For a small increase in price, we recommend 6×6 posts as it will result in a studier fence overall and minimizes post warping.
Will I require a permit for my fence or deck?
Fences do not require permits. Most decks do not either; however, decks exceeding 2′ in height do require a permit. We can handle obtaining the permit and providing drawings for a fee.
When is the best time to build my fence?
The best time to build your fence is after rough grade and before sod placement.
Will I need to call for utility locations?
Yes, its important that the utilities are marked out before construction begins. Free location can be provided at Alberta One Call 1-800-242-3447 or at their website.
Do you use nails or screws?
At S&P we use both nails and screws on your deck and only screws on your fence.
We only use nails for fences because screws have no shear force. If a post starts to warp or heave from the frost, the screws will just shear/ break off, whereas a ring shank nail has a proper shear force and hold of a screw.
For decks, we use ring shank nails for frame and screws for deck boards.
When should I stain my fence or deck?
We recommend waiting a full season to stain, as it gives time for the moisture to leave the lumber to provide a solid stain coat.
Will any equipment damage my lawn?
If your sod is down we take extra precautions to protect your lawn using plywood to cover it. We do recommend you build before sod as there will be an additional fee to remove tailings (dirt from post holes).
What should I have ready as the client before the project starts?
Please have your utilities marked out and a copy of your Real Property Report.