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What’s the best Wood for my Deck?

Wood is the most efficient and cost effective material for constructing a deck. It looks great, weathers well, spans wide joist distances and is readily available. Whether you’re sketching a blueprint, shopping for materials or ready to break ground, it’s important to know what your options are when building a wooden deck. The wood you choose will have an effect …

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When Should I Stain my New Deck?

There is much controversy regarding when to stain a deck made of pressure treated wood. Some experts suggest you wait 3 to 12 months to let the wood dry and “off” any chemicals used in processing. Others suggest that a few weeks of air drying in summer conditions will be sufficient to lower the moisture content and allow stain to …

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Under-Deck Drainage Systems

An under-deck drainage system utilizes troughs, gutters, panels or flanges to keep rain, spills and snowmelt from dripping through the boards. Often installed on second story decks, these systems convert the space under the deck into a dry area that can be used as a patio, playground, kennel, games area, or outdoor living room. When attached to a first story …

Build a Platform Deck

A platform deck is a self-supporting structure that is not attached to a house or other anchor. Sometimes called an island, floating or freestanding deck, it’s usually constructed only inches from the ground and can be located anywhere in the yard; under a tree, in an open area that catches the sun, at the end of the garden, near the …

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Add an Outdoor Kitchen to your Deck

Why settle for only a grill when you can have an outdoor kitchen on your deck! Install a prep and cooking area, some storage, a bar, a dining table with seating, cooktop, refrigerator and/or a sink. Build it yourself or purchase pre-assembled pieces. With a great outdoor kitchen, you may find it hard to go inside! There are several factors …

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How to Pressure Wash your Deck

Some people prefer to clean their deck quickly and efficiently through the use of a pressure washer. Though it’s an effective tool for cleaning, be aware that a pressure washer can cause damage if not used correctly. Make sure you use the fan tip on your pressure washer as the wrong nozzle can damage wood and cause splintering and/or fraying.  …

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Activities to Enjoy on your Deck

Your deck is an extension of your living space, a comfortable outdoor spot and often the favourite place to spend time in the summer and fall months. You can relax, read, and soak in the sun. But, your deck isn’t just for sitting!  There are plenty of interesting adventures you can have on your backyard deck! This fall, be bold, …

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All About Deck Steps

People put a lot of time and attention into deck design. They carefully choose a durable low maintenance material, ponder colour choices, decide upon an interesting plank pattern and pick a stunning railing system. Why not extend the same discerning treatment to ensure your deck steps have style, safety and durability. Your steps can accentuate your home’s best qualities and …

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All About Deck Railings

A deck railing is a barrier system formed of posts, balusters and rails. It’s installed on the edges of a deck for the purpose of safety. But, a deck railing can be so much more! It can add beauty and ambience to your deck. It’s visual and physical impact can accentuate your home. With many materials and systems to choose …