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 plethora of manufacturers out there and an abundance of variety when it comes to design, durability, and price. Consider these differences and weigh them against your needs for your outdoor space. This will make your decision a whole lot easier.
Geo Composite decking in Walnut.
Composite decking of the wood variety was the first low maintenance decking product to hit the market. Wood composites do everything all the other versions of low maintenance decking does. It saves time. A homeowner will spend 1-2 hours a season maintaining a low maintenance deck as opposed to a wood deck that will cost the average homeowner 16-20 hours each season to keep looking new. Composite decking also looks like wood without all those splinters.Early releases of these wood composites gave the consumer the freedom that comes from not having to scrape, sand, stain and paint a wood deck every year. Wood composites of the past did, however, come with a few hiccups of its’ own. With all the kinks ironed out, wood composites remain popular, durable and priced right. Many composites are not just made from wood fibers any more. More and more, composite decking is made from a variety of materials, both recycled and new. With a combination of natural fibers and plastic, composites have gained strength and versatility.
Trunorth vinyl wrapped composite made from recycled products.Vinyl wrapped composites.
Vinyl wrapped composites
In an effort to make an already durable, reliable low maintenance option even more so, the vinyl wrapped composite board was born. Many low maintenance decking manufacturers are taking their wood and other composite boards and wrapping them in vinyl. The advantage to this is two-fold. With a plastic coating that is as hard as a golf ball coating, these low maintenance decks are more durable that ever. They keep the moisture out and therefore prevent mold from getting into the boards. By wrapping the composite, the look of low maintenance has been revolutionalized. If you have a look in mind, there is likely a wrapped composite to fit it. The ability to better mimic the look of wood has increased dramatically with these vinyl wrapped boards. The look and feel of vinyl wrapped composite decking is clean and fresh. Not to mention its low maintenance claim to fame. With some mild dish soap and a mop, these vinyl wrapped composite decks clean up quickly and thoroughly. No power washing needed.
Clubhouse vinyl decking.
Full Vinyl boards
This decking product will be here long after us Because of the nonbiodegradable properties of plastic vinyl deck boards, they are sturdy, dependable and just about bullet proof. Stains are no match for a full vinyl board. A full vinyl board can have a higher price point than its counterpart. They are either made from recycled plastics or new materials. Either way, they are beautiful and durable. Vinyl decking has superior impact resistance and can withstand even the greatest variations in weather conditions.
Whether you’re looking for a composite deck, capped composite or vinyl, low maintenance is becoming ever more popular. With the longevity, durability and long life that low maintenance can offer, low maintenance decking products can ensure that the dream deck you build today will only need to be built once.
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 your next, forever home. A new deck might be a must but going all out for the next family that lives in your home, isn’t necessary. On the contrary, if you plan to stay in your home for 10 plus years, your budget will likely increase. You are going to get what you pay for in a new deck and you won’t want to build it twice.
Consider the uses for your new deck. If you are a small family of three and don’t entertain often, a smaller, more simple deck might do the trick. If green space is at a premium where you live, you might not want to fill your space with deck alone. Obviously building a smaller deck will lower your budget. Likewise, if you spend the majority of your leisure time outside, and have the capacity, a larger deck to fit family and friends on all summer long, could be in your future.
Do you aim for low maintenance around the home? Like many, long work days in addition to an often long commute have you craving a home that practically takes care of itself. A low maintenance deck is likely something your budget will need to allow. Stripping and staining a wood deck every year will eat away at your leisure time. Low – maintenance, although purchased at a higher price point, is a better value, You will need to consider this high price point when creating your budget.
Geography may be a factor in determining the budget. If it’ a large deck you want but your property can’t hold a large deck, no matter how much money you may have for your project, that large deck isn’t going to happen. Also, consider any other work that has to be done to your backyard before a new deck goes in. Will you want a fence? Does your property need grading? These things can eat away at your available funds.
