# How do I know how much weight my deck can hold?

## How do I know how much weight my deck can hold?

You can determine how much weight a deck can hold by calculating the total area in square footage, which is 100sqft x 50psf. Therefore, at this square footage value, your deck can hold an average of 4,000lbs – 5,000lbs load of weight. For you to have a strong deck, you must ensure your frame is balanced.

## How much weight can a 12×12 deck hold?

A floating deck designed by code can hold a minimum of 50 lbs per square foot. Calculated as 20% being dead weight, the mass of the deck itself. The other 80% or 40 lbs is the weight you can have on the deck, people, furniture, dogs, etc. A 12’x12′ (144sq’) deck properly supported can hold 5 760lbs on it.

Is decking strong enough for a hot tub?

An inflatable hot tub can, in theory, go on decking. However, the decking must be strong enough to support the weight of the tub, the water, and the users themselves – a combined weight of up to 3500 lbs. Most decking will need some reinforcement so it’s important to check whether yours will be able to accommodate it.

Can I put a gazebo on my deck?

Yes, you can put up a gazebo on your deck, and this applies to both fixed and pop-up structures. A deck makes an attractive floor for your gazebo, and with a bit of planning, you can secure it without messing up your boards. Using your existing deck saves you the cost and effort of installing a floor for your gazebo.

### How many support beams do I need for a deck?

While cantilevering can add width to your deck and eliminate the need for additional footings, posts and beams, sometimes it isn’t enough. A 20-foot wide deck, for example, would require two beams: one at 10 feet and one and 20 feet in order to support a deck with 2×8 joists spaced 16 inches apart.

### Can a deck hold the weight of a hot tub?

A hot tub on a deck is entirely possible, and it is possible your deck is already equipped to handle one. A deck designed to hold at least 100 pounds per square foot will support nearly any type of hot tub.

Can I use 2×6 for deck frame?

2×6 joists should only be used on ground-level decks that do not require, and will not provide for, any guards. Most decking is not strong enough to support longer spans than 16″. Some builders reduce joist spacing to 12″ on center to strengthen the deck frame or to increase maximum allowable joist spans.

Can I put a hot tub under my deck?

HOT TUB PLACEMENT CONSIDERATIONS. Your hot tub can be placed just about anywhere—outdoors or even indoors when practical. You can put it on a deck, patio, rooftop entertaining area, or even under a gazebo.

## Will a hot tub ruin my deck?

Yes, it absolutely can! As long as your deck is built to code and made to handle the amount of weight the hot tub, there is no issue. It’s always best to consult a professional before installing a hot tub on any decking.

## How do you secure a gazebo to a deck without drilling?

Using leg weights is the best option for securing your gazebo without drilling into the ground. Gazebo leg weights work on any surface and can easily be filled with either water or sand. They are also capable of holding down your gazebo without fear of it getting blown away.

How do you anchor a gazebo to a wood deck?

If you want to secure the gazebo to your deck in a less permanent way, you can use metal strapping to secure the beams to the boards of the deck floor, allowing you to easily remove the gazebo, if you want to change its placement.

How much weight can you put on a deck?

Therefore, a deck of 120 square feet multiplied by 50 shows that your deck can hold 6000 pounds, including the structure. Dividing by 5 will allow you to determine that 4500 lbs is the max live load your deck can hold. There are many, many factors that affect how much weight your deck can hold.