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Deck and Patios Toronto

When a simple addition and alteration is a better option than buying a new home! The addition of a hard outdoor surface, whether deck or patio, increases living space considerably, and will greatly increase the usefulness of your garden


The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team is experienced and has 26 years of experience. If you have any interest at all in spending time outdoors it really is almost as essential to a garden as plants are. A transition area between house and garden can become a part of both and can greatly extend the season when you can enjoy your garden after the hard work of gardening is done.

 

The alternatives are wooden decks or stone patios. Gravel doesn't really make a satisfactory surface to sit or play on, and while grass can be perfect for both, for much of the spring and autumn, it will probably be too wet and muddy to be pleasant to go on.

 

Hard surfaces are the most expensive form of ground cover (more so than many fitted indoor floorings), so make sure you are using all of the area usefully. Pots can be placed in corners where you are unlikely to tread, but it seems a waste to me to put them on useful parts of the patio or deck, you may have paid $50 for the area your petunias are standing on.

 

 

Position & Size

The first thought of a patio or deck is often of sitting out sunning yourself, gin & tonic in hand while contenting yourself that you are master of all you survey (well at least as far as the fence anyway). A little extra thought will give you an area that can used more frequently. Let The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team do the planning for you.

 

The obvious position for a deck or patio is usually immediately outside the patio doors or back door of the house. This is convenient for many reasons, particularly if you have small children so they feel close to the house when playing and can easily be kept an eye on. Also, if you intend to eat al fresco very often and have barbecues or parties outside, itís easier to service these if the kitchen is nearby. Bear these in mind if you are thinking of an area away from the house. The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team can show you 3D rendering of your ideas before you build.

 

As an absolute minimum 3m square (10ft x 10ft) will allow you to get a small round table and 4 chairs with a bit of elbow room. 3m x 5m (10ft x 15ft) is more realistic for a family with one or two children or a couple who like to entertain. If you go larger than this, pay more attention to how the area fits in with the rest of the garden. Is it beginning to dominate? Is privacy becoming more of an issue?

 

 

Sun, shade, shelter from wind & privacy

These are the other major considerations. Itís better to have a sunny patio than one in the shade as you can always make shade but you canít make sun!

 

Remember that sitting in direct sunshine in summer can be uncomfortably hot. Parasols can provide an elegant solution and have the advantage of being removable when the sun doesnít shine. Another solution is something to give dappled shade, a pergola with trellis as a roof, or my preference - climbers supported with wires, give a nice effect. Ideally, to extend the season of use there should be some possibility of shade in mid-summer, but not in spring and autumn when the sun is warm without being overpowering, deciduous climbers can help here.

 

Avoid most trees near your patio or deck, exceptions are those with a light open canopy such as birches (Betula spp.) and Robinia pseudoacacia ďfrisiaĒ, though be wary of these being too close to the house. Most other trees would give too dense a shade. Almost any tree planted within 1-2m will in time begin to lift your patio with its roots, decks are not affected in the same way and can be constructed around the base of existing trees.

 

Shelter from wind is also very important when sitting your deck / patio, if everywhere seems to be windy, consider erecting a pergola screen for protection. 6ft x 6ft trellis panels held up by 3Ē square posts are effective and you can plant climbers at the base of the trellis to soften the effect. Trees, a hedge, or large shrubs on the windward side of the garden can also help considerably to curb the wind. An extra 2 ft of trellis on top of a boundary fence is also very effective (and doesn't usually need the planning permission that a taller fence might).

 

Decks should really only be positioned where they are in the sun for most of the time. If too shaded, they remain wet and slippery (or at least more slippery than when dry) for longer, which will also reduce the life of the wood. Patios are better for shady places and whereas wet wood can look rather dreary, wet slabs / bricks arenít so bad. Remember if you are reading books on decking most of them are written in and for countries that don't have our damp maritime climate.

 

Dealing with manhole covers. Houses, particular new houses it seems for reasons that are not entirely clear, are frequently surrounded by one or more manhole covers that look unsightly and make it difficult when laying a patio around them.

 

One solution is to deck over them. It may seem rather drastic but it certainly works very well, there are some new houses that have four of five covers within a small area and there's really little that can be done to disguise them. The usual device of getting a pot and placing it on the cover tends to draw attention which defeats the object. Decks are raised about 6" or more above ground level and so make it easy to hide the covers which can be accessed fairly easily by lifting a couple of boards if necessary - when was the last time you needed to access a manhole cover?

 

Cost Ė varies greatly, make sure you know what slabs / bricks or wood you are getting before you commit. The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team has the right solution for you.

 

DIY or not

Decks and patios can be installed by the competent (important word that) DIY'er. They are not for beginners, they are major projects and often hard heavy work. Make sure you know what you're taking on before you start, that you have the right tools, that you are carrying the work out to the correct standards and that you are using the right materials. The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team will show you samples of projects that have gone wrong (other inexperienced contractors) and what was done to fix them.

 

There are many sources of information on the construction of decks and patios. You are strongly recommended to consult a specialist source of information. The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team has many certified specialists on staff.

 

Unless you are particularly confident (and fit) leave a patio to the professionals. The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team has the codes and the know how. A patio needs to be dug out to a depth of around 15cm, thatís 2.25 m3 of soil to be dug out for an average 3m x 5m area, and it wonít always come up easily. What comes out has to be disposed of and then replaced (that's 5 tonnes or more of material to move), is your back up to it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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