# Hacktivateed

## How do I know how much weight my deck can hold?

To determine the maximum load capacity of your deck, start by calculating its total area and multiply by 50 psf. So, a 100 sqft deck would be designed to support 5000 lbs. Do not get confused with what weight you might think or want to load the deck with.

How much weight can a small deck hold?

In short there’s no one right answer to “how much can my deck hold?” However, one rule of thumb to keep in mind while answering the question is that the answer commonly is that if a deck is properly designed, it’s built to hold 50 lbs. per square foot. It’s possible that it could hold much more weight than 50 lbs.

### How much weight can a 2×12 deck hold?

A 2×12 can hold approximately 180 pounds per foot or approximately 2,100 pounds in total.

Can my deck support a hot tub?

A hot tub on a deck is entirely possible, and it is possible your deck is already equipped to handle one. A deck designed to hold at least 100 pounds per square foot will support nearly any type of hot tub.

#### Can a deck hold 1000 pounds?

In general, most decks can withstand 100 lbs per square foot. So if a hot tub like the one in the example is under that weight, the average deck should be able to support it. It is always wise to contact a professional to get an accurate estimate of what your deck can safely handle.

How much weight will a 2×10 support?

1,200 lbs.
Each 2×10 will support 1,200 lbs.

## Can I use 2×6 for deck frame?

2×6 joists should only be used on ground-level decks that do not require, and will not provide for, any guards. Most decking is not strong enough to support longer spans than 16″. Some builders reduce joist spacing to 12″ on center to strengthen the deck frame or to increase maximum allowable joist spans.

How much weight can a 4×4 post support?

The load capacity of a 3-foot #2 grade 4×4 is 17,426 pounds, and a similar 6×6 is 20,834 pounds or 16% better. However, an 8-foot 4×4 supports 6468-pounds and 2339-pounds at 14-feet, while a 6×6 is 18032 and 10550-pounds respectively – or 64% and 78% more load capacity.

### How many support beams do I need for a deck?

For a deck that is 15 feet wide with 2×10 joists spaced at 16 inches apart, you have two options. You can use two beams, one at 7.5 feet and one at 15 feet, to provide support.

How do I know if my deck can hold a hot tub?

In general, most decks can withstand 100 lbs per square foot. So if a hot tub like the one in the example is under that weight, the average deck should be able to support it.

#### Do you need to reinforce a deck for a hot tub?

Decks come in all shapes and sizes. Hot tubs, however, are very heavy, especially when filled with water, and chances are that your existing deck can’t safely support it without additional reinforcement. Fortunately, reinforcing your deck in preparation for a hot tub is a relatively easy task.

Can I use 2×6 for deck joist?

You can use 2×6 as deck joists if the deck is low enough to the ground as not to require guard railing. When using S-P-F 2×6 deck joists, the span must not be greater than 9’0″ (2.73m) with joists at 16″ o.c. (400mm), and 9’10” (3.01m)with spacing at 12″ (300mm).

## How much weight can you put on a deck?

Therefore, a deck of 120 square feet multiplied by 50 shows that your deck can hold 6000 pounds, including the structure. Dividing by 5 will allow you to determine that 4500 lbs is the max live load your deck can hold. There are many, many factors that affect how much weight your deck can hold.

How is the load on a deck calculated?

These standards are borrowed by deck builders and come from the actual code requirements used for the floor deck of a residential home. The load that is placed on your deck is expressed in pounds per square foot (psf) and the total load or more appropriately, the design load, is comprised of the dead load and the live load.

### What’s the difference between a 16’and 8’deck?

If you’re allowed to span 16′ with your joists 16″ on center, but you only span 8′ with your joists 12″ on center, then that deck can hold substantially more weight. And, pardon the pun, but boards are only the surface of the issue.

How much weight can a deck hold in a hot tub?

Now keep in mind that the deck is meant to sustain that load over its entirety – not in a concentrated area. Therefore if you have a hot tub that weighs 4500 pounds, that doesn’t mean your deck can support it since that weight is only in a concentrated area. If you want to actually put people in that hot tub, you’ll need to reinforce your deck.