Taking Your Office Outdoors

Now that working from home is the new normal for many, some are beginning to realize that their home is not necessarily the ideal place to get work done. From noisy kids in the background to cramped living areas and setting up shop on the kitchen table, working from home can have its challenges and take some getting used to. 

Until the pandemic hit, many did not have an office set up in their home. They discovered pretty quickly that a quiet place that they enjoyed was key to getting work done, and making the work-from-home lifestyle work for them. 

Finding enough space, and a quiet zone to concentrate has become a priority. Remodeling, or adding on a room isn’t an option for most, so people have turned their attention to their outdoor living space. After all, working from your deck or patio trumps an office with a window on any day, and Zoom-call colleagues are sure to take notice. 

A 2018 study showed that time spent in green spaces improved attention, mood, and promoted physical activity. Other benefits of working from your deck or patio include peace & quiet a sense of well-being and a nice breeze. 

Of course, if you do not already have a pleasant outdoor living area, you’ll need to create one. After all, working from a lawn chair in the yard will probably lose its lustre once you begin to develop back and neck pain. Building a proper workspace on your deck or patio is crucial to working outside effectively and for the long term. 

For most, transforming your existing space into an attractive and useful outdoor office is a worthwhile, easily-achievable goal. When your office has closed for the day, your deck or patio is available for other activities. From entertaining spaces to places for your family to gather, you’re sure to enjoy this additional living space. 

Constructing an outdoor office on your patio or deck is a great way to enjoy working from home. With some shielding from the weather, including a roof and a way to block the wind, as well as a propane heater, it is not unreasonable to think you could use this extra office space three seasons a year. Make your deck your new spring, summer & fall headquarters, end enjoy every moment. 

Don’t already have a backyard patio or deck? Thanks to the latest innovations in construction materials, you can now build a deck or patio relatively easily. For patios, enlisting the help of products like GatorBase, you can build a level patio that resists freeze & thaw cycles in a weekend. GatorBase eliminates the need for deep digs, reducing your workload and saving you money in the process. 

If you’re looking to build a deck, well we have a few ideas. PaverDeck Plank can help you to build a maintenance-free deck quickly or overhaul your existing deck. Porcelain pavers like the Frontier20 Porcelain Pavers from Landmark Ceramics offer a stylish, slip-free, and low-maintenance surface option. For those with uneven surfaces, or considering making use of rooftop space, adjustable pedestals like the Uptec Pedestals System by Profilitec, can make what was previously unthinkable, remarkably easy. 

 The opportunity to work from home allows plenty of flexibility, including the ability to create an outdoor home office.  That 5-second commute is sure to grow on you when your office is on your deck. If working from home is going to become a long-term fixture in your life, investing in your surroundings and creating the perfect outdoor workspace is sure to pay dividends, increase your home’s value and your enjoyment of it too. 

Eco-Friendly Deck Building Materials

As building towards a more sustainable lifestyle has become a greater priority for some people, many are viewing other aspects of our lives through a new lens. Environmental impact is now a factor in the decisions we make about everything from the clothing we purchase to the materials used in home improvements. Outdoor living spaces can now be built using supplies and materials that are not only superior to more traditional alternatives but are also eco-friendly and sustainable. 

Here are a few things to consider when constructing a more environmentally conscious outdoor space:

Durability – When you need to replace your deck every 10 or 15 years, you create more landfill waste, use more trees, cause yourself more work and spend more money. Longer-lasting decking materials will reduce your environmental impact while saving you time & trouble while generating less waste. Look into the new offerings available featuring recent innovations in the deck-construction industry. Manufacturers are creating some great new decking products, some of which will last a lifetime. By using rot-, insect- and fire-resistant steel joists and footings, and natural stone surface coverings, you’ll lessen your environmental impact and increase the time you have to enjoy your deck. 

Chemicals – Pressure-treated lumber is usually treated with insecticides and other chemicals that can leach into the surrounding soil. Since 2004, pressure-treated wood in Canada has been coated with alkaline copper quaternary (ACQ), copper azole (CA-B) or micronized copper azole (MCA). Because burning these products will release these chemicals into the air, a traditional deck built with pressure-treated lumber creates a great deal of waste once it reaches the end of its lifespan. As well, even though composite wood decks are constructed from recycled materials, composite can emit formaldehyde. 