Obviously, personal finances will play a big part in any project around the house. A new deck is no different. A deck is a great investment into your lifestyle and your home, but overextending yourself can negatively affect your enjoyment of the finished project.
The scale of your project
Your preference of deck size, material and design need to line up with your pocket book. If you need a multilevel, low maintenance deck, you will need to come to the table with a budget that reflects this kind of deck. This brings us to our last budgeting tip.
Do your research. Educating yourself on the products and cost of having a deck built by the professionals will give you peace of mind, good research will also give you a realistic idea of what the cost will be. Often having this knowledge will help all your other budget factors fall in line.
Knowing your budget is as important as picking the colour of your new deck. It’s something you’ll be living with for a very long time.
Get someone experienced and efficient to make your deck
Let our work speak for itself, check out our Decks Built on a Strict Budget and see for yourself what kind of results you can expect from Hickory Dickory Decks.
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.
If you’re a DIYer, this trend is for you. An outdoor design that features all of your personality and some of your favourites is the hottest trend for the 2017 summer season. If your outdoor space looks like you pulled it from a magazine cover, you might be lacking what is considered unique. When you inject your personal style into your home and indeed the outside of your home, you will better own that space, increasing your enjoyment throughout the year. Consider using your favourite colour. Perhaps concentrate on those activities you love most and invest in them. If horseshoes are your thing, create an atmosphere centered around those beloved pits by creating comfort and further enjoyment.
Colour blocking sounds great and it is indeed one of the hottest trends in outdoor living for 2017. What is it? Colour blocking is the art of layering or pairing two or more solid colours together. Traditionally used in the fashion industry, colour blocking is being taken outside as one of the hottest outdoor trends of the year. Often homeowners reserve their most dramatic decor ideas for the outside. Colour blocking can be used with outdoor fabrics, dinner wear, and umbrellas. Colour blocking can also be implemented in your outdoor gardening endeavours.
Here’s another stumper. One of the hottest outdoor trends of 2017 is hyperlocalism. This term will have you planting, purchasing and essentially sourcing all your outdoor needs strictly from within your own community. Visit your local nursery, pool shop, hardware store, decking company and patio furniture store right in your backyard. Shopping local can take on a whole new meaning when you choose to implement hyperlocalism.
Mix and Match
Mix and match furniture is a new trend and also happens to be one of the hottest outdoor trends for 2017. Shabby chic can be translated to your outdoor space by picking out your outdoor furniture one piece at a time. Mixing and matching with your personal style in mind will create a unique outdoor space that is both comfortable and appealing to the eye. This is particularly good news for those of us who enjoy a good yard sale or thrift store.
If you’re going to plant a garden anyway, why not make is delicious. Edible gardens are gaining popularity and this year, these edible gardens are among the hottest outdoor trends of 2017. Consider planting with your diet in mind. Important to remember is that many fruits and vegetables, flower and look just as beautiful as many other annuals. Container gardening on a deck or patio can mean a fresh salad to go along with that barbecue.
Water features are the mainstay in any creative outdoor space. With the benefit of solar energy and lighting, water features have become more accessible to the average homeowner who wants to add a little zen to their outdoor space. This year’s final hottest outdoor trend of 2017 is one that will have the neighbours talking. Whether it’s a koi pond or a waterfall, water will add to the ambiance of any space like no other feature can. Consider combining two or more of these trends in 2017. You will find your outdoor space refreshed and on point for the season. Many of these options will add little or nothing to the budget and the benefit will be something you can carry forward year after year. With a little imagination, the hottest outdoor trends of 2017 can be yours this year.
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 to your deck. All wood decking will eventually provide you with all three. Unless you enjoy spending time cleaning, sealing and/staining your deck on a regular basis, low maintenance decking is the way to go.
A hot deck can mean an uncomfortable walk to the pool. Nobody wants burned tootsies. Consider a decking product that has cooling properties built right in. Also, understand that a darker colour is going to heat up and stay hot more so than it’s lighter counterpart. If your deck doesn’t already have a degree of shade you might want to invest in a structure that will provide this kind of protection from the elements. An awning will keep both your deck surface and those toes cool.
