Turn Your Front Porch or Deck Flooring From Ordinary to Extraordinary
Wood to stone deck conversions have never been easier thanks to products like Silca System® structural underlayment.
You now have the ability to construct or renovate your elevated deck or front porch using stone, brick, slate,
or other non-wood flooring material.
This innovative and unique wood deck design idea is perfect for porches, walk ways, patios, stairs, sidewalks, docks, gazebos, and more.
It is also ideal as an above ground pool deck idea.
Easy to install, you can convert almost any elevated deck to the stone material of your choice.
It allows you to extend your patio or walk way material directly onto your porch!
Yes, your deck can look this beautiful!
Silca System® allows not only the DIY-Yourselfer, but also contractors, deck and porch builders, and others to create amazing outdoor structures.
So simple, yet so ingenious
Silca Grate™ (pictured at left) honeycombed designed platforms are sized to fit over standard deck joists and are secured with screws.
Each grid measures 1 1/2 inches and covers 2 square feet. The hexagonal design ensures maximum strength for both
elevated and ground-level decks or porches and other applications as well.
See This Innovative Flooring System on a Screened Porch
Wood to Stone Decks - How Does It Work?
New Deck or Porch Construction
The photo below depicts the placement of Silca System® on a new conventionally built deck.
Joists are placed on 16" centers upon which the Silca Grates™ are secured.
If adding grout between your stones, bricks, or other materials, place landscape fabric over the grates.
Then add your selected flooring material.
Not only do you acquire a sophisticated looking deck or porch, you also minimize maintenance while potentially extending the
longevity of your structure.
Silca System® installed on deck
Resurfacing an Existing Deck or Porch
I've built and resurfaced many decks over the years and believe this is a really neat way to convert an
existing deck into a striking outdoor living space.
Simply remove the existing decking material. Follow the general process as outlined above.
You may have to add 2x4 supports to the existing floor joists to support the grates if you have insufficient threshold height
(height from the top of your flooring to the bottom of your doorway) as depicted in the photo below.
We like the total versatility of this product. It isn't all or nothing. You can transform all or part of your deck
or front porch with this unique structural underlayment.
Perfect for Deck and Porch Steps Too!
First impressions are important. Easily convert your traditional wooden steps to something your friends will envy.
Your visitors will be amazed at the beauty of your deck whether it is elevated or not once they set foot on your new stone steps.
Mary and I are also excited to see how easy it is to use for other structures as well.
Because of their design it should be easier to use for a variety of projects. Walk ways, bridges, patios, and stairs come to mind
along with creating platforms for planters, surrounds for mailboxes or other outdoor structures, a patio or work area
around a shed, grill pads, and more.
Use Silca System® technology to create sophisticated and elegant outdoor structures like this garden bridge.
We love this idea and it would have been perfect for us on a previous deck.
Use Silca System® technology to create a space for an outdoor fireplace right on your deck. How cozy is that!
Important Planning Considerations for Wood to Stone Decks
We've determined there are several key planning considerations you must apply to your building or renovating porch or deck project.
Your deck's infrastructure must be
of sufficient strength and free from rot or decay. If converting from a wood to stone,
we recommend you remove the existing flooring material and have it inspected by a building
inspector to ensure it complies with local building codes.
Carefully consider your stack height and you finished floor height. Include threshold heights in your
calculations. If you have sufficient threshold height you will probably be able to attach the grates directly
to the tops of your joists. Otherwise, you may have to attach treated 2x4s to the joists as depicted in the photo above.
Stack height refers to the total height of your grate plus the material you place on it.
For example, the grate is 1 1/2 inches thick and if your brick is 3 inches thick your stack height is 4 1/2 inches. Use
your stack height calculation to adjust the height of your flooring around obstacles like thresholds.
Use landscaping fabric between the grates and your flooring if you are going to use Polymeric sand between your bricks or stones.
Comply with your local building codes.
See below for a link to basic deck building codes courtesy of Silca System®
If you are contemplating building a new deck or porch or remodeling your existing structure Mary and I encourage you
check out wood to stone deck conversion systems like Silca System®.
Be sure to listen to our audio program featuring Bart Stuchell, President of Silca Systems®, who shares ideas
and tips for using this innovative product!
Silca System's® manufacturing facility is headquartered in Alliance, Ohio, and their product is shipped all over the USA.
Their product, the Silca Grate™, makes it possible for DIY homeowners, deck architects and builders to be
creative with decking options in outdoor living areas.
Silca Grate™ opens up new opportunities for resurfacing or remodeling your existing porch, patio, balcony, or deck with materials
such as solid brick or natural stone. You will be surprised at what is possible with the Silca System®'s innovative and creative products.