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Mississauga Deck Building

Offering our Mississauga Wood Deck Building services to the following neighbourhoods of Southern Mississauga:

Mineola, Lorne-Park, Port Credit, Applewood, Lakeview, Cooksville, Clarkson, Dixie

 

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Wilburn's pressure treated deck with cedar brown stain

Rebuilt deck w/ new footings & Olympic stain

 

Planning the Design of Your Deck

You may have been thinking about building a deck for years. Along with some ideas you have I have listed a few as well.that you may want to incorporate into your Deck Plans.

  • Do you have a great view you want to enjoy on your deck.
  • Does the evening sun go down in an area that you want to enjoy.
  • Possibly sunlight at certain parts of the day is something you may or may not want to see.
  • How much of your yard do you want to cover – more means less lawn!
  • Affordability becomes a factor when you start to understand costs.
  • What you can and cannot do as per code.
  • Yes, think of your small children’s needs, but they grow fast.
  • Consider where you will be placing the barbecue as you may need gas hookups.
  • Consider installing more power outlets for lighting, music and possible heating.
  • Have you given thought to installing a privacy lattice fence on any side of the deck.
  • The deck may have to accommodate new furniture.


All these are considerations when you are planning your deck. Materials, size, shape, height and municipal bylaws all play an important factor in your design ideas as well. We can sit with you and go over what you want to put emphasis on and design something with your vision in mind. Relaxation and family enjoyment is probably your goal. We will help make it happen.
 

Height of Your Deck

If you currently share a seven foot fence and you want to continue enjoying your privacy, building a high deck that will tower your heads above the fence may not give you that privacy any longer. A deck 12 inches or so off the ground may be able to still give you your privacy.
When you are considering the height of your deck here are a few considerations.
 

  • When you are sitting out on your chairs and you are now high 2 or 4 feet up higher, do you still have privacy from your property line fence. or can your neighbours views all. Maybe you want that?
  • You may be in a situation if you have a small lot that you would be towering over all your neighbors fences and you now have virtually no privacy! A 12 or 18 inch deck height may not seem grand but it may be comfortable and offer privacy and intimate times with family and friends. The high tiers may not work you for unfortunately.
  • If your Back door or patio doors are 2 or 3 feet off the ground you could make a large enough landing and then the remainder of the deck at 12″ – 18′ deck so you are under the fence line.
  • I think that some feel that if they are building a deck it has to be high. I have seen a few high decks in small lot residential areas that people were towering over many of their neighbor’s yard.
  • You may not want the deck too low either as it may allow easy hiding for any neighbourhood critters to hangout. Anything over 12 inches and you can monitor all goings on.


 

Railings and Balusters

The Type of railing and balusters you choose is possibly one of the main features that will define the look of your deck. So take your time, investigate and consider the options.
The bylaw in Mississauga for decks requiring a railing is 30 inches high.
 
Maintenance is always something that one must consider when building a deck. With wooden balusters being one of the more difficult aspects of the maintenance job.
Something to consider if you use a wooden balusters is that when it comes time to restain your deck in 2 or 3 years the most difficult and time consuming part of the job are the railings. If it requires sanding or power washing it will be for the four corners of railings that will add to the cost of labour your own or if you hire someone.

We recommend that you consider aluminum railings. Except of course the cost is higher.

The wood frames with the metal posts look nice but rain water will be trapped in the bottom of the post slip and contribute to the rotting the wood bracket. However one option would be to accept that fact and then in the future just put a new 2 x4 with the ballester holes again.

 

Deck Framing

A well built frame is the beginning of a good long lasting deck. We use a distance of 16 inches on center for all our joists.
We ensure that all the ends of all newly cut boards are end coated with special `Endcut` wood preservative. This will help reduce rot the wood over time.
All perimeter framing boards are doubled up 2×10 pressure treated wood and bolted together all around.
pressure treated wood deck frame

post supporting cross boards
 

All Important Ledger Board

Bad wood rot with ledger board falling off
Flashing is installed on the ledger board to direct water away from the house . This is a very important install that many house s have not have done. If it has been installed be sure it is holding up. This may be something that needs replacing. If repairs are done.


Broken deck from a faulty ledger board
You want to make sure these ledger boards are attached properly and will not rock or twist and have the deck collapse.
The key is to ensure that the bolts you are putting thru the ledger boards are actually going to be attached to something strong on the house side.
Yes the floor joists should be the target, or if further down they can be drilled thru the concrete

 

Best Practices of our Deck Building

Make certain once you have decided on the size design and material you will use that you have all the proper permissions, which include the Ontario One call to identify in ground wiring and pipes as well as obtaining municipal permits for building your structure if they are necessary.
 
