03:37AM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 04/21/03
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I've recently puchased a 20yr old home that has an exterior balcony off the 2nd floor bedroom. The balcony sits on the wood floor joists that extend out the exterior wall about 36". The deck is about 60"x36".

From the inspection I noticed the joists are beginning to rot (which I understand is common with this kind of structure and age). It has been recommended that I remove the deck before the rot continues into the house.

Question: What would be the best way to replace this balcony if the joist are removed ?
I was thinking it would have to be a smaller balcony that uses brackets attached to the outside. Does anyone know of a manufacturer of such an item? Or suggestions.



06:51AM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
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Unless you can cantilever the new floor joists into the house just as the original deck joists, there is no way to rebuild the balcony without adding support columns of some sort.

Typically these would go down to grade and be supported by concrete footers that go below frost level.

Another possible option is to fasten the balcony to the house then support the 'outside' of the deck with angled posts fastened to the house itself.


12:31PM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 04/21/03
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Thanks for the reply.

Was hoping to avoid using the post to ground method, but suspect it is the best way to go if I want a deck big enough to sit on.

The second option sounds like it would be better suited for a smaller deck, Juliet type.


09:11AM | 04/27/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
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Another method that could serve you is to use corbels supporting it. They must be designed and installed to be structural and not merely decorative.


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