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Azek Sheds Light on Deck and Railing Lighting

Posted by Ron on Jun 22, 2015 11:41:04 AM
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.

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Topics: installation, deck materials, Deck Lighting, LED transformer, deck fixtures, illumination, Azek, Railings, screens, fences, lighting

Getting a Grip on Railings: Fortress Railing Products

Posted by Ron on Jun 10, 2015 3:59:55 PM
Fortress Railing creates iron, cable, glass, and aluminum railings, and metal balusters in six distinct lines, complemented by a generous range of accents, ornaments, and lighting options.

FE26 Iron Railing

Fortress's FE26 Iron Railing line is pre-welded traditional styled iron railing, built with layered construction: pre-galvanized iron, then a galvanized zinc coat, followed by a zinc phosphate coating for corrosion resistance and paint adhesion, then a DuPont® e-coat, and finally a DuPont® premium powder coating. The result is a strong and highly durable railing material. Because it is so weather resistant, the Fortress FE26 is virtually maintenance free: the finish does not need painting to keep its appearance.

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Topics: cable, deck materials, Fortress Railing, glass, balusters, Fortress, Railings, screens, fences

AZEK® Decking for a Deck Project on a Solid Footing

Posted by Ron on Apr 29, 2015 12:26:11 PM
What's underfoot matters, and it's always best when you're standing on something solid and durable. Having a "solid footing" is another way of saying the details are being taken care of and unexpected surprises will not happen. This idea is true both metaphorically, and in the case of deck surfaces, literally. AZEK decking is an excellent way to have your decking "on a solid footing": it's durable, easy to maintain, and attractive.

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Topics: deck, installation, pvc decking materials, deck materials, Decks, low maintenance deck materials, Hidden Fastening System, Azek

Water Management Hidden in Plain Sight

Posted by Ron on Apr 8, 2015 4:45:52 PM

From before recorded history, water management has been a big part of human endeavor. The ancient Romans built fantastic aquaducts that remain to this day. The invention of irrigation has redefined agriculture, and the damming of rivers has enabled hydro-electric power. Water management in the form of umbrellas and raincoats, and the plumbing in our homes are all forms of water management.Sometimes water management is hiding in plain sight, and this is true of the Trex RainEscape deck drainage system. Using the spaces between joists in a deck to fit troughing and drains, the RainEscape system makes it possible to capture water passing through the planking of a deck, and to divert it from falling on the area beneath. The whole setup can be concealed in a ceiling, making it invisible. Now, the area beneath the deck is waterproofed against the elements, and can be used to create added value through the increased usefulness of the under-deck space.

Trex RainEscape ©

Trex has realized a solution to a problem everyone knew existed: the space under a second-floor deck is not as useful as it could be. While it would be great to install lighting, create an indoor-outdoor kitchen, or make a dining or living space beneath a deck, water leaking from above can make these uses impossible.

And it's worse when you're using the space beneath your deck when the skies open and the rain starts. Just when you want cover from the rain, you instead find yourself grabbing anything you want to keep dry and rushing it indoors.

Trex RainEscape provides an easy-to-install water capture and redirection system that directs water away from your desk and into your water collection piping. The system consists of troughs that fit between the joists of your deck and lead to downspouts connecting to your drains. The full system includes troughs, flashings, and downspouts, all made of robust polyethelyene with ultraviolet inhibitors.

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Installation can be done yourself, on either decks under construction or under existing decks. Simple tools -- scissors, utility knife, staple gun, and caulking gun -- are all that are needed. Trex includes full instructions and a set of step-by-step videos online.

Installation for a new deck is done once the framing and joists are installed. Installation for an existing deck requires removing the decking planks to enable ready access to the joists from above, then installing the troughing and downspouts, and preparing for installing flashing later. Seams are caulked and taped. Then the planking is replaced and flashing and post caps installed.

