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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

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

Source: http://www.wolfhomeproducts.com/

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Topics: Deck Contractor, media

Nesling Shades: Casting The Perfect Shadow

Posted by Tim on Jul 2, 2014 12:33:15 PM
When people mention the word “dutch” several things immediately come to mind: wooden shoes, tulips, Amsterdam and dikes (just to name a few of the stereotypes). Mike Myers made light of most all of these in one of his most famous comedic roles, and the Dutch people are often visualized as little more than a caricature of all of these traits in the eyes of many. The world views them as an odd people, who spend all their time hanging out by red lights, eating “special brownies” and whittling a new pair of shoes every once and awhile.  But the Dutch are so much more than that! They make some of the best chocolate in the world, provide world-class healthcare services, and have one of the best National Soccer Teams around (undefeated so far in the 2014 World Cup…just sayin’). All that is well and good if you want to be on a game show or are interested in learning general world facts, but how does it equate to your decking and backyard space? The answer may surprise you, actually. In addition to all the great things the tiny country of Holland has bestowed upon the world, perhaps the most overlooked is its ability to innovate and engineer. Case in point: the new line of shade and shade-related products from Nesling.
A History Of Holland

New to the Canadian market and now available at The Deck Store, Nesling shades and canopies beautifully bridge the gap between style and affordability. Constructed using a patented design that blocks upward of 95% of harmful UV rays, Nesling is one of the most functional shading options available today. As simple as they are functional, these sail-inspired shades are manufactured from a rugged, HDPE fabric, and are designed to be used year round. Easily cleanable, mold resistant and simple to install, Nesling is the perfect accent piece for a trendy and cool seating area in your backyard space. They are available in 6 distinct and eye-catching colors, as well as various sizes to give you project versatility.

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Topics: deck, shading, Nesling, porches, pergola

Trex Elevations: Perfection From The Ground Up

Posted by Tim on Jun 10, 2014 11:08:48 AM
Throughout the history of mankind, tools have constantly been evolving. A simple sharpened stick gave way to the spear, hammer, slingshot and bow and arrows. But things really started getting interesting when we stopped relying on nature to outfit our needs, and instead began to innovate. The discovery and harnessing of electricity may be man’s biggest achievement to date, but second prize is a no-brainer: steel. Before it, wars were fought with wooden swords, boats sank far too easily (and too often), and cars could not even be attempted. This strong and durable material has now managed to work itself into almost facet of our lives: die cast cars, towing cables, steel-toed boots, and everybody’s favorite item of steel: Superman! And while you may not be able to have The Man of Steel in your own backyard ( though some have tried), you can have the next best thing: a steel-framed deck from Trex Elevations.

Steel Through The Years

I know the first question you may be asking yourself is: why would I want a steel-framed deck? And the answer to this as is simple as it is complex; because it’s better! Our ancient ancestors came to the realization that steel did a much better job of protecting them and provided the foundation for stronger structures because it was not an organic substance (such as wood). You could change the recipe, so to speak, if you wanted something harder, softer, pliable, etc…where by comparison, you get what you get with trees. That is not to say that pressure-treated lumber cannot provide the foundation for a solid deck. It can, and does, in the majority of structures adjourning our yards today. But as with anything organic, there is maintenance, aging and blemishes that appear over time. Wood can also split, warp, and shift over time…leading to an uneven decking surface, as well as structural weak points. In an effort to combat these and other issues, the good people at Trex set out to develop a system of deck framing that was stronger, more durable, non-organic and maintenance free. The result? Trex Elevations steel framing was born!

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Topics: steel frame deck, Trex Elevation, Steel Deck Framing, Trex Elevations, Trex, Ultimate Deck

The Deck Store is there?? Jackpot!

Posted by Tim on Apr 30, 2014 10:33:54 AM

We’re all familiar with things like hidden costs and fine print (often too familiar), aren’t we? You know, like when you “win” something on a game show or a lottery, only to find out that your definition of winning and the contest holder’s vary ever so slightly. You’re thinking you just got a new car or vacation, and they’re thinking: we might have hooked another sucker! Salesmen utilize this technique as well from time to time, telling you all the things you need to know about their product or service, while keeping from you any potential negatives. But the good salesmen, the ones offering you quality, high-end stuff, have no need for this charade. Transparency is key for them, honesty and integrity the tools of their trade. They lay it all out for the world to see, keeping expectations realistic while forming authentic relationships. And in the case of these white knights from the business community, fine print can actually be a good thing! How you might ask? Well take The Deck Store, for example. Everybody knows they are the place to go for all your GTA decking and outdoor needs…right? They have built a relationship of trust in cities like Mississauga, Toronto, Oakville, and Oshawa (most of which have showrooms by the way!), working with a variety of clients and budgets to build some truly unique spaces. But did you know that you can reap these same benefits outside of these areas…?

