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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

WOLF Decking: The Definitive Guide

Posted by admin on Oct 15, 2013 3:39:05 PM
Depending on your point of view, mention of the word “wolf” can elicit a response anywhere from favorable to terrifying. If you’re a basketball fan from Minnesota, for example, you may associate the word with Ricky Rubio or Kevin Love. Movie buffs may hear this same word and have a different perspective entirely, perhaps of a Jack Nicholson horror film for the early 1990s or a classic cinematic creature. Those with military experience may think of a new form of terrorist attack, and those lost in the woods after dark may get thoughts of something far more sinister. Though all of this mental imagery seems perfectly justifiable to certain individuals, what if we sat all our subjects in a backyard space and asked them the same question again? Would their previous responses still come to mind, or could we perhaps come to a more universal conclusion? Well if any of these mental lab mice have recently renovated their yard, or are in the process of planning a renovation currently, then we would be willing to bet that the word “wolf” has taken on a drastically different meaning for them. That’s right, we’re no longer talking about a flesh-and-blood creature here (real or otherwise), we’re talking about an industry leader in the world of outdoor decking.

Why Choose WOLF?

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Topics: pvc decking materials, Decks, wolf, low maintenance deck materials, wolf composite, wolf decking, wolf capped composite

Get Ready for a Journey: Aurora Experience

Posted by admin on Oct 10, 2013 2:09:04 PM
Imagine yourself being in a vast, wide open space, devoid of many of the devices of modernized man. The area around you is dark and desolate, but you trudge forward with an unrelenting resolve. The sounds of the night do not give you pause, for you have taken up this journey for one reason and one reason only; to see one of nature’s most jaw-dropping spectacles (and no, we’re not talking about Miley Cyrus twerking). As you reach the peak of the final summit in your travels, the scene set before you makes your sweat and muscle aches all worthwhile. Gazing upward, you see a breathtaking array of lights dancing in the night sky, their hues shifting between varying shades of greens, blues and purples. You are of course witnessing the spectacle that is aurora borealis, better known as the Northern Lights. They cast the world around them in an ambience that is simple, yet defined, much the same way most of us would like our backyard space to be. And because they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, a company has sprung to life that harnesses the premise of the Northern Lights, and packages them for your outdoor enjoyment. We’re talking about Aurora Experience, and their innovative line of landscaping and outdoor lighting.

Aurora Experience makes it their business to set the perfect tone and atmosphere for your yard space, with their entire collection perfectly bridging the gap between style and functionality. This allows their products to seamlessly integrate themselves into any conceivable space design or concept, giving them a level of versatility rarely seen in the outdoor lighting market. The entire array of products is manufactured using a convenient 12v system, great for homeowners needing to efficiently light their space without being a major contributor to their energy bill. There are a variety of looks and colors to choose from, and most can be installed and running with minimal effort…often without even needing tools (a big plus for you do-it-yourselfers).

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Topics: outdoor garden lights, garden light bulbs, Deck Lighting, 12v garden lights, low voltage garden lighting, outdoor garden lighting, led garden lights, garden light, garden lighting, Aurora Experience, low voltage garden lights, lighting

Dry Space: Combining Primal Needs with Modern Technology

Posted by admin on Oct 2, 2013 10:34:49 AM

Few things in life are as enjoyable as a pair of warm, dry clothes. Whether you’ve just gotten in out of a rain storm, are stepping out of the shower or are coming in from an exhaustive time spent shoveling snow from your driveway, a fresh pair of clothes straight from the dryer are like instant comfort. These garments wrap you with a sense of safety and security, and provide you with a level of contentment akin only to the completion of the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle (imagine how accomplished you would feel after that!). In fact, the combination of these core feelings (warmth, comfort, safety and security) are as much a part of our DNA as our body shape and eye color. If you put them all together, they formed the essentials of survival for cavemen (and cavewomen), and are the basic formula in caring for a baby (well…them and milk obviously). With this primal and fundamental need in mind, it was of course only a matter of time before the corporate world recognized what prehistoric man had discovered centuries ago: these things are not just convenient to have, but are also very valuable. The idea of warmth, comfort, safety and security are a pretty attractive package to the man who has none of the above.

