FAQ

The most frequently asked questions concerning patio construction

Do you have a permit issued by the Régie du bâtiment?

YES, our permit number is 5626-1365-01.

A contractor working without a licence commits an offence and can be fined at any time.

Entrusting construction or renovation work to an unlicenced contractor is always risky. What will you do if the contractor leaves before the work is completed? Worst yet, if he or she disapears with the money without undertaking the job? Whether it be for a new construction project or a renovation job, the contractor you choose must hold a contractor’s licence. Licence holders must have a licence security. Licence security is intended to compensate a client who has suffered harm, as the result of faulty performance or non-performance of construction work, related to deposits made, non-completion of work, faulty work and construction defects discovered in the year following the end of the work.. For more information, please see the FAQ section of the Régie du Bâtiment du Québec website  www.rbq.gouv.qc.ca

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What is the cost of building a patio-terrace ?

It’s hard to give an exact answer to this question, each project being different. To give you an idea, you can estimate the cost of a cedar deck, built by professionals, at about $40 per sq, foot. This price includes screw pile foundations, materials, and labour. Take for example a patio 16 feet by 12 feet: 16′ x 12′ = 192ft2x 40$ /ft2 = $7,680 .

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What is the cost of buiding a cedar fence?

A professionally built cedar fence costs between $50 and $100 per linear foot depending on the complexity of the design and the height of the fence. The cost includes excavation and concrete foundations., materials and labour. For example, surrounding a backyard 40 feet deep and 60 feet wide: 2x depth + width = 2 (40) + 60 = 140 linear feet x $50 per linear foot = 140 ft x $50 = $7000.

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What is the cost of building a pergola?

A cedar pergola build on frost-resistant foundations will cost a minimum of $25 per square foot. The price can vary greatly according to the complexity of the model to be built. Pergola designs with arches and curves are more expensive to build. This price includes foundations, all materials, as well as specialised labour. For example, a 12 feet by 12 feet pergola attached to the rear wall of your house would cost: 12′ by 12’= 144 ft2 x $25 per ft2 = $3,600.

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Why do you refuse to build patios and terraces on concrete deck blocks?

Simply because deck blocks do not offer an adequate foundation in our climate. In winter the soil freezes and expands, raising your deck blocks, and your patio with them. Since the patio is bolted to the house, the deck structure weakens every year because of the repeated soil movements. Furthermore, the building code prohibits this practice. Most patios built on deck blocks are torn down after less than 10 years of use, a shameful waste of resources, contrary to our sustainable development philosophy.

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How high should the guardrails on my patio-terrace be?

The height of guardrails is regulated by municipal by-laws. Usually, for a terrace less than six feet above ground a 36 inch high guardrail is sufficient. For a terrace more than five feet above ground, a guardrail 42 inches high is required. Since 2012, several municipalities require 48 inch guardrails when the deck gives access to a pool.

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Why not build patios with treatded wood?

Essentially because treated wood does not meet our quality sustainability standards. After prolonged exposure to the sun and the weather, treated wood will split and even warp. Treated wood must receive constant care to maintain its fungicidal properties. PurPatio suggest red cedar instead of treated wood.

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How long does it take to build a patio?

Usually, an average size patio can be built in a week.. However, planning a patio-terrace construction project must be achieved over several weeks if not months in advance. You must provide for planning as well as obtaining the proper permits from the municipality.

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Why is my patio built 4 inches below the door sill?

The four-inch drop serves to prevent water infiltration, which occurs principally when the snow melts, during a warm spell or in Spring. Less conscientious builders often forget this standard, bringing about serious consequences, often several years after completion of the work.

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Why must the skirt of my patio not touch the ground?

Come winter, water in the soil expands and the resulting vertical movement will push up on the patio skirt and distort it. We usually allow for a three-inch clearance between the ground and the finishing material of your cedar patio. While protecting from frost damage, this space also allows better ventilation underneath the patio.

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How long before I can stain my wooden patio?

Usually, you may stain your cedar patio two to three weeks after construction work is finished. You must let the wood dry until moisture content is down to around 10%. The quicker you undertake this step, the easier the surface preparation will be.

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