If you are not a fan of rust or stains, you will want to invest in stainless steel hardware for your deck installation. Especially important if you own a salt water pool. Salt can wreak havoc on metal. Also, choose a low-maintenance decking product that is made of vinyl. Though many other decking materials are known for their strain resistance, nothing beats vinyl with it comes to clean up. Grease, blood, food and even red wine will mop up easily with a little dish soap.
If warping and rotting is one of your pet peeves, you’ve likely experienced one or both of these in the past. To eliminate this problem in the future, choose a low-maintenance decking product that is heavier than it’s counterpart. Most wood decks are at risk for these problems. Low-maintenance deck products provide a warranty that ensures, when installed properly, your deck won’t warp or break.
If fading is a pet peeve of yours, you are in luck. Many low-maintenance decking has a fade and stain warranty. While everything fades a bit when exposed to the hot sun for any period of time, many low maintenance deck products won’t fade enough for the human eye to even notice a difference. Also, these products will be warrantied against stains. Low-maintenance decking is known for it’s resistance to stains and will no doubt save you time and money in the long run.
These top decking pet peeves will be addressed when you take the time to enlist The Professionals with your needs and your worries. There is just the right decking product out there for you.
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 principle remains the same.
Head office opened in Flamborough in June 1987 and remains there today. While the office was situated in the basement of the house where Jacques and his growing family lived, it now occupies every room of the house and business has spilled over to the sales office located on the same property. It is here that customers come to see all that Hickory Dickory Decks has to offer.
The lumber yard, built in 1987 was located in the rear of the property on highway #5 but was soon relocated to its existing home on Ofield Rd. In 1997, Jacques began franchising Hickory Dickory Decks and is presently represented in 65 cities across North America. Together they have built more than $25,000 low maintenance decks.
Hickory Dickory Decks is the largest decking company in the world, not to be outdone by Jacques’ large family. Over the years Jacques met and married his wife, Sue. They have seven children and vow they are done. Jacques’ only interest in growth continues to lie with his other baby, Hickory Dickory Decks.
One thing that remains the same here at Hickory Dickory Decks is the quality and value of the work they do. Jeremy has been with the company for more than 25 years. He is one of many long-term carpenters working with the company. Not much else has been without change over the last 30 years.
A showroom has been built where customers can come and shop products, making deck decisions a whole lot easier and fun. While 85 percent of all decks built by Hickory Dickory Decks are low-maintenance, 30 years ago, the majority of projects were still made of pressure treated or cedar wood.
Throughout the years, Jacques has found countless ways to give back to his community. For more than 18 years, Hickory Dickory Decks has been raising money through their annual charity golf tournament. Just like the company, the tournament has grown. Last year saw 216 golfers and more than 250 involved. The 2016 Golf Classic raised more than $50,000.
We think a 30 year anniversary is a great time to blow our own horn. Toot Toot.
Thanks to technology, we are no longer the only smart ones in our home. With smartphones, smart televisions and smart watches, there is no reason why your deck and entire outdoor space can’t enjoy this kind of technology as well. Being smart in the technical sense takes a whole lot more than an education and a big brain. There are many ways we can add that smart factor to our decks, patios, gardens, pools and more.
Wireless technology has come a long way in the last 10 years. Good wireless technology is no longer reserved for those pricey brands. Through wireless technology, your favourite playlist can be enjoyed outside on your deck. No more running cords and speakers through the screen door. You can even enjoy a good horseshoe game with your favourite tunes. Wireless technology doesn’t just bring your karaoke game outside. There are wireless speakers out there that have wireless charging technology, ensuring your smart phone stays smart and awake.
Consider a “smart” meat thermometer. This handy little device will take the guessing game from barbecuing. The smart thermometer will have your smartphone alerting you when your food has reached the desired temperature. The smart thermometer ensures all your guests enjoy their steak done their way.