Recyclability – It can be difficult to recycle traditional decking materials that have been treated with chemicals or contain plastic. Steel decking products are completely recyclable, and many are made with recycled steel. As well, decking surfaces constructed of natural stone are often made with recycled materials and can be further recycled or crushed into aggregate once you’re finished with them.

Reducing your environmental footprint while building a deck should also include the use of sustainable materials, materials that require less energy to produce, and materials that do not negatively impact the environment in their sourcing. Consider building your deck from natural, completely recyclable products that will not affect your soil or create disposal issues. Prioritize products that offer a long lifespan with minimal or no maintenance, require less energy to produce, and do not release toxic chemicals or off-gassing of toxic fumes. 

If you’re looking to construct a more environmentally conscious deck, consider the following products:

Paverdeck Plank – Paverdeck structures are made from 95% recycled steel, which is the most recycled material in the world, more than all other materials combined. With no maintenance required, Paverdeck does not rely on chemicals or cleaners and has a zero-carbon footprint during its use. 

BAILEY TRUEDECK™ – Steel is not required to be treated with chemicals and insecticides that may be harmful to the environment. BAILEY TRUEDECK™ is made of steel certified to Environment Canada’s Environmental Choice Program, offering complete assurance that you will be building an environmentally responsible deck.

Del Conca Porcelain Tiles – Delivering unparalleled durability and the benefits of zero-waste manufacturing, porcelain tile is the healthiest and most ecologically beneficial product on the market. All Del Conca USA products are covered by the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), recognizing that North American-made tile has the lowest environmental impact across all impact categories including the lowest global warming potential and the lowest fossil fuel resource depletion.

As manufacturers of decking materials develop new ways to use existing materials in new and innovative products, we are on our way to a brighter, cleaner future. Consider the benefits of decking products with lower environmental impact and learn more at http://www.StoneDeck.ca

Next Year, Enjoy the Benefits of a Snow-Melting Driveway/Walkway or Outdoor Patio

Sick of shoveling? Seeking safer walkways and outdoor surfaces?

Over the last few years, there are been numerous innovations in the decking, driveway, and hardscape industries. Thanks to cutting-edge design and clever engineering, you can now build in places that were previously next to impossible, reduce labour and save a bundle in the process. Another great way to reduce your workload and even save money in the process is through heated outdoor surfaces.

Unless one lives in a condo or has hired help, few Canadians can escape the chore of shoveling snow. Thanks to climate change and more severe weather events, that task isn’t going to get any easier on its own. You can, however, make it easier yourself, with the help of a few great products. 

While building a new deck, patio, or driveway, it’s easy to imagine it in use during the summer months. With a little foresight, you can now envision their use throughout the winter. With the right plan, you can say goodbye to shoveling snow, and enjoy your patio or deck all winter long. 

By constructing your deck, patio, walkway, or even your driveway with a pedestal & porcelain tile system, you’ll have the ability to integrate a heating system into your hardscapes. Because pedestal systems create functional and accessible space below, you’ll find it easy to run insulated electrical heating cables or hydronic PEX tubing with aluminum heat plates. Install them yourself, with no need for a licensed electrician until your final connection to the electrical panel.  Pedestal systems offer plenty of clearance so that you can customize your heating project to your liking, without compromise. Heat the entire space or simply a section, you’ll have the flexibility to choose.

Unlike systems of old, using a pedestal system offers easy access when you need to access the equipment below. Now, should you need to repair a heating element or other component, simply lift the porcelain tile above. Not only is access easy, but you’ll leave no tell-tale signs of repairs. 

Most of us are happy to leave the chore of shoveling snow behind. These systems are ideal for walkways, decks & patios, and driveways. Because porcelain pavers & tiles drain quickly, there will be no standing water left behind. 

