Harmful: Even though industry standards have changed, the chemicals applied to treat lumber are harmful to the environment. 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 to grey, but,…

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trex rainescape toronto by green side up contracting

Not many people know what Trex Rainescape is or why it’s so important. 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 gridwork of…

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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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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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finished deck aurora

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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pvs decking toronto

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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composite angled

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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custom deck toronto

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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