Smart irrigation makes the job of watering lawns and gardens easier than ever. With cost, conservation and convenience in mind, a smart sprinkler system might be right for you. Whether you are retrofitting an existing system or have been considering an irrigation system for your property, smart is the way to go. Many smart irrigation systems are simple to use. By simply inputting some information such as plant/soil type, postal code and number of watering days, your smart system will take care of the rest. The ability of your smart irrigation system to know when and how much to water, can save time, money and water.
Smart lighting will also save you both time and money as well. For lighting to do its job, whether it be mood lighting or functionality, it needs to be managed in a way that makes your investment effective. Lights can’t work if they aren’t on at the right times. There’s an app for that. Your deck and patio lights, along with any garden lighting can be turned on and off with your smartphone from anywhere. In the past, programming was the hottest function. Now dimming and mood lighting can be at your fingertips with smart lighting. Don’t forget about solar powered lighting. This has taken the budget from the hydro bill to the actual lighting investment. The consumer can now bring more light in, without the worry of increasing an already large electricity bill.
Grass cutting and pool safety have also gone smart. Why not invest in a robot to cut the grass. Just like a robotic vacuum, this latest technology will make grass cutting effortless. It can be programmed to cut the grass prior to coming home from work. For many, this would be a dream come true. Linked to any smartphone, you can check up on your robot to ensure the job is getting done. Way more reliable than the typical teenager.
Pool alarms have been around for some time now. Their technology has gotten more sensitive over time, making them more reliable and accurate. Now your pool alarm can be turned on and off with your smartphone from anywhere. You can also be alerted through your smartphone when the pool alarm is activated and you won’t find yourself leaving a dinner date for every drowning leaf that enters your pool.
Taking the latest technology to your outdoor space is an effective way to make that outdoor space even more comfortable. Besides, who wants to work during the spring and summer. With a smartphone in hand, all your amenities will be right at your fingerprints.
Perhaps you have the technology already and are in need of a deck. For the best decks in Canada, contact Hickory Dickory Decks today.
You’ve got that one person that’s hard to buy for. That one person might be yourself or your spouse. How about a new deck for this person?
As extravagant as it might seem, a new deck can make all the difference in the world of someone you love.
If you’re the kind of husband that finds yourself scouring the malls on Christmas eve and enduring all that comes from leaving your shopping to the last minute, consider buying your spouse that much needed deck. A fall or even winter build can save you money. Booking off-season can get you a better price and afford you the time to consider designs, accessories and add-ons. Choosing to give the gift of decking will also give you more time to pay for that gift. A deposit on a new deck will afford you more time throughout the winter to save up for the remainder of the cost.
Choosing a deck as a Christmas gift will do doubt save your summer when it rolls around. Having all the details hammered out before the warm months will save you time. With the booking of a new deck project in the off-season, you can ensure that even if your new deck isn’t built in the winter, that it is the first one to break ground come spring. Having your property under construction during the summer months will cut into your enjoyment of the season. When you unwrap that shiny new deck on Christmas morning, you will find yourself enjoying those warm early spring days long before the kids are out of school.
Building a deck in the winter can have its challenges but nothing that can’t be worked around. Shorter daylight hours along with inclement weather can slow your project down but if you’re not in a hurry to lay out on the deck in the middle of winter, these delays won’t affect your eventual enjoyment of that perfect Christmas gift.
Unwrap a new deck this year. After all, there are only so many ties and small appliances you can own. A new deck will be the gift that keeps on giving.
What a night! This year’s Santa Claus parade in Flamborough did not disappoint. Hickory Dickory Decks wouldn’t have missed it for the world. In fact, it’s Dexter’s favourite time of the year.
After the hustle and bustle of a busy deck season, the guys and gals over at world headquarters really get into the Christmas spirit and can’t think a better way to kick off the holiday season.
The theme for this year’s Flamborough Santa Claus parade was “light the way,” and of course Hickory Dickory Decks theme was, “deck the halls.”
