Moisture-meter readings at the ledger and below windows were abnormally high, indicating possible rot beneath the EIFS cladding. It would need to be removed above and below the ledger for the state of the sheathing to be assessed.
Before installing the new ledger, workers installed new metal flashing over the EIFS, and an SAF membrane over the sheathing.
The new deck was framed with joists 12 inches on-center. To support the pavers, workers then screwed 2x4 sleepers to the tops of the joists, also 12 inches on-center.
Workers temporarily supported the deck framing with posts while they waited for the new fiberglass columns to arrive.
The project included replacing the original French door leading out onto the deck with a fixed window.
Workers added additional steel to the upper columns to provide a solid attachment point for a pergola and to resist both uplift and lateral movement.
Paver installation goes quickly. Working from a CAD-generated pattern, workers apply landscaping stone adhesive to the sleepers.
The vinyl pergola and rails were supplied by the same manufacturer; workers profiled the ends of the rail for a tight fit to the columns.