Can I just build my deck sitting on concrete blocks?

by Jerry
We live in Michigan so winter can get cold, I am concerned about frost heave.

  6 answers
  • Ft.29298732 Ft.29298732 on Jun 30, 2018
    Not a good idea. You need rebar into the ground to stabilize your deck properly or you will be just wasting time, energy and $. Good luck & google best ways to stabilize in your freeze zone. You will get great tips.;)

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Jun 30, 2018
    You'll need a permit first. You need to consult a carpenter about this project. The codes need to meet specific guild lines.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Jun 30, 2018
    No! It won't be stable and could collapse while in use. If you want to build a deck on blocks, you need a pier foundation. You can buy special concrete blocks that are called pier blocks at any home improvement store. They are pyramid shaped and have notches built in that accept framing members. These don't require the deck to be below frost, but they do need a solid level spot for each pier.

  • Pap32029500 Pap32029500 on Jun 30, 2018
    Put patio slabs down on new gravel an remember do not dig your property as the soil there is already compacted an by digging you will be excepting water into that area ,also placing a deck you must put spacers against your wall before placing your starting boards .

  • Wendy Wendy on Jul 01, 2018
    Be careful, and let us know how it goes!

  • Ellis Ellis on Jul 01, 2018
    You need to get the building code requirements for your locale. I know that in New England the code requires deep footings, 48" or so. Knowing how cold Michigan gets, I'm sure you'll need something similar.