Frequently Asked Questions

OSB Board vs MDF Board vs Plywood – Isn't it all the same thing?

OSB Board OSB, oriented strand board, is an engineered wood particle board that is formed by adding adhesives and then compressing the wood flakes together. MDF MDF, medium density fiberboard, is an engineered wood product that is created by the breaking down of wood...
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Stud Vs. 2 x 4. What's the difference?

A stud is a 2 x 4 that has been cut down to 92 5/8". It is then the perfect height to build an 8-foot wall frame with the top and bottom plates. A 2 x 4 8 foot board is usually slightly over 8 feet so it can be trimmed to the required length

Why is my 2 x 4 not 2 inches by 4 inches?

Lumber manufacturers typically cut a tree into the various standard types of dimensional lumber very shortly after the tree is felled. At this point, the 2 x 4 is actually 2 inches x 4 inches, a 2 x 10 is actually 2 inches x 10 inches, etc. But then the newly-sawn (but soaking wet)...
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What do all of those letters even mean?

MDF Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres and combining it with wax and a resin binder and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF is generally denser...
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What are Pressure Treated and ACQ lumber?

Pressure Treated Wood Pressure-treated wood is softwood lumber, typically southern yellow pine, that's been chemically treated to resist rot, decay and termites. The boards are rolled into giant pressurized tanks where chemical preservatives are forced deep...
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What does SPF mean?

Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF)This group of western Canadian interior species includes Engelmann spruce, white spruce, hybrid white spruce, lodgepole pine, and subalpine fir. The colouring of this group ranges from white to pale yellow. These grades are light in weight, work easily, take...
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How will you use the deck? What needs (or wants) will it serve?

Do you entertain often or plan to host large gatherings on the deck? Do you need a table to seat six or will deck just be for you and your partner to sit and relax? Will you want an outdoor kitchen or a firepit on your deck? Are there safety considerations for children?Would your design be...
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Do you want a deck or a patio?

Think about whether you want a deck, patio or both. Decks are raised platforms most often made out of wood or a composite materialPatios are at ground level and are often paved or made with paving stones.  Depending on your yard layout, it is possible to build a deck that has steps...
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What do you have to do for safety, codes and permits?

Depending on the size, location and height of your deck, you will be required to obtain the proper permits based off of your location's zoning and building codes. You also have to take safety into consideration and figure out what type of railing or siding you want. Especially in Regina,...
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Size, shape and design?

Who says decking has to be square? Choose decking with unusual angles or curves to add drama to your backyard. Too much sun? A pergola can transform your deck from a platform to an outdoor room. Not only does it provide shade, but it gives you a place to attach speakers, lights, fans, and...
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Will you use wood, cedar or composite?

Wooden decks can certainly be beautiful (and often less expensive than composite materials), they also require significantly more upkeep as you need to protect the wood from weather damage, insects and general wear and tear. Composite, on the other hand, is made from wood fibers and...
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What is your budget?

Of course, budget plays a factor in the size and features of your deck. Calculating a deck budget is influenced by square footage and quality of materials.  

Location, Location, Location

Often, a limited property size determines where a deck will be built. If you have a larger yard, you may have a few choices on where to build your deck. Deciding where to build your deck should be influenced by a variety of factors including: the desire for sun and/or shade,examine the view...
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What about the railing?

Railings not only provide safety, they can also help beautify a deck. An innovative railing can turn an average deck into a thing of beauty. Glass, aluminum or wood? Century’s component picket railings were designed with both the do-it-yourself homeowner and contractor in...
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Is this a DIY project?

Decks require a certain amount of carpentry, engineering, and do-it-yourself experience. Can you work a circular saw? Have you used a circular saw or own one? Is your dream deck going to be positioned on questionable ground—like sand, over water, in mud or clay, or unstable soil?...
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