Porcelain tiles are thermally efficient and exceptionally heat-conductive, leading to lower energy costs than concrete alternatives. They also offer an anti-slip surface for additional safety and extreme weather and wear resistance. Porcelain pavers are strong enough to bear enormous weight, making them ideal driveways as well as walkways and patios. Completely non-porous, projects constructed with porcelain tiles will keep looking as good as the day they were installed. 

Choosing a pedestal/porcelain solution offers numerous other benefits which will also save you work and money. Lightweight porcelain tiles can be carried and installed almost anywhere, relieving you of the need for a truck and heavy equipment access. Pedestals make it easy to construct a deck or patio in spots that were once unthinkable, including on your rooftop. This combination of lightweight yet strong porcelain tiles with useful pedestals will make those rooftop patio dreams come to life easier than you’d imagine. 

Investment property owners are finding heated outdoor surfaces exceptionally useful. Saving a bundle on commercial snow removal services, these systems pay off over time in both labour and money. With a heated patio or deck, and maybe an outdoor fireplace, your outdoor living space will become a place to gather all year long. You’ll add value to your home, and enjoy it more. 

Economical, versatile, and easy to install, say goodbye to shoveling snow and hello to pedestal and porcelain paver systems. Reach out to StoneDeck today to learn more about our products that can help you to eliminate snow and ice removal from your winter routine. 

Best Alternative To Interlock for a Driveway

For decades, interlock has been a popular way to surface your driveway thanks to its durability and versatility. A great alternative to asphalt or concrete when installing your driveway, there are other, better options available. For a variety of reasons, the best alternative to interlock for a driveway is porcelain pavers

Here’s a list of reasons why porcelain pavers are the best alternative to interlock for a driveway:

Porcelain Offers Better Curb Appeal – When it comes to driveway appearance, interlock does beat both concrete and asphalt, however, its dated look can detract from your home’s curb appeal. Porcelain pavers provide a modern, stylish alternative, and a designer’s dream. When it comes to design options, the sky’s the limit when it comes to porcelain pavers. Because they’re available in a wide range of sizes, colours, textures, and shapes, porcelain tiles and pavers allow for total visual continuity, enabling you even to match your outdoor area with indoor design or other hardscapes. 

Porcelain Pavers are More Durable – More resistant to freeze & thaw cycles, a porcelain paver driveway will remain where it needs to be year after year without heaving and shifting. 

Porcelain Pavers are Stronger – Only 2cm thick, porcelain pavers are stronger than you imagine Boasting a load-bearing strength of up to 4X that of poured concrete, you’ll never have to deal with the unsightly cracks that concrete and asphalt eventually succumb to. 

Porcelain Pavers are Safer – Thanks to built-in slip-resistant properties and drainage, porcelain pavers are ideal for surfaces where people walk. In contrast, concrete can be exceptionally slippery whether icy or wet. 

Porcelain Pavers Last Longer – When installed with an appropriate system such as GatorBase or pedestals, a porcelain paver driveway can last a lifetime without cracking and heaving. In contrast, concrete and asphalt are prone to cracks over time, and interlock can sag. 

A Porcelain Paver Driveway is Easy to Repair – In the improbable event when you might need to replace a porcelain paver, the process is quick, easy and invisible. Concrete and asphalt repairs leave visible signs behind, forever.

Porcelain Paver Driveways are Low Maintenance – Have you ever tried to remove an oil stain from a concrete driveway? To prevent porous concrete from absorbing materials that may cause permanent staining and discolouration, it requires regular sealing as the finish begins to show wear. As asphalt begins to fade, it too requires resealing every couple of years. Porcelain pavers are virtually maintenance-free, requiring only an occasional power wash to continue gleaming year after year, with no fading and exceptional stain resistance. 

One great option when selecting porcelain pavers is the high-quality Frontier20 pavers from Landmark Ceramics. Offering a variety of benefits, they are an excellent alternative to interlock for a driveway.

Advantages of Using Frontier20 Porcelain Pavers for a Driveway

Ease of installation – Frontier20 Porcelain Pavers are easy to install, remove & replace.

