4 Things To Consider Before Hiring A Pro to Build Your Deck


Everyone in Saskatoon knows that our summer’s are precious…and limited. We eagerly anticipate every spring when the snow starts to melt, the first pelican is spotted at the weir and the indistinguishable smell of cow manure hits you as you drive by the University of Saskatchewan. That’s when you know spring has officially arrived in Saskatoon!

Although not all of us are ‘that guy’ who wears shorts and sandals when the temperature hits a balmy 5 degrees – we all know we have to take advantage of the weather while we have it. This includes enjoying your backyard deck. When meticulously built with design input from certified professionals, your deck provides an outdoor living and dining space perfect for entertaining on weekends or relaxing after a long day at the office.

Before you hire a Kijenga certified contractor for your deck project, here are 4 things you should consider:

You need to decide what the purpose for your deck is. Is it to have a table and chairs to enjoy an outdoor meal, to have a place to relax and socialize, or both? Along with determining what the general use for your deck is, you will need to determine some other factors including: BBQ location, pool/hot tub location (if applicable), container garden locations and if you require shade.

Size and Placement
To determine size, you will want to take into consideration your backyard as a whole and how the deck fits into the big picture. The size of your yard can dictate placement and location of the deck. When you determine the use for your deck and consider how much space you will need for the furniture you will require, you will have a better idea of how big of a deck you will need.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to have input into the placement of the deck, you will want to consider the following:

  • Accessibility to house
  • View
  • Location of sun/shade
  • Privacy
  • Wind
  • Rain/Snow



People tend to think of decks as rectangular, however with the consultation of a certified professional you can get creative with the design to best utilize yard space and appeal of your outdoor living space. Kijenga certified professionals can help in the design process, but it is always good to have some ideas in place before meeting with them.
Considerations for designs are:

  • Levels: Do you want multiple deck levels?
  • Privacy: Do you require privacy screens from nosy neighbours?
  • Shade: Are you interested in a pergola or retractable awning?
  • Lighting: Do you want deck lights or stair lights installed?
  • Gas/Power: Do you require a gas line to your BBQ installed? Do you want outdoor speakers installed?

Of course there are other important factors to consider when designing a deck such as getting permits, following City of Saskatoon guidelines and ensuring the deck is structurally sound. But that stuff isn’t the fun part so let the pro’s take care of that!


There are a variety of options for what materials to use. For decking you can consider pressure treated wood, composite, PVC decking or vinyl decking. Railings are another material to consider: wood, composite, aluminum, glass, there are a variety of options. All vary in maintenance, life and cost. Your best bet is to have a conversation with a professional about what is best suited to your needs.


If you’re ready to enjoy your summer and outdoor space like never before, relax and let someone else do the work – invest in a deck built by a Kijenga certified contractor! Post your project for free at Kijenga.com and we will connect you with our certified contractors.

  • Amy Winters

    Thanks for pointing out that not all decks have to be rectangular. My husband and I are thinking of having a deck put in our back yard. We have quite a big space so we have some room to be creative with the design of the deck. I hadn’t thought of doing a deck with a unique shape or multiple levels, so thanks for the inspiration!

  • Tiffany Locke

    Your advice to consider the size of your yard to make sure the deck out want fits into the big picture is a good idea. This could also help you figure out what design would be best so that it fits with your landscape. When doing this, it might be a good idea to consult a deck installation service so you can discuss where you want to put it as well as the design to determine if it’s a good match for your home.

  • Katie Wilson

    I agree that you want to consider the size of a deck before you choose it. It would make sense to find someone who is qualified and experienced as well. My husband and I are looking for someone to help build a deck, so we’ll have to consider the size first.

  • Gary Puntman

    I like how you mentioned the importance of deciding what you are going to be using your deck for. You should consider if it will be for entertaining or eating, like you said. Those factors will determine how big it should be or any other features.

  • Rosie Beckett

    I am thinking about getting a deck built in my backyard so that I have a fun place to grill and eat with family and friends, so I appreciate the tips you provide in this article. You make a great point that I need to think about the location of my deck because I want it to be shaded in the summer. Also, I did not realize there are city permits needed and guidelines that you have to follow when building the deck, so I will make sure to hire a reputable professional who can make sure I am following the guidelines.

  • Caden Dahl

    I’m going to be redoing the deck on my home this summer. I don’t really have a design in mind yet. It would probably be best to get with a professional and go over that with them.

