FAQs: Deck Attachment at House
You are required to construct a free-standing deck when utilizing the Fairfax County Typical Deck Details if:
- Your home's band board is made of plywood, a manufactured wood I-joist or a manufactured band board less than 1inch thick.
- The floor joists of your home are open web trusses.
- Your home has a brick veneer.
- There is any type of overhang in the area where you want to attach the deck to the house.
- The elevation of the deck is above the house band board. Decks cannot be attached to a stud wall using typical details.
You may consider one of the following options:
- If available, your home’s original building plans will specify the type/dimensions of the band board. Fairfax County retains building plans for two years after final inspection. Telephone 703-324-1895, TTY 711 for more information.
- Look in an unfinished area like a laundry or utility room since these area are generally not finished.
- Check a neighbor’s house that is similar to yours that does not have a finished basement.
- If all other methods fail, you may choose to use a free-standing deck.
No. The building code stipulates that nothing shall be supported by, or attached to, a brick or stone veneer. If you do want to attach to a veneered house by transferring the load from the ledger board through the veneer to the band board, a professionally designed attachment detail must be submitted to the county for a thorough review during the permit application process.