Though Santa was the highlight of the parade for many, this year’s parade was far from a one-man show. The “loonie” volunteers were out in full force again this year, collecting your donations. These offerings are imperative. Each parade costs, on average, $35,000 a year to run. Along with the loonie collection, the Helping Hands Mission was once again collecting socks for Santa. Not that Santa needs socks, but I’m sure he’s capable of finding good homes for all those donations.
It’s the volunteers that make the parade a reality and this year’s parade had 75 volunteers doing their magic. Way to go, community! There were 65 entries and 14 bands, ensuring there was lots to see this year. With rain just prior to the parade, it was a small miracle when the weather cleared just in time for the start of the parade.
Celebrity judges were on hand to give out awards to a few of those who raised the bar this year.
Winners of the 2016 Flamborough Santa Claus parade were as follows:
Best Performance by a group: The Dream Centre
The judges also awarded Rising Star and Browns Martial Arts with their own personal accolades for very creative entries.
Best Christmas Spirit: 3rd Waterdown Scouts and Waterdown Dancers Inc. in a tie.
Best Overall Effort: Dancemakerz with Mike’s Landscaping and Great Lakes Tree Service Ltd. close behind
The 2016 Appeal Factor: Bill’s Auto and Waterloo Regional Kart Club
2016 Honourable Mentions: Carlisle Girls Guides and Cascata Bistro (and their cyclists)
Community favourite for the Band: Alexander Marching Coyotes
Out of Thousands of Emails; The Dream Centre received the most votes, followed by Dancermakerz in 2nd place, the new entry of the Hamilton Hoppers was 3rd, The Dutch Mill was 4th and rounding out the top 5… YFC!!
It was great to see past winners like Hickory Dickory Decks giving others a chance at the podium.
Let’s not forget about all those letters brought by our little ones for Santa. A donation team was on a hand to collect this year’s letters and made sure that Santa didn’t go back to the North Pole without every single one of them.
Hickory Dickory Decks looks forward to the 2017 Flamborough Santa Claus Parade. Do you think we need more lights?
You’ve heard the pros and cons for low maintenance decking but exactly why it is considered superior to wood often remains unclear. Your typical wood deck can’t be compared to its counterpart. Composite decking is everything wood decking can’t be and here’s why.
70 years ago, Dr. Karl Wolman invented the process of infusing preservatives into wood products. Initially when pressure treated wood hit the market the chemicals used were considered very toxic. As of late a more gentle preservative is being used. Amine copper quat and copper azole are presently used to pressure treat wood. These are mostly considered safer because of the human body’s inability to absorb these poisons. Will the chemicals be less hazardous in the long run is any body’s guess. These new chemicals are less toxic but also less effective in preserving the wood. The bulk of wood used in a decking application is pressure treated. This chemical process forces a chemical cocktail into the wood in an effort to preserve and protect it. In the past, all pressure treated wood had a green hue to it. However now, brown is the new green and made to look more like cedar. When exposed to moisture and extreme temperatures both can become volatile even though these chemicals make this pine wood resistant to rot and insects.
While pressure-treated wood remains a good choice for many applications, the beating that decks endure because of its exposure makes it a poor choice for any horizontal project. No chemical treatment stands a chance against the harsh conditions of a Canadian winter.
Reduced Life Expectancy
Your typical wood deck will stop looking it’s best the year it is installed. After five years, splinters will become a common experience, and after 10 years cracks are likely to occur. After 15 years you will find yourself with a rotting deck and the need to replace at least the surface. There are a number of factors that will affect the lifespan of your deck.
- Proximity to the ground: The closer to the ground, the closer to moisture your deck will be and once moisture penetrates the wood, it’s a losing battle.
- Coating: If you spend time and money every year staining and restraining, sanding, and painting you may increase the lifespan of your wood deck.
- The quality of the wood: Speak to your lumber supply company about the quality of wood they can provide. All wood decks are not created equal.
