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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

Sample - How To Post

Posted by Sample HubSpot User on May 4, 2014 3:12:10 PM

INTRODUCTION:

Your “how to” blog post should teach the reader how to do something by breaking it down into a series of steps.

Begin your blog post by explaining what problem you are going to solve through your explanation and be sure to include any relevant keywords. Add in a personal story to establish your credibility on this topic. And make sure to end your blog post with a summary of what your reader will gain by following your lead.

Need some inspiration? Check out these "How-To" examples from the HubSpot blog:

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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

Alana Sky: The Beauty of Privacy

Posted by Tim on Mar 3, 2014 12:39:16 PM
Have you ever witnessed something that literally gave you pause? Maybe you were on a hike and came across an unexpected waterfall, were passing through a small Manitoba town and saw a collection of strange, giant objects, were driving through the English countryside and encountered Stonehenge (appearing just as majestic as it is out of place), or traveled to the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal to see the scalp and hand remains of the legendary Yeti firsthand. Whatever the occasion, your first reaction (after stopping to catch your breath from your travels), was always the same: you were speechless, your mouth naturally hanging open in both shock and awe (no, not that kind)…who knows, you may have even drooled a bit. And while entering into a backyard renovation is certainly not in the same league as seeing a UFO, the transformation of your space can sometimes be just as amazing.


Sights That Will Take Your Breath Away
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Topics: deck, outdoor product, screening, space, AlanaSky Collection, backyard, privacy, Privacy Screen, Privacy Screening

StoneDeck: The New Frontier in Outdoor Kitchens

Posted by Tim on Feb 25, 2014 10:56:13 AM
Ever wonder why the kitchen floor isn’t a rug, or even made out of carpet? Certainly it would be a lot easier to vacuum that space than to sweep it, and a padded surface would feel more comfortable underfoot. My guess? At some point in modern human history, somebody must have had to learn this lesson the hard way. There they were, dressed warmly and comfortably, slaving away on the stove preparing a warm, fulfilling meal on a cold winter’s night. They added the spices and the meats, slow cooking one of the most fabulous chilies that man had ever known (and there have been some good ones). The time to indulge was now at hand, but as our historic figure turns to transport her dish from stove to table…disaster strikes. She trips (probably on one of the kid’s toys), and starts falling in what appears to be slow motion, chili flying through the air before ultimately coming to rest on every conceivable surface. The walls and countertops can be wiped and saved, but the kitchen carpet? Well, let’s just say it is not a pretty image. More aptly, it is every homemaker’s worst nightmare (and the first thought that always pops to mind when watching guests drinking red wine near your white accent rug).

Let’s face it, unfortunate spills and mishaps are going to happen, especially in and around the kitchen. All of your major appliances are there (refrigerator, dish washer, sink, oven, etc), all the food is there, and more often than not…so are all the people. More and more in today’s society, the kitchen is taking on a greater social responsibility as well. Outdoor kitchens and living spaces are all the rage, and the ability to entertain and enjoy “staycations” is almost a must nowadays. So how do you toe the line between style and functionality, while simultaneously preventing as many kitchen accidents as you can? Well that, my friends, is where StoneDeck comes in.

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Topics: stonedeck, stone deck, surfacing, Outdoor Kitchen

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