Tips and Ideas from a Toronto Building Pro

Oct 2013

Protect Your Deck and Your Investment

By Rosario Ungaro

Extend the life of your deck 

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May 2013

Passion or profit—what drives your deck-building contractor?

By Rosario Ungaro

Like everyone, I often get asked what I do for a living. I could say that I’m a builder that specializes in outdoor structures like decks, arbours, pergolas, and such. Or, I could say that I’m a carpenter with my own building company. But neither of these answers state what I really do. I make people’s lives better and I make a good living doing so. That’s the short version. 

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A word from Rosario…

Our Blog is about sharing some of what we have learned along the way. (Many contractors even call us for ideas or advice.) We hope it is informative and shows our commitment to continuous learning—something we do so we can bring the very latest and best to our customers. 

You've probably heard the phrase: 

"Some people have twenty-five years of experience. Others have one year of experience, twenty-five times over." 

If a contractor doesn't stay up-to-date on the latest building codes, trends, styles, tools, materials, and products, they'll soon find themselves in the latter category. We work hard to make sure that we are not. We regularly talk with our suppliers, go to industry trade shows, and share information and ideas with our peers to make sure that we stay on top of our game and can continue to bring you the very best in building craftsmanship and knowledge.

I welcome the opportunity to chat with you about your next building project.


Rosario Ungaro
Benchmark Building Services Inc.


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