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Free Deck Plans
Choose from hundreds of permit ready designs. Our deck plans include a detailed framing plan, footing layout, material list and typical details. These plans are free to download as pdf files that can be printed to 1/4" - 1' scale on 11x17 paper.

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Steel Support Deck Post / Columns

Round steel structural columns with base plates welded to the top and bottom are another option.  The most cost effective steel post is 4.5” diameter with 1/8” thick walls.  Many of these are part of an assembly for a decorative columns.  Steel is rarely used in residential deck construction because it is expensive, not readily available and more complicated to install.  If you do choose to use steel be sure to check it out with your building inspections department and follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.    


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