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.
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…?
New Innovations in Construction
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!
3D Technology is Changing The World
Now let’s change the topic ever so slightly. After looking at that unsightly mountain of kindling you call a deck for far too often than you have cared to, you’ve decided to make the leap; you are ready for a new deck, an improved deck, a deck that has neighbors poking their heads over their fences to try and catch a glimpse of it. You have come up with the perfect design (hopefully with The Deck Store’s help!), selected your materials, shopped for add-ons and are now ready to go. Concrete and sonotube has been laid for your footings, the frame for your new masterpiece has been sturdily constructed, and it is now time for the cherry on your sundae: your surface decking material. Just like selecting the material itself, there are countless ways with which to connect your decking to its framing. The traditional method of screwing them into place gives you strength and stability, but leaves you with unsightly screw holes (which can become potential areas of rot later down the line). If you opt for a clip system to hold your boards in place, screw holes are no longer an issue…but you may have to groove boards or purchase specific systems that match your decking, which at times can get pricey. Lucky for you the good people at SHADOE® TRACK have already thought all of this out for you, and have devised a solution that bridges the gap between both worlds.
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.
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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