IntegraStone installation guide
A visual guide on how to build an IntegraStone deck from start to finish
Step 1:Apply ledger
Apply builders wrap on area where you are going to attach the angle iron ledger. Next find the location of the studs in the building to properly secure the lags bolts into. Pre-drill holes in ledger where studs are located. Make sure that the ledger is level and then screw lag bolts in. Don't screw lag bolts in all the way. Leave 1/8 " gap behind the ledger and place a plastic spacer on the back side of the ledger. Once spacer is behind, tighten the lag bolts.
Tools required for this step: 1/2" drill, impact gun and level
Step 2:Drill screw piles
Note: This step is pertinent if piles have not been drilled. Before you drill in the screw piles have the underground lines checked and clearly marked. Using a pile driver screw piles into ground. The number of screw piles will vary depending on the job and engineering. The pile driver brand that we use is called Evertight Anchors.
Tools required for this step: Screw pile driver and level
Step 3:Create slope away from building
Creating slope away from the building is important. IntegraStone decks are waterproof so they need 1-2% slope away from the building.
Tools required for this step: 4 ft level
Step 4:Measure and cut columns
Using a laser level, find the ledger height and then take the measurement from the top of the pile cap to the height of the laser level and subtract the thickness of the beam and 1-2% grade. This will be the length of the column. Do this with each column as each will vary. If you don't have a laser level, secure a steel box joist on one end of the ledger. Temporally support the other end of the box joist to level measurement. Take the measurement from the pile cap to the bottom of the level box joist and subtract the thickness of the beam as well as a 1-2% grade slope. This measurement will be the column length. Do this with each column.
Tools required for this step: Tape measure, metal circular cold cutting saw and builders speed square.
Step 5:Level bEam
Adjust the height of the screw piles and then set vertical columns onto pile caps. Stabilize the vertical columns and set beam on top. Lay the outside beam onto the vertical columns.
Tools required for this step: 4 ft level and C-clamps
Step 6:Vertical columns and beam
Screw the column brackets to the top and bottom of the vertical column into the pile cap and beam. Make sure not to over tighten Hex screws or they will snap off.
Tools required for this step: 1/2" drill, impact driver, C-clamps and level
Step 7:Square the deck
Once the beam is levelled lay a box joist at each end of the deck. Square these two box joists with each other. Make sure that you have a perfect parallelogram. Once you have the two ends parallel with each other, fasten them to the ledger and outside beam.
Tools required for this step: 25 and 50 ft metal tape measure, 1/2" drill and impact driver and laser square (optional)
Step 8:Placing box joists
Now that the two ends are fastened. Mark out every 12" on the ledger and outside beam. Lay the rest of the box joists in between the ends and on the lines marked out. The box joist will fit inside the previous box joist. Using a string line attached to the secured ends and adjust the remaining box joists to match the string line.