FAQs

Hickory Dickory Decks Facts

 

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?
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?

 

That question can be very hard to answer. It is like asking how much does a house cost. Our decks can range from $22/ft2 and up. Our average deck, installed, costs approximately $35/ft2 to $50/ft2.

What are low-maintenance decks?

We are currently installing multiple low-maintenance decks every week. We have many different products to choose from, including composite material, vinyl, fiberglass and even steel.

Why choose a cedar deck over pressure treated lumber?

Currently we build 100 cedar decks for every pressure treated one. 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 a deck in the off season. In the deck business, that is in the fall. Usually September to November (because the ground's not frozen so we can build your deck, but the summer is over so you won't have much time to enjoy your deck for a few months). You might get it at the current year's prices which could mean a 10% savings compared to the spring of the following year.


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.  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 go to 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?

Most of the time, no, we don't charge for our designs. 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?

That question is like asking, what is the best car? 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 10 good ones. We do have preferences of various products for certain uses.

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. 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?

Hickory Dickory Decks sells the best deck for the money. We use the best materials, using licensed craftsmen, give great service, and back it up with the best warranty in the business.  We've been in business since 1987, and that's a long time.  If we didn't deliver a good product, backed by excellent service, we would not have thrived these past 30 years.

Why would you buy a low-maintenance deck?

There are a lot of good reasons for choosing a low-maintenance deck. The first one being no staining or painting every year. The second reason is no slivers, so they are great for children and with bare feet. The third reason is it's less slippery than a wooden deck, especially when wet. Low-maintenance decks are great around pools or 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.

Why are people putting built-in lighting in decks?

There are a few good reasons for installing low voltage lighting in your new deck. Most people work all day and enjoy their decks in the evening. Lighting adds a great look without turning on the flood lights. Lighting built into steps is a great safety issue. When steps and level changes are lit, people will have less chance of tripping. The third benefit of lighting is a cheap means of a burglary system. Burglars don't like well lit backyards.

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. They range in price from $2,000 - $50,000 or more. An average deck in the price range of $7,000 - $10,000 can be built in approx. 1 week. When we start a deck project, we rarely leave until we are done. Our builders work 5 or 6 days/week and are at the job unless it is raining.

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

Composite products have been around for about 10 years. Most of the manufacturers offer warranties from 10 years to lifetime. Any of the low-maintenance products will outlast wood which has a life expectancy of less than 10 years and most of them will last as long as you are in your home and longer.

Are composite materials heavier than wood?

Some composite products are heavier than wood but many are lighter. 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?

Yes, a permit is always recommended. Check with your local building department to see what they require but generally, any deck over 2' in height 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.

What do you use for substructure?

Hickory Dickory Deck uses 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 ROT NOT Joist Cap (www.rotnot.ca) 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.