The municipality states that as the home owner you are still responsible for all building code compliance. When it comes time to sell in the future you will want to make ensure you will have no problems Your builder may simply leave you with the problems.
You may be able to get away with using 4 x4 posts but we like to use 6×6 for the extra support.
Care was taken to have the stairs safe for people to walk down.
At the joining of the floorboards we drill holes so that the screws would not split the wood.
Most quality builders use a 16 inch space between joists.
Wood decking boards should allow spacing between boards to allow water to drip between.

Building permits are required for any deck more than 2 feet above the average grade and attached to the house and if the deck is 2 feet above the ground and larger than 108 sq ft.

Our written proposal will spell out details of materials we will be using, dimensions, pricing and how will will set up payment terms.

Showing Deck's ledger board with flashing
So if it is under 2 feet and under 108 sq feet no permit is needed.
Footing are to be 4 ft deep on undisturbed soil.


We ensure that the concrete footing pads are connected with metal brackets to support the deck beams.
The deck floor joists can be attached to the ledger board using metal joist hanger brackets.
The ledger board should be properly attached and bolted to the homes sill plate
We offer diagonal deck bracing underneath the deck when over the 2 foot level to ensure it`s sturdiness.
 

Building Permits and Deck Building Code

The municipality states that as the home owner you are still responsible for all building code compliance. When it comes time to sell in the future you will want to make ensure you will have no problems Your builder may simply leave you with the problems.

We are seasoned carpenters and a knowledgeable builders.
All our workers are covered with wsib and are covered with 2 million dollars in liability coverage.
We get our lumber from Tamarack lumber in Burlington, by far the best quality lumber anywhere around the GTA.
 

Deck Adding Value to Your House

Any time you can make your home look good it will help sell your house for more money.
A deck will be the one structure that can be built on your home that will get new buyers excited about enjoying their new home.
I have witnessed it myself from the 9 years I worked as a real estate agent in Mississauga. All my building design and landscaping is done with an eye on resale value.

Buyers are looking for value. The deck will also actually add square footage to your house.  A beautiful areas to sit and entertain guests becomes another room in the house, except this one is in the fresh air under the sun or stars.

If your deck on the low end cost of $10,000,  you can expect to recover your money and then a premium.
It removes work required in the back yard thus removing landscape maintenance costs.

Insurance Issues Covering Decks

I have read that homeowners do not understand the scope of the insurance policies that cover their homes.
Have many of us read through our whole policy before accepting it?
Your “dwelling” coverage applies to your home and “attached structures” such as a garage, carport, or attached deck.
Permanently installed outdoor property such as sheds and fences as well as a deck that is not attached to the property.
Your “dwelling” coverage applies to your home and “attached structures” such as a garage or carport.

Your permanently installed outdoor equipment on your properties such as swimming pools, hot tubs may not in all cases be covered so it a deck was going to be surrounding any of these structures it would have to be determined if the deck was insured.

Some policies include a blanket amount which is an insurance policy coverage for detached private structures and attached structures.
This ‘blanket’ coverage gives policyholders the ability to allocate policy coverage for whatever is best for their replacement needs.

Workers insured on your property. Most reputable contracting companies will have company insurance to cover liability issues that may arise , they also have coverage for our workers thru the WSIB. We have been fortunate to have not had any serious incidents involving injury with our
Simple small deck bench
 

Wood and Hardware Materials

Cedar and pressure treated wood are the two most popular wood being used in Ontario at this time. Pressure treated is very resistant to rot and insects and it also withstands moisture very well.
 
Cedar hold up very well however, many will tell you that most cedar wood is not up to the quality it once was. It had a great reputation for use outdoors but it may have lost some of it’s shine.
 
Pressure treated lumber is chosen by over 70% of all decks built in Canada as it is an affordable material to use, looks great when completed, is easy for builders to use and easy for most to find places to purchase presure treated wood.
 
We purchase our lumber from a very large lumber yard in the west end that has proven to us over the years that we never have to worry about quality when we order lumber for a new project.
Disappointing when your delivery comes and 30% of the boards are not usable!
The box stores are good in a pinch but over all it takes too much time to pick out good lumber.
 
The same goes for screws nails and fasteners. we have found a wholesaler that has a great product in boxes that give us confidence when we use their hardware.
Your deck will endure many years if minimum effort is put into maintained it properly. It is able to be tough on most environmental issues.
Hurricane bracket holding up the end joist
We use the correct fasteners for the size of the deck.
We ensure proper load bearing wood is used throughout the entire deck frame.
Use of proper hardware and fasteners that will not deteriorate thru rust. Will build the deck following proper building code. Which is always follows best building practices.

Mississauga Deck Building
Another low small deck light colored deck with steps

Low to the ground deck with a small step up