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When it comes to building a deck, the materials you choose are important.  What’s directly beneath your feet will influence style, maintenance and bottom-line price.

Low Maintenance Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Low Maintenance Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

But what’s UNDER your deck, below the surface, is equally significant.  From fasteners to footings, piers to posts, ledger to joists, a deck’s substructure defines its structural integrity.  Period.

Two Story Deck, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Two Story Deck, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Those critical substructure details — especially for a deck high off-the-ground — aren’t much to look at unless you’re a construction junkie. But to many of us, a well-designed and built substructure is truly a thing of beauty!

If, however, you don’t want to see the underside of your deck, you can camouflage, cloak or completely conceal what lies beneath.  And your underdeck solution doesn’t need to break-the-bank either.

So what exactly IS ‘underneath it all’ when it comes to a deck? Read the rest of this entry »

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