Easy to Clean – Simply powerwash once in a while.

Low Maintenance – Porcelain pavers require no repairs, sealing, or replacement.

Slip Resistant – Frontier20 Porcelain Pavers are safe whether wet or dry.

Durable – Porcelain pavers resist scratches, stains, fading, moss, and mould along with frost, salt & thermal shocks. They’re the perfect material for the Canadian climate.

Eco-Friendly – Much more environmentally friendly than cement or asphalt.  

Lightweight – Transportation and installation are easier & lighter than other driveway materials.

When you use porcelain pavers for your driveway, you won’t need to choose between durability and aesthetics. Their outstanding strength, versatility, and variety of looks make outdoor porcelain pavers the best alternative to interlock for a driveway. From their stylish good looks to impressive durability and weather resistance, a driveway made with porcelain pavers is sure to be a smart investment in your home and the envy of your neighbourhood. 

Paver Vs Concrete Patio

Pavers and concrete are the most popular materials for building a patio, and each offers a variety of benefits. If you’re thinking of installing a new patio, you may be wondering about the differences between pavers and concrete. While both pavers and concrete are attractive choices, you will probably make your decision based on factors like budget, overall look and usage. Here’s a rundown on the pros and cons of pavers vs. concrete for a patio and answers to commonly asked questions. 

What is the Difference Between Pavers and Concrete?

Pavers are individual blocks or bricks arranged to create a unique space or layout. Available in a variety of colours and patterns, design options are unlimited, creating a truly unique and personalized feel to a space.

Concrete is poured and sometimes known as concrete slabs. Less aesthetically pleasing, concrete fans often opt for upgraded stamped concrete to add texture to its look. 

Durability: Pavers vs Concrete

Concrete is usually poured to a depth of about 4-6 inches, making it durable enough to withstand the freeze & thaw cycles of Canadian winters. It doesn’t last forever though, and you’ll need to replace a concrete patio at some point. Concrete slabs will sometimes crack or split if the ground beneath shifts. Concrete is also very porous and will absorb spills, potentially staining it. Repairs to concrete are obvious, marring the appearance. 

Pavers, on the other hand, are all about the installation process, the base underneath them in particular. If you use a thermally protected product like GatorBase underneath, your pavers will remain level for a lifetime. These products also offer the additional benefit of easy installation with less labour and ultimately, lower costs. Should pavers become stained, individual pavers can be removed and replaced while maintaining the visual integrity of the installation.

For load-bearing strength, pavers are the superior choice. While concrete is indeed strong, pavers can withstand up to 4X the weight that concrete can handle. 

Safety

Both concrete and pavers are quickly damaged by rock salt and concrete slabs can be very slippery. If you will need to walk on the concrete during the winter, you’ll want to upgrade to stamped concrete to add texture for safety or apply products for slip resistance. Pavers on the other hand have texture built right in, making them the safer choice. If your concrete is not graded correctly, you may face issues of water pooling on the surface. Pavers on the other hand have natural drainage through the joints, eliminating this issue.

Ease of Installation

While your skills may vary, many DIY’ers find installing pavers relatively easy and uncomplicated, especially when using a base product like the aforementioned Gatorbase. Because there are no large components or equipment necessary, a paver stone patio can be installed virtually anywhere. Concrete on the other hand can be a little trickier and require a more advanced skill set to create a base and get the grading just right, and your space will need to be accessible by a large cement truck. You may also have to order and pay for more concrete than you need, due to minimum order requirements. 

Types of Pavers

Pavers come in a variety of materials and styles. Stone pavers are a popular choice for decks and patios and options are available to suit any budget. Concrete pavers are made of a mix of materials including concrete and topped with a sealant. Interlocking pavers create a more structured look and are easiest to install, however, these are more expensive. Porcelain pavers are exceptionally versatile, offer unlimited design options and are ideal for projects that demand total visual continuity. You can also find pavers made of brick, marble and other materials and pavers are available in a wide range of colours and shapes.

Concrete is poured in uniform grey slabs for strength and sometimes finished with a stamping process to improve its aesthetics. 

