Helical Pile Deck Foundations

A New Jersey deck builder liked helical piles so much he started a new business

About two years ago, I stumbled upon a photo of a deck project that wasn't built on concrete piers, and I emailed the contractor to inquire about what he had used. His answer - helical piles - changed my business.



Tiling a Deck

Fiberglass grating is a sturdy, drainable substrate option for exterior stone and ceramic tile

Spiral Stairs

SalterSpiralStair makes exterior stairs in either galvanized steel or powder-coated aluminum

These posts and rails are made of treated southern yellow pine, while the balusters are aluminum. Note the post-mounted built-in deck lighting, a great upgrade for dining after dark.

Custom Railings

While rail kits are popular, some deck builders prefer to distinguish their projects with custom site-built railing designs.


Footings & Framing Articles

  • Lateral Load Anchors and Mudsills

    Inspect sill plates for structural issues before attaching a lateral-load anchor to them

  • Flat-Forms

    Octagonal cardboard forms for concrete piers fold up flat for storage and transport.

  • Building a Freestanding Deck

    Solid Bracing and strong connections are the keys to a durable, bounce-free structure.

  • ProductPhoto

    Simpson Strong-Tie SDWH Timber Hex-HDG Screws

    Designed for heavy-duty marine and coastal applications

  • Better Deck Piers

    Part 1: Base the footing design and spacing on the deck's size, expected loads, and local soil conditions

  • Pouring Concrete in Dry Soil

    Concrete reacts with water to gain its strength. Before placing concrete in a footing hole, make sure the soil is neither too wet nor too dry, or it will affect how the concrete cures. Read the original article at jlconline.com.

  • Deck Footings in a Hurry

    With no way to get heavy equipment around the back of a seaside house to dig holes for conventional concrete deck piers, Cape Cod, Mass., builder Mike Horgan was stuck. The time-saving solution? The Diamond Pier system.

  • With More Snow in the Forecast, Are Decks at Risk?

    Local building codes are designed so that decks can support typical snow loads. Here's how to figure out when excessive snow puts your deck at risk of collapse, and should be removed.

  • Rules for Drilling and Notching Deck Framing

    Following these simple guidelines when modifying joists, beams, and posts will prevent structural problems later on.

  • Tiling a Deck

    Fiberglass grating is a sturdy, drainable substrate option for exterior stone and ceramic tile

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