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Maintenance of a RainEscape setup is essentially non-existent. The majority of the Trex RainEscape system lies beneath the decking and so is protected from the elements, ensuring long life. If installed and maintained according to directions, the RainEscape system is guaranteed against leakage for twenty years. In fact, a RainEscape installation can also increase the life of your deck, by protecting joists from moisture.

Cleaning is also negiligible: in most cases water passing through the system flushes away any small debris that passes through the deck planking. Snow sitting on the deck will also melt and drain out of the RainEscape system.

Finally, Trex RainEscape is economical, costing less than the nearest competitors. Look at the Trex RainEscape system and other parts of the Trex product line at The Deck Store today to expand your outdoor living space.

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Topics: deck materials, RainEscape, Trex, deck drainage system

DeckMAX Products are a Time Machine for your Decks

Posted by Ron on Mar 30, 2015 3:06:20 PM

Since at least the publication of H.G. Well's The Time Machine, science fiction has had the trope of the time machine, a device that could take a time traveller forwards or back in time with a speed that defies Einstein's laws of physics. Time travel into the future seems to be an impossibility in conventional physics, and time reversal even more so.

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Topics: DeckMax, Deck Cleaner, Revitalizer

TimberTech Deck Lighting for Sophisticated Evenings on the Deck

Posted by Ron on Mar 16, 2015 4:09:47 PM
Lighting has always been the way people have extended their day, and the history of lighting shows its enormous role in both work, religion, and entertainment. Early candles were a common light source, and although they have been used since at least Roman times, they were traditionally expensive and seldom used in private homes until around the 14th century. The increasing availability of candles and candlesticks led in large part to increases in home industries and literacy. For those who could not afford candles, the more ancient rushlight - a rush dipped in fat and held in a clamp -- was an alternative. Oil lamps, fueled with liquid paraffin, sesame oil, fish oil, or other combustable liquids are also ancient, and the inventions of the wick and glass chimney provided a smaller and more controllable flame. All these ancient forms of lighting had similar drawbacks: fire hazard, cost, and the need for continued attention. Today the LED lamp is our candle, providing cost effective, safe, and trouble-free lighting.

Pushing Back the Night

The thing about a beautiful deck is that it becomes a place where you want to spend as much time as possible. Nothing is better than sitting out on a summer night with friends, drinks, and food, and such times sometimes seem to end too soon. The hit song "Patio Lanterns" by Canadian Kim Mitchell captures the spirit perfectly.

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Topics: Railings, deck materials, low voltage garden lighting, garden light, deck lights, lighting, TimberTech

Silca System: Backyard Sleight of Hand

Posted by Tim on Dec 17, 2014 1:42:53 PM
The ability to adapt is perhaps the most underrated attribute one can have. Often it is not the fastest, nor the strongest, that ultimately find success; it is the innovators, those who are able to reason their way around a noticeable disadvantage then end up championing the day. Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is built upon this very principal; likewise for the likes of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Benjamin Franklin. You see for these men, the status quo was simply not good enough. There had to be a way to do things better, to connect science and society at a common pace, to live in the present while building for the future. These titans of technology made it their mission to bring the world to their innovations before it even knew it was ready for them (seriously, who thought they needed a tablet before Apple invented one??). Adaptation is the key for survival after all, not only in technological terms but with our very existence. This idea spreads into seemingly every facet of our lives, and the world of outdoor living is no different. Everybody is always on the lookout for the next big trend, no-maintenance product line or innovative design idea. And if you’re in the market for a backyard makeover, you can find all of the above in the revolutionary Silca System, offered exclusively at The Deck Store.

Get Your Cues From Nature

So what exactly is the Silca System, and why is it being mentioned in the same article as Microsoft and Apple? While on the surface those comparisons seem lofty and unachievable, the innovative vision behind all three is actually quite common. Simply put, the SIlca System is a way to revitalize and rejuvenate your yard quickly (and cheaply), without any major renovation work. Manufactured from high-quality, recycled plastic, the Silca System is essentially an exoskeleton for your deck…helping you to change from wood to stone or brick surfacing with ease! The key is the hexagonally shaped foundation pieces, which help to evenly distribute weight and balance surface materials simultaneously. Once this framework is in place, you can quite literally start stacking the stone of your choice overtop and VIOLA! You have just transformed your deck from wood to stone in a matter of hours!

