What Are Helical Piles?

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I often get asked what helical piles are and what is the difference between helical piles and concrete footings. I’ll start off by explaining what a helical pile is: Helical piles are hollow steel tubes that are used to stabilize structures by anchoring the load to the surrounding ground, much like a driven pile. However, the…

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Why You Should Hire Us In 2023

Green Side Up Contracting Inc. is a professional member of Landscape Ontario & an authorized TrexPro – GOLD status! Over the last 23 years we have established ourselves within the construction industry as an honest and reputable contractor. We have earned this reputation by shaping the company around four core values: honesty, transparency, quality of…

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Why Trex Is Our Recommended Decking Material In 2023

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There’s plenty of different materials you can use for your deck, but without a doubt the best material to go with is Trex – it completely blows out the competition and it’s an installation service that Green Side Up recommends and provides. Designed with lasting beauty, incredible durability, and easy maintenance, there’s no compromising with…

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Disadvantages of Pressure Treated Pine for Decking

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Harmful: Even though industry standards have changed, the chemicals applied to treat lumber are harmful to the environment, especially in 2023. Discoloration: Wood is a natural product, so it is going to be affected by the elements, specifically, exposure to the sun. There’s a scientific process called photo-oxidation that causes the surface of the boards…

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What Is Trex Rainescape?

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Not many people know what Trex Rainescape is or why it’s so important in 2023. Depending on how well-versed you are with renovations and drainage systems, you may have never even heard of it before – but that doesn’t mean you don’t need it. Trex Rainescape is a revolutionary under-deck drainage system that uses a…

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Which Cedar Is Right For Your Project?

Pinnacle Premium Western Red Cedar

If you’ve clicked on this link, then by now you’ve probably heard quite a bit about Pinnacle Premium Western Red Cedar. It obviously is well known for being a solid material, but the real question remains: how does it compare to regular cedar? Let’s examine some of the differences between the two. Pinnacle premium cedar…

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Toronto, ON — February 11, 2020 — Green Side Up Contracting announced today that they have been chosen as a 2020 HomeStars Best of Award Winner. The Best of Awards recognize the best pros in the HomeStars network of over 60k pros, vetted and selected for their unwavering dedication to customer services and excellence in…

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Add Ambiance To Your Outdoor Space With Deck Lighting

Deck Lighting Toronto

Deck lighting requires quite a lot of thought and consideration, as it’s pretty integral to the outside portion of your home – without it your deck has limited visibility. Adding solid deck lights brings the benefit of safety and security – making it an essential and worthwhile investment. There are various options to select from…

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Trex Spiral stairs

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 In 2023

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For those of you thinking or planning to have a deck built in the summer of 2023, 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…

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PVC Decking

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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