1. Do I need permit?
In most cases permit is required. Based on City of Saskatoon building regulations, deck permit is not required if it's not more than 8" above finished grade or not bigger than 25sq ft and not more than 2' above finished grade.
If you don't live in Saskatoon you should check your local Town/City building codes or your RM regulations.
2. Should I use wood or composite deck boards?
Pressure treated deck boards are the most common material used in Saskatchewan. Mainly due to the cost (most budget friendly) and availability. Wood deck will require maintenance to extend it's life span to 15-20 years. It should be washed at least once a year and stained/painted every 2 years or so.
If you like wood then cedar might be a way to go- still requires maintenance but more appealing than pressure treated .
Second most popular option is capped composite, made out of recycled plastic (90%) and wood fibers(10%). Composite boards are becoming more and more popular as they require no maintenance , there's lots of color options, they won't crack, split or rot. Almost all composite boards are grooved to allow the use of hidden fasteners - no visible screws/screw heads. Most composite brands come with 20 or 25 years of warranty against cracking, fading or stains.
All that comes with a price tag- if pressure treated deck board will cost around $1/ln ft, composite will cost $4-6/ ln ft.
The downside of composite is that it can get hot in direct sun, it's fairly easy to scratch and can be slippery when wet.
Next generation of deck boards is PVC. Made 100% out of polyvinylchloride, PVC deck board is much lighter than composite, less slippery when wet and doesn't get as hot in direct sun.
PVC deck boards are the most expensive of all four- costs $6-8/ ln ft.
There is also waterproof vinyl deck covering, but we don't think it's a good product for Saskatchewan, where our temperatures vary from 35C in the summer to -40C in winter. Vinyl deck is not the only option for waterproofing your storage/ walkout under the deck. There is few options other than vinyl to keep you dry under the deck and not having to compromise on the design or esthetics.
When planning your new deck you should think of how much time you want to spent on cleaning and carrying after it, how handy you are? Does wood deck maintenance scare you? How long do you plan of living in that house? Will composite or PVC deck will increase value of your property or will help you sell the house faster/ for more money? There's a lot of things to consider and think about..
3. How much does a deck cost?
There is no simple answer to that question. Price depends on number of factors such as: size, materials, railings, height off the ground, piles, design, skirting, location etc. Each project is different , therefore price will be different as well. Based on those factors, price of the deck can vary from $14/sq ft to $60 and more.
One thing you can be sure is that we will work with you and within your budget to give you best value for your $$$. We also offer FINANCING
4.How long will my deck last?
Pressure treated wood should last 15- 20 years if taken good care of- regular washing, painting or staining, or just 10 years, If you don't take care of it .
Composite decks should last 25-30 years , providing that deck frame is done properly and protected with joist tape.
5. How long will it take?
It depends on the size and complexity of the project. It can take 1-3 days for smaller decks or 2-3 weeks and more for bigger projects.
With MG Decks Plus you can be sure is that we build one deck at the time and we will not disappear for a week to do something else.
6. Why should I choose MG Decks Plus?
We love what we do!
The more we know the better service we can provide and make you- our client happier!
We give 100% on every job and there is no such thing as "good enough" for us. Just look at our reviews to see how we are different from other contractors!
With us you are getting exceptional expertise of over $160.000 worth of composite and PVC decking we have installed in last 4 years and countless hours of research and learning about new trends, products and options in decking industry!