Learn everything you need to know about installing concrete footings to support your deck. We will teach you how to determine the code compliant size of your footings based on the soil type and tributary loads. Check out our deck footing frost map to help you understand how deep your footings will need to be excavated. We will also show you how to decide the number and spacing of your footings. Some of our articles focus on the various types of accepted footings that are used by professional deck builders. We feature articles on how to install continuous concrete pier foundations, belled piers, footing forms and the buried post on top of the footing method. We will conclude the section by explaining how to work with concrete, covering some common issues related to deck foundation work, as well as answering some frequently asked questions.
Learn how to install concrete footings to properly support your deck. Watch our step-by-step foundations video.
Learn how to install a concrete deck footing with a buried treated support post as an alternative to a solid pier foundation.
Compare the pros and cons of installing a solid concrete deck footing using a cardboard tube or engineered forms.
Find out how deep you need to dig your footings in your area. Look at our U.S. map of extreme frost penetration.
Learn how to hand dig or mechanically dig your deck footings with step-by-step instructions. Learn what to do if you hit a rock.
Learn how to determine the number of footings and support posts you need for your deck when designing your deck frame.
Find out what to do if your deck footing holes fill up with water.
Learn how large to make your deck footings. Use our table for maximum allowable loads to determine the proper size for your soil type.
Learn how soil conditions can affect the size of your deck footings. Do you have gravel, sand or clay soil?
Learn about the advantages of using Bigfoot systems concrete footing forms. Research their testing and code compliance reports.
Our inspector explains how to install concrete deck footings on uneven ground.
Our inspector discusses the topic of reusing footings for a new deck.
Our inspector discusses using steel rebar for deck footings.
Our inspector explains the pros and cons of using pier blocks for deck foundations.
Learn how to lay out your deck footings accurately using triangulation with our step-by-step instructions.
Learn how frost heaving can damage your deck. The solution is to properly install your deck footings.
Learn tips from the pros on how to mix and pour concrete for deck footings.
Steep hills and loose soil can be a recipe for disaster for deck footings. Consider some of our tips to help prevent your footings from washing away.
Sinking deck footings can lead to serious problems. Learn what can cause concrete footings to sink. Properly installed footings will resist sinking.
Learn how to use a concrete saw to cut a hole in a patio slab to install a deck footing.
Avoid problems related to digging deck footings near retaining walls. Learn some tips from the pros for how to handle these difficult situations.
Learn how to use cardboard sonotubes and hole covers to protect your deck footing holes from caving in and flooding before pouring concrete.
Learn how to order ready mix concrete for your deck project. Use the Decks.com concrete calculator to determine how much you need.