How Silca Works
Possibilities—That’s what Silca System is all about.
Concerned that Silca system is difficult to use? Worry no more! If a petite woman can build a front porch in 7 days by herself with Silca System, so can you! At Silca System, we know that building or remodeling a deck can be a long, arduous process. That’s why our Silca Grates have been designed from the ground up with ease of use in mind!
Curious about Silca System or how Silca System works and is installed? The following video will take you step by step through the deck designing and building process.
Important Information for Installing Silca Grates
Silca System has the unique advantage of allowing customers to pick and choose their own deck surface material. When choosing a finished material for your deck, make sure the material is between 3/4″ and 3″ thick.
But, before you decide whether to go with thinner or thicker material, measure everything on and around your deck carefully, especially the amount of space between your doorway base and the top of your deck material. The last thing you want is to install your deck only to realize you can’t open your door!
Silca Grates are made to fit directly onto a standard 16” decking base. The side edges for each grate should be directly centered on the joist. To support the weight, each joist needs to be at least a 2×8”.
For strength and durability, every other row should begin offset by half the length of a grate. So, you’ll need to start each row by alternating half and full grates.
Tools Required for Silca Grate Installation:
• 3” #9 deck coated screws (You want coated screws to prevent rust in the treated wood of the deck frame)
• Landscape fabric and paver jointing sand (not required)
• Common construction tools: level, measuring tape, and pencil
• A drill or power screwdriver
• Circular saw