Pros and Cons for Building Your Deck in Fall & Winter

July 8, 2022

When you finally decide to take the plunge with building a new deck, the expectation is to start building immediately. Unfortunately, this is not realistic in the industry today. The reality of building in the summer season in Winnipeg can mean waiting a full year before getting to enjoy your new deck. Why?

  1. The surge in demand: Everyone wants their deck built immediately after deciding they want one, but the industry works on a first-come, first-serve basis. Many people book their projects in Winter or Spring, and a waitlist is common.
  2. The permit offices are busy: They routinely have waiting lists of 3-4 weeks in the summer season. This compounds if there are recommendations from the permit office to alter the design plans.
  3. Scheduling the work: A qualified workforce has been difficult to recruit since the pandemic. Most contractors are always hiring, meaning we have more work than people to do the jobs.
  4. The Spring/Summer season is short: Once people decide on a deck design, they want their decks and backyards built shortly after. This is usually okay if there are good weather conditions. Many good building days are lost when it rains excessively, and project lag time stacks up.

If Summer isn’t a good time to build a new deck, when is?

As the blog title suggests, building your deck in the Fall/Winter can be a great option compared to the summer months. We often get asked what can be done in the winter months, and although we can not fully complete a deck project in five feet of snow, we can get a head start for the Spring! In the colder months, we can:

  1. Book a design consultation appointment
  2. Measure up your yard
  3. Create a beautiful 3D color design of your backyard (see picture above)
  4. Create all technical drawings
  5. Apply for a permit: A process that should take less than a week in the “off-season” and colder months
  6. We receive a down payment on the project to get started

What does starting the building process look like in the Fall/Winter?

  1. Removal and clean-up of the existing structure
  2. Survey and sketch – mark out your backyard
  3. Install screw piles to prepare for the weight of the new deck

These three steps allow your project to be ready to work on early in the Spring as the screw piles are already in the ground. Not to mention, you already have permission to build with the permit approval. When starting in the Spring, wet conditions often delay the installation of screw piles and further delay your project, which is why starting in the colder months is ideal.

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  • Backyard conceptual design
  • Permit approval process
  • Fall anchor installation

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Pros for building in the Fall/Winter

Bottom line, you get to the front of the line for spring builds. It helps your contractor spread the work by extending the current building season. It gives you extra months to pay off the entire project because only a small down payment is required for your project to get started in the fall.

Cons for building in the Fall/Winter

The first objection we hear about starting in the Fall/Winter is that we will remove the current deck for three to four months. We have learned that many dog owners need access to their back yards, which may prevent them from seeking this option. To overcome this objection, we offer to build temporary stairs to accommodate the owners and give pets access to the backyard.

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