Specifying the Floor Structure for a Deck

Reference Number: KB-01121
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

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Chief Architect Premier


When I try to add a floor finish layer to a Deck room, the following Information message displays:

"The deck floor structure typically has two layers: a deck planking layer and a joist layer with a framing material. Planking should not be in the floor finish."

What does this mean?


This message appears because, unlike other room types that use a finish material that spans the entire floor, deck planking is part of the structure and does not require a finish layer.

A finish layer can still be added, but this would be some other type of covering laid over the deck planking, such as astro-turf, deck carpet, etc.