Fixed Vs Floating Decks And Which Is Best For Your Home


If you’re considering the addition of a deck to your home, you may be debating your options. Should you install an attached deck, which is connected directly to your home, or a floating deck, which isn’t attached to anything? There are a few considerations that can steer you in the right direction. Today, the expert carpenters here at Golden Eagle Builders in Reno and Spark are comparing fixed and floating decks to help you decide which is best for your home.

Fixed Versus Floating Decks

The fundamental difference between fixed and floating decks is whether or not the structure is attached to your home. Floating decks don’t really float, but they can be put almost anywhere—as a base for a pergola, around a water feature, around the base of one or more trees, and elsewhere. There’s a lot of flexibility with this deck type, which appeals to many people. On the downside, floating decks can be susceptible to damage from surrounding natural features, especially if you built it around trees.

Fixed decks are attached to the home to create a flow from the interior out. That’s a big plus for many people, as it expands living space. This type of deck feature tends to offer excellent return on investment, but it can be more expensive to install. Permitting is also a requirement when a structure is added directly to your home, and this type of work benefits from skilled installation. That means you may want to skip the DIY approach.

So, which is right for you? It really comes down to personal preference, budget and lifestyle. But the good news is that a new deck is generally a smart investment:

“According to the annual Remodeling magazine “Cost vs. Value Report,” you’ll get back nearly 75 percent of what you pay for a deck if you sell your home within the first year after the deck is built. That investment can vary widely, from around $15 per square foot installed for pressure-treated Southern yellow pine decks to more than $30 per square foot for cedar and redwood.” —This Old House

The Bottom Line

If you know you want a deck in 2024, but you aren’t sure about details beyond that, we can help. The craftsmen at Golden Eagle Builders in Reno have years of experience installing decks in Reno and Sparks, and we’re happy to answer your questions about fixed versus floating decks and which is best for your home. Contact us today, and let’s bring your deck dreams to life.