The titan deck foot anchor™ can help anyone Save Time, Money and Labor

Your #1 solution for free standing deck footings Install footings in Minutes! Start building on the same day. Perfect for free standing decks not attached to ledgers.

No heavy equipment. no sledge or jack hammers. no digging. no mixing cement.

Thanks to the Titan Deck Foot Anchor™ anyone can effortlessly install ground anchored deck footings at a fraction of the cost of concrete footings.

If your deck can be Free Standing - not attached to the ledger of your house - and 80% or more of all residential decks can be - you are going to love this product.

Just use an electric impact wrench and easily drive the anchor down - or reverse if necessary.

It is a far more secure system, for floating decks as low as 2" to as high as 6' or 7' (with proper bracing) above the ground, walkways, sheds or other lightweight structures, than concrete blocks.

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Secure. Fast. And Easy.

It's the first helical ground anchor footing system that installs easily with a lightweight hand held tool.

Your deck remains firmly anchored to the ground and won't be blown away in the next high wind storm.

Lower Your Materials Bill by 30% or more

Check your materials estimate and you will find that the cost of traditional footings is easily 25% of your total bill and more likely 30% or moreYes, more!  And this does not even include the time taken to mix all that cement. 

If your deck can be built as a free standing structure you can avoid all of this extra expense and effort.

"free standing Deck": What Does That Mean?

A "Free Standing" deck, also called a "floating" deck, is not supported by a dwelling.  The deck is not attached to a ledger board which is in turn bolted through to the rim joist of the floor deck of the dwelling.

A deck that is not supported by a dwelling need not have footings that extend below the frost line. (IRC Section R.403.1.4.1,  Exception 3)

Allow 3/4" to 1" of clearance between the siding of the house and the deck for any seasonal movement that may occur.  A floating deck will simply rise up and down over the course of the winter.

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Just drive the anchor down using an electric impact wrench.  It does all the work.  

This site is on clay with a 3" bed of 3/4" or smaller crushed gravel.  It compacts nicely over the clay and also allows rain water to pass through without eroding soil.

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How the titan deck foot works

Prepare and level the area, about 24" (60 cm) square by removing any sod and laying down a few inches of 3/4" and smaller crushed stone (not clean). 

This compacts nicely and is porous so that water can drain freely without eroding soil.

WARNING: If your soil is full of rocks or roots, you likely will not be able to use this kind of system or any spike system for that matter.

Place the plate over the rod and set the nut about one third of the way down the threads.

Use a 12mm socket over the hex headed end.  (A 1/2" will work, but it is not recommended because it's a bit loser and you might strip the hex drive head.) Drive the anchor down until the cap plate contacts the ground and the underside of nut just below the socket shown here.

Avoid continuing to turn the auger because this will just turn up the soil around the helical blades.

Use a 24mm or 1" socket and screw the nut down along the threaded rod until the plate contacts the stop washer underneath the plate. 

Stop turning the nut as soon as you feel the plate has contacted the stop washer. This compresses the plate on the surface below.

Install your post bracket by turning it onto the exposed threaded rod.  Turn until the post bracket is tight and the sides are square with the load plate.

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avoid ledger work: it's complicated and expensive

You Have No Idea What You Are In For

Unless you are an experienced carpenter, do not try to attach your deck to a ledger on an existing home. 

Properly attaching a ledger board to an existing home can be a major task.  If the ledger is built during the construction of the house then all the details like flashing and siding are so much simpler.

This Is A Simple Example

This ledger was installed after the house was built.  The exterior was vinyl siding so much easier to deal with then brick, stucco or cementitious fiber board.  But this was still a big job. 

The rim and floor joists were engineered I-beams so the very first difficult task is to determine exactly where the rim joist is and remove the siding to match it.

Then each space between the joists had to be block with 2x8 material because the rim joist was OSB board.

Double Overlapping Flashing Is Essential

The first layer of flashing extends from under the ledger to at least 4" above the cut line of the siding.  The second layer slides over this layer and will hang over the ledger board with a drip edge to direct water down.

Go up high enough under the existing siding to ensure things stay dry.  If you are dealing with a masonry facade you have a ton more work to do and that is a lesson all unto itself.

Carefully Avoid Other Obstacles

Complicating this job was a natural gas line that the gas grill was going to connect to.  This ledger had to be accurately cut to fit perfectly.

Building a free standing deck avoids all of these issues.  And thankfully the vast majority of residential decks can be free standing.

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Block Between Joists From Basement

Remove Exterior Siding And Double Flash

Double Flashing Over And Under Ledger

frost: what happens with a free standing deck?

A deck that does not have footings set below the frost line will float on the surface of the grade if the soil expands in the winter time as it does if there is any moisture content in it.  It will then settle back down again in the spring when the soil thaws. 

This movement is virtually imperceptible unless you measure it against the side of your house.  The amount of annual up and down movement depends on the amount of water in the soil and the depth of the frost line. 

An exceptionally cold winter with wet clay and four feet of frost could easily expand the soil by 3/4" or more.

Terra-Shift™: deck Shock Absorber system

Our patented "Terra-Shift™" technology was developed specifically for the Titan Deck Foot anchor™.  It protects your support post to beam connections in the event of seasonal soil movements.

