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AZEK® Decking for a Deck Project on a Solid Footing

Posted by Ron on Apr 29, 2015 12:26:11 PM
What's underfoot matters, and it's always best when you're standing on something solid and durable. Having a "solid footing" is another way of saying the details are being taken care of and unexpected surprises will not happen. This idea is true both metaphorically, and in the case of deck surfaces, literally. AZEK decking is an excellent way to have your decking "on a solid footing": it's durable, easy to maintain, and attractive.


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Topics: deck, installation, pvc decking materials, deck materials, Decks, low maintenance deck materials, Hidden Fastening System, Azek

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

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

Don’t Just Do Decking...Do Trex!

Posted by admin on Jun 14, 2013 4:02:44 PM

Being the first to do something can be difficult. I imagine the first person to try and domestic a dog, for example, probably didn’t fare too well. Likewise for the first person that tested shark repellant, attempted to skydive or thought alligator wrestling was a fantastic idea. Being a pioneer in any area has its share of challenges, and being able to not only do something first, but to create popularity and longevity behind it is a skill few can master.

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Topics: pvc decking materials, Decks, low maintenance deck materials, Trex

How consumers can navigate their way through the PVC and composite jungle

Posted by admin on Jun 7, 2013 2:26:55 PM

As you may have noticed, purchasing PVC or composite materials for decking is not unlike purchasing a new car; there are a variety of makes and models, and every one comes with a salesman who will swear on his mother and unborn children that he’s giving you the best deal. Some are only after your money and couldn’t care less what product they are actually selling you. But if you really dig deep, there are quite a few gems waiting to be unearthed. The key is knowing where to stick your shovel into the dirt.

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Topics: New Products, pvc decking materials, Deck Maintenance, DIY, Decks, wolf, low maintenance deck materials, TimberTech

Does Low-Maintenance Decking Live Up To The Hype?

Posted by admin on May 31, 2013 2:44:37 PM

If you’ve spent enough time researching your next deck project, you’ve probably been confronted with enough texture choices and material options to make your head spin. Fortunately, the Deck Store is here to help keep your equilibrium steady and your feet planted firmly on your new decking of choice.

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Topics: pvc decking materials, Deck Maintenance, low maintenance deck materials, deck refinishing

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