Should I use screws or nails for hanging joist hangers?

We highly recommend that you use a spacing of 6’ or 8’ for the spacing of your posts. A 6’ spacing will provide for a much more sturdy fence.

What do I need for a deck permit?

Among the many things you will need for a deck permit is a plan. Our plans will cover off many of the requirements for a permit application. To be sure you should check your local municipality for permit requirements in the City of Saskatoon you can go here.

What should my joist spacing be on composite or PVC decking?

Standard layout is 16” on centre.
Diagonal Layout is 12” on centre.

How high does my railing need to be?

If your deck is higher than 2 ft and less than 4 ft off the ground – your railing height will need to be 36″ or 3 ft high.
If your deck is greater than 4 ft off the ground – your railing height will need to be 42″ tall.

What spacing should I use for my railing spindles?

No greater than 3 ½” on centre

Do I need to dig piles for my deck?

Yes, in Saskatchewan you should be using piles that are a minimum of 8 ft. deep. How many and the placement of them will depend on your plan.

What is the best post spacing for my fence?

We highly recommend that you use a spacing of 6’ or 8’ for the spacing of your posts. A 6’ spacing will provide for a much more sturdy fence.

How deep should I set my posts?

You should be setting your posts at a minimum depth of 3 ft.

Should I cement my posts?

No, we recommend that you use ¼ down limestone packed gravel to set your posts in. This will prevent heaving of your post during the seasonal freeze thaw cycles.

Should I use fence clips?

Yes, it is the preferred method as it will prevent separation of your boards from the fence posts.