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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.

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Chemically Treated

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.

Costly

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.

High Maintenance

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.

Liability

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.

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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.

 

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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:

 

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Hot Tubs

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.

 

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Backyard Centerpiece

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.

 

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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.

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If you aren’t ready to hibernate for the winter and taking all your activities inside for the winter is making you blue, consider a three season room to extend your fun and loving outdoor season. While any addition to your home will increase your living space, additions have also been known to decrease bank accounts. One of the most affordable additions you can make to your home is the three season room.

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The three season room allows for an extended seasonal period while providing the kind of protection that comes with a roof. The three season room is one step ahead of the pergola and is gaining in popularity throughout the country. Unpredictable weather and changing seasons don’t have to keep you inside. A three season room can blur the lines between outside and inside. This is a good thing.

The cost of a three season room will vary dramatically, depending on what you’re looking for. The good news is, a three season room can be designed to meet all your needs. Not sure what you want in a three season room? Obtaining quotes from three to five contractors will give you an idea of not only what this home enhancement will cost but give you ideas about design and size. A three season room can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $100,000 and beyond. The sky is the limit. Speaking of the sky, keep in mind that the main focus around a three season room is to bring the outdoors, in. Consider skylights and loads of windows when determining a budget.

Other things that will affect your bottom line are:

Size

Obviously, a 12 X12 foot space won’t cost as much as a 16 X18 foot space. The decision of what size your three season room will be is going to depend on structural limitations, preferences, and budget.

Roof

What style of roof you choose for your three season room will affect the price. You may choose a simple shed style roof or something more elaborate like a gable roof. Skylights pitch, and insulation affect price as well.

Foundation

If you are adding a three season room to an already existing foundation, you can expect the price to be lower. As long as the structure is sturdy and something you can live with for a long period of time, building on an existing foundation may be the way to go. Expanding an existing foundation is an alternative to a new one as well.

Windows

It’s true that most three season rooms do not have electricity or plumbing. It’s these missing items that make three season rooms the most affordable home additions. You will, however, want air flow to go along with the protection that a three season room will bring. How many windows and what kind will affect the budget. Protection from heat and cold can be achieved without a central system, and the quality of windows you decide on will greatly affect the insulating factor of your three season room. The quality of your windows will also affect the budget.

Preparation

Building a three season room in an open space would be ideal but let’s face it, in most cases, some kind of demolition needs to take place. Hydro, gas, or other lines may need to be moved as well. All these preparations will increase any quote you get for your new three season room. Remember to call before you dig. Many municipalities offer free locates. Knowing where your gas and other lines are, are imperative to a safe dig.

Extras

If you are investing the money into an addition like a three season room, you will no doubt have plans for your new space that include fixtures, furniture, and the kind of details that will increase the budget. Unless your three season room is being used for a yoga studio, seating will be needed. Include this in your budget. Ceiling fans, plants, window treatments, decor, and flooring will also add to your new space and your bottom line. These things won’t be included in any quote you get from the contractors. It’s up to you to ensure you have a handle on these extra costs.

Choosing a three season room as an addition to your home is a great alternative to a four season room mainly because of cost. A screened three season room does not require you to dig a foundation. A three season room does not require electricity, plumbing, insulation, or heating and cooling systems. There will be no need to pay for an architect or electrician. You may even choose to do some of the finishing work yourself.

Three season rooms provide the same increase in square footage at a more affordable price. When you can’t be outside, lounging in a three season room can be the next best thing. Need more information or looking to get a quote? Contact us today. Our team of licensed carpenters and craftspeople at Hickory Dickory Decks take great pride in each project and strive to meet the standards of our valued customers.

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Did you miss the franchise expo in Toronto? No worries. Hickory Dickory Decks has the low down for you, along with all the information you’ll need to make one of the biggest decisions of your life.

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If you’re considering going into business for yourself, finding a great company to franchise with can make the decision a whole lot easier. Hickory Dickory Decks has been franchising for decades and the franchise show provided us a great opportunity to show potential franchisees what a responsible, talented franchised business looks like.

The 2016 Franchise expo did not disappoint. With more than 200 vendors, there was something for everyone. Canada’s largest “own your own business event,” displays many proven, money making businesses that are now expanding in Ontario. All the owners of these businesses were there to answer questions and got a whole lot of people excited about going into business for themselves.

