So you want to buy your family a new custom deck and you are wondering how to choose your composite deck builders. This article will discuss the benefits of seeing some work and talking to some customers. The buying process of decks has become a larger and more complicated decision compared to 10 years ago for a few reasons. But, the number one reason is that there is so much choice; which contractor, which products and which design?
Education is the answer, and if you want to make the right decisions, you want to get educated on the topic. Our website hickorydickorydecks.com will give you thousands of compostie deck design ideas in pictures. There is also lots of information on decking materials and links to manufacturer’s sites.
Choosing a competent composite deck builder doesn’t have to be hard. We recommend asking your family and friends for referrals of good deck contractors. For over 20 years now there has developed an entire industry that specializes in decks. The days of getting your renovation or fence contractor to build you a custom deck are gone. Go to the professionals. There are just too many products and code issues to keep up with if you only do one or two decks a year. And if you are considering composite decking there are even more considerations.
Who do you call when your toilet is broken? The plumber is the right answer for most and after getting some referrals, the web is probably the next place to look. Type “deck contractors” in google or yellowpages.ca and you will have lots of contractors to choose from. Do the basics; meet the deck contractor and see if you feel comfortable and confident in their ideas. Check for worker’s compensation, liability insurance and their answers on permits. Find design and materials that work for your family and your budget.
Go See the Work
Then go see some of their work. Lots of good things come out of seeing finished decks:
- Does the deck contractor have someone who has built something like what you require or is it going to be their first?
- What designs and products have they been using?
- Is the contractor sending you to his one happy customer, or does he have hundreds or thousands?
I would suggest seeing at least two similar projects to what you are planning. Look for the finish details of the work, like mitered corners and sanded top railings.
Talk to the Customers
The most important information will come from the customer themselves.
- Was the deck started on time, finished on time and on budget?
- Was there good communication before, during and after construction?
- How did they treat my property? Was the clean up done daily and after the deck was completed?
These are all very important factors in a great experience with your composite deck builder. I know it takes some time to do, but remember the dollars you are investing and remember the last renovation that went bad and do your homework. It isn’t complete until you see some work and talk to some customers. It will be worth it when over the years you are enjoying daily the pleasures of a great composite deck!
Thinking about getting a composite deck?
Composite decking has been around now for over 15 years—and as it matures the list of benefits of its use over wood continues to grow. No staining, no slivers, slip resistance and a real wood appearance with minimal fading are just a few.
There is one problem though—with over 100 different products on the market, how do you know which composite decking material and manufacturer to go with? You need to do a composite decking comparison and deal with a company who has worked with composite decking over the years and knows not only which the best products are to use, but how to use them. Hickory Dickory Decks, for example, has built 1,000′s of composite decks and has both the experience to know how to use these products to success.
We are a stocking dealer of the leading composite decking manufacturers including Correctdeck, Azek, Veka, Timbertech, Trex, Kodiak, Northern Composites, Crosstimbers, Dexx, Xtendex, EZ Deck, Millenium, Xxcent, Weatherdeck, and our own private brand. We also can special order any other composite deck of your choice.
Before going with any particular make you’ll want to discuss the following questions with us.
Composite Decking Comparison Questions
- Which category is best for me?
- Wood & Recycled Plastic Composites
- PVC Vinyl
- Capped Composite
- Aluminum Decking
- How resistant is it to fading?
- How resistant is it to staining?
- How likely is it to breed mold and mildew?
- Is there a warranty that protects the buyer against splitting, cracking, rotting and insect damage?
- Does it meet architectural standards? And is it approved for use in your city?
- Can it be used on stairs?
- How environmentally friendly is it?
- What maintenance is required?
- What is the cost versus others?
- Are there any known issues with it?
- Are there a variety of colours to choose from? Textures?
The manufacturers also provide some good education. Trex provides a nice Side-by-side Comparison table between Capped Composite, PVC (Vinyl), Early Generation Composite and Wood which is pretty helpful.
Make note of the cons. Early-generation composite decking, for instance, is susceptible to fading, staining, mold, mildew and scratches.
Capped composite, on the other hand, is the perfect combination of toughness and beauty in addition to being easy on the environment.
With proper product selection, used in the correct application, by an experienced low maintenance deck contractor, you will enjoy all the benefits: no staining, no slivers, no cracking, no warping, less slippery, looks great 365 days a year, and will outlast a wooden deck by 2, 3, or even 4 times.
We at Hickory Dickory Decks love building custom outdoor living environments for our customers. We use many different woods and more composite decking selection than anyone else in the deck business worldwide. The secret is to use the right material for the customer after analysis all the information and giving each customer educated choices so they can be the ultimate designer of their own custom deck.
Contact us for more information about composite decking.
