Sometimes building a solid foundation can be harder than it looks. Just ask Bonanno Pisano (architect of The Leaning Tower of Pisa), Vespasian (founder of the Roman Colosseum), or Cover Girl (makers of some pretty subpar makeup products). Often, what you’re making is not as important as what it’s made of, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of outdoor renovation. Specifically, when it comes to Do-It-Yourself projects there are specific concerns that you will face along the way, whether you consider yourself a professional or not. And one of the key things
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If you’ve spent enough time outdoors enjoying nature, you’ve no doubt come across her most important and abundant resource: trees. These lovable members of the plant family give us so much, while expecting next to nothing in return (except some nice dirt and plenty of water…who can say no to that?). They provide us cool shade from the sun, nourish us with fruits and nuts and selflessly give of themselves so that we can construct things such as paper, houses, boats and entertainment units (not to mention make it possible for us all to breath). Yes, timber is of great
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Esthetics are something the human race has been concerned with since the dawn of time. We have planted flowerbeds in our yards, hung things from our walls and placed those little garden gnomes in our grass for this specific reason (what else would possess a man to do this??). Esthetics is the reason why single men can’t wear sweatpants 24/7 as they would like to, and is also the main thing responsible for your wife or girlfriend needing ungodly amounts of time in the washroom to get ready to go…well anywhere. Yes, no matter how beautiful something may seem,
The name “Titan” has been used to describe many things throughout the history of man, and has somehow managed to find its way into many different facets of society. Whether you’re talking about a football team from Tennessee, Greek gods, a truck made by Nissan or a really cool name for your dog, there are a few things that every titan has in common: strength and stability. Well, aside from those so-called “titans of industry” working on Wall Street…those guys are just crooks. But we won’t get into that.
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The words “hid” and “fast” have become synonymous with many negative aspects of the crime world over the years. From getaway drivers to secret hideouts, guns, cars and backroom dealings, the criminal typically has the majority of his activities fall into one of these two categories. Let us not forget, as an example, that after Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy these two words were at the forefront of his thought process; he hid…fast! You see, speed and stealth are the two biggest allies for these societal outsiders, and though seen as lazy and deviant by most, they are
Throughout the history of man, we have achieved certain milestones that have altered the landscape of history forever. The invention of the wheel, electricity, and My Pakage brand underwear immediately come to mind…though I guess rubber and plastic are pretty historic too. Oftentimes these revelations in thinking are simple concepts that have a larger impact than originally planned (like when Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin). I mean, who knew that not cleaning up after yourself before going on vacation could literally save lives?
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Dolphins may be the number one fantasy pet of all time. At one point or another in our lives, we’ve all wanted to own one…whether that meant trying to rationalize housing it in the bathtub or family pool or figuring out a way to call one to your dock or shoreline at a moment’s notice. And who could blame us? Dolphins do so many cool things! They’ve been in movies, saved shipwrecked sailors, fought off sharks and even do charity work with special needs children. These guys are like the dogs of the ocean (no offense dogfish), and there … Read the rest
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Writers, by nature, are a lazy bunch. We are not typically the ones to go on grand adventures, play in championship games, or defend our countries during a time of war. “The pen is mightier than the sword” may seem deep in its meaning (and most writers count it as their favorite quote), but trust me when I tell you that whoever coined the phrase clearly had never actually tested his hypothesis in battle. If he were proven correct, ancient tales of the likes of King Arthur and William Wallace may have turned out very differently. I mean, could you
Curtains! Just the mere mention of the word invokes excitement in most women…and utter despair in their male counterparts. Rarely can a topic result in such polarizing reactions between sexes…well, unless you count romantic comedies, candles or weddings.
Okay, so maybe men and women actually differ on a lot of subjects come to think of it. But one thing they can definitely agree on is their need to make their homes and yards enviable. Every couple wants to create space that will leave their friends and neighbors raving about their selections, whether it be their choice of furniture, paint, décor … Read the rest
If you’ve been following our blog at any time in the past two months, you’ve no doubt become accustomed to witty opening lines and dry humor. Let’s face it, decking is not exactly the most entertaining of subjects and a little fun can go a long way. However, this blog entry is no laughing matter. This time, we’re going to talk about something as serious as cancer; and in fact, it is cancer.
Losing a loved one is never an easy process to go through, no matter what the reason or circumstances. Whether it’s somebody who succumbed to old age … Read the rest
If you want something badly enough in life, maximum effort is usually required. Rome was not built in a day, professional athletes do not reach the hall-of-fame after their first game, and children graduating from university in 24 hours would be absurd (though seemingly reasonable for them, I’m sure). In this fast-paced world of instant gratification, oftentimes patience and effort take a backseat to convenience and speed. But what if there was a way to combine both maximum quality and a speedy process into your outdoor renovation project?