With so many business owners there to shake hands, there was no shortage of options. Hickory Dickory Decks was among other successful businesses at the Toronto Franchise Expo providing the information needed to take that step.

Going into business for yourself is a huge, life-changing decision. One that can’t be taken lightly. If, after great consideration, you have come to the conclusion that the dedication and perseverance needed to experience self-employment is for you, getting the facts about what is available out there is key. The Toronto Franchise Expo fit the bill. With so many choices all under one roof, a visit to this year’s event was well worth the drive.

So why buy a franchise?

Well, buying a franchise takes some of the risk out of going into business for yourself. Buying into a proven business opportunity eliminates the hard work of building a brand. Buying into a business ensures that you are investing in a proven business model that has experienced success before you came along. Business owners can put you in touch with other franchise owners to share their experience. When you own a franchise, you will receive support and often training, all designed to help you succeed. Being a franchise owner can make the jump into self-employment just a little less scary.

Posted by & filed under Deck Ideas.

Say it ain’t over. Summer is indeed coming to an end but if your deck season ends when the kids get on that school bus, you’re doing it all wrong.

 

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Your deck is the centerpiece of your outdoor space. Centerpieces take time and money to create, so get out there, get creative, and enjoy your deck throughout the fall season. As the hot summer days dwindle and the leaves begin to fall, get the most from your investment.

Enlist some Fall Colour

Even though your colourful planters have served their purpose, they will soon meet their demise as cooler temperatures and shorter days move in. That’s no reason to give up the vibrant colour that breathes life onto your deck. A well-appointed planter or two can ground a space. Fall can provide a welcoming change of fresh and new colour. Consider replanting those pots with fall plants that will continue to supply colour to your outdoor space. Try mixing your fall mums with kale and swiss chard. This will give your planters height, colour, and texture. This combination will take you through the season and change colour throughout the cooler months, right along with those leaves. Many mums have found themselves peaking through the first snow.

Add Heat

When the sun fails to warm your deck, all is not lost. There are lots of ways to heat up your outdoor space. Getting creative will have you toasty in no time. Patio heaters have become popular for decks. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. When choosing a heater for your deck, consider the space. How much heat will you need? What kind of heat will work best for your needs? Some patio heaters double as visual effects as well. Creating a comfortable temperature on your deck even after the mercury has dropped, will keep you and your loved ones outside, longer. Consider placing some small throws over those loungers, creating a special place to read and enjoy a cocktail. Keeping the barbecue fired up throughout the fall will have you enjoying not just the colours of fall but the cuisine. An avid griller will find themselves shoveling around the barbecue once the snow flies. Your grill can add heat to your deck as well, helping to create that perfect temperature. The cooler months are ahead of us, bringing a little chill to the air but just think, no mosquitos.

Don’t pack it in

There’s no reason to let the post-summer blues take hold when there’s so much more enjoyment to be had on your deck, long after the heat of summer has left. Even if the temperature of your pool has dropped to the point where you no longer look forward to cooling off in it, consider postponing the closing of your pool. Nothing says winter like a pool with an ugly black cover on it. Your pool does a lot for the look of your deck. There is no harm in waiting a little longer to close up the pool. Planters, rugs, and furniture won’t mind a little chill either. Anything in and around your deck should remain in place until the first snow fall. Consider adding, not taking away from the look of your deck in the fall. Now is the time to change up the decor, add new, season appropriate accessories and take advantage of all the beauty fall has to offer.

Lighting

If we try our best, we can pretend that summer isn’t ending. With a warm fall and lots of outdoor activities planned for the season, denial will be ours. We can’t, however, deny the fact that sunlight is at a premium and our days are dramatically shorter. With some great lighting, we can do our best to fake it. If your deck already has lighting, you know how important it is for safety. You are also familiar with the atmosphere that good lighting can provide for you deck. Fall, with its shorter days, is the time to take advantage of any lighting you already have. It’s also a great time to consider adding more lighting to your decking. If you’re not in the market to install more permanent lighting to your deck consider other, more temporary and versatile options. Solar lights make this easy and affordable. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and price points. Patio lanterns, fairy lights, candles, and tea lights also provide a little light that can go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones outside, longer.

