Pedestal Support Systems

Pedestal paver systems for building elevated decks

Pedestal systems enable you to quickly and easily build elevated decks using pavers, wood tiles or steel grating over sloping or uneven substrates without the need to construct expensive supporting structures of sleepers or bearers.

Pedestal paver systems are ideal for constructing decks over pipes, cables or service ducts and for building perfectly horizontal rooftop decks using modular paving slabs. These deck supports can be used in a very diverse range of applications, including landscaping, elevated decks, rooftop decks, balconies, patios, plaza decks, rooftop terraces and water features. Most commonly they are used to support unit pavers including porcelain, concrete, stone or structural wood tiles, but can also be used to support wood bearers, for constructing traditional wood plank decks.

When building an elevated deck with modular paving slabs, the pavers are supported only at each of the four corners, although additional pedestals may also be installed either under the center of a paver or midway along the edge of a paver, depending on the size of the paver and the anticipated loading.

Typically, at the very lowest elevations up to about 1 1/2″ high, fixed height support pads are used to support modular slab pavers, with the pads inserted under each corner of the paver. The lowest pads provide a ground clearance of 3/8″ but can be stacked on top of each other to provide an increasing height over sloping ground up to the point where adjustable height pedestals can be used.

Eterno Adjustable Pedestal Support System

Architrex exclusively supplies the Eterno pedestal paver system which can be used with any structural grade paver – porcelain, concrete, stone or wood.  Eterno screwjack style pedestals are one of the most innovative decking support systems available with a range of unique features that not only provide superior performance, but enable faster and easier installation for all pedestal supported paver applications. Two types of Eterno adjustable height pedestals are available from Architrex, the SE Series and NM ‘Maxi’ Series.   What’s the difference?


SE Series Pedestal Supports

  • incorporates exclusive self leveling heads which automatically provide slope compensation up to 5%
  • designed for quicker and easier installation especially on substrates with variable slope
  • ideal for deck elevations up to 21.75″


NM ‘Maxi’ Series Pedestal Supports

  • fixed head design with add on shims providing slope compensation
  • best option for higher elevations due to extra wide diam. (4 1/2″) screwed columns and sturdy extension elements
  • can be used for deck elevations up to 39″
  • lower cost – up to 22% lower in cost than SE Series
  • only 4 pedestals cover the range 1.125″ to 6.5″ c.f. 5 pedestals for SE Series

Both series of adjustable decking supports feature wide 6″ diam. heads with soft rubber inserts for shock and sound absorption, inbuilt spacer tabs which simply snap off where not required, wide, flat 8″ diam. bases with scored lines to assist in cutting and the ability to make micro height adjustments even after installation, using the special height adjustment tool.

Click on the menu at the left for more details of each series of adjustable pedestals.

With our range of porcelain stoneware pavers and structural wood tiles, Architrex offers fully integrated pedestal paver systems for any elevated deck or roof paver project, ranging from high end residential roof decks to commercial high traffic plazas and water features.


Logo for BFC campaign supporting bison

Architrex is proud to support the Buffalo Field Campaign in their efforts to protect the last remaining wild bison Pedestals in many ways symbolize the strength, surefootedness and resilience of these magnificent animals.

For every Eterno pedestal sold, Architrex will donate $0.15 to the Buffalo Field Campaign, the only group working in both the field and policy arenas to stop the harassment and slaughter of America’s last wild bison. Your pedestal purchase will provide vital support for the ongoing work of this nonprofit organization in protecting America’s iconic wild bison.

For further information on the Eterno range of decking supports and pedestal paver systems including pricing and availability, or if you have a question about a specific project you are working on, just give us a call on 866 206 8316 or send us an e-mail.