What Type of Deck is Best for Pets?

Your whole family–including the four-legged members–loves to spend time on the sundeck together. So when you’re planning your new deck, you naturally want to consider what’s best for your furry companions, too.

While your pets can’t always tell you what they want, we’ll help you figure out which type of decking makes the most sense for you and your pal.

sad dog on worn wood deck with green blue paint

Scratch Resistant

Pet owners often deal with destruction caused by their buddy’s claws on flooring and furniture. To avoid your deck having the same fate, choose scratch resistant decking.

Capped composite has a hard plastic shell around a wood/plastic composite core. The shell makes it durable and resistant to rot and warping along with scratches. Composite decking mimics the look of natural wood, but without the upkeep. While it’s much more scratch resistant than wood, it’s not totally scratch proof. With enough gusto, your pooch could still leave permanent marks.

Vinyl decking is another durable solution to ward off a claw-tastrophy. This walkable roofing membrane is made to stand up to the elements while waterproofing with a low-maintenance, attractive finish. It’s also pretty difficult to scratch or tear this engineered material with anything short of a sharp tool.

brown and white short haired puppy on green wood deck

Potty Proof

If your pup has a tendency to have accidents on your deck, easy clean up is a priority. Both vinyl and capped composite decking are stain resistant and can be easily hosed down to clean up a mess. Wooden decks can be stained easily, so avoid this type of decking if your pooch is prone to piddles.

dog paws with long claws on deck

 

 

Paw Friendly

If a deck is too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for little paws too. Decks built where they’ll absorb a lot of sunshine can get toasty on clear summer days. Choosing a lighter decking style for these areas can help reduce heat make it easier for all family member to walk on.

Slivers can also wreak havoc on paws of all types. Luckily, both vinyl and composite decks are totally splinter-free.  

golden retriever on shady deck with awning

Permanent Shelter

To help combat the heat, a patio cover is a smart addition. Not only will your pet enjoy the shade, but it makes for a more usable space year-round. When it’s pouring rain in the winter, a patio cover crates a dry outdoor space for you and your animal to take cover. You can get more use out of your deck and everyone will be more comfortable.

smiling dog with wooden railings and aluminum gate on wooden deck

Smart Railings

Railings make a huge difference in the look and safety of a deck. While you can often reinstall old railings on a new deck, consider if they make the most sense for your current needs. Custom aluminum railings are fabricated uniquely for each deck, so you can get exactly what you want. For smaller dogs and cats, you can choose a style with closer spindles and include a gate in the design so their chances of escape are slim. Glass railings are modern, safe, and allow uninterrupted views–but tend to be a magnet for nose smudges.

 

puppy dog on wood deck

Consider these expert tips when you’re planning your new outdoor space and you’ll feel good about your deck decision, knowing it’s pet-approved.  For more information on what decking is right for you (including costs) check out our blog on the pros and cons of popular deck types.

If you’re ready to chat with an expert about your deck project, our team is here to help. Fill out the form below or call (604) 786-3325 to get started.

 

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Citywide Sundecks

Citywide Sundecks

We pride ourselves on our expertise in quality decks and railings for all kinds of homes and venues. Not only are we the top Duradek distributor in the region, but we are also known for offering a wide variety of the latest decking solutions to suit every taste.

Testimonials

  • “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

Email: info@citywide.ca





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