New found entertainment

While traditional entertainment in the summer might include, horseshoes, swimming, barbecuing and bocce, the fall should only add to this list of entertainment choices. Your deck can play host to family game night or a game of poker with the guys. If you can place a tv on your deck, catching a ball game under the stars is relaxing and unique. If you have a hot tub, fall is your season. Generally, the heat of a hot tub on the deck is more enjoyable when the air temperature isn’t rivaling the water temperature. Evenings in the fall with a drink in hand, enjoying a good soak while the sun sets, are epic.

Don’t let the end of summer be the end of good times on your deck. Use your imagination, get creative and expand your perception of what a deck can be used for. You spend good resources on the investment of a deck. Get out there and enjoy your deck this fall season. Our experts at Hickory Dickory Decks can help you prepare your deck for the fall and winter season, so you can enjoy your deck for longer. So whether you’re looking at preparing your deck for the fall, repairing your old and/or damaged deck, or shopping around to create a new deck for your backyard, contact us today and we’ll help you with all your decking needs.

Posted by & filed under Deck Builders, Wooden Decks.

You may find your dog enjoys your deck as much as you do. If you already own a pup but not a deck, now is your opportunity to Design Your Deck with your best friend in mind.

There are numerous factors that should be considered while trying to build a dog-friendly outdoor space. Your deck can be a welcoming and comfortable space for your dog.

 

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When choosing the design and materials for your new deck, most of what you love, your dog will love also. Budget is just about the only factor your pooch could care less about.

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Using nontoxic materials is a no brainier. Your dog will have more exposure to your deck materials than anyone else. Wood, paint, and stains should all be nontoxic, especially if you have a chewer on your hands. Pressure treated wood is not likely the best choice for Rover. If using a stain or paint ensure it is oil based. If your dog has an appetite for wood, there is a product on the market that can be applied to the surface of the deck and create an undesirable taste for you dog, leaving your deck intact.

Making a Deck Safe

A safe deck will have all the necessary railings. This is especially important if you are planning a high deck or multi-level deck.  Dogs are not cats and can suffer a variety of injuries because of a fall off your deck. Make sure all the posts in your railing are properly spaced, ensuring your dog can’t fit through them or even get stuck. Ensure all plants that you place on and around your new deck are pet-friendly. Speak with your veterinary about any plants you plan to use to ensure that they are not poisonous for dogs. Don’t let your deck design become an unsafe structure for your dog.

Making Your Dog Comfortable On Deck

You may find it necessary to take your dog’s comfort into account when considering your deck design. Perhaps your best friend would enjoy built-in water dishes.Your dog will be eternally grateful for a friendly water station. Consider a low-maintenance deck and one that is perhaps a lighter colour in order to keep Rover’s paws from getting burnt in the hot sun. A lighter coloured deck will be a cooler one. Provide a mat for your dog to lounge on and if space permits, a little room to play.

Although it may sound funny, it might actually help if you get down on all fours so you can see things on their level, which makes it easier to detect and solve any problems before they become a safety hazard for your dog. A well-designed deck can be comfortable and safe for everyone, even man’s best friend.

If you’ve been looking into getting a deck for your home but unsure how to go about the process, Hickory Dickory Decks is the largest deck building company in Canada and has built hundreds of decks that take pets into consideration. See if there is a Location Near Your Home or take a look at some of our Previous Work.

Posted by & filed under Dream Deck, Uncategorized.

If you’re like most, once you decide to build that dream deck, pina colodas on the lounger deck can’t come soon enough. In any busy decking season, the wait will always feel like a lifetime but with a little patience and delayed gratification, your new deck will be worth the wait.

Choosing to build in the fall, at first thought, might not seem like the optimal choice but an autumn decking project can bring loads of advantages that a spring or summer build can’t.

 

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As you swelter on that rickety old worn out deck, you’d give just about anything for that new deck today. Although it may not seem like it now, building a deck in the fall has its advantages.

Timeline.

If you’ve ever contacted a contractor of any kind in the middle of their busy season, you know that time will not be on your side. Waiting for your start date can seem like an eternity while summer whittles away. If you can delay that new deck by even a few weeks, you’ll find that your wait won’t be as long and the completion date for your new deck will be just around the corner. With a fall build, weather can be optimal, providing just the right conditions for your carpenter to get in an out in record time. You will find yourself enjoying a late season barbeque that will not only fill the belly but impress the neighbours.

Budget.

For any construction project around the house, budget is important. An autumn deck project will have your dollars going further and your new deck will thank you. Pricing of a deck that is in no hurry to be build can benefit from better pricing. Especially one that is booked well in advance. Keeping a carpentry team in business well into the cooler months can have your decking project bigger and better than you ever imagined.