  • David Johnson

    I found this article really helpful, because I’d never considered what purpose the deck would serve other than a place to relax. It’s also important though to, like you said, see whether you need tables and chairs, a BBQ, or a pool. In my opinion, you also need to consider how you want it built and how it should look in relation to the style of your home and neighborhood, so when I need a deck I’m going to have to look for professionals who can help me with these things.

  • Dean Phillips

    I really like how you said that you can get creative with the design when building a deck. My father has been renovating his house so that he can raise its value and sell it for a profit. It might be a good idea for him to hire a company to install a deck and make his house more appealing.

  • Katie Wilson

    Thanks for these tips on how to find a good deck contractor. I agree that you want to consider where the deck will go so that it will look the best on your home. My husband and I are looking for a deck service, so we’ll have to check their qualifications first.

  • Jocelyn McDonald

    My husband and I want to add a deck to our home so we can spend more time outside, and your article had great tips for choosing a contractor to help us with this project. I liked how you said to consider what deck material we want, and to have a conversation with the deck professional we hire about what is best suited to our needs. Thanks; we’ll keep this in mind when building a deck on our house.

  • Ashley Johnson

    I liked that you said that there are many different options for deck materials that can be used. I would imagine that a professional would have a better idea of which material to use. I would be sure to hire a professional to help me select the best material to use for my deck.

  • Bethel Smith

    We are moving into a house with a larger backyard and would love to build a deck. I like how you mentioned that it’s important to choose a place with a lot of space and sunlight. I think that we have the perfect spot. Now we just need to find a professional to help us build it.

  • Amy Winters

    Thank you for pointing out that a professional deck builder can get creative with a design that could utilize yard space and appeal of outdoor living. My husband and I have been thinking about having a deck built for our house. It’s good to know that a professional could creatively utilize the space.

  • Tad

    What a great deck article. Thorough but not lengthy. I really like the section on size and placement as that is not always the easiest decision to make.

  • Dennis Sanchez

    I like that you talked about how there are many materials to build a deck out of and the best option is to consult a professional on which type to use. I have always loved the look of a well-maintained and polished deck. My wife really wants us to build a deck, so I will have to keep this information in mind as we do more research and look for a reliable contractor.

  • Dylan Peterson

    I like how you said that you need to decide on what the purpose of your deck will be before you get it designed. My wife and I would like to host more barbecues, and to do so we want to get a new deck installed. We’ll be sure to look further into our options for professionals who can help us get the best design possible to accomplish this.

  • Jane Burt

    Thank you for explaining that before you hire someone to build a deck, you should decide what you are wanting to use it for. My husband and I are thinking about getting a deck. We will make sure to figure out what we will use it for first.

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  • Greta James

    My father-in-law is thinking of adding a deck onto the back of his two-story home. I appreciate your design input especially to consider levels of decking and whether he is interested in a pergola. I think this will really help him plan out exactly what lumber and style he wants.

  • Jenna Hunter

    My aunt just got a pool in her backyard and she really wants to get a deck to go around it so that she can have a place to sunbathe outside of the pool. It could be really nice for her to get a professional to build it so that she can relax and not worry about it. I liked what you said about how she should think about the design of the deck and what she puts as a priority, like levels, privacy, shade, lighting, and power.

  • James Borst

    It is interesting that you recommend basing the size of the deck by looking at the accessibility to the house and location of the sun/shade. My wife and I are considering expanding the deck on our house so we can have parties on it. We may consider reaching out to a supplier that specializes in decking material for recommendations.

  • Oscar Morrison

    It’s helpful to remember that different materials for the deck and railing each have their own pros and cons we should consider, and that a contractor can look at our situation to help us choose what’s best for us. We inherited some money earlier this year when my grandfather passed away, and we’ve been saving that to upgrade our home this spring. Maybe we should wait to commit to one material or style fully until we’ve found a contractor to help us and see what they’d recommend.

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  • eli richardson

    I like that you pointed out the variety of materials to build a deck out of, but to always consult with a professional on which type to use. My brother wants to get his balcony removed since it is old and falling apart. I will pas him the details so he can reach out to an expert for more help.

  • Calgary Deck Builders

    I like how you referenced the significance of choosing what you will be utilizing your deck for. You ought to consider in the event that it will be for engaging or eating, similar to you said. Those components will decide how large it ought to be or some other highlights.

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