||12-05-2011 11:15 AM
Long deck poles
I'm building an addition that will feature a narrow, two-level deck with a gabled roof extending over it and I'm trying to decide what to use for poles. One side of the deck will rest on ledgers attached to the house. The other end has to be supported by poles. The width of the deck will be about 7 feet. I assume the best strategy would be to run the poles all the way from the footers up to the roof, but I'm not sure what I can use that will be long enough (It's 23feet to the peak of the roof). I could stack shorter poles at each level, but I like the idea of a single, solid support better. I've thought about using utility poles (telephone poles) and also raw tree trunks from eastern red cedars (got plenty of those on my property). But I want to know what other options there might be. I know you folks don't know about local code requirements etc. (yes it has to pass inspection), but if I get some good suggestions, I can ask about them at the permit office. I'm having trouble finding out what's out there, because all my searches for deck posts only list 4x4s and sometimes 6x6s, which are probably not adequate and are generally not 23 feet long.