More time equals better design.

Taking the time throughout the spring and summer to see what’s out there will help you design that dream deck. There is always something new in the decking industry and watching the neighbours forge ahead can put ideas in your head. This will leave you with a comprehensive idea of what exactly you want your future deck to look like. By the time the fall months roll around, carpenters and deck designers have had the opportunity to try out new products. Their education is your advantage. Many things can change in a deck design when a great visual and testimony is in place.

Better late than never.

It’s often not until you’ve spent yet another long hot summer on that wretched deck that your dream deck ideas can be ignited. If this is what it takes to get the project off the ground, then late is better than never.  Your fall deck can certainly be enjoyed during the cooler months and you’ll be thanking your foresight as spring is just around the corner.

Take advantage of all that fall has to offer you and your future deck. Whether you choose to wait till fall or you simply didn’t get around to doing something about that tired and worn out deck until now, fall remains the perfect time for that new build.

 

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Yes, it’s a thing. Hickory Dickory Decks wants nothing more than to show you just how cool and functional a grillzebo can be. If you haven’t already guessed, a grillzebo is the perfect combination of outdoor kitchen and shade structure.

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Standard gazebos come in several different sizes. 6,’8,’10,12′, etc. Any size gazebo can be designed with an outdoor kitchen in mind. If you already have a great gazebo, consider yourself halfway there. Most gazebos or indeed any shade structure can be modified to include a cooking surface. A grilling area with a roof will have you barbequing all year round. Your grillzebo may be a permanent structure with a simple canopy. Whatever style is, your preference and your budget will allow you to introduce this new addition to your outdoor space as the grillzebo. Trust us, your friends and family will be properly impressed.

 

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Grilling can be a lonely job. With a grillzebo, you can entertain and cook up those famous ribs without missing anything. You might choose a grillzebo design that doubles your existing seating or choose a design that is big enough for a barbeque and a few guests but one that can fit on your existing deck. The grillzebo keeps you in the middle of the action. Now that you’ve decided on a size and design, have a little fun choosing the accessories. Sometimes, all an existing gazebo needs to become a truly great grillzebo is the right accessories. Consider lighting. In this case, it’s not just for ambience. The right lighting will ensure safety while you grill. With your guests in such close proximity to your cooking surface,finding the right lighting is more important than ever. Some accessories add functionality to your grillzebo but also create design interest. Get creative with a wine glass rack or display shelves. Consider using low-maintenance materials so that these accessories will withstand the harsh elements of the outdoors. Gone are the days of sitting on the red cooler when seating is scarce. Consider incorporating built-in coolers that double as seating. Killing two birds with one stone is always a bonus when you’re dealing with small spaces. If you’re going to be grilling outside, won’t it be nice to have all the foodstuffs at your fingertips? The same can be said for cooking utensils. When everything else that you need is outside, having to run inside for a fork isn’t cool. Keep a great set of grilling implements on display to cement your gourmet status among all your guests. The outdoor kitchen is no longer just for the rich. With the creation of the grillzebo, everyone can enjoy the luxury. Besides, don’t we all congregate to the kitchen during a great party. Why not take it outside?

If you’re interested in getting a grillzebo of your own, or just looking for someone to build a dream deck of your own, then look no further then Canada’s largest deck building company Hickory Dickory Decks! Check for a Location Near You!

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Believe it or not, just about anything you love to grill, can be smoked. Even Ice Cream. Smoking is the hottest trend in outdoor cooking.  It’s easier than you think and tastier that you would ever imagine.

If you’re new to smoking, there are just a few things you need, to get started. Imagination is at the top of the list.

Your new smoker will cook food with less heat and more time. It uses heat generated from the smoke it creates, instead of from a fuel source. Depending on what is on the menu, your food can take between three and 12 hours to cook. Getting your hands on a smoker will likely be your first step in this new endevour. While a cedar smokehouse built in the backyard may be your best bet, most of us aren’t in the market for this commitment. Smokers can cost anywhere from $100 – $10,000. So depending on your budget, there is a smoker out there for everyone. Talk to the pros before making that purchase. They will line up your needs with the perfect smoker.