Whether you choose concrete or pavers, a patio is sure to enhance your enjoyment of your outdoor living space, while also improving your home’s value.

Roof Top Patios

Building Up – When You’re Short on Space, Consider a Rooftop Patio

Building the deck or patio of your dreams is not always possible. Densely packed homes in the city with postage-stamp-sized yards have limited outdoor living space, making entertaining and even staycations uncomfortably tight. 

A great solution that urban dwellers are catching onto is to build above their home, making better use of the space up above. Often the envy of one’s neighbourhood, rooftop patios make outstanding entertaining spaces and are becoming more popular thanks to innovations that make them easier to construct. Not only will a rooftop patio give you additional living space with a dazzling view, but you’ll also appreciate cool breezes and an absence of insects. 

New advances in construction technology are making the building of rooftop patios and decks easier than ever. Creating a rooftop patio can now be done with relative ease, even on roofs that are sloped. A variety of recent innovations engineered for the building of raised floors, decks and rooftop patios have hit the market during the last couple of years, resulting in no space being off-limits anymore. With these products, you can now design the perfect rooftop patio you’ve always dreamed of.

Easier Than Ever

Constructing a rooftop patio is now easier than ever when you have the right components. Once you clear the bureaucratic hurdles like building permits, zoning and fire codes you can get started. 

The magic ingredient to making it all happen is a pedestal system. Adjustable pedestal systems are straightforward to use, typically comprising of only a handful of elements. Most importantly, they offer adjustable pedestal heads which can realize an angle of up to 5%. The perfect solution for addressing sloped or uneven surfaces, pedestal systems are durable and weather-resistant, making them ideal for rooftop projects. 

Canada Pedestal Systems offers a variety of quality pedestal systems from reputable and highly-regarded manufacturers including Eterno Ivica, Bison Innovative Products, and Uptec by Profilitec. Each one of these can be easily integrated by both contractors and DIY’ers alike.

Pedestals also make it easy to obscure plumbing & electrical under your rooftop patio, yet have easy access to them when required. Pedestal systems also offer additional benefits, including impressive load-bearing strength, and they allow water to quickly drain away, improving safety.

Pedestals do a great job of supporting surface materials at ground level, but when building your rooftop patio you’ll want to integrate a mid-level component to properly support your stone or tile surface material. This middle level will help to reduce the load on any particular point while avoiding putting too much pressure on your home’s roof. Consider a product like Silca Grates, which can act as a subfloor to support your surface material, while distributing weight across a wider area.  Silca Grates work perfectly with pedestal systems, and can easily support the surface covering of your choice, whether 6-inch planks or heavy natural stone. 

Layered on top of your Silca Grate middle layer, the sky’s the limit when it comes to designing your surface. Simply choose something weather-resistant, durable, and long-lasting. Ceramic or porcelain tiles and natural stone are trending and offer the advantages of being virtually maintenance-free. You may want to look into high-quality products like Frontier20 Porcelain Pavers from Landmark Ceramics, Kronos Porcelain Pavers, or Del Conca Porcelain Pavers & Tiles for an, especially stylish look. 

Constructing a rooftop patio is easier than you might think, and will improve the value of your home along with your enjoyment of the additional living space. Pedestal systems make previously inconceivable ideas easily achievable. Now, no location on your property is off-limits. Make the most of your unused space and expand your outdoor living area with the help of pedestal systems. 

Building it Right the First Time

While that outdoor patio or another hardscape project may appear to be level and properly installed, once spring arrives many people find out the hard way that their project has suffered the ravages of winter’s freeze & thaw cycles. Those perfectly positioned patio stones, bricks or even porcelain pavers are now a mess after heaving and settling for months. 

It used to be that to install a hardscape correctly, one had to excavate as much as 12-inches deep, before filling with sand or crushed stone to ensure a relatively level surface year after year. It was a lot of work and money too, with sometimes unpredictable results. 

