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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.

Browse Our Product Selection

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

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

It’s official: The Deck Store is going commercial!

Posted by admin on Aug 1, 2013 12:10:05 PM

Throughout the history of man, we have achieved certain milestones that have altered the landscape of history forever. The invention of the wheel, electricity, and My Pakage brand underwear immediately come to mind…though I guess rubber and plastic are pretty historic too. Oftentimes these revelations in thinking are simple concepts that have a larger impact than originally planned (like when Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin). I mean, who knew that not cleaning up after yourself before going on vacation could literally save lives?

It is in this spirit of innovation and achievement, that The Deck Store is proud to present to you its newest business venture: The Deck Store Commercial Division! Concentrating solely on commercial designing, building and supplying, the Commercial Division is your new one-stop-shop for total project completion. From idea conception to workable reality, our team of commercial professionals will work with you to achieve your desired results.

You still get all the industry knowledge and great customer service our residential clients have grown to know and love, but we’ve now upped the ante to apply it to total commercial project management. Why have multiple companies working on your commercial space doing things such as landscaping, hardscapes, artificial grasses and lighting, when you can keep your entire project under one roof? Especially when that roof houses the industry leaders in outdoor living spaces (*cough* Deck Store *cough*).

Our areas of expertise and outdoor solutions

The Deck Stores Commercial Division’s passion is to help customers explore new, innovative, low-maintenance, eco-friendly and sustainable products for various commercial applications. With a program designed around green options and LEED credit accumulation, you can be sure to achieve complete service satisfaction, competitive pricing and environmental friendliness simultaneously. Our range of products is unlike anything you will find among industry competitors, and with four showroom locations in and around the GTA, stopping in to view samples and discuss project details has never been easier.

So if you’re looking to get the ball rolling on your next commercial project, look no further than The Deck Store. Contact us today to get started, and start your road down the path of partnering with an industry leader!

 

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Topics: New Products, Decks, low maintenance deck materials, homestars, LEED credits, Adjustable Patio Covers, Commercial Division, decking design, Services

AZEK Pavers: A Writer’s Journey Into The Land of Labour

Posted by admin on Jul 17, 2013 3:44:40 PM

Writers, by nature, are a lazy bunch. We are not typically the ones to go on grand adventures, play in championship games, or defend our countries during a time of war. “The pen is mightier than the sword” may seem deep in its meaning (and most writers count it as their favorite quote), but trust me when I tell you that whoever coined the phrase clearly had never actually tested his hypothesis in battle. If he were proven correct, ancient tales of the likes of King Arthur and William Wallace may have turned out very differently. I mean, could you image trying to pull a giant pen from a stone, or using a ballpoint to fight for Scottish independence??

But I digress. You see, the writer’s job is to not actually live out the experience but to tell the story afterwards. Our wars are fought within our own minds…and with that stupid little cursor thing on the computer screen that mocks you by blinking when you can’t think of anything to type (I hate that guy!). Due to the stationary nature of our craft, it a rare occurrence to see us out from behind our desk lifting anything heavier than a Post-It note or rubber stamper. But when it does happen, we generally prefer the highest possible comfort and convenience…and working with as many light-weight materials as possible. This is where my odyssey into the land of AZEK Pavers begins.

Visit The Land of AZEK Pavers Yourself

Let me begin by stating that in order to hire a writer to perform physical labor, you have to either be really generous…or really desperate. Perhaps it was a combination of the two that led to me finding myself melting away in a humid summer sun, gazing out at the landscape of downtown Waterloo in longing and despair. I was there to help complete a mission: giving the local Shoeless Joe’s the best rooftop patio in the city. Never having ventured into the realm of contractors and laborers, I was depressed at the scene that was unfolding before me. Pallet after pallet of bricks were being unloaded from a delivery truck and dumped in front of the restaurant entrance…which had no service elevator. Our only alternative was to haul the materials up two flights of stairs using a technique called “hand bombing”…a term that has since come to haunt my dreams on an almost nightly basis. Dreading this process more with every step, I made my way to the mountain of bricks before me, and lifted the first stack, nearly throwing them over the roof. They were so light, I thought somebody was either playing a practical joke on me or I was building a patio out of prop bricks from a movie set. They looked like real bricks, and they even kind of felt like them. But these were something else entirely. They were pure genius!

The manufacturer behind this innovative product, AZEK, has been an industry leader in the field of decking and outdoor living for decades. They have a reputation for having some of the most durable and esthetically pleasing products around, and their new pavers did not disappoint. I cannot begin to tell you how well this product is designed, and the ease at which it functions. Made using 95% recycled materials (mostly scrap tires and plastics), AZEK Pavers are the perfect combination of strength, endurance and value. Available in a variety of colors, they are light and slip resistant, making them the ideal surface for parking lots, driveways, rooftop patios and walkways. They are the perfect product for families with children as well, as the forgiving nature of the material allows for superior safety during falls and trips. Weighing in at a petite 6 pounds per square foot also makes this product easy to work with and transport, and the installation is so simple even a writer could do it!

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The beauty of the design is in its simplicity. A patented grid system is first installed under the pavers (also lightweight and made from recycled materials), and once down, you can lay your pavers out in any pattern you please! Use one of the traditional designs, or if you’re feeling creative, play around with options until you find something unique and appealing. You no longer have to worry about manually setting and aligning every bulky, heavy brick…which is a definite plus for amateurs like myself. They are also versatile enough to apply towards several different types of applications, such as resurfacing of residential space, ground landscaping, concrete paths, walkways, or rooftops. And the best part of using the AZEK Paver system is the ease of replacement. If a paver gets damaged in any way, you can simply remove it and pop another back in its place in minutes, which is unheard of when using traditional bricks or paver stones.

If you’re a business owner, there really is no better material to work with. In addition to all the features we’ve already discussed, AZEK Pavers are the #1 paver on the market for earning LEED credits! The production of the product allows for credits to be obtained in several categories, so you can achieve maximum LEED project certifications in a number of different areas. The LEED credit system can be a complicated thing to learn without prior experience, so AZEK has even taken the liberty of breaking the entire thing down for you.

Overall, though definitely not the same as writing this review from the comfort of my desk chair, my venture into the world of AZEK Pavers was an enjoyable one. The system is extremely simple and straightforward, the installation was a breeze and the end result is worth the effort of both (unless you’re dragging hundreds of them up a steep stairwell by hand). I highly recommend AZEK Pavers for both residential and commercial projects, and guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Contact The Deck Store Today To Get Started!

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Topics: Rooftop Decks, Pavers, LEED credits, Roof Top Decks

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