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5 Misconceptions About Low-maintenance Decking

Low-maintenance decking is no longer the "newest thing" in the decking industry. Though the industry continues to grow, low maintenance decking has been available to the consumer for more than 20 years. Despite its history, many misconceptions remain about these products - misconceptions that can have people turning away from the option of low-maintenance. Mold The question of mold is one that gets asked often.  A good low-maintenance composite or vinyl board will not take mold into the boards. While moss and/or ...

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Putting Your Deck into Hibernation

  After a fun-filled summer on your deck and the outside space it provides, the leaves will soon begin falling. Your deck might need to take a hibernation of sorts and getting your deck ready before the snow flies will make the spring cleaning of your deck a whole lot easier. Declutter Take a step back. Take a good look at your deck. Look under it. You may find a collection of things that don't belong on or under or around your deck. Now is the time to tidy that space. Pool noodles, towels, bbq utensils, and goodness knows ...

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What kind of franchise should I buy?

  Are you tired of being managed?  Sick of answering to someone else? Might be time to become your own boss.  But this can be easier said than done. If you've decided to make the leap from employee to entrepreneur, and you've decided that a franchise is the way to go, realizing your dreams will only come after you decide what kind of business you want to be in. Deciding to go out on your own can be both terrifying and exhilarating.  Being your own boss can mean more freedom and flexibility. You can work ...

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7 Fun and Crazy Things to Enjoy on Your Deck

  Your deck is an extension of your living space. When conditions are just right, it can be your favourite place to spend time. Why not expand on the activities you enjoy on your deck and increase the time you spend in the great outdoors. We all know that barbeques and pool parties are made better with a great deck. We've all enjoyed beveradges and conversation on the deck.  There is a whole lot more that can be enjoyed on that great deck of yours and here are eight crazy and fun things we bet you never thought of ...

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What will my deck cost?

If you are in need of a new deck, your budget will certainly be a big factor when it comes time to make decisions on what that deck might look like. Many of us will only have a deck built once or twice in a lifetime. For this reason, alone, it is difficult to get a handle on price. The market is ever changing and choices in deck products are constantly increasing. Getting some idea of the cost will put your mind at ease and bring you one step closer to that fabulous new deck. What are some of the factors about your new deck that might ...

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Understanding low maintenance decking

Whether you call it plastic decking, vinyl decking, low-maintenance, composite or eco-friendly decking, you could no doubt use a little more knowledge before you make the jump into a low maintenance deck this season. Low maintenance decking products are not all cut from the same cloth and indeed vary greatly when it comes to composition. You will also find that price varies. Low maintenance decking products have come a long way from the early days of the 90′s when it was first introduced to the decking industry.There are a ...

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What’s Your Budget?

With any home renovation project, having a budget is essential. It matters not how much something costs if you can't afford it. Here are some tips that will help you with the process of developing a budget for that new deck, or any home improvement project for that matter.  How long will you be living in your house? This question might be the most important question you ask yourself when determining a budget. If you're planning to sell your home for instance in the next couple of years, you might want to save that dream deck for ...

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6 Hottest Outdoor Trends for 2017

Six outdoor trends that you may never have heard of are leading the market in outdoor design and decor. Implementing even one of these will give your property a fresh face and perhaps bring it into this century. If you are like the average homeowner, you don't renovate or redecorate your outdoor space every year.  If this, however, is the year to put some time and money into this space, you are in luck. This year's trends include a variety of options that will bring colour, texture and character to any outdoor space.   DIY it. ...

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Decking Peeves and their Solutions

Having a great deck will go a long way in making or breaking our outdoor space. When it comes time to build or replace that deck, it's important to identify those things that cause concern for you. Your decking pet peeves as we like to call them. All decking materials have their limitations. Different limitations for different materials. The key is to identify your concerns and your needs and choose the decking product that is right for you. Splinters, cracks and slivers are not likely something you want to deal with when if comes ...

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Happy Anniversary to Us!

It's not every day a business finds itself in the happy place of celebrating 30 years in business.  Hickory Dickory Decks  is delighted to be meeting this milestone. We've come a long way baby! With Tom Jacques, fresh from McMaster University with a degree in business commerce at the helm, the great decking company with the silly name was born. With a small carpentry crew, Tom got busy with the work of building quality decks at a fair price. So much has changed over the years but this primary ...

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