Fortunately, cutting-edge innovations have made this task easier and more affordable. Silca SoilGrid is one such product that makes the in-ground installation of porcelain pavers, concrete pavers, brick or natural stone much easier, even on sloped surfaces. By stabilizing the base materials and eliminating the disruption, your hardscapes will remain stronger and level year after year. Perfect for patios, parking, driveways, paths or even concrete replacement, the Silca SoilGrid system allows quick ground reinforcement with modern paver design in a fully permeable manner.

How Does Silca SoilGrid Work?

Specifically designed for ground applications, Silca SoilGrid creates a heavy-duty and permeable base stabilization that reduces settling issues while offering a wide load distribution. When you use Silca SoilGrid during your hardscape installation, it reinforces the ground surface without sealing it. Silca SoilGrid eliminates the disruption caused by heaving and settling pavers by stabilizing the base materials. This will ensure your project will remain level for years.

What Other Features Does Silca SoilGrid Offer?

Silca SoilGrids can be cut to size and shape and allow you to use a variety of fill materials providing complete design freedom. Sold in pre-connected sheets, installation is quick and easy. Large areas can be installed by a single person without the need for heavy construction equipment, making it the ideal choice for contractors and DIY’ers alike.

Its permeability helps to avoid the drainage and infrastructure problems that can over-burden stormwater infrastructure and lead to flooding. Because the grids are permeable, they are much easier and faster to level if you choose sand as your fill material.  UV-resistant, weather-proof and unbreakable, the system comes backed by a 20-year warranty.

How Will Silca SoilGrid Save Me Money?

Time is money! With Silca SoilGrid, you only need to excavate to half of where you normally would. This means less labour, less dirt to dispose of, and less sand or aggregate required. Because the Silca SoilGrid system cuts your excavation time in half, you’ll save on the labour cost of all that unnecessary excavation. It will save you up to 50% on the excavation and up to 40% in labour costs. If you are a contractor, you’ll have fewer warranty call-backs due to pavers shifting and settling. In the simplest terms, you’ll get better results for less money with less work.

By bringing greater stability to your base materials, you’ll create stronger hardscapes when you choose the Silca SoilGrid heavy-duty linking grid system. So strong in fact, that completed installations will even support vehicular traffic.

Are you ready to build a stronger hardscape while saving time, labour and money? Choose the smartest solution for solid, long-lasting results that reduce labour and materials. 

Landmark Ceramics Frontier20 Porcelain Tiles Can Help You Create Beautiful Hardscapes

As Canadians are spending more time closer to home this summer, many are upgrading their outdoor living spaces, making them not only a more enjoyable place to spend their time but also adding to their home’s value. 

Considering the escalating price of wood these days, many people are looking for more upscale and durable solutions to building or upgrading their patios, decks and pool areas.  Instead of choosing composite or ever more expensive pressure-treated lumber to surface their deck, people are opting for outdoor porcelain tiles, which are growing in popularity. After all, not only are outdoor tiles stunningly attractive, but they are also a great alternative offering a long list of benefits including longevity, durability, greater impact on home value and increased enjoyment of your outdoor living space. 

Outdoor porcelain tiles practically eliminate the need to maintain and repair your deck, particularly when it has metal framing under it. You’ll no longer need to restain or reseal it every couple of years or replace cracked and warped boards. Instead of repair and maintenance chores every summer, you need only hose it off occasionally with a quick power wash. Porcelain tiles will last you a lifetime, letting you spend more time relaxing on your deck instead of maintaining it.  

Not limited to decks and patios, porcelain tiles are also a great idea around the pool instead of stamped concrete. Their look is significantly more upscale, not unlike that of a 5-star resort. Available with a variety of slip-resistant finishes, porcelain tiles are an ideal choice for safe outdoor surfaces.

Frontier20 porcelain tiles from Landmark Ceramics are an excellent option for those who want to take their deck or patio to new heights. This collection of high-end porcelain pavers is designed to create upscale architectural landscapes in both residential and commercial spaces. Combining outstanding aesthetic features with strong technical performance, this unique product meets the same threshold expected of the best porcelain pavers. 

