overhead cover makes a deck more of an outdoor room. The roof structure
defines the space but still allows a feeling of openness. This 3-part
article describes how to build wood deck coverings for a variety
of purposes. Although the design and structural ideas shown are
basic, they can be elaborated to create coverings to fill your own
basic overhead framework shown in this article can be used simply
to define the deck area. With the addition of fill-in, such as louvers,
latticework, or canvas, varying degrees of shade can be created
for the deck area. By building a trellis across the framework, support
can be provided for vines or other growth that will beautify the
framework can serve as a support structure for insect proof screens
to enclose the entire deck. In regions where wind and rain are troublesome,
the addition of a permanent, rainproof roof will make it possible
to use the deck for more months out of the year.
combined with a wall or fence, a roof structure increases privacy.
Separate elements, such as carport and house or garden and deck
can be linked with an overhead cover.
are three basic types of deck covers:
balloon and platform structures refer to the construction of an
overhead cover during the initial construction of the deck. A balloon
cover is one that is supported by the same posts and beams that
support the deck and handrails.
structure is the technique of building subsequent structures on
top of each other. A post and beam deck where the posts stop at
the bottom of the supporting beam is a platform type of structure.
This is the most common form of deck construction.
most popular type of freestanding deck cover is a gazebo. It is
usually added sometime after the deck has been built. This structure
can be either built around or on top of the existing deck.