The Citywide Guide to a Safe Sundeck

As an extension of your home, a sundeck should be comfortable, inviting, and enjoyable. But to qualify as any of these, it first needs to be safe.

Safe deck considerations

Any sundeck can benefit from these simple tips to create an outdoor space that’s suitable for the whole family–including pets and small children.


Non-Slip Stairs

Citywide Liquid Decking stairs with texture


In the wet Metro Vancouver climate that Citywide Sundecks works in, slippery stairs are a major concern for homeowners. They’re a liability in rental units and a hazard in your own home.


To avoid taking a spill on slick steps, clean them regularly. Use a low-grade pressure washer with a cleaning agent, or a scrub brush with some sudsy water and clear the surface of debris.


Increase texture on stairs by applying a liquid coating. The level of roughness and colours are completely customizable, so you can get just the look and feel you like. Rubber stripping is also a workable solution.


If you plan on having children or small pets on your sundeck, installing an aluminum gate at the top of the stairs is a smart choice. Investing in a sturdy gate is an easy way to prevent a potentially tragic tumble.


Practical Sundeck Railings

Citywide Sundecks West Vancouver standard glass railings


Railings are a sundeck feature required specifically for safety. But impractical railings can still be hazardous.

Railing risks

Insecurely fastened or improperly built railings are obvious dangers, but frequently overlooked risks are climb-able railings and ones with wide gaps. Toddlers or pets can easily scale or slip through.

Safe railing tips

To combat ineffective rails, cover them with an attractive facade like plexiglass or temporary bamboo fencing. Also, keep furniture away from the perimeter of the deck, as it can be used by crafty pets and children to hop the barrier.

Aluminum railings are a low-maintenance, sturdy solution that can be completely customized. Starting at $60 per linear foot, they’re an affordable (and attractive) safety measure that you never have to stain or seal.


Smart Decor

AZEK Arbor Hazelwood


Keeping your deck comfortable and inviting calls for furniture and decoration, but as you design your outdoor oasis, keep these practices in mind.

Safe plants

Adding greenery to your deck is a smart way to make a relaxing space. However, some common plants can be harmful to our health. If you’re going to have pets on your sundeck, check out this list of poisonous plants for cats and dogs. Curious children (or quirky neighbours?) may also have a munch. It’s best to avoid keeping rhubarb, water hemlock, bleeding hearts, and Lily-of-the-Valley.

Tripping hazards

Keep pathways clear of furniture, potted plants, and other items. Designate children’s play areas that are away from doors, stairs, BBQ’s and walkways.

Open Flame

Fire pits and candles are a great way to add ambiance (and warmth) to any area. Always attend to any open flame near your deck and keep a fire extinguisher on-hand. It only takes a few moments for a rogue ember or knocked over candle to spark a blaze.


Safe BBQ-ing

Citywide Safe BBQing


A stellar barbeque is essential for any awesome deck. Especially when your children are around, never leave a how grill unattended. The catch basin is a magnet for pets, so keep it out of reach or covered with aluminum foil. Put a heat-resistant mat underneath and keep it at least a foot away from railings siding, and other objects to avoid damage.


Splinter-Free Deck Material

Citywide Sundecks custom vinyl patio


Going barefoot on your deck is a summertime rite of passage, but a splinter can quickly spoil the fun. Older wooden decks will undoubtedly victimize a few feet. Regular sanding and staining can ward off slivers.

Low-maintenance decks

If you’d rather spend your time enjoying your deck than maintaining it, consider switching from a wood deck to a more family-friendly material like vinyl or composite decking. These options only require periodic cleaning and can last 10-30 years.  


Sheltered Space

On hot summer days, shaded areas will keep pets cool and people from getting too much sun. A sheltered area is also important for creating a refuge from rainy weather. Adding an awning or patio cover to your sundeck can help your whole family comfortably enjoy your outdoor space year-round.


The Citywide Sundecks Solution

A comfortable, inviting, and enjoyable sundeck is an invaluable asset to any home. Follow these tips to create your ideal outdoor space for the whole family.

If you’d like to upgrade your decking material, add a patio cover, or create a slip-resistant surface, Citywide can help.

Call 604-786-3325 for a free quote, or fill out the form below.

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  • “Paul and his team are wonderful to work with. Our high expectations and unusual detailed challenges were met with enthusiasm. Another job well done.”

    – Drew, Billingsley Construction

  • “My wife and I were very happy with Citywide’s work on our sundeck. Their crew was very professional, courteous and efficient, and completed the work exactly as they said they would. When I pointed out a minor error in their work on our house siding, they immediately acknowledged the issue and corrected it with no argument. We would definitely recommend Citywide to our family, friends and anyone else that needs their decks re-surfaced. Thanks Paul / Citywide!”

    Doug and Audrey – Burnaby

  • “Citywide is a professional company to work with regarding our deck project.  Very reliable, timely results and good customer service. We are very satisfied with the outcome.”

