Tips and Ideas from a Toronto Building Pro

Feb 2016

When it comes to a new deck, do you really know what you're buying?

By Rosario Ungaro

Or, Anatomy of a Well Appointed Composite Deck. Part I 

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Jan 2015

3D Virtual Tours help you envision your finished deck design

By Rosario Ungaro

It's time to start thinking about summer projects. Are you considering a new deck this summer? The winter is a great time to get your deck design done. That way, when the snow is off of the ground, you can be first in the construction schedule—leaving you the balance of the spring and summer to enjoy your new deck. 

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Feb 2013

Get more value from your deck or patio investment

By Rosario Ungaro

Let’s face it, Toronto can have challenging weather for the patio- and deck-enjoying enthusiast. We usually get to enjoy our patios and decks from May to September, and if we’re lucky, maybe a few days in March, April, and October. To make matters worse, in the precious few months we do have, many days can be rainy and others too hot to be sitting outside unprotected. 

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Jan 2013

Computer-aided deck design lets you experience your deck before it's built

By Rosario Ungaro

Building the perfect deck that will ideally suit your family's outdoor lifestyle and outdoor entertaining needs while seamlessly fitting into the physical character of your landscaping and the architectural style of your home involves a lot more than you might think. In fact, many books have been written on the subject so there is a lot more than we can cover in one post. I will, however, whet your interest with this MindMap that indicates many of the things that you have to consider. 

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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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