We have an attached 10 x 12 deck connected to our vinyl sided home and
are starting to think about turning the deck it into a screen room. I
have a few questions:
- How can I best determine if the deck will support the load of a
If it can:
- Can I drop some posts at the outside corners and brace them within
the deck floor?
- Should the outside wall start close to the house be attached to the
It would be good to know if you are thinking of a manufactured screen
room or something that you would construct. Manufactured stuff can be
very light and the distributor could give you advice on installation.
Wooops! I am considering something I would construct. Like this:
I guess I would have to cut the existing posts flush with the deck.
They are notched to support the deck.
On Sat, 15 Mar 2008 11:32:34 -0700 (PDT), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Figure out how much the roof will weigh. Then allow fewer people on
to the deck.
Or, say the roof will weight 220 pounds. Recall the maximum number of
people you've ever had on the deck. Get them and one fat guy to stand
on your deck and see if it collapses.
Allow for snow.
I think it will have to be if you don't want mosquitoes to come in.
But it could be attached lightly, with one screw at the top and one at
the bottom, so that when the deck ffalls down**it won't take your
house with it.
**Say in 20 or 40 years.
I did exactly that years ago. Size was bigger than yours.
Living in a cold climate, Deck floor was foam core insulated to R40 and
custom manufactured 4 season roof and walls/windows erected. Also
installed a heat pump for extra heating/cooling. My deck was suported by
concrete piles more than 6 feet deep(frost line)
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