Author Archives: Ryan Regan

Is composite decking really eco-friendly?

I just recently came across an interesting blog post of a neutral party that explains the evidence against most composite companies’ self-marketing declared tactic tagging themselves as “Eco-friendly”.  The most important advice when it comes to new products breaking into old markets is to refuse to take things at face value.  If you’re thinking of spending $10K+ on your new deck- don’t you think you should be sure of the product’s claims?  Many alternative decking products are made of PVC,…

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Deck staining 101

I decided to make a quick but informal post about home owners staining their wood decks.  There’s been a lot of fuss over composite decking lately because of the claim that they’re “maintenance-free”, although see my article on composite decking for more info.  I briefly walked over when you should stain your deck or fence in an article so I thought I’d cover the process of staining here.

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When should I stain/seal my new deck or fence?

There is a common misconception when it comes to sealing or staining your deck or fence. Pressure treated lumber is treated in such a way that will prevent major damage due to weather and insects for a short amount of time. You can stain your lumber as soon as it can properly absorb the product. Therefore when it comes to a point that dirt is being absorbed and water no longer beads off the lumber it is safe to start cleaning the wood.  After the wood has had time to dry- it’s time to stain.

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Fence building Process

The building process for a fence usually starts with us arranging to have the ground marked and flagged for any important lines (such as gas, hydro, bell etc). Once the area is confirmed clear of any lines and we are sure of the property line (site plan provided by home owner), we send the plans in for approval by the municipality if a permit is needed.

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Deck building process

The building process for a deck usually starts with us arranging to have the ground marked and flagged for any important lines (such as gas, hydro, bell etc). Once the area is confirmed clear of any lines, we send the plans in for approval by the municipality if a permit is needed. We then contract our professional auger service to come in and dig 42″-48″ deep and the proper diameter depending on post size. After the posts are set in with around 120 lbs of concrete holding them down, we begin to frame the deck.

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Wrought Iron/Steel Fencing

Looking for a security of a fence without blocking the view?  Then the option of installing Wrought Iron or a Steel fence is your best bet.  With the peace of mind that these manufacturers offer anywhere from 5-25 year warranties- you’d have to consider this as a long-term investment for your property.  The durability of Wrought Iron is shown through the use of the materials way back in the late 1800’s when they were used for railway tracks and the construction of the Eiffel Tower.  

How do you know where the fence goes?

Fences are meant to separate yards for many reasons.  The traditional way to go about erecting a fence is to place it along the property line of the neighbouring yards.  If you decide to pay for your fence independently, you should made sure the fence is on your property.  If your fence inches on your neighbour’s property, they have the legal right to tear it down.  The Homeowner should always have their property site plan or have located their property bars at all four corners of their property.