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Topics: timbertech dryspace, Decks, deck drainage system, timbertech’s dry space, under deck drainage system, TimberTech, Dry Space

Deck Clips: Old-Time Quality, Modern Convenience

Posted by admin on Sep 19, 2013 11:46:49 AM

Remember the old days when a trip to the gas station also meant an oil change, fluid top-ups, getting your windshield wiped down and having the air pressure checked in your tires? Or when there was a man in existence whose only job was to pick up and drop off glass milk containers from your front step? Think back to a time before big box stores and franchises, when coffee shops didn’t line every corner in town and when you could literally get a bagful of candy for five cents. Those were the best years of our lives weren’t they? Housing costs were low, wages were fair and manageable, and the foundation of society was simple, yet powerful: quality over convenience.

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Topics: composite decking clips, clip deck, composite deck clips, clip in decking, clip decking, Deck Clips, Decks, decking clips, decking clips canada, q deck clips, deck clip system, wood, decking clip, deck clips fasteners, decking clip system, Hidden Fastening System, deck clip

Don’t be fooled by imposters: This is Real Cedar

Posted by admin on Sep 12, 2013 2:02:04 PM
Some things are just better when they’re real, aren’t they? No hard feelings faux leather, veggie burgers or the makers of ePhones and iiPhones (yes, they exist…not surprisingly), but we like things to be exactly what they say they are. We like to bite into our hamburgers and taste real meat (sorry McDonalds), we like our DVDs and Blu-Rays to have pictures of the actual actors on the cover (did you know Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Star Wars?), and we like to know that Rolexes we buy on street corners are authentic before we turn over our $50 (okay, maybe that one was blind ignorance on our part come to think of it…). That is not to say that there is no room in this world for replicas or cover bands, just that there is something about an original that makes us stand up and take notice. And the world of outdoor living spaces is no different. Take lumber, or specifically, cedar for example.

If you are drawn to the majesty that is the cedar tree, you are not alone. These lovable giants can assume many forms, and are often mistaken for firs or pine trees. But to the trained eye, these breeds cannot be further apart. Aside from the strong scent that quickly becomes apparent when in the vicinity of cedar, the lumber derived from these species is drastically different. And if beauty is truly judged by what is inside, than you might say that cedar is the most beautiful wood of all in the eyes of your backyard.

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Topics: cedar siding, ceadr, Decks, red cedar, wood siding, wood, Siding and Cladding, deck refinishing, WRCLA architects, WRCLA, western red cedar

A Condo Is Like A Pyramid: You Have To Cover All The Angles

Posted by admin on Sep 3, 2013 3:50:38 PM
Selecting materials to suite both your project and budget can, at times, be a tedious and daunting task. You have to have the insight necessary to select ideal products, the trust required in the workforce you need to complete the task and the vision to create something both unique and worthwhile. Throughout history we have seen these criteria followed for various historical landmarks, and they continue to dazzle us to this day. Can you imagine what the pyramids of Egypt would have looked like had the ancients decided to construct them using papyrus reeds built into a rectangle, manufactured by children? It would have been quite a mess indeed, and almost certainly a collection of structures that we would not be talking about today…because they wouldn’t exist.

The ancient Egyptians were smart enough to envision grand designs the likes of which the world had never seen, knowing the products that would best suite this purpose, and acquiring the workforce necessary to turn their concepts into reality (technically this was slave labor, but we won’t get into that).

These suckers have now stood for thousands of years, outlasting the techniques of modern construction by quite an unfair margin. So if these are the true keys to a successful project that will stand the test of time, we had better start applying them towards our current building itinerary, wouldn’t you think? So pull up a chair, those of you in the world of condo development. This one is for you.


Recently venturing into the world of commercial sales and design, The Deck Store recognizes the challenges facing condo developers in today’s fast-paced environment. The corporate process can take months of planning, budgeting and multi-level approvals, and with so many different players involved, can be strenuous to complete for all involved. Finding a company to partner with that can alleviate some of this stress while providing one-stop service would be a great benefit, and it is precisely that business model which The Deck Store has chosen to employ. So why choose The Deck Store? We’re glad you asked!

The Deck Store Commercial Division

With a track record of excellence in the decking and outdoor living space industry (over 10,000+ projects completed in Ontario), The Deck Store is the ideal choice for condo developers throughout the province. We offer value beyond the traditional box store approach, on everything from eco-friendly products to LEED Credit support, all with the security of an industry-leading 5 Year Warranty on workmanship. Everything from Bison tiles to retractable awnings to artificial grasses and surfaces can be had from The Deck Store, often with more appealing environmental options. Though these products can sometimes increase your overall project budget, the value of quality, long-lasting materials is well worth the extra investment.

