Depending on where you live, you may or may not be able to add on to current decks in Fairfax, VA. Before you spend any money with a contractor, you will need to contact the Fairfax County building department, your homeowner’s association, and even your neighbors (if the deck may impact them). You may find that you are not able to build an addition to your deck; rather, you will have to tear down your old deck, and build a new one.
Most decks in Fairfax, VA are not normally built with a future addition or extension in mind. The current frost footings are not always large enough to support the new loads created by the addition. Some contractors recommend framing the new deck addition independently of the existing frame, and that requires the installation of new beams and footings to support the addition. Other contractors who build decks in Fairfax, VA choose to sister the new joists back over the existing beam and install a new beam in front of the existing deck.
Due to the additional weight loads, it may also be necessary to install new posts and footings below the existing deck beam. Most clients that add on to their decks in Fairfax, VA also replace the decking and railings on the existing deck at the same time. This will create a more seamless addition without noticeable color and weathering differences in materials.
There are many things to consider before adding on to current decks in Fairfax, VA. For more information and a free estimate, please contact the deck experts in Fairfax, VA, Halco Fence. We design, build, repair, and maintain wood and composite decks in Fairfax, VA, and the rest of Northern, VA as well. We are experienced craftsmen and experts in the decking industry and appreciate the opportunity to serve you.