NyloBoard Decking is one of the latest additions to Hickory Dickory Deck’s line up of quality low maintenance decking. NyloBoard has proven itself not only to be environmentally friendly, but also one tough customer.
On the environmental front, NyloBoard decking products are manufactured by a patented process which uses recycled carpet fibres and excludes PVC and wood in the construction of their product This means less deforestation and a decrease in the production of PVC and the harmful effects the manufacturing process and the product itself has on our fragile environment.
By using carpet fibers in the production of Nylo Board we are also reducing the cumulative effect this discarded product is having on our already over burdened land fill sites.
NyloBoard is not only environmentally friendly but it is also an extremely durable product. Given its’ unique construction , NyloBoard is resistant to moisture, rot, termites, mould and mildew. NyloBoard’s enhanced durability and performance has also been proven in one of the planet’s harshest environments ie: Harsh Ocean salt water. For years NyloBoard products have been used by the marine industry in a variety of applications by leading boat manufacturers across North America. It now is available as low maintenance decking.
When shopping for product to construct your next outdoor living environment, don’t forget to give NyloBoard your consideration. You will not only have a durable and hardy deck but you will be doing your part in helping to protects earths fragile eco system.
Colours available in order: Desert Spice, Mountain Mocha, Sadle Rose,
Newport White, Harbour Grey
Do you have a dirty deck that you’re tired of cleaning each year? We have the solution you’ve been looking for.
Here at Hickory Dickory Decks we have found that the majority of our customers are tired of wasting their days off and their spring and summer weekends cleaning and sealing their decks. With the time and effort it takes to pressure wash, scrub and apply the typical sealer, the average person decides to let it weather and leave it unprotected. We have found a solution that is both very effective in protecting your deck but also lasts for a substantial amount of time! Seal Once is a line of coating products that are water-based and contain no VOCs, toxins or irritants. The cleaning solution works great on wood, composite decking, concrete and brick to remove dirt, mold and mildew. The deck sealant provide deep penetrating protection for up ten years on vertical surfaces and six on horizontal. With over three years of experience applying the product we are still amazed by the results and protection Seal Once deck sealer provides.
Removal and Prevention of Mold/Mildew
Removal of Existing Mold/Mildew: Use New Images Coatings All Wood Cleaner. Scrub the infected area with the cleaning mixture and a scrub brush and rinse with garden hose or pressure washer no more than 1250 psi using wide fan pattern. Leave solution on concrete for 15 to 20 minutes. You can re-apply if needed.
Application of Seal-Once Deck Sealer: Once substrate is fairly dry and clean, apply two coats of Seal-Once wet on damp (do not allow to dry between coats). You should apply three coats if the wood, composite decking or concrete is aged and very porous.
Results: The mold and mildew has undoubtedly penetrated the wood, composite decking or concrete and will continue to come to the surface for some time. Seal-Once allows water vapor transmission to occur thus allowing the trapped moisture to rise to the surface. Apply another solution of water/bleach/dawn and wash mold away. Continue this until mold/mildew is gone. Do not reapply Seal-Once. No additional water will be able to penetrate from the surface because the wood, composite decking or concrete is now protected by Seal-Once. In time, the mold and mildew will dry up. This process could take several months to occur.
How do we know that Seal-Once is so safe?
Seal-Once has been tested for acute toxicity by a nationally known environmental testing organization in the United States. During application, tests were conducted in liquid form, the result – no toxicity was found. Also, when materials treated with Seal-Once are immersed in fresh or salt water, they do not leech out, or become hydrolytically unstable.
How does Seal-Once provide such great protection?
Unlike today’s market leaders, Seal-Once base materials are newly developed, environmentally stable, and safe polymers. When looked at under a microscope, these materials are much smaller and lighter than today’s market leaders. In fact, Seal-Once measures 100 times smaller than a micron, roughly equivalent to a fraction of a millionth of an inch. Consequently, when applied to a wood or concrete surface, Seal-Once permeates the external surface more deeply, thereby sealing and protecting the surface for a longer period of time.
Is Seal-Once a silicone, latex or acrylic?
Seal-Once is none of the above. Seal-Once is a deep penetrating, complex co-polymer. Others are primarily surface treatments.
How do I get the most for my money when applying a waterproofer?
Follow these four simple steps:
- Assure the surface is free of algae, mold, mildew, etc.
- Assure the surface is ready to accept a waterproofer.
- Apply when temperature is over 35°, air is dry, with no imminent rain.
- Apply the waterproofer on a surface until it rejects further treatment. That is, apply the waterproofer until it stops soaking in. Older porous wood may accept three applications before the surface voids fill up. You do not need to wait until your first application has dried. Continue to apply product while the surface is damp.
What is the difference between Seal-Once pigments and competitors’ pigments?
