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Trusted Saskatoon contractor expert share a Tip on Decks


Things to Consider Before Tackling a Deck Project in your yard

Building a deck is an easy way to create a usable, comfortable outdoor living space for you and your family. Wether you are dining and cooking in the fresh air, sunbathing in your lounger or resting in the shade of a Summer awning enjoying the seet smells of Summer, a deck project delivers enormous value and enjoyment practically all year round.Add a  fire pit and you can even enjoy time on yourdeck long into Fall. Enjoy Winter by brushing a path way to your hot tub on the deck and cool off like Scandinavians by using the snow. Lets face it, Summer just isn’t the same without fun on a backyard deck. Be cautious however, as building a deck the right way is important.

Here we share a few tips on making the most of that deck ( and avoiding the pit falls too!!)

 

1) Traffic on the deck

You deck is really an outside area of your home . Consider where it directs you into the backyard, and we always think it's a great idea to design your deck with stairs and even railings ( for safety!) , but do go for a open feel that doesn't block that lovely view or the access routes in your yard. A multi level deck looks amazing and really creates al fresco 'mini-rooms', that can be used for different purposes....ensure you think carefully about the size of the areas required so it is really useable space.

 

2) Think about maintenance

Composite and vinyl deck products are fashionable right now – and there are  many great reasons for this. If you had a deck that didn't require staining or additional protection then the appeal is very easy to see! Composite deck products do JUST that, although they do cost sometimes double your common treated wood. Cedar is naturally resistant to rot and termites, but over time it will fade to an ugly gray if not treated and stained on an annual or bi annual basis ( dependant on weather and traffic flow). Treated lumber is chemically altered to resist rotting and pest damage, and doesn't need to be further treated unless you want a different look/ color. Whichever material you choose, be sure that it compliments that rest of the house and yard area, and that you consider how much TIME you have to maintain it!  

3) Do you want shade?

You should plan to have at least one area of shade on the deck, for you and your guests to escape the hot Sun we get in Saskatchewan Summertime. Wether you decide on a roof over a portion of the deck, or perhaps a motorised or manually retractable awning be sure to make it big enough for a few poeple to sit under comfortably. Another option is a gazebo which you can hang with fabric and netting, keeping those pesky bugs out when you want to enjoy the warm evenings on your deck without getting bitten to death...they also serve as great dining areas!   

 

 

4) Building codes really DO matter

Always apply for a building permit when building a deck is very important, or you may end up having to tear it down !!The permiot process will ensure that the construction of your deck follows the local building codes,   which are meant to protect your family. You certainly don't want the issue of whether a building permit was attained or not to come up when you are selling your home or obtaining house insurance, so be safe and start your deck project right. Ask your Trusted contractor ( if you are using one) for advice and they should be able to help out!

 



 

 

Trusted Saskatoon .com Brags about Dexteriors your Saskatoon Deck & Fencing experts

We here in Saskatchewan endure long winters and rainy springs all for the purpose of enjoying our beautiful summer! We can’t wait to get outside and relax, and there is no better way than enjoying time on your deck. www.trustedsaskatoon.com  is so pleased to have Dexteriors as part of our Trusted community of businesses. Dexteriors specializes in custom built decks and exteriors….so if you can dream it, they can build it! Check out their Facebook Page here

John and Craig have established an incredible reputation in and around Saskatoon by providing families (and businesses!) with quality work on exteriors, decks, balconies and more. Here are some of the comments about Dexteriors from their very happy clients:

“I recommended Dexteriors to a personal friend of mine who was unhappy with the work another contractor had done for him…. Everything was completed as promised. John does great work, and I recommend him quite frequently.”

“I have been working with John for at least 4 years now, and as a business person in the housing industry we use Dexteriors for all of our vinyl decks and railings. He is a good contractor and a good person, and I have always been more than satisfied with the work done. Also, anything that might be an issue is taken care of. I recommend Dexterios to both colleagues and friends.”

 “Not only is John a very skilled tradesman with a great reputation, his phone works both ways – incoming and outgoing…. The guys at Dexteriors are just great guys, and I feel very comfortable recommending them.”

