also, the soil type will alter the width of the deck footing. for example, say a deck footing is required to be 450mm diameter in stiff soil the footing will likely be increased to 600mm in diameter with soft soils. how deep to dig deck footings?
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homeadvisor's deck framing guide instructs on how to plan and build a frame, including spacing and adding footing posts, brackets and anchors, beams, rim joists, and other support features for a deck's foundation.
but even if footings are deep enough, ice lenses can latch onto the rough surfaces of wood and concrete and lift footings and posts from the side. that's why concrete piers poured in waxed cardboard tubes and smooth wooden installing deck posts work well for below-grade support. how to get a solid, frost-proof footing:
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i've tied the main deck to the house and poured 6 footings for it, then tied the second (lower) deck to the first in an "l" shape. the second deck has 9 footings. most of the footings are between 3 and 4 feet deep.
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the buried post footing this footing method involves pouring a concrete pad at least 12” thick at the base of your hole. next, set a pressure treated wood support post rated for "ground contact" on top of the pad and backfill the soil into the hole.
the deck footings should be installed in a hole whose depth is variable, according to the climate of the area where the deck is being built. deck footings should be set up on grades or slopes only if the area is hot, and there is rare possibility of snow. however, in areas prone to snow and low temperatures, a deep foundation is a must, and the footings need to be placed at depths more than 45
"y" is the distance the deck footings extend beyond the cylindrical pier. the thickness of the footing "z" must always be greater than that distance. if "z" is less than "y" and you over load this pier, the concrete is likely to break along the bottom surface "x".
tip: when digging deck footings, i always allow a minimum width of 400mm. two reasons; first, it’s easier to dig; second, the wider deck footing provides enough room for me to move the post around in the deck footing while maintaining the minimum 100mm clearance around the deck post. where to position posts in deck footings.
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when excavating your deck footings, you'll need to dig below the frost line. find out how deep the frost line is in your area with our frost depth map at decks.com.