Right now you might be asking yourself: Why would I want to change my wood or composite decking into stone? And while the answers may be endless, the advantages of this switch may surprise you. Firstly, stone is typically only a material choice for surfaces on ground level, due to its weight and rather limited flexibility. Second, it is considered by many to be a “luxury item”, and is only available to the average consumer at great costs. And last (but certainly not least), design options are often limited by choosing stone as your surface material of choice. Now comes the fun part: the Silca System was actually designed, tested and produced to alleviate all of those concerns, and to change the impossible back into the possible! You can now build with stone surfacing on elevated frames, such as patios, balconies or rooftops. The relative low cost makes owning a Silca System easy and affordable on most budgets, helping to bridge the gap between a luxurious feel and modest overhead. And design options are literally limited only be your own imagination! You can now use pavers, travertine, stone and brick as the walking surface to literally every space imaginable: pool decks, bridges, walkways, gazebos, porches and many more!

Want to learn more? Contact one of several design and sales specialists at The Deck Store today to get started. Because sometimes all your yard needs is a little sleight of hand.

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Topics: Silca System, alternative surfaces, Decks

TruGrain: The Result Of Love and Truth

Posted by admin on Oct 10, 2014 4:52:11 PM
There are many ways to determine the authenticity of things, be they events, statements, products or relationships. The concept of fakes, forgeries, lies and deceit is not new to mankind (just look at Bigfoot, The Shroud of Turin or The Getty Kouros), but is nonetheless common place among our daily lives. Determining the truth of something starts with testing its claim, and ends with the subject coming through unscathed and unchallenged. Perhaps the concept of love is the best acronym for this; if love is real, if it is true, than it will hold up when tested, scrutinized or called into question. If it is not, then it will crumble under pressure, decay and fade away. The blending together of these two phenomenon, love and truth, can often result in some of the best things we ever experience in life; for if you have love and truth on your side, so too do you have honesty, and your sense of right over wrong justified. Believe it or not, these two things often co-exist in the world of outdoor living as well. If you love what you do, have a passion for its outcome and stay true to the process, then success is often there to greet you on the other side. Such is the case with the newest product available on the market from Westech Building Products, TruGrain™ made with Resysta®.

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Topics: TruGrain, New Products, deck materials, resysta

Techno Metal Post – Unique Foundation Solutions

Posted by Tim on Jul 25, 2014 4:00:01 PM
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 you need to ensure for a successful building process is a sturdy foundation. Whether your project is a cottage, home extension, deck, or even something as small as a clothing line in your own backyard, having a reliable foundation to start from is the most important step.
Stability Means Everything

With that in mind, the next generation of structural integrity providers has arrived: Helical Piles. Often known as Screw Piles, Helical Piles are quickly becoming the most efficient and cost effective way to provide your project with a safe and sturdy foundation. Helical Piles are essentially a giant metal screw, installed by a professional technician using proprietary hydraulic machinery. The depth of the screw is determined by the desired bearing capacity, with the ability to support up to 50,000 pounds per pile. These Helical Piles not only guarantee that your project is supported by a solid base, they are also cost effective and provide shorter project times due to the ease of installation. This method of creating a foundation also helps reduce environmental impact generally seen during most construction methods, (by reducing soil displacement), which results is less transportation for excess soil, allowing for easy removal when the foundation is no longer needed. It literally is reducing our carbon footprint one step at a time!

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Topics: deck, installation, post, deck foundation, techno metal post

Meet the Pro: Terry Fangrad

Posted by Tim on Jul 21, 2014 3:23:26 PM


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Topics: Deck Contractor, media

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