What is a platform deck?
A platform deck is a free-standing deck, often referred to as a floating deck, which is not connected to a structure, such as a house or building. To build a floating deck the conventional pole plate/ledger board (see “Deck building terminology”) is replaced with an additional set of bearers and posts.
So why would you build a free-standing deck?
If you are leasing a property and you need to remove the deck at the end of your lease, a floating deck is a great option, because at no point during the construction do you screw/nail or fix the deck to the building. Or if your home is on stumps that are set back from the outside of your home, a floating deck would be much more practical because you don’t need a pole plate to support one end of your deck.
What are the differences when it comes to construction?
When it comes to building a platform/floating deck the only real differences are the requirements for a few additional posts and bearers and the need to ensure that no fixings (nails, screws, etc.) are used to connect the deck the building. Otherwise it can be built in the same way as any other deck.
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