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Virtual Is The New Reality


For many of us, technology can be just as frustrating as it is helpful. Sure, it can guide us to finding things faster, can connect us with people and businesses instantaneously, or can locate a contractor for us lickety-split (don’t forget to visit our social media pages, coincidentally!), but it can also be annoying having to keep up with the constantly evolving world of tech.

Just when you think you’ve gotten comfortable with your new smart phone or tablet, a new one comes out, bringing with it new features, new software…and new ways to confuse the hell out of… Read the rest
Tim Zwart
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Homeowners Are Falling For Custom Deck Railings In Toronto


When considering deck projects in Toronto, most homeowners are looking to maximize their outdoor living space. Thoughts turn to decadent food preparation, mood-lit dining, and sun-drenched lounging first before turning their thoughts to keeping all that safe and sound on the deck.

The height of your deck will determine if a deck railing is required as well as the height of railing. Then it’s time to consider the custom deck railing that will perfectly suit your deck and backyard oasis. Backing up your chair from the table, adjusting your lounge chair with the sun or rolling your barbecue over just … Read the rest

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Deck Construction Projects in Toronto Start At The Deck Store


Whether you’re a Do-it-Yourself family or seeking the help of a professional deck contractor, deck construction is not only a personal choice, it’s a matter of personal safety too.

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Many homeowners choose to expand on their own creativity to design their dream deck, porch or patio and even install it themselves. For a seasoned handyman with plenty of extra time on his or her hands, this could prove to be a relaxing and rewarding way to spend their free hours throughout the summer. If space or budget is restricted, then a homeowner may be quite comfortable with tackling … Read the rest

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What Design Professionals Expect from a Deck Company


When a landscape designer refers a deck company, what do they want? The lowest cost? Kickbacks? Shortcuts? Not anymore.

Interior/ Landscape Designers often find dealing with Deck Companies a challenge, and vice versa. The skills of deck builders varies wildly and often there is a bit of a culture clash that can happen when expectations are not met. Designers, Landscape Designers and Architects are all quite different breeds and meeting their expectations can be a challenge for some builders. This post gives an insight into what makes our relationships with designers and architects of all descriptions successful.

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Lawrence Winterburn
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What makes a "Great Deck Design?"


Why is it that some designers can craft stunning and functional designs for decks again and again, when some builders just keep recycling the same old thing with the same old flaws year after year. What magical design juice enables them to kill it more often than not, and others have a challenging time again and again?

I know most of the top deck designers in North America, and if you are reading this you may not have heard of Bobby Parks, Greg Dibernardo, Jason Russel, Robert Hodichak, Paul LaFrance or that Winterburn Guy. Their … Read the rest

Lawrence Winterburn
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The Deck Store Inc. and Paul Lafrance Design join forces to create the Ultimate decking experience.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Deck Store and Paul Lafrance Design are proud to announce an alliance commencing immediately.

Download the official press release

The partnership will combine their respective design teams with The Deck Store being the exclusive supplier and installer for all outdoor living space projects. Paul Lafrance will continue to operate independently on private interior, commercial and celebrity projects. Terry Fangrad, CEO of The Deck Store and Paul Lafrance are two of a kind – brilliant designers who are fun loving, high energy, young minded, and eclectic with a vast knowledge of the industry. They are excited about this … Read the rest

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Resisto Joist Guard

If you’re looking to maximize the life of your new deck, Resisto Joist Guard is a product you should definitely familiarize yourself with. Manufactured using an asphalt mastic adhesive, Resisto Joist Guard is designed to self-seal itself around screws and nails, blocking pathways for water to infiltrate into your decking. Designed to be applied to the top of deck joists, this unique formula acts as a waterproof membrane, preventing wood from rotting or decaying, while simultaneously denying water accumulation under your decking boards.

How it works

The key to this product is the corrosion barrier created upon application. If you … Read the rest

Tim Zwart
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Hiding in Plain Sight: Starborn Deck Screws and Fasteners

Many reasons to hide exist. In the animal kingdom, concealment—crypsis—is the ability to avoid detection using visual, olefactory (smell), or auditory techniques. While the tactics vary greatly, the strategic purpose is generally either an antipredator adaptation (what animal wants to be eaten?) or a predation strategy (what predator wants its hunting to be detected?).

Camouflage—the visual form of crypsis—is accomplished in several ways: a creature can modify its appearance to resemble its surroundings; it can use disruptive coloration (employing strongly contrasting patterns or colors to hide edges or distinguishing characteristics); it can eliminate shadows by fitting and flattening to its

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Ron Jenkins
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Messmer's Wood Stains: Making the Real Thing Look Really Good

People have always prized “the real thing” over copies. This is why there is only one Mona Lisa. Extremely accurate copies can be made, but they are not prized nearly as highly as the priceless original. The idea that the copy is inferior to the original goes back at least as far as Plato’s “Republic”, where the ideas of “imitation” and “copy” are discussed in philosophical terms.

Other commonplace expressions convey this similar concept: we say “It’s the real McCoy” and “It’s the genuine article”.

But favoritism for originals is not an absolute rule: sometimes the copy is good enough.

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Ron Jenkins
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Streets Paved with Gold and Decking of Pure Aluminum

Aluminum is one of today’s most commonly-used metals, but its use is relatively new. Unlike some metals, for instance gold, aluminum does not naturally occur in metallic form. Moreover, aluminum didn’t exist at all in metallic form 200 years ago.

Most of today’s aluminum is either refined from bauxite, its primary ore, or it is recycled aluminum. Recycling aluminum is increasingly common, as aluminum is infinitely recyclable and the recycling of aluminum products and alloys is very energy efficient when compared to refining bauxite.

Refining bauxite into metallic aluminum happens in two stages. Bauxite is first mined, often from shallow

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Ron Jenkins
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Following the Thread

 

In the history of fasteners, the threaded fasteners are the newest. Nails and dowels date back to antiquity, but the invention of the thread radically changed fastener trchnology, leading to screws and bolts. This family of fasteners holds much better than earlier devices. You can read this fascinating history in the book One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw by Witold Rybczynski. But if you are in a hurry to get your deck or drywalling done, go straight to FastenMaster® products.

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FastenMaster® Leads in Deck Fasteners

FastenMaster®, as their name suggests, has a wide-ranging … Read the rest

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Azek Sheds Light on Deck and Railing Lighting

Even the longest day in Toronto does not last long enough it seems – 15 hours 26 minutes and 35 seconds. So if you want more light on your deck, Azek Deck Lighting is one of the best ways to go.

 

Azek lighting is designed to complement Azek and TimberTech railings to provide a polished looking lighting system for your deck. Deck lighting both extends the use of a deck farinto the night, and adds safety on stairways and thresholds.

Components

Azek lighting comes as a complete system, with lighting fixtures, mounting hardware, and transformer.

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Azek offers six lighting … Read the rest

Ron Jenkins
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