Determining Deck Beam Height
In order to determine the correct height for your beam you should first install your ledger board and support posts. Next you will run a string from the top of the ledger board to the support post with a level and mark the position for the top of the beam. You will then need to subtract the thickness of the beam and post beam connector hardware. Finally you should adjust your beam height by factoring in a 1/4" for every 8' pitch to slope away from the house for drainage. Mark this height with a chalk line and cut your post for the correct beam height.
Browse some examples of decorative deck support posts for tall decks.
A deck extension is a great option when you feel like you need more outdoor space. Learn the step-by-step process of extending an existing deck.
Learn how to build a deck to properly support a hot tub or spa. Hot tubs are very heavy. Never place a hot tub on a deck that wasn't designed for the additional load.
Installing your decking at a 45-degree angle is a popular style for decks. This can be done to reduce decking seams or just for appearance.
Hidden fasteners create a clean deck surface and can be used with composite, wood and other materials. Learn about hidden deck fasteners at Decks.com.
Explore Articles by Topic
If you’ve ever seen a piece of wood left out in the weather for any period of time, you know what happens: decay. Whether through wet rot, insect damage, or mildew, the fibers begin to break down.
Follow our step-by-step instructions on how to install a support post to a concrete deck footing using a post base connector and anchor.
At some point, it might become necessary to remove an old deck, due to age or condition. Learn more about what's involved in a deck demolition and removal project.
Building a deck can be a complicated process. Learn how to avoid falling into common deck building pitfalls with tips and advice from the experts at Decks.com.