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Maximizing living space while providing cost-effective material alternatives is of paramount concern to all commercial enterprises these days. Let’s face it, building a condo is not cheap, and if you want to turn a decent profit through tenants after completion, you have to be able to sell them on your property over competing brands. A nice design and floor plan is a great start, but it’s the attention to details and the subtle nuances that will really have people lining up to reside in your dwelling. What if, for example, you could offer them premium composite or PVC materials for their outdoor deck or patio? Would that pique interest more than a traditional pressure-treated system? You bet it would! Condo living is all about convenience after all, and what could be more convenient than having a low-maintenance deck? There is no staining, no rotting, no paint chips, no scratches…all you do is open the patio door and enjoy! Imagine also that instead of cold, uninviting concrete patios or balconies, you could provide your future tenants with the sophistication of wooden walking tiles, synthetic pavers, and glass railing systems? Which would you rather live in, a boring concrete space with an industrial feel…OR a vibrant, trendy one that feels fresh and inviting?

Whether you are a large-scale housing conglomerate or a local builder, The Deck Store has the knowledge, experience and product selection to give you a completed condo you can be proud of. With Canadian exclusivity on several products in market, The Deck Store has positioned itself as the best option for alternative product selection, with the ability to fulfill bulk orders in a timely fashion. We recognize that no project goes through the construction process without hiccups, and can guarantee prompt delivery and shipping should you need to alter or increase your material load. With four strategic locations in Ontario to serve you, you are never too far away from having the ability to contact our staff, or to sample our products. And if you need design help or advice, we employ some of the best outdoor designers in Canada. Their knowledge is second to none, their design ideas are fresh and cutting-edge and their demeanor is always friendly and approachable.

The Deck Store is Ontario’s largest showrooms - Toronto | Oakville | Oshawa | Milton

Want to learn more? Contact a member of our team today to get started on your next condo project. Because in the world of outdoor living, covering all your angles is key.

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Topics: Outdoor Materials, Deck Contractor, outdoor living, Commercial Decking, condo space, commercial deck, GTA, condo, commercial design, low maintenance deck materials, Ontario, Toronto, Outddor products, LEED credits, condo project, Condo Development

Fusion: You don’t have to be a scientist to appreciate this rock

Posted by admin on Aug 26, 2013 8:25:50 PM
If you took a poll of the first image people thought of when hearing the word “fusion”, you would probably get back a myriad of responses in return. Some may picture a car made by Ford, others that razor with the really cool commercials, and more still a defunct professional soccer team from Miami. Science fans and ComicCon goers will have their own associations as well, and though these may lead more into the realm of geekdom (and more than likely conjured up while playing WarCraft and eating M&Ms), they are still forms of fusion in their own right. Though all of these may be an accurate description of the word, the basic foundation of it is quite a bit simpler. At its core, fusion is classified as the artificial combination of two things which cannot be combined naturally on their own. Perhaps the best example of this is fusion cuisine, which takes elements of different culinary categories and combines them together to create something new, fresh and unique (not to mention delicious!). Fusion is alive and well in the world of contracting as well, and nobody has wielded its awesome power and potential more than the Shouldice Family.

In business for 65 strong years and counting, Shouldice Designer Stone has made numerous contributions to the home renovation industry. Purveyors of fine stone options for everything from landscaping to residential to commercial and beyond, Shouldice is well known in the market for both great customer interaction and product innovation. One of the first companies to produce synthetic stone in Canada, Shouldice took the creative skills to an entirely new level in 2005 with the invention of Fusion Stone, a do-it-yourself masonry option.

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Topics: great lakes stone, stone veneer panels, fake stone, Fusion, stack stone, popular, dry stack stone, thin stone, manufactured stone, stone selex, stacked stone veneer, stone, stone veneer siding, do it yourself masonry, faux stone, cultured stone, fusion stone, stone fireplace

TimberTech: The Definitive Guide

Posted by admin on Aug 20, 2013 3:28:05 PM

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 importance to modern man…and is pretty fun to yell when something falls. But what would you get when you combine the advantages of this glorious substance with technology? Well if you’re in the market for a new outdoor living space or deck, you’d get an industry leader.

