Building a deck in Winnipeg, Manitoba isn’t what it used to be.
Often we give our building officials at the City permits office a hard time for not always making a whole lot of sense in the way they do things. One recent change in deck building requirements however, makes a lot of sense.
Previously you could simply take the area of your deck, multiply it by 50lbs/ft2 and then divide it by the total number of support points to get your loading for permits. This is a quick and easy way to do load calculations but you only are getting the average loading.
The City of Winnipeg has recognized that, pile specific load calculations are much better and have made it a requirement in their Deck building brochure which you can access here – http://www.winnipeg.ca/ppd/permits_deck_reqmnts.stm.
The formula for calculating pile loads for a deck in Winnipeg, MB are below:
The formula isn’t quite straightforward and most of our adult brain’s hurt when asked to do math. So, your local Postech dealer has created some tools to assist customers with determining pile loads:
- For Do-It-Yourselfers we have a How To Video walkthrough for designing a deck foundation for piles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKTsjVH37F4
- For those who want Plug-and-Play we have Free Deck Templates where all the design work and loads are done for you. If you want to hit the Easy Button visit: https://yj191.infusionsoft.com/app/page/deckplans
For those who have a unique deck and who require assistance with the foundation plan, give Postech Screw Piles Manitoba and NW Ontario a call at 204.793.0653 or upload your plans to our Contact Form at www.screwpiling.ca and we will be happy to assist you with an efficient and effective deck foundation and pile layout.