 

Dexteriors knows that in our busy lifestyles, home owners should be offered maintenance free exterior products that do not require painting and staining to protect the product from rigors of Mother Nature. That is why they offer products made of Vinyl or Aluminum in addition to tradional lumber. Both vinyl and aluminum have their own unique features that will provide an aesthetically pleasing finish that will not require any coatings or other coverings to protect the surface. The Vinyl products have color fastness that will resist ultra violet attack from harmful rays from the sun. The aluminum products are powder coated which offers a wide variety of color and a long lasting color finish of 20 to 25 years. Imagine! All of the comfort and function without the work!

Dexteriors also offers a wide selection of Vinyl Casement, Slider, Bay and other custom fit, Low E Argon filled windows, as well as vinyl siding, so however large your project is, they can work with you to complete your vision. If a beautiful outdoor living space is on your wish list, give Dexteriors a call and discover just how pleasant your own backyard can be!

See their banner ad on the home page of www.trustedsaskatoon.com or go to their Facebook page here

 

Trusted Saskatoon Renovations expert share a Tip on Fencing do's and dont's

TRUSTED SASKATOON RENOVATION EXPERTS and are waiting to help you with all your home renovation projects.

Building Fences: Helping You Decide to 'Do It Yourself' ... or not!

 

Question: What if I'm undecided between building a fence myself or hiring a professional?

If you're undecided between building a fence yourself or having a professional installation, be aware that it is not an all-or-nothing proposition....

Answer: You can also mix and match between building a fence the do-it-yourself way and hiring professionals to help you. The most difficult part of building a fence is setting the posts in the ground properly. But you could have the posts erected by a professional, then finish off the project yourself. Prefabricated units can be purchased at home improvement centers. These units are then trimmed to width and secured between the posts. In some cases, brackets are used that make installing the prefabricated units even easier. This compromise between building fences yourself and opting for complete professional installation saves you money. It saves you aggravation, too, since you're having the pros handle the most aggravating part of fence building (erecting the posts).

 

Question: What's the big deal about setting fence posts?

Sounds easy enough. Anyone who has ever tried setting fence posts in the ground properly can appreciate the challenge involved. We need to take a closer look at how to do the job properly....

Answer: Setting fence posts so that they're plumb and evenly spaced is part of the challenge. But surprisingly, even digging holes and filling them with concrete is fraught with difficulties. The problem begins with the shape our holes normally take. The top of the average hole that you dig is bound to be wider than the bottom, since you have easier access to the top portion. The result is a V-shaped hole. Novices anticipate no problem in setting fence posts in such holes, then filling the holes up with concrete. But when you fill those V-shaped holes with concrete, you end up with V-shaped hunks of concrete. And in areas subject to frost heaves, this can be an invitation to trouble down the road. The trouble begins when frost starts to heave your concrete upwards, using the tops of those V-shaped concrete footings to grip them (since the tops form a lip). Dirt then slips in beneath the concrete. Your fencing is raised as a result.

The process is then repeated next winter, raising your fencing a bit further. And so on. Eventually, your concrete footings will be significantly elevated beyond where they should be, resulting in instability. Of course, such movement will never occur evenly along the whole course of your fencing, resulting in yet another problem: your fencing will no longer be level.

If you're still intent on setting fence posts yourself, rather than having a professional do it, the key is in filling the hole only halfway up with concrete. Even though it seems this would result in less stability, this is not the case. Instead, you're depriving Jack Frost of a lip he can use to get a tighter grip on the concrete footing. After the concrete sets, fill up the rest of your hole with your excavated soil (or gravel in damp areas), and tamp it down firmly. Another alternative is to buy one of those cylindrical concrete forms, available at home improvement stores. [Source: Lawrence Winterburn (GardenStructure.com).]

 

 

A incorrectly set fence post lifted and warped by Frost!

 

Find great deck builders on the Saskatoon Directory- they are Trusted Saskatoon Renovation & Design Experts!

 

Trusted Saskatoon Roofing Contractor 3 'N 1 Construction steps up to SAVE THE DAY after local family Ripped Off by Saskatoon Roofer

Why should you choose a Trusted Business?

