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The Deck Store’s blog offers expert advice & tips on how to maintain your decks, from deck cleaning, deck care and maintaining decks in Canadian weather.

Is Your Deck Railing Up to Code for This Fall?

Simon Slater - Saturday, September 15, 2018


Decks can be a stylish addition to your home that not only adds value but also functionality. However, it is important to make sure your deck is up to all local building codes, not only so that you can avoid fines but so that your deck is safe for your family and friends in the colder months. No matter where you live, a common building code will be to add a deck railing. Deck railings add safety and stability to your deck. In the winter, wet and icy conditions can be a hazard for everybody by causing falls and injuries. So, it is important to make sure your railing is safe for everyone that uses it. But how do you know what type of deck railing you need for your deck and where it should be placed? Read More

How to Lay AZEK Patio Paving Stones

Simon Slater - Saturday, September 01, 2018


The weather may be getting chilly, but it's the perfect time to start thinking about installing a new patio. AZEK patio paving stones are the perfect materials to use for your project. They resist mold, mildew and moisture and come with a 30-year limited warranty, so you know you'll be able to enjoy your patio for years to come. Read More

DIY Projects for Your Leftover Composite Decking Materials

Simon Slater - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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What’s on Your Deck Materials List?

Simon Slater - Wednesday, August 01, 2018


Building a deck on your home is an excellent decision. Not only does it increase the value of your home, but it also makes use of outdoor space and gives you plenty of opportunities to enjoy time outdoors. So, once you've decided on building your deck, what's the next step? It's important to know what deck materials you'll need for your project so there won't be any surprises once you start. Read More


Choosing to install a composite deck on your home is a great decision for many reasons. A deck adds value to your home and functionality to your outdoor space. Selecting Trex composite decking, over wood, has many appealing benefits to a homeowner. Trex composite can last upwards of 30 years without ever having to be treated or refinished. It also stands up to extreme weather conditions in Edmonton without warping or cracking. The initial costs of a composite deck are higher compared to natural wood materials, but the savings increase exponentially over the life of your deck, which makes a more economical choice. However, composite decking can be more complicated to install, so it is important to use a trained Trex deck builder when installing your new composite deck. Read More


DIY projects save time and money and allow you to create something that is exactly what you want for your home. But it's important to make sure you're building your project safely. When building a deck railing for your home, there are several different things to keep in mind. Here are some helpful tips to get you started on your new deck railing. Read More

Bring the Beach to Your Backyard with Wolf Decking!

Simon Slater - Friday, June 15, 2018

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We all know that Calgary winters are tough. There are steps we take every year to protect our homes from the incoming frigid temperatures and snow. But do you protect your deck? Most of us don't even think about our backyard structures during the winter, but it's important to protect them as well. So how do we do that? By using Cutek deck stain in the summer, you can refresh your deck while giving it strong protection for the upcoming colder months. Read More

Create a Unique Backyard with AZEK Patio Paving Stones

Simon Slater - Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Warmer weather means more time outside, and more time outside means outdoor parties! It's the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor space with a new patio. With all the available materials out there, it's hard to know which ones to choose. You want to be sure you have a patio that's practical yet unique and works well with your backyard. AZEK patio paving stones make a perfect choice. Read More

Cutek Deck Stain Case Study by Brooke & Kevin in Calgary

Simon Slater - Monday, May 07, 2018

Name: Brooke & Kevin
Type of Project: Wood Retaining Wall & Fence Staining
Product: Cutek Extreme - Walnut
Location: SW Calgary
Type of Building: the remaining owner sold the bungalow to its second owners in 2009. The second owners were very into organic living and turned the front yard into an “Urban Edible Forest” with young fruit bearing shrubs and trees. However, in the process of creating the front yard “forest” they removed the original concrete retaining wall at the sidewalk and used the blocks as small tiers on the hillside. This unfortunately left the hill, composed mostly of sand, unstable and by the time we purchased the house in 2013 there was soil erosion at the bottom of the hill and the existing concrete steps had started to slump and pull away from the slope. Read More


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