- Location: Just like us, your deck does not like extreme conditions. Heat, moisture, and frost will all get into your typical wood deck eventually. Besides the unlikely event of a fire, the weather will no doubt be the cause of your wood decks demise.
A new deck is an investment into your home. It will no doubt increase the square footage of you living space. Having to replace that square footage will be costly and if you choose a wood deck, a replacement will most certainly be in your future. While some exotic woods are comparable to low maintenance decking in initial cost, their life expectancy remains lower. A low-quality pressure treated wood will need replacing, on average, after 15 years.
While the upfront cost of a wood deck can be considerably less, you can double that price tag with the cost of maintenance and replacement. Like many things in life, you get what you pay for.
If you don’t mind spending a good percentage of your already short summer doing hard labour, then a wood deck is for you. Many homeowners looking to purchase a new deck, opt in for low maintenance decking for this reason alone. A wood deck will need TLC for the entirety of its life. Costing you money and your precious time. Because of the porous nature of wood, moisture will be your enemy. Sanding will become a common practice and if you’ve chosen to stain or paint your wood deck, reapplication is in your future. All this maintenance will have you working on your deck for a good chunk of the warmer months, when you should be on your deck, enjoying it.
Many times a wood deck has been considered something that needs removing by prospective buyers. The decking industry has been revolutionized by low maintenance decking and the standard for decking has reached a new level. A wood deck that is in disrepair can be considered worse than having no deck at all. The cost of removing a wood deck can serve as a deterrent to homebuyers and can be a liability to you as a homeowner when it comes time to sell. Just as a great deck can increase your property value and saleability, a deck in disrepair can decrease the market value of your home.
Consider the length of time you plan to be in your home. Anything less than five years may call for less of an investment. The wood deck does have a place in the decking industry but you don’t want any home improvement that will have to be done twice. The bigger price tag to install a low maintenance deck now will almost always pay off in the future.
Hickory Dickory Decks is the leader in composite and low maintenance decking. So if you’re ready to install an attractive, low maintenance dream deck for your home, contact us today and our deck professionals will get you started.
When you think of a pavilion you might envision sitting in a park during a rainy family reunion but the protection of a pavilion can be right in your own backyard. While deciding the kind of shelter that best suits your needs, consider your very own personal pavilion.
Backyard pavilions generally are stand alone shelters, independent of your home. They can be small garden buildings similar to a summer house or a kiosk. Unlike many other shelter options, backyard pavilions give flexibility to their location. You may very well choose to locate your pavilion against the house, but pavilions can provide shelter for just about any other area of the backyard. Pavilions serve a great purpose near water and you don’t have to live near a lake. A well-appointed pavilion will most certainly come in handy near a swimming pool. Other places a pavilion can add functionality to a space are:
Backyard pavilions will provide protection for those long soaks in a hot tub. A well-appointed pavilion over a hot tub will most certainly provide shelter from the elements, but also encourage a higher level of privacy.
With enough room, you might consider placing a pavilion in the middle of your outdoor space. A pavilion that is decorated and furnished can be a visual asset to any property.
Under that hot spot
Do you have an area in your backyard that could fry an egg? A pavilion could make that space usable again, increasing both your enjoyment and the square footage of your backyard.
Backyard pavilions are generally made of wood or vinyl. The choice will be yours to make. Pavilions come in kits or can be custom built. Identifying the function of your pavilion will help to determine the budget and design. Getting several estimates from qualified contractors will help you to narrow down your options and align them with the pavilion that suits you and your outdoor space the best.
Pavilions are great for eating under, playing cards, and just plain relaxing. The pavilion is to a backyard, what the porch is to the front of the house. Providing the opportunity to enjoy those warm summer days without the rain and heavy sun, your pavilion will soon become the focal point for your space or be tucked away in a quiet corner. The choice is yours.
With the investment of a pavilion, comes that authentic picnic experience. The kind of feeling that comes from a family reunion, but without all that family. Have more questions regarding backyard pavilions before deciding on owning one? Contact us today and our team of experts at Hickory Dickory Decks will be ready to help.