Seal-Once pigments are UV stable and non toxic. They have been designed to react to UV light by converting UV energy into thermal energy. Competitors’ pigments are made from organic materials. Organic materials deplete in up to 18 months as they are either washed away by the elements, or baked away by the sun. Also competitors’ pigments are toxic.
Visit http://www.seal-once.com/ for more detailed information regarding Seal-Once.
Contact Hickory Dickory Decks today to get a quote and to take advantage of our current specials available for spring booking.
Make the most out of your outdoor living space with a beautiful new composite deck from Armadillo. Armadillo Decking is available in six rich, vibrant colors, Painted Desert, Canyon Gray, Rustic Red, Tumbleweed, Foxtail and Driftwood.
Just Enjoy with Armadillo Decking!
No need to worry about splinters, and forget about staining or painting. Instead spend your time enjoying your new deck! Armadillo Decking is a new capped product from Rhino Deck. This new technology resists fading, weathering, stains, mold and mildew and has a 20 year warranty. It’s a composite board that’s fully wrapped with a polyethylene coating, reversible with a wood grain on both sides. We also offer a hidden fastening system for a fastener free surface. The time to sit back, relax and enjoy a new deck is now!
Easy on the Eyes
Composite decking has never looked better. Armadillo’s “hardshell” is permanently fused to its composite core. The unique composition of the outer layer provides better control over pigmentation, resulting in a denser, richer color, more variation and a more realistic look.
Solid or Grooved Options
Choose between Armadillo Decking Solid or Armadillo Decking Grooved.
Made from 100% Recycled Material
Armadillo Decking is made from 100% recycled material. Rhino Deck uses almost half a billion plastic containers each year in the manufacturing process. They use a proprietary mix of wood pulp and high density polyethylene plastics (HDPE), like milk jugs, detergent bottles and water bottles.
Hello, my name is Tom Jacques and I am the CEO and founder of Hickory Dickory Decks. Drew Cunningham, a good friend and our favorite Hickory Dickory photographer, and myself finally decide to write and publish our very own deck design book. After over 25 years of designing and building over 20,000 custom decks and taking pictures of 99 percent of them, we had a special problem. It wasn’t if we had enough good deck pictures for our book, but which ones to use out of thousands to choose from. Drew took this project on over the last 12 months, and in July 2013 we printed and published our own Deck Book.
The Deck Book – Inspirations
You will find many deck design ideas by browsing through the more than 400 colour photos the book contains. Please view our picture section with pictures from our book and I hope it helps motivate you to think of a remodel on a brand new deck design for your home in 2014. If you are interested we do sell the book for $25 plus shipping or you can call your local Hickory Dickory Decks designers and they can drop by for a visit and bring you a book.
Welcome to our newest website and to our new deck blog. During this Christmas season I want to suggest that some of you deck enthusiasts add a new custom built, low maintenance outdoor living space to your Santa’s wish list.
Why NOW is the Best Time to Buy a Deck
Most home owners would naturally think of starting their deck project in the spring. Going out into their backyard to spring clean and the “old deck” just doesn’t look too inviting anymore. This is perfectly okay, but everyone is doing the same so the good time spots and any winter specials will be gone. Our team at Hickory Dickory Decks are ready and willing to come visit your home this winter, even if we have to make our way to the backyard through some white stuff.
Backyard Deck Ideas
We love designing unique, custom decks and if we have more time to think and plan your deck, our backyard deck ideas will be more creative. We are also doing lots of training during the winter months so we may get two or more designers working on your deck design. We also are practicing on new design software so we can give you a 3D design to help you see exactly what your new deck will be like.
I hope that some of you deck shoppers do call us from December to March and look forward to our team at Hickory Dickory Decks helping you design a fantastic custom deck for your home for the 2014 season. Happy holidays and I hope to hear from you soon.
Happy New Year and welcome to 2014. January is the month at Hickory Dickory Decks that we advertise, interview and hire some new great carpenters / deck builders to our Hickory Dickory Decks building team.
We are now building custom decks in over 60 cities in Ontario and also in Alberta, Nova Scotia and Maine. If you are an honest, hardworking, professional carpenter with over 5 years of experience and think you have what it takes to join Canada’s largest custom deck building company, we would love to hear from you. Make sure you spend some time recovering some of your past deck projects and if you have the building skills to replicate the fine quality of our current craftspeople we would gladly accept your resume and portfolio. You can also call 1-800-263-4774 to drop by for a coffee and introduce yourself to one of our team members. Our 2014 season will start in early March and will go to late December in most areas. We have many carpenters that have been with our company for over 20 years and we have over 100 building teams throughout our system. We have an excellent reputation in the industry and are world leaders in low maintenance decking.
I thank you for taking the time to consider working at Hickory Dickory Decks and I hope to hear from you soon.