If you’ve never heard of TimberTech, chances are you haven’t been doing your research. A giant in the decking and outdoor living world, TimberTech is the industry leader in long-lasting, low-maintenance composite decking products. Utilizing state-of-the-art manufacturing practices and product ingredients, TimberTech has been a consistent trendsetter since its inception, and each new product line only serves to expand upon this point. Everything from decking to railing, fences and lighting can be had from TimberTech, and their quality is second to none. They are truly a one-stop-shop for products regardless of the scale of your project, but in the interest of time, we’re going to zero in on what really drives their multi-pronged revenue stream: composite decking.

Why Choose TimberTech?

Now we’ve talked about composite decking before in this space (as evidenced below), but aside from our recent expose on fellow industry heavyweight Trex, we have yet to dive into individual manufacturers with much depth. But as is often the case with things of power and influence, TimberTech is one of those rare entities where special treatment is required. So in order to pay proper respect to such an important industry player, we have developed our own exclusive, definitive guide to TimberTech composite decking. Broken down into three distinct categories, we will go through the entire line of composite decking products here, providing you with all the information you need to become an informed and educated consumer by the time you reach the bottom of this page.

1.) Wood/Plastic Composite:

The entry-level product to the TimberTech family, this line is available in three different applications: DockSider, TwinFinish and Reliaboard. Each come with their own unique color and texture options, and are manufactured using an eco-friendly process of wood fiber and plastic combinations. Most come in either sixteen or twenty foot lengths (they can then be cut to length on site), and can be solid or grooved cut to accommodate a variety of clips and installation options. As with every TimberTech composite decking product, they all come with a 25-year limited warranty for residential customers, and are resistant to color fading and interior rotting. The surface of all three offerings are comfortable to walk on and slip resistant, plus come with the added bonus of affordability. Naturally the higher you progress in product lines, the higher the price tag…this is an unavoidable fact of purchasing. But for a good, quality, dependable composite board, any of these products will leave you with a decking project you will certainly enjoy for years to come.

Easy Installation Process

2.) Capped Composite:

The best-selling line of decking from TimberTech, their capped composite offerings truly have something for everybody. Like their wood/plastic composite counterparts, capped composite is available in three distinct categories as well, all under the Earthwood Evolutions umbrella: Tropical, Natural and Terrain. After observing the success of their entry-level products, TimberTech decided to up the ante and take scratch, stain and fade resistance to a whole new level with this collection. Capped in a high-quality polymer shell, Earthwood Evolutions provides extended quality and endurance for those willing to increase the amount of their investment. The natural wood graining is also more prevalent in this line of products, and really makes for an esthetically pleasing alternative to traditional pressure-treated boards. Color options are rich and inviting, and really set a splendid tone for your backyard atmosphere. Lightweight and easy to install, the Evolutions line is designed to not only provide minimal maintenance for the life of your deck, but also to increase the level of convenience during installation. With numerous accessories to add for accents and total project completion (such as color matched screws, custom drill bits, custom deck clips, etc), Evolutions provides ideal and complete customization options unmatched in market.

Timbertech Earthwood Evolutions Terrain

TimberTech Reviews and Testimonials

3.) PVC Decking:

Now we’re talking. If you’re looking for the Ferrari of the TimberTech fleet, look no further than its newest synthetic offering: XLM. Their highest quality composite decking material, XLM is engineered for the highest possible scratch, mildew and stain resistance, while simultaneously providing a luxurious esthetic look and feel. Available in two unique collections (Natural and Tropical), TimberTech XLM is one of, if not the highest quality composite board available today. Its total PVC construction makes mold and mildew virtually impossible (as there are no organic properties such as wood fibers), and the added durability is definitely worth the increase in price. The flat-grain surface feature makes it slip-resistant (something that is rare in the PVC market), and with no pre-drilling or visible screw holes after installation, XLM is truly the ideal decking surface of choice for both commercial and residential use. XLM is also not lacking on overall looks either, with 6 eye-catching color options to choose from between both the Natural and Tropical collections. The Tropical options are particularly appealing, as they are mirrored to reflect the natural hues of more expensive tropical woods…but not their price tags. The experienced designers and installers at The Deck Store (some of the best in the business, mind you), have been raving about this product since it first hit the market, and both highly recommend it whenever possible to3 all manner of interested clientele.

