Q. Is standard concrete used in making PERMA-COLUMNS?
A. No! PERMA-COLUMNS are poured in a controlled environment using the latest pre-casting and curing technology. Additives are incorporated to enhance strength, density, corrosion and freeze-thaw resistance, yielding a Hi-Dense concrete that has a compressive strength of 10,000 psi! Concrete is the most proven foundation material known to man with centuries of success.

Q. How is the steel “U” bracket attached to the concrete deck post?
A. There are TWO strands of 1/2“ weld-grade rebar IN OUR 6X6 MODEL (1 IN THE 4X4 MODEL) robotically welded to the 12 GUAGE steel “U” bracket running the entire length of the concrete pre-cast.

Q. IS IT REQUIRED TO set Perma-Column DECK POST so they are all level?
A. NO! IN MOST CASES YOU WILL BE ATTACHING A TREATED POST TO THE CONCRETE COLUMN. YOU CAN THEN TRIM THE TOP OF POST TO DESIRED HEIGHT. IF SETTING COLUMNS LEVEL IS REQUIRED YOU CAN Place a laser level on top of the auger head as the post holes are dug to insure that all holes are a uniform depth. Backfill the bottom of the holes with tamped stone before setting posts for greater accuracy.

Q. Will treated wood corrode Perma-Column brackets and fasteners prematurely?
A. Most current generation treated wood available today is designed to minimize corrosion. However, if you have a high moisture application or are concerned with this problem, place a barrier between the treated wood and steel bracket, and use stainless steel fasteners.

Q. Do PERMA-COLUMNS need to sit on a footing?
A. It is recommended that the same type and size of footing used for a wood support column be used as a footing for a PERMA-COLUMN to insure that proper load-bearing requirements are achieved. SEE LIGHT WEIGHT FOOTING PAD OPTION IN OUR PRODUCT ACCESSORIES.

Q. What if the embedment depth exceedS the 40” length of a standard 40” PERMA-COLUMN DECK MODEL?

Q. How do PERMA-COLUMN DECK POSTS compare in cost to other concrete foundation alternatives?
A. PERMA-COLUMNS provide the quickest and least expensive concrete foundation for post frame DECK construction. There ARE NO FORMS TO USE, NO MESSY CONCRETE TO MIX OR POUR, NO CONNECTION BRACKET TO SET IN CONCRETE!...DIG HOLE, PLACE FOOTING PAD, SET COLUMN, BACK FILL, DONE! Finally, the steel bracket to wood connection SHOULD BE elevated SEVERAL INCHES ABOVE GRADE TO END all possibility of rotten posts!