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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an average deck cost?
What are low-maintenance decks?
Why choose a cedar deck over pressure treated lumber?
Should I stain a cedar deck?
What is the best time to buy a deck?
Where are you located?
How far will you travel to design or build?
Is Hickory Dickory Decks a franchise?
What does your guarantee cover?
Do you charge for your designs?
What is the best low-maintenance product?
How long have low-maintenance decks been around?
Why would I buy a deck from Hickory Dickory Decks?
Why would you buy a low-maintenance deck?
Why are people putting built-in lighting in decks?
Why is Hickory Dickory Decks not the cheapest?
How long does it take to build an average deck?
What is the life expectancy of a low-maintenance deck?
Are composite materials heavier than wood?
Do I need to get a permit?
What do you use for substructure?
Why not non-wood substructure, if going with low-maintenance decking?
What is my deck going to look like in 10 years?  


How much does an average deck cost?

This depends on a few factors, like the deck size and materials used.  Our decks can range from $25/ft² and up. Our average deck, installed, costs approximately $50/ft² to $70/ft².


What are low-maintenance decks?

We have installed thousands of high quality decks and offer customers different products to choose from, including composite material, vinyl, fiberglass and even steel.  Please check out our low maintenance deck page.

 


Why choose a cedar deck over pressure treated lumber?

We prefer using natural outdoor cedar to chemically treated wood. We also find a lot less slivers and a deck that looks better now and in years to come.


Should I stain a cedar deck?

That's an opinion call, but if you do, you will have to do it again every year. We recommend letting it grey naturally and washing it 2 or 3 times/year with Sunlight dishwashing soap to keep it clean and pollution-free.


What is the best time to buy a deck?

Like every seasonal business, buy in the off season. In the deck business, that is in the fall. Usually September to November. You might get it at the current year's prices which could mean a 10% savings compared to the spring of the following year.


Where are you located?

Our head office is at
115 Dundas St. W.
Highway #5, Clappison Corners
Dundas, Ontario, Canada
L9H 7L6

Ph# (905) 689-4774 | 1-800-263-4774

With many other locations available to serve you.


How far will you travel to design or build?

We can design any project from our head office. With the use of digital cameras, fax machines and e-mail, we can design a project anywhere. As far a how far we will travel to build a project, we say anywhere in the world. We already ship material North America wide and can easily factor a couple of plane tickets into an average project and still remain very competitive.


Is Hickory Dickory Decks a franchise?

Yes. Hickory Dickory Decks is based outside of Hamilton, Ont. We have been in operation since 1987 and are currently expanding. We are actively looking for franchisees that meet our stringent requirements. For further information write to Hickory Dickory Decks at the above address or find out more at http://franchise.hickorydickorydecks.com.


What does your guarantee cover?

Our 2-year guarantee covers any problems relating to our workmanship.


Do you charge for your designs?

The answer to this question is most of the time, no. If you are getting a deck built and are in one of our areas we will give you a full design and price. If you are building it yourself we have a consulting service.


What is the best low-maintenance product?

It depends on what features and benefits you want. We search the world for the best products available and have eliminated the choices from over 50 to about 14 good ones. We do have preferences of various products for certain uses.  For example, if you are building your deck near water, such as a pool or hot tub, you would want a deck material that is more resistant to water.  On the other hand, if your deck had little shade from the hot sun, you might want to consider a composite deck material that was resistant to the fading powers of U.V. light, or did not absorb heat very well.


How long have low-maintenance decks been around?

We still sell B.C. cedar as maintenance-free if you let it grey, so since time began low maintenance has been around. The first man made decking is Trex, which was started in 1992. It is made of recycled wood and plastic and called a wood composite.


Why would I buy a deck from Hickory Dickory Decks?

We like to use the word value. We believe we sell the best deck for the money. We use the best materials, using licensed craftspeople, give great service, and back it up with the best warranty in the business.


Why would you buy a low-maintenance deck?

The first reason people prefer low-maintenance decks is that there is no staining or painting required every year. The second reason is no slivers which makes them a great choice for children and with bare feet. The third reason is it's less slippery than a wooden deck, especially when wet. This is great around pools, spas or front porches where slip resistance is important. A fourth reason for choosing low-maintenance decking is a great look day in, day out for years.  Finally, a fifth reason is that low maintenance decking materials are manufactured to be stain, scratch and fading resistant.  This ensures that you can focus more on relaxing, than cleaning and repairing your deck.


Why are people putting built-in lighting in decks?

Not only is deck lighting a great saftey feature, people often want to enjoy their deck in the evenings. Low voltage deck lighting looks great and gives a much better atmosphere than flood lights.  With built in lighting, you have more privacy as flood lights tend to act as a spotlight when you are hosting an evening barbecue.  Lighting also comes in handy where steps are involved as it makes the deck steps stand out more clearly. 


Why is Hickory Dickory Decks not the cheapest?

We decided before building our first deck in 1987 that a quality product at a fair price, with great service and a warranty was where we wanted to position our company. We all have heard that you get what you pay for and if you pay a cheap price you will get a cheap deck. Our company has specialized in decks and this has allowed us to buy our products direct from either the lumber mill or the manufacturers. This allows us to buy our materials less than most lumber yards and virtually all other deck builders.

Our other major cost is our labour. We use only professional carpenters and apprentices which may cost more than the competitors workers but our trained craftsmen have the experience of thousands of decks and are not learning the business in your yard. We feel our complete package is good value for our customers and we would like the chance to design and price your project. Please give us a call.


How long does it take to build an average deck?

Every deck is different, and they can range in price from $2,000 - $50,000 or more. An average deck can often be built in one week.


What is the life expectancy of a low-maintenance deck?

Most composite deck products will last longer than you are in your home. While wood products have a life expectancy of less than 10 years, composite products will still be looking good. Most of the manufacturers offer warranties from 10 years to lifetime.  Like anything else, life expectancy depends on the amount of care you put into the product.  While composite decking is low maintenance, it still requires the occasional cleaning with some warm soapy water.


Are composite materials heavier than wood?

It depends on the product. Many are lighter, but there are some composite products heavier than wood. Regardless, each deck is constructed with the span length of the product and the weight of it taken into account.


Do I need to get a permit?

Check with your local building department to see what they require but generally most decks requires a permit. If no permit is obtained, there could be a problem with the sale of your home if you put it on the market. Use your local building department as a resource for any building code requirements. We always recommend to get a permit.


What do you use for substructure?

Most of our decks are built using premium kiln dried pressure treated lumber for the substructure. Generally, 2' x 8' is used and is spaced 16" apart. This is overbuilt according to the building code, but it will add years to the life of the deck.


Why not non-wood substructure, if going with low-maintenance decking?

There are not many non-wood substructure products available. We have done a few steel substructures but the cost is considerably higher. There is a product called Vycor that does protect a pressure treated joist from moisture and the elements that cause it to rot and decay. With this product, the substructure will last just as long as the composite floor.


What is my deck going to look like in 10 years?

It all depends on what product is used for the decking. Some age and weather better than others. If you use inexpensive decking products, you will be replacing your deck within 10 years. Cedar decks will have faded to a gray colour or, if stained, will have discoloured to some degree. Most low-maintenance products, if properly cleaned and cared for, will look similar to when they were installed except for some fading. However, they will not have warped, cracked, or rotted as wood decks will do.  Hickory Dickory Decks can suggest several of our top favourite decking materials for your deck based on your landscape and environment as well as usage.  For example, if you were a barbecue enthusiast, we might suggest a deck material that would resist grease stains, or self extinguished should it catch on fire, such as VEKAdeck Pro line of deck boards.

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