Let’s use, as an example, the world of under-deck systems. One of … Read the rest
Stars can come in many forms, from gracing international stages, to selling out sporting events and captivating you on the silver screen. They can also quite literally fall from the sky and be a member of your favorite constellation. Children receive them in sticker form for a job well done, and they even have their own key on your smartphone! Yes, the star lives a very privileged life no matter what form it takes. One would think it would be quite difficult to capture any of these star varieties and have them a permanent part of your backyard space, performing … Read the rest
The invention of a substance called rubber brought about many changes in the day-to-day activities of modern man. No longer were shoes uncomfortable to walk in, steering wheels cold and unforgiving or tires chipping away in chunks of rock on the side of the road. Rubber also brought countless joys to children in the form of toys, balloons and squeaky oversized noses (all things parents wish had remained without invention, I’m sure). It was quite literally bouncing around everywhere! But there was one puzzle this magical substance could not solve, and that was being a meaningful contributor to outdoor living … Read the rest
Since 1995, United Construction Products Inc. have been manufacturing and supplying Bison brand decking pedestals and wood decking tiles for commercial and residential customers alike…and seldom is … Read the rest
When you say the word “rock” several things come to mind. You might picture anything from head banging and mosh pits, to frustrated cavemen trying to invent the wheel, or even mountains, cliffs and canyons. Depending on which group of thinkers you reside in, you may or may not be interested in the advances in modern geology. Climbing a peak of synthetic rock probably doesn’t differ much from scaling the real thing (for example), and stone wheels will probably perform just about as well as their manufactured counterparts…poorly. But what if the rock you’re thinking of is not related to … Read the rest
Being the first to do something can be difficult. I imagine the first person to try and domestic a dog, for example, probably didn’t fare too well. Likewise for the first person that tested shark repellant, attempted to skydive or thought alligator wrestling was a fantastic idea. Being a pioneer in any area has its share of challenges, and being able to not only do something first, but to create popularity and longevity behind it is a skill few can master.
The same holds true in the decking world, especially in regards to the composite board industry. It probably seemed … Read the rest
No, that was not a typo you saw up there. We are of course referring to the best hot tub and spa builder around, MAAX Spas! Here at The Deck Store, we value quality above all else, both in our work and with those we do business with. It is important to not only surround yourself with good, quality people, but also with good, quality products as well. So naturally when looking for a hot tub and spa manufacturer to enter into a dealership agreement with, we searched high and low for the proper fit, the spa “ying” to our … Read the rest
As you may have noticed, purchasing PVC or composite materials for decking is not unlike purchasing a new car; there are a variety of makes and models, and every one comes with a salesman who will swear on his mother and unborn children that he’s giving you the best deal. Some are only after your money and couldn’t care less what product they are actually selling you. But if you really dig deep, there are quite a few gems waiting to be unearthed. The key is knowing where to stick your shovel into the dirt.
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If you’ve ever gone through a renovation project on your home, you know it can be a tedious process. It’s usually full of constant inconveniences, noise, and wind sprints down your street after the family dog (I have yet to find a contractor who knows how a gate works). And all that is after you’ve gone through the painstaking process of selecting the individual or company who was lucky enough to get your business! There has to be a better way…right?
Here at the Deck Store we realize that the most important part of any deck project is finding the … Read the rest
If you’ve spent enough time researching your next deck project, you’ve probably been confronted with enough texture choices and material options to make your head spin. Fortunately, the Deck Store is here to help keep your equilibrium steady and your feet planted firmly on your new decking of choice.
While it’s true that all materials possess their fair share of pros and cons, the most popular selections in circulation currently all fall under the low-maintenance category. With the goal of helping you gain the most bang for your decking buck, we’re going to examine a few of these low-maintenance deck … Read the rest
Nothing feels better than throwing your snow shovel in the garage for the last time and preparing yourself for all the fun and excitement of another summer spent grilling and congregating on your back deck. The Cavatassi family from Mississauga, ON were so excited in fact, that they threw their entire deck away too…and replaced it with this beautiful design!
Working with staff Design Consultant Megan Willekes, their project combines a little bit of everything and provides the perfect complement to their home. The design was built on roughly 550 square feet, incorporating a unique side step style and quaint … Read the rest
The advancements in decking technology over the years have been substantial, and if you’ve decided to have any of them adjourning your home, you are no doubt pleased with your investment. If however you are not among the fortunate, there is still hope for you!
