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SPIRALING INTO DECK SEASON WITH SPIRALING STAIRCASES

A spiral staircase is not just an aesthetically pleasing way you can stylize your stairs anywhere in or outside your home – there’s actually a myriad of benefits of a spiral staircase on your deck. The first and foremost reason to get a spiral staircase is the space you can save. Rather than extend your…

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Deck Building Permits

For those of you thinking or planning to have a deck built this summer, you will need to add a building permit to your ‘get started’ list. We spoke to Permitguys.ca (who do all our professional drawings for us) so could learn more about deck building permits and ensure you don’t run into any hiccups…

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Green Side Up Contracting Inc Crowned 2019 HomeStars Best of Award Winner!

Toronto, ON — March 6, 2019 — Green Side Up Contracting Inc. announced today that they have been selected as a 2019 “Best of Award” Winner by HomeStars. Hailed as HomeStars’ highest honour, the Best of Awards, presented by DEWALT, Canadian Contractor, and RenoRun, recognizes the most trusted home service professionals in HomeStars’ network of…

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PVC Decking

If you’re in the market for decking that doesn’t require long hours of maintenance, PVC (polyvinyl-chloride) and wood-plastic composite decking options have probably made their way to the top of your list. These wood-alternative decking materials eliminate the cumbersome cleaning, painting and staining that traditional wood decking requires, and resist rotting and splintering to help…

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Trex Composite Decking

Composite decking has risen to meet the high standards of professionals and homeowners. Here are some of the ways its done that, and why a composite deck may be for you.   Even as little as 15 years ago, the market for composite decking didn’t exist on nearly the same scale as it’s on now.…

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Pressure Treated Decking

If economy, longevity and if you have time to spend on yearly maintenance, go with pressure-treated wood. It’s stainable and hard enough to resist abuse. Treated wood is often full of moisture and will shrink unevenly and twist when it dries. One homeowner told me, “Yeah, my treated deck may last forever—but it’s going to…

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Cedar Decking

If the natural look of wood tops your list, use cedar for wood decking. Cedar doesn’t readily absorb moisture— and, since moisture is what creates twisting and splitting, cedar wood decking tends to lie flat and straight. The average lifespan of 15 to 20 years for cedar wood deck boards, but it can deteriorate faster…

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Ipe Decking

Awareness about the Ipe hardwood is not overly specifically with most decking contractors. Ipe is also known as the brazil walnut, this type of hardwood is pronounced as EE-PAY. It is more expensive than the rest of the hardwoods and Green Side Up Contracting prefers to work with Ipe hardwood for a number of reasons.…

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Understanding Property Managers

Being a property manager is never an easy task as there is ostensibly always something that needs awareness and care. Everything requires constant attention and to be perpetually monitored, as preventing issues is typically more integral than fixing them. The cold winter months are certainly no different and usually bring forth a host of problems…

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Natural Stone Steps

Why should you protect your investment?  Over time a pisa “block step” system (which is designed to be used when building garden or small retaining walls) will begin to shift out of place.  Even the slightest shift will cause water to get through the cracks of the coping and in behind the stones which will wash the…