Timbertech TwinFinish

In short, if you’re looking for a reliable and durable product, TimberTech is certainly an option to be considered. They have a line of products to suite every conceivable budget, offer an unparalleled warranty (unheard of in the industry), numerous color options and a range of accessories and add-ons that allow you to keep the majority of your deck-related purchases under one roof. You can even download a catalog containing all of these options in one convenient digital file! But if you still need to know more, not to fear. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Deck Store are here to help! Contact us today with any questions related to TimberTech, or to just get some general information about your next decking project. After all, we all share the same life mantra: Less work, more life.

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Topics: railing, build dream deck, pvc decking materials, Deck Maintenance, Deck Lighting, Decks, low maintenance deck materials, material plastic deck boards alternative, timbertech synthetic deck, Composite decking, fencing solutions, LEED credits, TimberTech

Penofin Wood Finish: Good Enough For a Horse

Posted by admin on Aug 14, 2013 11:06:42 AM

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, it is in our nature to continually try to expand upon it in an attempt to achieve perfection. In fact, plastic surgeons make a very good living feeding off this genetic impulse of ours. So it comes as no surprise that though you may have a gorgeous new deck or outdoor living space to be proud of, you are no doubt always looking for ways to improve it, if even only the slightest bit. Well that, my friends, is where Penofin Wood Finishes comes in.

Developed in the late 1970s as the result of a bet during happy hour (true story!), Penofin has since gone on to revolutionize the staining world. Reversed engineered from a simple formula, Penofin took the liberty of seasoning in additional attributes to create a unique formula all its own. This proprietary concoction is designed to apply, penetrate and seal like nobody’s business, and boasts the fastest drying time in the industry. Stable enough to allow for sprayable lacquers and varnishes to be applied over it, Penofin does all this while also maintaining minimum odor and bleed back.

Penofin Product Line

Browse The Complete Line of Penofin Products

Originally developed for the natural wood and pressure treated lumber market, Penofin has since gone on to manufacture a product for pretty much any conceivable outdoor surface. Whether you are looking to stain your boat, bring out the natural tone of hardwood, touch up your composite deck or have a log cabin in need of a little TLC, Penofin has a unique formula to suite every application. Using a base ingredient of Brazilian Rosewood Oil, Penofin capitalizes not only on the natural beauty of this tropical hardwood, but also on its therapeutic properties as well.

The Reviews Are Glowing

D & C's Wood Restorations Part IV from Penofin Wood Finish on Vimeo.

There is just nothing like watching a project being transformed from dingy and rundown to new and stunning, and Penofin has a story that displays this process better than most. Using the remains of world-famous racing horse Seabiscuit’s barn, the company designed and constructed one of the most innovative and creative structures in North America: The Seabiscuit Performing Arts Center. Located on Dr. Barbara and Skip Newell’s estate (Penofin’s owners), this unique space hosts numerous events and get-togethers throughout the year. This 2,800 square foot acoustic marvel is constructed almost entirely from preserved and restored redwood, the very same materials that once housed the famous steed. You can catch jazz festivals there (in fact, Penofin has sponsoring their own for 11 years straight), concerts, plays and everything in between.

Get Inspired by Penofin

Source: The Penofin Review - What you need to know & why we love it!

Though most of us will never have the chance to house a tremendous thoroughbred like Seabiscuit, we can benefit from the products and materials which at one time had that honor. And if Penofin is good enough to forever be linked with a champion the likes of him, then surely it is good enough for the rest of us commoners…right? Having seen for yourselves the masterful restoration this product is capable of starts to make you feel a bit better about your project overhaul now, doesn’t it? No matter if your intended use is big or small, stop by The Deck Store today to grab your Penofin product of choice. And while you’re there, feel free to pick the brains of our knowledgeable sales and design team, or simply fill out our online contact form. If Penofin is the finishing touch on a much larger project, we’re always available to help turn your outdoor living dreams into reality.


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Topics: composite wood finish, penofin, Stain, wood finish, deck finish, deck stain, Deck Finishes, Pressure-Treated Wood finish, Decks, Interior wood finish, wood stain, Wood Brightener, oil wood finish, composite finish, wood restorer, wood finish preparation, Hardwood finish

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