 

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Naturally, smokers primarily use wood that ignites and adds flavour to your food. Wood can be divided into three different categories:

  1. Exotic wood such as olive, and pimento
  2. Orchard wood like cherry and apple
  3. Forest wood such as cedar,maple and pecan

There are also non-wood materials that can be used to smoke. Materials such as berries, spices and charcoal. A good smoking cookbook will help you get started.

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Technique is important in a good smoke. When to add the wood, how much and what kind will all create a variety of smoke. It will depend on what you are smoking. Remember that the possibilities are unlimited. While everything can’t be grilled, virtually everything can be smoked.

This brings us to our final tip. Once you’ve made your smoker purchase, start experimenting. Start by picking your favourite foods. Pair them with the right smoke and stir your taste buds into a frenzy.  A great smoke will enhance your food, bring out new flavours and reinvent the foods that you already love. Don’t forget to try your favourite ice cream in that new smoker.  We’re not kidding. Your smoking experience is only limited to your imagination. Think outside the box, (or grill).

If you love having outdoor BBQs & smoke offs at your house, you’ll love having a deck! Check out our Deck Gallery or contact a Hickory Dickory Decks location near you.

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Your outdoor space should reflect your personality. It should also reflect your budget. While decks and pools are on the higher end when it comes to outdoor living expenses, there are loads of design elements that will have you to keep up with the trends  Let your personality shine through with some deck bling.

Bedazzling your deck might be taking it too far. Consider some of these elements to add character and functionality to your outdoor living space.

 

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Found mainly in the south, misters can certainly turn a very hot and sticky deck environment into an oasis of comfort. Misting systems and misting fans are designed to increase your enjoyment of the outdoors. Misting systems are typically made of stainless steel and are low, mid or high pressure.

 

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Warm up Bling

 

On the flip side, summer evenings in southern Ontario can drop substantially at night. If your facial hair takes on the consistency of shredded wheat due to drastically fluctuating temperatures outside, it might be time for a patio heater. Outdoor heaters can be found at just about any home improvement and hardware store. Knowing how much heat you’ll need will be the bigger question. Coverage is measured in square footage. A bigger deck may need more than one heater. Patio heaters can be propane fueled or natural gas and how many BTU’s will determine how much heat it will create? The patio heater should indicate what square footage it will cover. Simply choose which design best suits your taste and you and your loved ones will soon be toasty again.

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Deck bling may mean adding some colour.  Most decks are constructed with materials that are very neutral in colour.  Add that to the neutral tone of your house, and a little colour is likely needed. How you add that colour can be as simple as a few plants. Pots come is a variety of sizes, colours and shapes. These are easily planted and then stored for the winter. Depending what your pots are made of, they are likely very easy to clean and can be moved around. If planters are your preference,  you’ll find many varieties to choose from. Many will hang from railings and face in or out.  Be sure that your railings are strong enough to hold the weight of a planter.

 

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Fab Fabric

 

There are so many ways to incorporate fabric into your outside space. Your deck may play host to cushions that can spruce up some dated patio furniture. Outdoor fabrics have come a long way in both visual appeal and durability. There are literally thousands of outdoor fabrics out there.  Choose a colour scheme and stick with it.  Outdoor fabrics tend to have more colour and bigger patterns that their indoor counterpart. Be sure not to create a circus of colour in a space that is supposed to be calming and relaxing. Fabrics can be displayed in umbrellas, sails, rugs, tableware and awnings.

 

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Beverages with appeal

 

If reaching for a cold one means lifting the lid of that unsightly red cooler that has seen better days, your deck is likely crying out for something a little more civilized. Coolers can reflect beauty and functionality. Consider having that cooler built right into your new deck. Your standard cooler can be covered in similar or complementary materials as that of your deck. These covered coolers can double as additional seating while looking attractive instead of being an eyesore.

 

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Bring on the game

 

Why be stuck inside for the big game? Outdoor tv’s are the ultimate in deck bling. Why not bring the game outdoors with a tv on the deck. If you choose to use a regular indoor tv outside, it will need to be sealed off from the elements while still allowing it to release heat. If you are in the market for the investment, an outdoor tv can be purchased. These can be pricey but perhaps not as pricey as having to replace the tv from your living room because you’ve subjected it to a typical Canadian snow storm.

 

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Deck bling can make you outdoor space come alive. Personalized deck bling will increase enjoyment of your deck and bring a smile to your face each time you venture outdoors. Deck bling is the icing on the cake.

If you’re interested in getting a deck for your home to add deck bling to Contact Hickory Dickory Decks today!