WHY can Trusted Partners can be Trusted and what kind of businesses do Trusted promote and endorse on our directories...here is a fine example of one of our Trusted Saskatoon Roofers and Contractors.  

The day 3 'n 1 Construction saved the day  

FRIENDLY, SINCERE AND HONEST ..DONE BY THE BOOK ..that's what it says on the card of Ken Eade ...the owner of 3'n 1 construction and this truly is the philosophy he lives and does business by....This is why when he heard a sad story about a local woman Lorraine Denie, via a friend,  who had been Ripped Off by a  ' Con Man Saskatoon Roofer ' he felt he had to call her to get the full story and to see if he could in some way help....

Ken spoke to Lorraine and she told him that she had gotten a quote for new shingles on her modest East side Saskatoon home from the owner of a company called ' Saviour Roofing', the man asked for a sizeable deposit to pay for all materials ..and as he portrayed himself very convincingly as an honest Church going family man, Lorraine didn't hesitate in Trusting him and handed over the money....

He never came back..the cell number had been disconnected and when she checked afterwards, the company was not registered..her Saskatoon Roofer was a Con Man and had disappeared along with her money ...she was devasted..emotionally and financially....he later called to say that her had spent her money on his addiction and the work wouldn't be happening... BEWARE this happens MORE than you think!!!

After hearing this sad tale, Ken was moved into action..he immediately called his 3 'n1 Construction Team together, and after hearing the story all of them didn't think twice about offering their services for a day without pay to cover the labour costs on the roofing work. Ken is so proud that his team made the decision to take a day away from their familys and their own recreation time to help Lorraine and her family in a time of need. ..

Ken then approached his suppliers KENROC Building Materials, hoping they might be interested in donating some supplies  .... Kenroc  did more than that, after hearing the story and sharing it with Head Office in Regina, they quickly got back to Ken to tell him they would use their Community fund to donate EVERYTHING required to do the job, for FREE  to help Lorraine out! They really appreciated Ken giving them the opportunity to be involved , and it is clear,  like Ken they stand for Integrity and commit to Honest business practices

KENROC as they deliver all the materials and supplies to Lorraine !!! 

Ken called Lorraine to tell her the good news and she simply couldn't believe it!!! From a bad experience with a con man contractor that ripped her off and left her devastated ..to being approached by a caring stranger Ken and his equally caring supplier who ended up coming to her families rescue ...for no other motivation than just wanting to help her out and put things right! Matt from KENROC and Ken came down to meet Lorraine Today ( 30th May..how fitting that it is the www.trustedsaskatoon.com 1st anniversary )

Ken called Trusted to share the story with us earlier this week, and to see if we could help get the word out that ' con men ' were out there in Saskatoon doing this to people...we are so proud of him and his kind heart, and we asked if we could help  out in anyway ..but it seems he and Kenroc had everything covered as far as the re-roofing was going...so what else could we do we wondered ? 

Knowing that the emotional stress of being ripped off is almost always worse than the financial pain ..we contacted Melissa Hamilton, one of our Trusted Spa Partners, owner of Edgewater Spa and Spa Ahava , and told her the story ..Melissa was shocked and genuinely concernd for Lorraines wellbeing and we didn't have to ask for a thing ..she offered to give Lorraine a Gift Certificate so she could have some relaxation and destressing ' Lorraine time' after her recent tough time! Way to go Melissa- you ROCK!  

WOW what a Great TRIO of businesses....what a great ending to what started off as an horrific tale...

If you see Ken and the 3 'n 1 team give them the Thumbs up...same to Kenroc and Edgewater Spa ..you deserve all the kudos you are going to get because of your kind and selfless actions..you've certainly made our day at Trusted ..and many other peoples too I am sure!!!!  

 

their story was also covered on Newstalk 650 ..they came down after we shared the story with them...so they can help get the news out to everyone!

See the video for an interview with  Lorraine , Ken and Matt from Kenroc.... Thumbs up to all!! 

  

Stay Trusted my friends..SAFE AND TRUSTED SASKATOON

 

Heres the Amazing and Trusted 3'n1 team ..way to go!!!

 

Several Local Trusted Experts provide Trusted Tips to a Trusted Facebook Fan question.

Trusted Saskatoon asked our Facebook Fans a question..

