How to Build a Deck Over a Concrete Patio

The ultimate solution for a hopeless slab

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Miter saw
  • Circular saw
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Level
  • Hammer drill

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Treated 2x4s
  • Self-leveling compound
  • Flashing tape
  • 3/16 x 3 1/4-in. concrete screws
  • 1/2-in. thick PVC trim
  • Plastic shims
  • Decking