It allows any support post under a beam to slide up and down independently in the bracket whenever there are uneven forces or stress.

So all your critical connections remain protected in the event of frost.  It's like a shock absorber system for your deck footings and posts!

Friction Release Bracket

The Terra-Shift™ post bracket allows a post to slide up in the bracket under at least 50% less force when compared to a standard vertical slot. 

When nature decides to exert force on your deck, the footings, posts and beams work as complete system.

Posts can temporarily rise up in the bracket so that the post to beam connection is not pulled apart.

Posts And Beams

Your deck's support structure is now a finely tuned system. 

It can adapt to asymmetrical uplift forces over a season and keep your post and beam connections protected.

All you need to know is that you can have peace of mind with the Titan Deck Foot Anchor™. 

securely anchored: ready for high winds

Decks supported by concrete blocks that rest on the surface are susceptible to uplift in high winds and have to be secured to the ground with a webbing of cables and ground spikes.  The Titan Deck Foot Anchor™ holds your footings securely to the ground. 

Almost 2/3 of the United States and parts of Canada are in high wind zones. 

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Low to ground or higher

Ground Level

You can build your deck with joists as low as 2"-3" above grade if you wish. 

Simply hang the joists from the perimeter joist.  If you want to extend the deck beyond the footing, extend the side perimeter joists 6"-10" and fill with blocking joists along the length.

Easily Up To six Feet

With proper bracing in both directions from 6x6 posts to beams, you can make a six foot high free standing deck as solid as a rock.  It's possible to go even higher but it is not intended to support decks at a second floor elevation.

Framing And Bracing Techniques

Bracing a free standing deck

Decks for second floor levels should be ledger connected and supported on traditional concrete frost footings.

How Many Footings do you need?

The Rule of Thumb is 6'-0" apart for each footing.  This corresponds to a design load of 50 psf and tributary areas over each footing of 36 sqft. 

So the total load imposed on the soil below each footing would be a maximum of 1800 psf as the footing is just slightly larger than 1 sqft.

Calculator Screen Shot

Not sure how many footings you will need?  No worries, try this Footings Calculator.  You input the dimensions of your deck and the estimated soil bearing capacity and it will show you the number of footings so you do not exceed the soil's load capacity.

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Titan Deck Foot Anchor™ Exposed

The Titan Deck Foot Anchor™ is comprised of three parts: a Post Bracket, a Load or Cap Plate, and an Auger.

Auger lengths are 24" or 36".  Use a 24" for most applications where soil is hardest.  Use a 36" where soil is softer, sandier or you just want maximum pull out resistance.

Longer auger length does not make the footing more resistant to frost nor does it make the footing immobile against frost.  The Cap Plate will always rest on the surface and the entire deck will rise up and down 1/2" or so during a winter if the soil freezes.

Engineering Testing for 2015

Compression load testing to determine how much weight the footing anchor device itself can support were completed in November 2015.  The results were shocking.  The lowest compression load sustained based on three sample testing was over 19,000 lbs!

Clearly, no soil can support  19,000 psf so the limiting factor you have to consider is the bearing capacity or your soil.  Just contact us and request a copy of the report if you need this.

here is a real deck job

This was a large multi-level deck that really shows off the usefulness of the Titan Deck Foot Anchor™. Three separate areas. All intricately designed to wrap around a hot tub spa and create intimate areas.

The first area was off the back patio door about 3-1/2' high. The others were lower level platforms over a gradual grade sloping away from the house.

All 24 footings were installed before lunch hour.

Can you imagine the work involved if we had to dig and cement for this job?

Another building benefit is being able to use the Titan Deck Foot Anchor™ to easily drop beams within 2" of the grade. Try doing this with a block...

Low set beams

You can also hang joists from beam face to beam face if your really wanted to hide all the beams of a low level deck. That is next to impossible to do with blocks.

First, if we used concrete blocks we would have had trouble figuring out how to get the deck joist framing as low to the ground because they sit higher.

Second, the deck would just loosely sit on them. Here, each footing and post to beam connection is secured to the ground.

Third, we didn't want to see cement blocks when you walked by the highest level deck.

how the Titan deck foot Anchor™ pays for itself

Here's a quick cost comparison. The deck above used 24 footings. If you use a concrete system with 21" diameter bell shaped form sand sonotube piers with pre-mixed concrete bags you could get by with only four footings on the upper deck rather than the six I used.

But the lower decks remain unchanged. So we will do this based on 22 footings.

The Titan Deck Foot™ costs about $45  per footing.  Your bill would come in around only $1000.  Almost 42% less!

But as much as 65% savings if you use the bigger figure.

The real savings is time and effort. As you can see it's a simple installation process.  Why use concrete unless the specific demands of the job called for it?  Just click the link to BUY NOW.

The Deck Foot Anchor™ is a DecksGo Recommended Product It's one that we are confident you will be happy with.  It's been tested in some of the harshest cold and sweltering heat temperatures and it has proven to be as tough as nails.

DecksGo was the first company to bring this product to the market, and you can expect more great "first" moments like this. 

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