rustic decking aka 2nd grade, b-grade, and character grade decking is an excellent choice because it provides a low maintenance decking surface. you also receive significant cost savings over clear grade decking. below you'll find a video that highlights the advantages of choosing this specialty decking solution for your special project.
careful planning of the finished deck layout will result in better looking finished projects. seven trust composite deck boards are made to mimic the varied colors and grains of wood. before you start installing your deck, its helpful to lay out the aesthetic pattern you want considering the wood tone variations and various grain patterns.
introduction: build a grade-level deck. watch veteran builder mike guertin as he builds a new, grade-level deck on the fine homebuilding project house. mike shares updates on the current code, tips for making a deck weather the elements, and tricks for making the whole job run more smoothly
building the patio was strhtforward, but building the deck became challenging. here in new england, we like to set the height of our decks one riser below the interior floor a step down of 6 to 7 1/2 inches , to help keep rain and snow out of the house. the area for our 15-by-17-foot deck was mostly flat and about 14 1/2 inches below the kitchen floor.
beams are used for this purpose. a beam is simply a level or nearly level structural member that will support the joists with minimal or acceptable bending. beams are most often made from wood, steel, and reinforced concrete. a ground level deck, in my opinion, can be most easily supported by using steel reinforced concrete grade beams.
keeps the mold from coming back- reduces yearly deck maintenance. save your plants non-toxic formula will reduce plant-loss around decking. will not harm or corrode composite or wood based decking. eliminates 'moldy' odors and the toughest mold and dirt stains
re: ground level deck on gravel? i don't think load bearing is a big an issue as frost heave or ventilation could be. if your using a composite then minimum clearance specifications by the manufacturer would come into play. no experience myself on this, but i wonder if this would be a good case for a grade beam. good luck dave