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 is very difficult to answer this question accurately, as each project is different. To give you an order of magnitude you can calculate about $60 per sq. ft. for a professionally built PVC deck. A composite deck also ranges from $50 to $70 per square foot. These prices include the foundation on screw piles, materials and labor. Example: a 16ft by 12ft patio in Terrain composite: 16′ x 12′ = 192ft2 x $55 sq ft = $10,560 .

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What is the cost of building a pergola?

A cedar pergola built on a frost proof foundation costs a minimum of $25 per square foot. Example: a 12ft by 12ft pergola attached to the back wall of your house: 12′ x 12′ = 144 sq ft x $25 sq ft 144 x $25 = $3600.

The price varies greatly depending on the complexity of the pergola model to be built. Pergola designs with arches and curves are more expensive. An aluminum pergola is much more expensive, starting at $100 per square foot.

As for a veranda, once again, many factors come into play and can make the price vary, such as the choice of wood, roofing, etc. On average, a veranda will cost about $125 per square foot. Gazebos start at about $65 per square foot.

These prices include the foundation, all materials and specialized labor.

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Why build a patio or deck on helical piles?

Simply because deck blocks are not an adequate foundation for our climate. In the winter when the ground freezes it expands, which lifts the deck blocks. Since your deck is attached to your house, it is the structure of the deck that weakens each year due to the repetitive movements of the ground. Piles are quick to install, practical and sturdy while sonotubes require more work.

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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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Are composite or PVC warmer than wood?

A composite floor will always be warmer than wood, since the thermo-conductivity of plastic (contained in the shell that covers the composite planks) is higher than that of wood, so it is a better conductor of heat.

A PVC floor will become less hot than a composite floor of equivalent color. The density of the material is lower, so it retains less heat.

For more details on this subject, consult the blog article Is composite warmer than wood?

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Why make a design plan? What does it contain?

– After receiving all the necessary information about your land (measurements, regulations, etc.), and after meeting to discuss your needs and wishes, we will design the model of your house and backyard.

– Then, after further discussions together regarding the modeling, we will create a complete layout plan* of the future project. We will then present this project to you (either in a showroom or online).

*This complete layout plan contains between 10 and 15 different perspectives of your future layout. It also contains the elevations, as well as a plan view, with all the measurements of the installations.

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N2 Nami fixations : how many brackets do I need?

Of course, it all depends on the size of your patio. Here’s what you need to know.

  • For a structure less than 12 feet: 2 supports will be required, with a maximum distance of 7 1/2 feet between them.
  • A 12 to 16 feet structure: 3 supports, placing the first one in the center and the other 2 at 7 feet each side.
  • A structure longer than 16 feet: Combine beams to obtain the desired length.

Example of a 28 feet structure: 1 section of 16 feet (3 supports) and 1 section of 12 feet (2 supports).

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