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Old 08-27-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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reducing slope on 2nd story balcony floor


I'm building a new home with a 34 x 14 ft. 2nd story covered balcony. Broward County Florida building code requires a 4" slope to the floor for drainage even though the area is covered by a roof. This slope is very apparent and i'm looking for a way to reduce it using a sub-floor system. Using tile and building one end up with mud won't pass inspection and adds too much weight. I don't want a wood floor look so that rules out Trex, etc. Is there some type of system that can be installed to allow drainage and permit a snap together tile system?

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Old 08-27-2011, 08:51 PM   #2
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You need a minimum slope of 1/4" per ft., 3/8" would be better, so 4" in 14 ft. is right. The balcony may have a roof, but it's not enclosed, therefore it will get wet.

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I wonder if it is possible for an alternate to be approved via a code variance.

Take a look at Schluter's TROBA-PLUS drainage system for decks and see if it would fit the bill.

http://www.schluter.com/7_2_troba_plus.aspx

Doesn't make since to me that the local government could force a 4" slope on that type of improvement. Hell...all of your marbles would roll away.
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