Thermory Thermo-Treated Wood Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Thermory Thermo-Treated Wood – Brands We Trust

You know how much we love Trex composite decking, but sometimes a project calls for natural, solid wood boards. One of our favourite discoveries here at Paul Lafrance Design is a heat-treated wood product called Thermory that’s long-lasting and beautiful.

Using a technique developed in Europe & in use for 15 years, each board is treated with steam and high heat, with computer-controlled precision. The process treats the wood by bringing moisture content down to just 6% and stabilizes the cellular structure of the wood fibres to protect it against warping or shifting in the presence of moisture. This gives them a Class 1 durability – meaning that Thermory deck boards will resist rot and insect damage for 25 years.

These boards are beautiful, too. The heating process darkens the wood colour to a deep and rich exotic brown that can be preserved by treating with a UV-protecting oil, or left to weather to a cool silvery grey, depending on your preference.

So they’re tough and they look good, but how are they to work with? Paul and the build crew say “Great”! With a variety of fastening options, including old-fashioned face screws or pre-cut grooves for a variety of sleek hidden decking clips, builders have all kinds of options available. Thermory boards are also lightweight and won’t break your back to move around, coming in at half the weight of Ipe hardwood, while being twice the strength of regular cedar. They also feature a revolutionary Joint-End-Matched system, which allows the ends of the deck boards to lock together. These joints are strong enough to lock together without needing to rest on a support joist and save you a lot of time on measuring & cutting, as well as greatly reduce wasted materials.

The icing on the cake is that the treatment process is eco-friendly, using only heat and steam, with no harsh chemicals. To create their boards, Thermory also uses ash wood from sustainable North American forests. No worries about toxic sawdust, here.

Check it out and consider Thermory for your next wood decking or flooring project (they thermo-treat wood for interiors, too). Don’t forget that we’re always looking for cool new products to try, so get in touch and tell us about your product! With Paul taking his cool designs indoors on his upcoming show “Custom Built”, he’s on the lookout for the right materials for his interior projects.

Kate Campbell Defies Stereotypes The Globe and Mail – Defying Stereotypes, HGTV Star Finds her Calling in Carpentry – April 22nd, 2014

Kate Campbell Defies Stereotypes

It can be hard to be a woman in the construction industry, but Paul Lafrance Design build crew member Kate Campbell defies the stereotypes and is a fantastic role model for young women interested in doing the same. Check out this article by The Globe and Mail about her challenges and experiences making it in the industry:

The Globe and Mail – Defying stereotypes, HGTV star finds her calling in carpentry – April 22nd, 2014

Design Philosophies with Paul Lafrance Househunting.ca & TV Guide Canada Articles

Design Philosophies with Paul Lafrance

We’ve got two more articles for you today, from Househunting.ca and TV Guide Canada!

Paul Lafrance discusses his philosophies behind design and why his work is so important, as well as his approach to helping homeowners with their ‘Disaster Decks‘!

Househunting.ca – Paul Lafrance Dishes on Decks
TV Guide Canada – Lafrance Playing With a ‘Full Deck’

New Disaster Decks & Decked Out Galleries Last Night’s New “Disaster Decks” and “Decked Out” Episodes Were killer!

New Disaster Decks Decked Out Galleries

Wow! Last night’s new “Disaster Decks” and “Decked Out” episodes were killer!

Paul’s two-hour HGTV deck domination started with “Disaster Deck” rescues “The Deck Pam Hates” and “The Deck Fatima Hates“, followed by fire-and-water extravaganzas on “Decked Out” with “The BBQ Deck” and “The Stone Deck“.

We’ve added photos of each of these projects to our galleries, with more to come as the episodes air. Want to see what’s coming up next? Check out HGTV.ca’s handy online schedule.

And don’t forget to visit our Twitter every Tuesday for behind-the-scenes insight into the cool products used on the show!

  • Pam and Dons Deck
  • Fatima and Davids Deck
  • The BBQ Deck
  • The Stone Deck

The Family Man Behind the Pergola HGTV's Article with Paul Lafrance

The Family Man Behind the Pergola – Paul Lafrance

Check out HGTV.ca for an article revealing the man behind the pergola. Off the set, Paul is a family man and loving father to his four daughters. Read on to hear about his family life, music, and more.

