best.

If you have trouble building a deck on a slope, call Precision Decks. As a premier remodeling company, we have the experience and expertise to get the job done right the first time. We’ll work with you to create a design that fits your needs and handle all the construction details. So, if you’re looking for a deck to add value and beauty to your home, call Precision Decks on 616-874-2300 and book an appointment.

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