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Topics: Oshawa, google, Decks, Ancaster, Vaughan, homestars, Oakville, Toronto, Mississauga, decking, Ultimate Deck, Services

Saber Grills: These Cats Have Teeth

Posted by Tim on Apr 16, 2014 3:38:26 PM
The life of the ancient caveman was often fraught with peril and disappointment. He had to fight for every meal, eat whatever he could find and learn to use his hunger as motivation. You might think that taking down a giant mammoth would be quite a feat, but this was only half of the caveman’s battle (although certainly the harder half). Once the beast had been slain, the caveman must quickly turn from hunter to butcher, before ultimately ending up as a chef. His primitive tools had a hard time cutting through thick mammoth fur and meat, and he was under attack from scavengers from the second his kill hit the ground. He had to learn to eat quickly and without seasoning, while also getting used to digesting everything raw (there was a lot of mammoth sushi on the menu in those days). He could not have dreamed of evenly cooked, mouth watering mammoth steaks at his dinner table…or cooking anything really, at this point. Fortunately for us all, man has evolved, and with him, so has cooking. We discovered fire (eureka!), invented the rotisserie and the microwave oven, and perhaps most importantly of all: the backyard grill. You might think that such advancement in cooking technology would lead us to some level of contentment and complacency; but you would be wrong. A company in Columbus, Georgia began to re-think the way we used our backyard grills, and as a result, a revolutionary product line was formed. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: SABER Grills.
Take The Caveman Quiz
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Topics: Saber Grills, Outddor products, Outdoor Kitchen

The Ultimate Deck: The Future Has Arrived

Posted by Tim on Apr 1, 2014 1:02:28 PM
Have you ever experienced something that you knew could never be topped, no matter what may come along after it? Maybe you were lucky enough to have witnessed the final game of the 1972 Summit Series live, found the world’s greatest cheeseburger, watched a movie in the best home theatre imaginable, or visited the most expensive home ever constructed. These things give us pause not only for what they are, but more importantly, for the new standards they create. They inspire the next wave of outside-the-box thinkers to push their limits, try bold new things, and set industry trends. Somebody has to have the courage and vision to act for the betterment of the group, and when things go right, they result in a new category of game changers: “The Ultimates”. And the newest innovation to be enshrined into this hallowed class of elites? Prepare to meet the Ultimate Deck, courtesy of The Deck Store.

New Innovations in Construction
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Topics: steel frame deck, pvc decking materials, Trex Elevation, Deck Contractor, Decks, wolf, Ultimate Deck

The Deck Store's First Trex Elevations Steel Framed Deck in Ontario

Posted by Tim on Mar 20, 2014 3:18:52 PM

We are excited to share with you these pictures of the steel frame deck that we are currently building in Oshawa.
This is the first The Deck Store's Trex Elevations steel framed deck in Ontario!

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Topics: deck, steel frame deck, Trex Elevation, steel frame, Decks, Trex

Lava Fire Tables: A Natural Evolution

Posted by Tim on Mar 17, 2014 11:37:58 AM
“Heat by day, heat by night”. If only that could be a guaranteed notion, life would be wonderful, wouldn’t it? Of course, winters in Canada are brutal, frigid and unbearable. Each day, as I scrape the ice off my Jeep, shovel seemingly endless piles of snow and de-thaw the numbness from my fingers, I close my eyes and come to the only logical conclusion I can: whoever first settled upon this great land, definitely did it during the summer. They came and saw the wide open prairies, beautiful mountains and unique animals, and said to themselves: “ Now THIS is a place I want to call home!” So they built houses, planted crops and began life in this northern Eden, thanking their lucky stars each day for the fortune that was their surroundings. Until winter came…and mass hysteria ensued. What had happened to their beautiful land, they wondered? Their water had turned into rock, their days had gotten shorter, and this weird white stuff started falling from the sky (and it was cold!). They tried to leave but couldn’t, it was just too desolate to make it very far. They needed a solution, something that could help them survive this soulless territory while looking forward to better days ahead. But what? What could make their world hotter, provide a feeling of warmth, keep out enemies and help them eat? Of course…they needed fire!
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Topics: outdoor, outdoor product, New Products, lava fire tables, Fire Pit

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