Sick of being Ripped off? How can YOU help others AND win yourself? What tips would you like to have from our Trusted experts?

 Let us know and the top 3 best TIPS will be selected ..then who ever has the most likes will win a $200 Gift certificate. It always pays to be a fan of Trusted Saskatoon!

Neils Thor asked "What home improvement products are the best value for the price paid? 

Several Experts gave Neils a Tip or two..we share them all with you here

HI Neils Thor I’ve always maintained a spruce up of kitchen cabinets (either with a coat of paint or stain, or new hardware – or both) does wonders for an aged home. New paint on walls is also a very inexpensive means of sprucing up a room. ... Accessories – vases, pictures, toss cushions. There are many ways to spruce up a home for very little money. From our experience, with both home owners and real estate agents, the condition of the kitchen and bathrooms is key. The bedrooms can be a good size, the carpet in good condition, the shingles look solid etc but if the kitchen and bathrooms look “tired” it might be an instant turn off should you decide to sell your home down the road. Granite counter tops are an instant visible upgrade and any money spent in these two areas will certainly be recouped down the road. Hope this is of some help. Best of the season to all! Kevin from KTS Kitchens a Trusted Saskatoon Kitchen Expert

Paint, paint, paint. This is the least expensive, and most impact that you can get. Painting a room (or rooms) brightens & refreshes, and alters the "feel" of the entire home. Don't be afraid of color, and remember, contrast is what creates the "WOW" factor. Next - into the heart of the home....reasonably inexpensive changes ...that can be made in your kitchen that will impact the entire "feel" of the home...update your cabinetry handles and add properly positioned lighting above and/or below the upper cabinets. Adding crown and under cabinet mouldings puts a "finished" detail on every kitchen. Lastly, reface your entire kitchen. Nothing dates a home more quickly that old styled or worn cabinetry, bringing down the value of your entire home! Move your home from 1980 (or older) into this decade by updating the style of doors & drawers, changing color, and changing the function of your cabinetry ( altering drawer/door base cabinets to pots and pans drawers). Note: we spend more money on our vehicles, drive them for only a few years, and they depreciate. Your kitchen is the one room in your home that acts as an investment. Leanne Falkowsky a Trusted Saskatoon Painter

Good morning Neils. I get asked this question many times. The best value on a renovation is money spent on the kitchen and bathroom areas. As long as the renovation you want is not a high end reno where the cost overtakes the purpose of what the client wants. These 2 areas can the most expensive rooms in the home to renovate based on the products chosen and they can also be the most rewarding when the project is finished. The next area for improvement would be anything for energy efficiency to the home. With new windows, doors, exterior insulation and maintenance free products on the exterior it will give you a comfortable home with energy savings. When you look at the costs of doing an exterior renovation you have to also look at the resale value of the home. In most cases on any renovation you want to increase the comfort level to your home, they are designed to suit the needs of the individual and as there are different government grants available for energy efficiency. This also gives the home a different appeal and with the changes in products constantly you can give your home the wow factor instantly when looking from the street. The last area I would look at for renovations is the cosmetics of the interior of the home. For resale a quick paint job and some mid range flooring is a sound investment but in most cases the cosmetics are based on the individuals taste. These areas are short term as they can be changed easily. I believe that this is one area that will increase the cost of the home but not a great amount. When we design renovations we design to suit the needs of the individual. We discuss many areas of the renovations as well as budgets. If you were looking at a major renovation to a home we always have discussions as to whether you would increase the value, increase your comfort, or improve the home structurally. Each renovation you would look at for your home should be suited to your needs first! Dave Anderchek, President J.A.B.A. Construction Limited a Trusted local Contractor/ Renovation & Design

Great question Neils. Of course all renovations are good, but the renovations that will definately add value to your home are both bathroom and kitchen renos. From the perspective of selling your home bathroom and kitchen renos will help you sell your home in the shortest time possible for the highest possible selling price. The following information is from the Remax web site on tips for selling your home. “Remax knows that making your bathroom the best it can be will generate a 56% better return on investment than the average renovation”. Lloyd, Bathfitter Saskatoon..a Trusted local Bathroom Expert!

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