Cedar Deck

Why Us?

When you are purchasing a fence, a deck, or any other outdoor project, the credibility and reputation of the prospective contractor is crucial. In this day of the HST, with rising prices and municipal requirements, and the attendant "underground" economy, it is very tempting to hire someone on the basis of price who simply hasn't got the experience or ability to look after your needs properly.

Always remember:

"The quality of good workmanship lasts far longer than the sweetness of the lowest price."

There are many reasons to make The Fence & Deck Centre your first choice:
  • We have been in business continually since March 1979. 2013 is our 34th season
  • We have installed more than 12,000 (yes 12,000) private projects, as well as thousands of commercial decks and fences
  • We have trained installers, experienced sales people, and competent office staff
  • We are fully insured, with coverage of $2,000,000 in liability
  • We have an office and shop. We don’t work off a pickup truck tailgate
  • We have top notch suppliers
  • Some of our men have been with us for 15 to 20 years
  • We are fully covered by the Worker's Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
  • We are in communication with our crews at all times
  • We are open all year
  • Much of our business comes from referrals
  • We have a solid reputation for quality work and careful attention to your needs
  • We actually do repairs
  • We offer exciting and innovative designs for your outdoor living pleasure
  • We are a full service company
  • We have a full time supervisor in charge of installation
  • We are determined to give you value for your dollar
  • We are starting to franchise the company, so we will become even better able to service you

We know you are getting more than one quote for your deck, and well you should. An educated consumer is generally a much happier consumer. To that end, 2-4 quotes should be enough for you to understand whether your contractor of choice is giving you the right product.

We do things just a bit differently, but only to make the finished product better.

Physically, we provide:
  1. A heavier beam Where room allows, we'll build a triple 2x10 beam. If not enough vertical space is readily available, we'll do a triple 2x8 beam. Most competitors use only a double beam.

    Why would we do this? For the extra few dollars, the deck will be more rigid, providing a more solid and less "bouncy" deck to walk on, with more people room.

  2. A 2x4 bullnose This runs around the entire perimeter of the deck and hides the ends of the deck boards. This just makes the deck look more finished.
  3. All stair risers are closed, with a "kickplate". This is again, for appearance, but also safety for when small children are around.
  4. All ground level decks have ground cloth (also called filter or landscape cloth) and a layer of gravel placed underneath the deck. This stops the growth of weeds and looks better in the case of an open deck.
  5. 95% of our ground level decks are closed off to the ground with a skirt This looks better and gives some bonus storage area.
  6. Minimum size and depth of footings Many competitors will dig an 8" diameter footing and put the support posts directly into the concrete. This is against the Ontario Building Code. We use a minimum 10" diameter concrete footing, or pier (or even 12" depending on the application) set in Sono-tubes, with metal saddles to attach the posts. These piers, by code, must be 6" above grade and at least 4' deep. Heck, some of our rivals don't even know how to spell "sono". Ever see "Sauna-tube" on a quote?
  7. Larger, closer joists On some smaller decks, we could use 2x6 joists. Instead we always use 2x8's for extra strength. The OBC often allows joists to be 24" apart. We always go a minimum of 16".
  8. Flashing We will often use a special plastic covering for ledger boards (the attachment to the house), to prevent rot and water ingress to the bolt holes.
  9. Galvanized nails, clips, and joists hangers Some companies don't even bother with joist hangers, and will use indoor drywall screws or nails because they're cheaper.
  10. Deck boad spacing During construction with cedar and pressure treated wood, we will usually butt the boards tightly together. When the wood shrinks, the resultant gap will be large enough for drainage, but small enough for good appearance and prevention of stuff falling through.

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