Paved hardscape surfaces are an integral component of nearly all landscaping projects. With the homeowner’s desire to extend their interior living space into their yards and the ever-popular ‘staycation,’ the era of the basic paver patio has all but disappeared.
When it comes to owning a pool or hot tub, as much as spending time in the water, homeowner enjoyment comes from relaxing on deck after a swim or soak. The deck is a key part of the backyard experience, so choosing the right decking materials goes a long way toward boosting the clients’ satisfaction.
Rubber has been used as an anti-slip surface in and around wet areas for much of the past century. It is proven to be a great performer in providing excellent grip and preventing falls, which can turn nasty very quickly on hard, wet surfaces such as pool decks. The problem, however…
As pool and spa professionals know, in some cases, homeowners spend more time beside the water than in it, which means a top-notch surround provides an ideal way to enhance customer satisfaction and gain referrals. With a bit of inspiration, installers can create a poolside deck or hot tub surround that will not only thrill customers, but also have their friends and neighbours ask who the contractor was. The following are seven building tips to add life to pool and spa surrounds using composite decking.
Over the course of a one-year period, beginning on Sept. 20, 2013, Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) inspected 294 decks of which 30 failed; however, home inspectors say the number of faulty decks is much higher.
Composite materials can be easily machined and installed with standard hand and power tools as without a grain the material will not split. When using these materials, they should always be installed according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, paying close attention to maximum allowable uniform live load and member span requirements.
Concrete is one of the world’s most durable products; it has been used to create various structures for hundreds of years. From engineers to bricklayers, a variety of concrete compounds have been used for various purposes and applications over time. In fact, concrete is used more often than any other building material as it is one of the most stable materials available.