Tips and Ideas from a Toronto Building Pro

17
Dec 2015

Dress Your Deck for Success with Trex

By Rosario Ungaro

Trex railing with Deck lightingImagine… There are two distinguished gentlemen standing side-by-side. Both are wearing dark blue suits and similar-looking ties. Yet, you know immediately one looks better than the other. You can't put your finger on it. The suits, to your layperson's eye, look the same. The gentlemen are equally distinguished. What's the difference? 

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16
Oct 2014

NyloDeck by NyloBoard—we've taken a closer look and like what we see

By Rosario Ungaro

In our Blog Post of February 12, 2013, "Green decking products featured at the International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas" we wrote about NyloDeck by NyloBoard. We've had a chance to look at it a little more closely and we really like what we see. 

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28
Jul 2014

Deck and outdoor lighting has a transformative effect on your outdoor space.

By Rosario Ungaro

Deck Project by BenchmarkOutdoor lighting changes the ordinary into the extraordinary. 

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26
May 2014

Seven Hot Deck and Backyard Design Trends for 2014

By Rosario Ungaro

Composites decking is a current trend.I was curious to see whether what I was recommending and suggesting to my clients as the current trends for 2014 matched what my colleagues were saying. The great thing about the Internet is that it was really easy to find out. Within minutes I was able to find out that I was at—or even ahead of—the curve. 

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19
Mar 2014

Pergola and Arbour Kits for DIY Enthusiasts

By Rosario Ungaro

Pergola KitWhether you hire a professional builder to custom-design a pergola or arbour that ideally suits your unique space, or whether you decide to build one yourself from a DIY kit, an arbour or pergola can add a wonderful aesthetic dimension to your property as well as extend its usability.  

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30
Mar 2013

Decking product keeps you dry and makes you look good too!

By Rosario Ungaro

Category: Building Material—Exterior Surfaces—Under surface of deck 

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18
Mar 2013

Switching from cedar to a low-maintenance deck—a Toronto case study

By Rosario Ungaro

The original cedar deckFifteen years ago Pat and Bob decided to have a new deck built in their back yard. They looked forward to listening to the cardinals as they sipped their weekend morning coffee. They also looked forward to enjoying a barbecue as the plane trails above gave hints of people flying off to faraway places. The new deck was going to be great for their family’s enjoyment as well as for entertaining friends. In lots ways it lived up to what they expected. In some ways it did not. 

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12
Feb 2013

Green decking products featured at the International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas

By Rosario Ungaro

The finished look of NyloDeckLast week I got back from the International Builder’s Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was my first time to Las Vegas—WOW, what a town. It was also my first time at the International Builder’s Show—WOW, what a show. 

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23
Jan 2013

When choosing deck-building materials, choose wisely

By Rosario Ungaro

In my last post I talked about the various choices you have to consider when building a new deck and introduced you to 3D design and being able to take a virtual tour of your deck. 

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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.

Regards,

Rosario Ungaro
President
Benchmark Building Services Inc.

Rosario

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