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4 things to consider when building your decks Edmonton


The summer weather is here! Get outside and start building your decks Edmonton! But wait, before you get to it, there are 4 things to consider, other than of course, how long you want your deck to last and how often you want to be re-staining it. So without further ado let’s proceed shall we?



1. City of Edmonton deck permit. Is it required?

Edmonton’s website states “A deck which has no roof or walls, with a floor height over 0.6 metres (2 feet) from finished grade, will require a permit.” 


Ok, so that’s pretty simple, but there are a bunch of other factors to consider as well:

  • Setbacks and location of uncovered deck
  • Corner lots or decks in the front yard
  • Gas lines
  • Guardrails


You want to make sure your deck is within the lines of your building pocket. Even if you don’t require a permit, you are still building properly for resale when you obtain your new RPR (Real Property Report)


We highly recommend googling “uncovered deck permit edmonton” and reading what the City of Edmonton has to say.



2. Should I use screw piles?

It depends on what stage your yard is at and if you’re able to disrupt your landscaping.


There are many benefits of screw piles:

  • You can start building right away
  • There is no environmental impact
  • No need to excavate
  • They’re removable
  • No concrete required


Screw piles are also engineered to meet the Canadian Center of Construction Material codes.


So, if you want a minimal impact on your back yard and almost zero prep or clean up, screw piles are definitely recommended.


With any digging or ground disruption always make sure you click before you dig


Will you go with screw piles for your decks Edmonton?



3. Composite decking or pressure treated lumber?

This article > Best decking materials: Pros and Cons

Explains it in better detail, so I recommend checking it out.


When you build a deck for composite decking, you want to make sure your Joists are spaced 1 ft on center. This will help prevent it from sagging, on the plus side, your structure will be a lot more sturdy.



4. Wood or aluminum deck railing for your decks Edmonton?

Just like the section above, there are pluses and minuses to both.


Wood is natural, smells good, and is comforting, but, it splinters, warps and shrinks if not maintained properly. You have to re-finish it every couple of years, so the question you need to ask yourself is; do you have the time?


Also, do you want to be able to see your landscaping when you’re lounging on your deck? Do you want to be able to watch your kids playing? How about maintenance?


If that’s the case, then you definitely want to look into aluminum railing.


Now that we have that settled, join the conversation on our Facebook page. How are you going to build your decks Edmonton?



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