When it comes to building a deck, one of the most important components is the ledger board. This board is responsible for connecting the deck to the house and transferring the weight of the deck to the house's foundation. It's essential that it is properly installed and secured. The joists of the platform can then be attached to the ledger board. You may not know it, but the roof ledger board is a structural component responsible for distributing the weight and payload of the platform between the frame system and the platform bases of the adjoining building.
You can place the joists on the top of the ledger. Standing, if possible, is even better. When it comes to attaching your joists, there are two main methods. The most common way is to attach them directly to the ledger board using joist hangers or other fasteners. This method is strong and secure, but it can also be time-consuming and difficult. An alternative method is to attach your joists directly to the house frame.
This method is much easier and faster than attaching them to the ledger board, but it does require that you have access to the house frame. If you don't have access, then this method won't work. In some cases, you may be able to attach your joists directly to the ledger board without using joist hangers or other fasteners. This method is not as secure as using joist hangers, but it can be done if you have enough space between your joists and ledger board. No matter which method you choose, it's important that you make sure your joists are securely attached to either the ledger board or house frame. This will ensure that your deck is safe and secure for years to come.