Paul Lafrance: The Family Man Behind the Pergola

Disaster Decks – All New Project Galleries The Deck Michelle Hates and The Deck Stephanie Hates

Disaster Decks All New Project Galleries

Happy Thursday! We’ve expanded our project gallery again with photos of Tuesday night’s new “Disaster Decks” and “Decked Out” episodes.

Paul’s two-hour HGTV deck domination started with “Disaster Deck” rescues “The Deck Michelle Hates” and “The Deck Stephanie Hates“, followed by fire-and-water extravaganzas on “Decked Out” with “The Fire Table Deck” and “The Waterfall Deck“.

We’ve added photos of each of these projects to our galleries, with more to come as the episodes air. Want to see what’s coming up next? Check out HGTV.ca’s handy online schedule.

And don’t forget to visit our Twitter every Tuesday for behind-the-scenes insight into the cool products used on the show!

Tips and Tricks from Paul Lafrance All Kinds of Insider Info to Share with you, from Paul Lafrance and HGTV Canada.

Tips and Tricks from Paul Lafrance

With the spring building season finally getting into gear, we’ve got all kinds of insider info to share with you from Paul Lafrance and HGTV Canada.

Timely Tips from Paul Lafrance in Metro News Metro Newspaper in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax, London, Ottawa, Regina, or Winnipeg for some timely tips from Paul Lafrance!

Timely Tips from Paul Lafrance in Metro News

Pick up a copy of today’s Metro Newspaper in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax, London, Ottawa, Regina, or Winnipeg for some timely top tips from Paul Lafrance! It’s time to get your deck in shape for the summer and get all that maintenance completed & behind you so your oasis is ready when the warmer days come around. Here’s what he has to suggest.

Timely Tips from Paul Lafrance
Timely Top Tips from Paul Lafrance in Metro News – Pick up a copy of today’s Metro newspaper in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax, London, Ottawa, Regina, or Winnipeg for some timely tips from Paul Lafrance!

New Decked Out and Disaster Decks Galleries We’ve Added Photos of Each of These Projects to Our Galleries

New Decked Out and Disaster Decks Galleries

We hope you enjoyed the new episodes of “Decked Out” and “Disaster Decks” that aired across Canada yesterday evening! This year has some amazing projects in store for you and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Last night, Paul Lafrance’s HGTV takeover began with a “Disaster Deck” double feature: “The Deck Cristina Hates“, followed by “The Deck Jessica Hates“. Next up, all-new “Decked Out” episodes “The Beach Club Deck” and “The Semicircle Deck“. Like what you saw? How about a closer look?

We’ve added photos of each of these projects to our galleries, with more to come as the episodes air. Want to see what’s coming up next? Check out HGTV.ca’s handy online schedule.

  • Jessica and Gabe’s Deck
  • Cristina and Anthony’s Deck
  • The Semicircle Deck
  • The Beach Club Deck

Marquis Gardens Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Marquis Gardens – Brands We Trust

So you’ve hired a pro to plan and design your perfect deck. But that’s not all there is to your yard! At Paul Lafrance Design, we believe that your deck should harmonize with your yard and welcome you down to ground level. Landscaping is what will make your deck part of your yard, and not just sitting on top of it. So when our landscaper-of-choice Jeff Sarty introduced Paul to Marquis Gardens, he knew it was a match made in Heaven.

Ponds and water features are Marquis Gardens‘ specialty, and is where their services really shine. When a project is just begging for a water element, Paul’s unique deck designs call for equally unique water features. When he takes his ideas to Marquis Gardens, he can trust them to come up with the perfect solution.

We also love that Marquis Gardens doesn’t compromise on the quality of their products. From plants to fountains to pond kits, you can trust that you’re getting a product that you can rely on. If you’re new to pond ownership and maintenance, they’ll also be with you every step of the way to learn what you need to know to keep your new water feature well-maintained and looking great for years to come!

When it comes to supplying landscaping products for our deck & yard projects, Marquis Gardens just can’t be beat. Located just north of Toronto, this Canadian supplier is centrally located, making it a good choice for a variety of projects in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Visit them online, today!

Join us next week for a look at a cool new wood decking product!

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