Boasting unique strength and hardness and capable of resisting external abrasions, Frontier20 porcelain pavers offer exceptional load-bearing abilities and are even strong enough to be used for driveways. Resistant to both frost and thermal shock, these high-quality tiles easily stand up to salt damage, moss & mould, scratches, stains, and fading. With nearly limitless uses, Frontier20 can be installed anywhere you want a hard surface, and enjoy their beauty, durability, and minimal maintenance for years to come.

In addition to being ideal for a vast range of applications, Frontier20 also offers versatile installation. Install Frontier20 tiles on a traditional sand and substrate foundation, mortared bed or even grass for an eco-friendly, permeable solution. These adaptable outdoor ceramic tiles can be easily installed around the most intricate of landscaping features and are available with a full range of special trim pieces designed to seamlessly complete and accentuate the landscaping of your outdoor space.

Offered in a variety of sizes in both square and oblong proportions, Frontier20 porcelain pavers can ensure complete design freedom in any project. Giving you the design effect you want, Frontier20 tiles are not simply limited to a natural stone appearance but are also available in woodgrain, quartz, slate, limestone or concrete finishes with the advantages of natural stone. 

Aside from all the advantages mentioned above, Frontier20 porcelain tiles deliver important ecological benefits as well. Not only does porcelain not release any harmful substances into the air or soil, but it is also completely recyclable as well as odourless, hygienic and hypoallergenic. An environmentally friendly option, Frontier20 porcelain tiles are easy to remove & re-use and can be laid without the use of adhesives, making them a socially responsible choice.

Providing outdoor beauty, functionality, and performance to any space or application, Frontier20 porcelain tiles are suitable for deck surfaces to poolside, driveways, walkways terraces and rooftop patios, or any space you’ve been dreaming of. Take your outdoor living space to a whole new level with the Frontier20 collection of beautiful, functional, and high-performance outdoor porcelain tiles.

There Has Never Been a Better Time for a Metal Deck

Canadians in every corner of the country love spending time on their decks. Canadian winters can be brutal and long, and a deck is a great place to spend our short yet beautiful summers with friends and family. 

As most Canadians are spending their downtime closer to home these days, constructing a deck tops their list of home improvements this summer. Enjoying our own deck, in our own backyard is one of the highlights of a staycation. As so many homeowners hurry to make improvements to their outdoor living space, lumber prices have rocketed to astronomical levels. Undeterred by the escalation of wood prices, demand is unceasing, impacting the price even further. Not only has the expense of building a wood deck increased significantly, but in many places, it is simply unavailable, at any price. 

Wood is not the only material with which your deck frame can be built. Metal or aluminum are also viable options, offering numerous advantages too. Previously, most deck builders defaulted to wood, because it was available at a good price, dealing with its necessary maintenance, repairs and even replacement every few years. 

This year, the situation has changed completely. The price of wood and its availability have made this summer the perfect time to forego wood and choose metal framing for your deck. Remarkably, metal deck framing is now less expensive than wood, and easily available, which offers you the opportunity to frame your deck on your own timeline and save money too. 

Before the marked increase in wood prices, the cost of framing a deck with pressure-treated lumber was steadily in the $3 to $5 per sq-ft range. During the past 12 months, that figure has risen to $6 per sq-ft. Likewise, 2”x8” lumber now costs $3.20 per linear foot on average. These numbers are now in line with the cost of framing your deck with metal, which is consistently priced at $6 per sq-ft and $3.17 per linear foot. Astonishingly true, metal deck framing is now less expensive than wood!

One excellent example of a metal framing system to replace wood is Bailey Truedeck. Pre-cut to the exact length required, assembly is straightforward and easy enough for most DIY’ers as well as contractors. The system’s longer spans mean fewer footings are necessary, saving your time, money and labour. Constructed of corrosion-resistant galvanized steel, Bailey Truedeck does not suffer from the ravages of rot and insects, making it a long-lasting decking option. Paverdeck Planks is another metal decking platform system to consider. It is designed to work with more durable decking surfaces including natural stone, porcelain or ceramic tiles or concrete pavers, creating a completely maintenance-free deck that will last a lifetime. 

