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A Great Foundation

While in the planning process for a new deck you will likely have some ideas about what that deck will look like, But what will make your deck a quality one might not be as clear. Look down. The foundation of your project can make or break the quality of your deck. Make sure that your new deck gets a good start with a great foundation. Colour, design, size. These are all things you have control over when building that new deck but what elements do you look for in assuring your deck is stable, sturdy and long lasting? The ...

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Veka Deck: A Leader in the Industry

  When considering low maintenance decking products, the mind could boggle with the options. There are many great decking products out there and Veka Deck is one of them. Veka Deck  has been manufacturing vinyl decking since 1969. This German company is the world's largest vinyl, PVC extruder. Veka operates extrusion facilities out of 12 countries and has offices in 40 countries around the world. You could say Veka really knows the business. Build it Once! While not all low-maintenance products are made of ...

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Need Spring Inspiration?

Feeling the winter blues? Wondering when you'll ever be able to enjoy that backyard again? If the heat and sunshine of the spring can't come fast enough, bide your time by making plans for a new deck. Deciding to enhance your property with a new deck is a big investment so it's worth the time and energy the winter months can provide. This planning isn't only necessary but can be fun. Research Doing research sounds like work but it doesn't have to be. Start by looking at decks. Lots of decks. But don't get caught trespassing in your ...

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6 Winter Wonders

  Too cold for a cold one on that beautiful deck of yours?  Bundle up and get out of the house. In this winter wonderland we call Canada, there's no excuse not to make the most of the cold weather and all that white stuff. There is something for everyone. Winter can truly be something to enjoy, not just tolerate. Try one of these 6 winter wonder escapes and make the most of these frigid temperatures. Ottawa's Rideau Canal A skate on the 7.8 kilometre skate way is one excellent way to get the blood pumping during the winter. ...

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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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