I am currently designing a deck to replace the deck on my house. I would
like to find a software program that will allow me to play around with
different configurations and size joists, beams, spacing, etc.
Any advice would be appreciated.
I saw an ad for the Punch software last night. It mentioned it can create a
purchase list of materials.
At the price they mentioned, I would be very surprised if it would calculate
the sizing info you are looking for.
They did say they had a 30 day free trial though.
Might be worth a try.
Usually your local building dept will have a simple for than gives
allowable spans depending on joist size and headers / beam sizes as
You can easily pencil out a design in short order, faster than
learning the software.
Here's one from the City fo Temecula, CA
I just suggested he use their form as a "design aid" I offered the
PDF from city of Temecula as an example of what building dept deck
design specs look like,
If he's not getting a permit it's still a very good idea to design so
it would pass inspection hence my suggestion to use his local building
dept's deck specs as a design aid.
My guess is that simple deck design can be iterated "to death" faster
by hand with the tables in a design aid than learning & using some
computer program. Computer stuff is cool but often a "one off" job
can be done faster by hand.
Getting the deck design form from the building dept does not
constitute "involving a "local building dept" "
Contact Vulcraft Co. for steel deck or ( Try www.vulcraft.com or google
for other steel deck manufacturers ). Request the CD for their design
software. They also provide steel joist framing and steel deck.
If you are not using steel joist you can always go to 'Truss Joist' at (
www.ilevel.com ) You then will use plywood for your roof deck and floor
decking material. ( Then get an architect and engineer to complete the
This is a residential outdoor wood deck not a comercial composite
concrete/steel deck structure.
I do have a structural engineer that will verify the beam sizes, but I don't
want to waste his time of money with me trying out different configurations.
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