From the DeckMAX line of products, comes PVC Deck Revitilizer; the perfect solution for restoring the finish of your deck, as well as removing pesky scratches and stains. This revolutionary formula is not just a simple cleaner or enhancer, but rather is designed to chemically react with your existing PVC or composite decking. One application … Read the rest
“Resysta is extremely resistant and provides for an especially beneficial eco-balance”
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Resysta manufactures an environmentally friendly decking system that provides the look of wood with a smooth or corrugated face. Resysta’s new technology of PVC rice husk is resistant to weather, pests and fungal decay as well as cracks, splinters and swelling. This low maintenance product is available in many colour shades due to the company’s environmentally friendly Resysta Glazes. This amazing product has been granted the Reddot award in 2012 along with others due to its quality and customer satisfaction. In addition, Resysta offers a 25year warranty to ensure
These days, shopping for decking materials is like trying to pick a unique grain of rice out of your bowl; they all look the same, feel the same, and generally all appear equal to each other. Though you may not be as picky when choosing a Chinese restaurants based on the uniformity of their rice dishes, you can ill afford to be as easy going about the material chosen to adjourn your deck. Let’s face it, the investment is substantially more on your deck, and the longevity and satisfaction has to last you more than an hour. With that in … Read the rest
High Point Deck Lighting is proud to announce a new partnership with The Deck Store Inc. as their Ontario distributor. The Deck Store will handle all of the inquiries and sales to new and existing customers of High Point Deck Lighting for Ontario. With a substantial inventory of lighting products on hand at all times, The Deck Store will be able to efficiently service the market needs at prices that will be competitive due to our buying power as well as decreased freight costs.
The Deck Store is now a dealer for Dolphin Fiberglass Pools, the only one piece fiberglass pool made in Canada.
Fiberglass Pools are the cost effective, environmentally friendly pool choice, great for your family and the environment.
Dolphin fiberglass pools high tensile strength allows the pool to flex without cracking making it ideal for regions with extreme temperature changes.
Dolphin’s gel coat finish makes it the easiest pool to maintain as the surface is chemically inert therefore it does not alter the pools water chemistry, which means you do not need to use as many chemicals to keep … Read the rest
At Google Inc.’s new Toronto office, there is such a thing as a free lunch.
Lunch isn’t just free – it’s colour co-ordinated based on Google’s colours, and indicates how healthy the food is. There are different snack options on each floor to encourage employees to move about, and interact with each other.
Food is just one of the ways Google aims to influence the way employees work and relate to each other in its new downtown Toronto space, which is having a grand opening on Tuesday. “We really encourage movement. People don’t need to spend all day at their … Read the rest
The Deck Store is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with a reputable hardwood mill in Brazil to supply Ipe, Cumaru, Garapa, and Tigerwood decking and hardwoods to the Ontario market. Place your order now to ensure delivery and get the best pricing in the market place. Premium quality material.
- 1×6 grooved or solid (7/8” thickness)
- 5/4×6 grooved or solid (1” thickness)
All profiles have a smooth face and a ribbed back – this provides a reversible board. The ribbed side can be used for border treatments or stair treads or other accent areas.
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Today, The Deck Store, Inc. has a guest blogger. Brian Turner is a health advocate and blogger for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Where many home owners are planning renovations to older homes which could contain paint and asbestos, we feel that this information is highly relevant to you.
The article below is about the health and safety concerns that one should keep in mind while doing home renovations or DIY projects, and how exposure to certain materials, such as paint and asbestos, can cause harm to yourself and family members.
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TimberTech has partnered with Feeney, Inc., well-known in the industry for their premier CableRail by Feeney cable assemblies, to bring the industry’s only complete railing system featuring TimberTech’s high-quality, composite railing with Feeney’s stainless steel CableRail infill. Designed together as a system for the first time, this new offering provides a more efficient buying process along with an exceptionally beautiful and durable end result.
Feeney produces a variety of architectural products and CableRail is one of the company’s most popular and widely-recognized lines. The easy-to-install product is made of high-quality, weather-proof 316-grade stainless steel with over 70% recycled content. … Read the rest
Boosting in sales in the GTA is the innovative awning cover that does it all – Arcadia Roofs. Proudly endorsed by The Deckstore, Inc. Arcadia Roofs use a louvered roof system that allows conditions that can be full sun, partial shade or full shade with just the … Read the rest
TimberTech has officially entered into a partnership with FastenMaster® to promote and sell TimberTech Cortex Hidden Fastening System. This product will be added to 2013 TimberTech product line up. Company strategy is to build a strong hidden fastening offering by marketing our already popular CONCEALoc® alongside TimberTech Cortex as new COMPLETE hidden fastening solution. FastenMaster has created a well-developed and highly accepted plug system with their launch of FastenMaster Cortex. Due to its popularity and workability, TimberTech Cortex will be another successful addition to fastening line. TimberTech will actively promote the use of this product on perimeter boards and stair … Read the rest
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
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
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.
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