1) Recent Project – Kitchener
We received a call from a Kitchener customer to tear out their old weather-beaten deck and replace it with a new low maintenance deck. The current deck was in bad shape and not built on a solid structural base. The new deck was going to be larger and the customer wanted nothing to do with painting or staining a deck. The last coating of stain looked good for a year and it needed more work this year. Everyone is too busy to spend 20-40 hours refinishing their deck and railings.
After a home consultation with the customer, we recommended Azek Brownstone deck material with low maintenance and a lifetime warranty against fading, discolouration or chalking. Azek has proven technology and has been in the cellular PVC/vinyl deck board business for a long time. Azek has many colour options and the Brownstone suited our customer’s house colour. We completed a design with our software.
Blue Dog Exteriors got the go ahead. Most of the time we are not the lowest price but our customers have confidence in us after they see how thorough and professional we are throughout the process. Many salespeople do not know the technical details on the products and some salespeople look out for their own interests. Going to a big box store and talking to someone that sells 10,000 different stock items isn’t generally a good idea if you want something custom built. Also, many contractors don’t have the proper experience, products, insurance or liability coverage. During these tough economic times, everybody wants to save a buck but the risks are not worth it if you plan to have it for the long term. We get a number of phone calls every season on installations that went bad and the company/contractor isn’t returning calls. So, please ensure that you deal with a reputable company for all your requirements.
We finished the deck but the customer plans to do the railing this year after some landscaping around the deck is completed.