    Karl G – Vancouver

  • “I would recommend Citywide for roofing repairs and Vinyl decks. I appreciated the personalized service and efficient workers. Thanks Paul.”

    Tony W. – Vancouver

  • My experience with Paul and his Citywide Sundeck crew has been nothing but positive. They are on time and completely professional and able to offer solutions to complicated waterproofing challenges.

    Joe C. – Vancouver

  • I’m a general contractor in the lower mainland. I contacted Paul to help us re-vinyl a deck that used to be fiberglass. GREAT customer service, the job was professionally done by 2 of his crew members. When I called 4 other companies to look at the job, no one came or called back. Paul was attentive to our needs & was able to squeeze us in with a 2-3 day lead time.   Thank you so much for your consistent attention to detail, professionalism, & continuous strive for quality.

    Steve – New Westminster

  • Hard working and respectful crew. Deck turned out great. I would recommend Citywide to others who are considering building or replacing their deck.

    Vito – North Vancouver

  • Two years ago we hired Citywide to renovate our sundeck and back porch. We were very happy with the results and we are enjoying them every day. Last month we had them renovate our front stairs and walkway. The result exceeded our expectation. Now our front entrance looks good enough to welcome a queen! I like Paul’s workers they are friendly and able. Also, Paul is one of the most organized and punctual people I have ever known. We have had a lot of problems with tradesmen in the past. It’s nice to know Paul for a change.

    Sadako – Burnaby

  • I had Citywide Sundecks replace the 28 year old Duradeck sheeting with the similar material on my sundeck. The job was completed in one and a half days to my complete satisfaction. The deck looks like new with all the joints and seams glued and heat treated to ensure maximum waterproofing. Stainless steel screws were used throughout in reinstalling the original aluminum railings and stairs to ensure longevity and improved appearances. When the job was completed the installers cleaned up the work site. I was impressed and pleased with this Citywide crew. They were professional.

    Stephen – Richmond

  • We had our hot tub and sundeck replaced this summer. Citywide Sundecks did a wonderful job of the vinyl deck. The installation was complicated by the fact that the hot tub was sunk into the deck and the glass railings had to be removed and replaced. The job was done in a timely manner with great efficiency. We truly appreciated the skill of the workmanship, the attention to detail and the concern for aesthetics.

    McBride – Coquitlam

  • Paul and his team did excellent work with attention to detail. The work was done quickly and we are very happy with the result.

    Lora – North Vancouver

  • Great service and a fair price for the work. Delivered on all their promises and even did a nice job cleaning up. I would definitely recommend them.

    R. B. – Vancouver

  • Amazing service. Friendly, prompt, really good product. The installers are wonderful and skilled, friendly. I really would recommend this company. I like the range of products they offer and they took time to explain all my options.

    A. R. – Vancouver

  • We were very surprised when we were told that they were able to start working on the project within a week of us signing our contract. We were kept updated of progress and appreciated being contacted by Paul to see how they were doing and if we had any questions. The work was completed quickly and efficiently. The fellows who did the work were friendly and cleaned up after they had finished for the day. We were very happy and have referred them to our friends.

    Courtland C. – Delta

  • Paul and his crew were hired to rebuild a terrible deck that was built last year. Citywide Sundecks isn’t the cheapest, but they did the job right and on time, and it comes with a 10 year warranty. We should have gone with hie the first time around.

    Job P. – Surrey

  • Paul and his crew did a great job of taking care of us. We had to replace a deck and deal with some water issues above and below the deck, all which was behind the stucco. This work has been completed and we are very happy. Paul and the crew kept me informed throughout. They were very easy to deal with and answered all my questions as the work progressed. All this was done at what I thought was a fair price.

    Andy Stephens. – Surrey

  • Very happy with our Duradek job.  It was installed exactly as discussed and Paul made sure that we were completely satisfied.

    Rene B. – Vancouver

  • We are very pleased with the restoration project completed by Citywide Sundecks and Railings during the summer of 2015. The beautiful new sundeck was rebuilt in a very professional manner and the installed aluminum railings were a real upgrade on our original wooden ones. We are so glad that we contracted CWS as they were terrific to deal with and they provided quality work from start to finish.

    Bruce & Loreen S. – Richmond

  • I live in Prince George and contacted Paul at Citywide Sundecks to enquire about installing Duradek at my 85-year-old mother’s house in New Westminster. Paul kept us informed every step of the way. His crew was professional and hard working. They completed the job as agreed and ahead of schedule, even throwing in a few extras for my mum at no cost! My mother was very pleased with the outcome and happy to be enjoying her new deck.

    Leanne M. – Prince George

  • We were in a rush to get our sundeck stairs repaired. Paul was very accommodating and had the stairs replaced very quickly. The quality of work was excellent! I would highly recommend Citywide Sundecks.

    Linda & Rob M. – Delta


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