With SIPs, the best option is building a deck or porch that is independent of the house for support.
Tim Healey With SIPs, the best option is building a deck or porch that is independent of the house for support.

Q: I’m building a SIPs house, and plans call for a porch in front and a deck in back. What’s the best way to attach a porch or deck to a SIPs house?

A: Paul Malko, technical director at Foard Panel and a speaker at JLC Live, responds: Part of the answer depends on the rim detail. If the structural insulated panels (SIPs) land on top of a conventionally framed deck, you can use 1 1/8-inch-thick structural rim boards and attach the deck ledger as prescribed by the code. If a SIP rim is used,...

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