Metal deck framing comes with a wide range of advantages over wood including:

  • Longevity – Engineered to last a lifetime and will not need rebuilding every 10 to 15 years.
  • Low Maintenance – Metal decking requires nothing more than a quick power washing.
  • Always Level – Metal deck framing will not shrink or warp, leaving you with a flatter base for your decking surfaces.
  • An Environmentally Friendly Option – Greener than pressure-treated wood, metal decking is not treated with chemicals and insecticides, which leach into the soil. 
  • Versatility – Use metal deck framing in new builds, or to replace your existing wood framing.

A beautiful deck is the centrepiece of a great backyard. Enhancing your enjoyment of your outdoor living area while adding value to your home, a backyard deck is an essential aspect of the Canadian summer experience. When you choose a metal-framed deck, you’ll spend more time on your deck enjoying the summer instead of maintaining it. 

How Metal Framing Can Make Your Deck Last a Lifetime

Deck season is right around the corner and many of us are looking to build a new deck or fix up our existing deck. Since most Canadians are sticking closer to home this year, upgrading our outdoor living spaces has become a priority for some. 

Thanks to a variety of factors, Bailey Truedeck metal framing is shining this season, offering all the benefits and advantages of metal decks at the same price as wood. With the price of lumber skyrocketing over the past year, the cost of building or reframing a wood deck is now equal to that of using metal framing for your deck. 

Before 2020, the average cost of framing your deck with pressure-treated lumber was $3 to $5 per square foot. Fast forward to 2021 and those costs have jumped to $6 per square foot. Similarly, the price per linear foot of 2”x8” lumber has climbed to $3.20 per linear foot at any of the well-known big box stores. Those prices are now in line with the cost of Bailey Truedeck metal deck framing, which remains at $6 per square foot and $3.17 per linear foot, making metal deck framing less expensive than wood!

This is a great time to invest in the benefits of metal framing, at the same price as wood while enjoying the dividends for decades. When you choose metal over wood for your deck, this may be the last deck you’ll ever need to build. Factor in the current pricing of wood and a metal deck is the smart choice financially, as well as in terms of time and labour. Build it once and forget about maintenance every few years. Now you can spend less time maintaining your deck, and more time enjoying it. 

Metal decking offers numerous advantages over wood. First and foremost, metal decks are engineered to last a lifetime. Constructed of corrosion-resistant galvanized steel, you won’t need to rebuild or even repair your deck every few years. Rot, fire, and insect-proof, your deck won’t suffer from damage caused by the elements and termites, remaining durable for decades.

Metal does not shrink or warp, providing a flatter base for your decking materials, and keeping it flat. It will not split or swell, preventing damage to your deck surface. A metal-framed deck will extend the lifespan of your deck surface, saving you time, work and money. 

Every Bailey Truedeck component is perfectly engineered to the exact length you need, eliminating the need to cut at the job site, maximizing efficiency and making their decking structures easy to assemble. The product’s precision engineering means that the pieces fit perfectly, the first time. Due to the product’s longer spans, your decking project will require fewer footings, saving you even more time, labour and money. 

Throughout its lifespan, a deck is exposed to the ravages of harsh weather conditions all year round, and wood deck structures will require regular maintenance, which can add up quickly add up in time and money. Metal decking structures such as Bailey Truedeck will not only stand up against the elements, but you will also save countless hours every year in maintenance, hours you can instead spend enjoying your deck.

Incredibly versatile, metal decking can support virtually any decking surface, including natural stone. It can be used on ground-level decks or even elevated structures like balconies. With metal deck framing, the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating a beautiful outdoor living space that will last a lifetime.

Constructed of high-quality galvanized steel, certified to Environment Canada’s Environmental Choice Program, Bailey Truedeck metal decking materials do not contain the chemicals and insecticides found in pressure-treated lumber and are a recyclable resource, offering an environmentally friendly alternative. 

Your deck should be constructed on the strongest, most durable structure possible, and its framing is as important as your choice of decking surface material. Bailey Truedeck will help you to build the most solid, well-made, and enduring deck possible, one that will last a lifetime.