I've just purchased a house in Brooklyn, NY and was told by my
engineer that we could not legally put in a wood deck attached to the
house because you are not allowed to use flammable materials on the
outside of the house.
Any recommendations on what one might use instead?
Steel and concrete come to mind. Many porches have been built that way.
You may want to check out the new composite materials. This is from the
Trex web page.
Do building inspectors approve Trex decking and railing?
Trex products have been approved for use in residential and commercial
installations throughout North America. Trex decking has received a listing
with ICBO (Report ICBO ES ER-5747) and the National Evaluation Service
(Report NER-508) which covers BOCA and SBCCI. Trex has also been evaluated
for use in Canada by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre. Please see
Evaluation report 13125-R
Hop on Sunrise Highway, find a few marinas with metal docks, and ask where
they got the materials locally. You might find some dock construction
companies who've already addressed needs like yours. At the very least,
you'll find a nice seafood lunch. :-)
The only drawbacks I can see with metal dock material are noise (when it
rains), and the flooring getting hot to the touch. Both could could be
remedied by rolling out some outdoor carpet at appropriate times.
Typically, in NYC flat-roofs are part & parcel to 6 family homes, usually
attached. The rooftops are generally fire-resistant (from the top down) but
adding a wood deck defeats this characteristic.
Nothing rediculious about it. Fire codes are always more stringent when so many
people live so close.
On 02 Aug 2004 20:14:18 GMT, email@example.com (HA HA Budys Here)
I sure am glad I dont live in a place like that. It sounds like those
pet cages that stack on top of each other. Not my kind of life....
One question about that. When I have seen firefighters putting out a
burning home, the first thing they do is "vent" the fire, which means
chopping a hole in the roof. How do they do it if the roof is
concrete or steel?
yeah, but when you're kinda hungry in an empty house at 10:44PM
(like,er, now), HE can go out and find 4 good restaurants to eat
something at. Or he could cross a street and triple that number.
Not me. Streets roll up at 9.
Maybe I'll have some toast :(
The house is a two family and the deck is attached in the backyard,
not a roof deck. I looked through the building code myself, and the
only thing I could find talks about roof decks having to be made of
non fire treated wood. What is fire treated wood?
firstname.lastname@example.org (HA HA Budys Here) wrote in message
(HA HA Budys Here)
On 2 Aug 2004 07:08:36 -0700, email@example.com (Ben Peikes) wrote:
There must be a lot of drunks using bar-b-que grills in your town
You can always get a welder to build a deck out of diamond plate and
I-beams. They can build it in their shop and set it on your lawn with
a piece of heavy equipment.
There are several really good lumber yards (none of them lowes or
Home Depot) in brooklyn that can aid you.
A friend has wood deck otop a concrete frame that was there that
he's had no problems with.
That said, I'm far from brooklyn and having to some deck repair.
It was recommended I check out some of the wood alternatives for
the decking; higher than wood cost, close to no maintainance.
As I scrape a half assed latex "deck paint" job off the good porch to
prep it for a proper cabot treatment, I'm disliking wood.
There may be a misunderstanding. I googled up this:
It says that combustible materials may not be used within 3' from the
*property line*, but combustible materials are permissible under certain
That said, Chicago has a zillion 3-story townhouses with back porches.
Retrofit construction has increasingly been toward concrete decks and
And for your interest:
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