Techno Metal Post vs Other Deck Footings Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Techno Metal Post vs Other Deck Footings

I love helping people to revitalize their outdoor living spaces, and transform their back yards into safe havens that will be a relaxing retreat for many years to come.  An important part of that is using a solid foundation that’ll last the test of time, because even the most beautiful deck is only as strong as the foundation beneath it!  That’s why I recommend Techno Metal Post to all my clients.

_DSC4770Here’s a Techno Metal Post in a nutshell: A hollow galvanized steel tube tipped with a thick steel helix that is drilled straight down into the ground.  They’re installed by trained pros using specially designed hydraulic machinery which does the job without ripping up your yard, mixing messy concrete, or creating huge piles of dirt to deal with.

So how does Techno Metal Post compare to other deck footings?  Let’s take a look.

Tradtional concrete footings are tradition for a reason: They work.  But that doesn’t mean they’re efficient or ideal.  Old timey hand-cranked drills work too, but why use them when you have a faster and more efficient alternative?  Even in ideal conditions, concrete footings require that you dig a hole deep enough to safely support your deck structure, then keep water out of it while you wait for the inspector to sign off.  After that, you must haul heavy concrete, mix it up, pour into place, and round the top to ensure water won’t be able to pool on it once it’s dry.  Then, you have to pack up and wait for it to dry, which takes at least a day.  Only then can you drill & place your saddle to start building.  And that’s if the footings are straightforward!  Sometimes you need to use a bell pier, which requires even more time.  All of this can take days to prepare and install, so while concrete looks cheaper than Techno Metal Post on paper, the money you save in materials goes right back out in labour hours (and then some).  Using Techno Metal Post, even my largest projects take less than a day to install footings for, sometimes even less than an hour!  That means I waste no time getting right into framing, leaving me with tighter timeframes and faster builds.

Deck blocks – shaped concrete blocks that sit on top of the ground like feet – are occasionally selected for very small, very low decks.  If your yard is very flat, if your deck will be very small and close to the ground, and if you don’t mind your deck shifting with each freeze-thaw cycle, these can work.  However, their shortcomings are varied and numerous!  Because they sit on top of the ground, blocks have very little shear resistance, and any kind of slope in your yard will cause the structure to tilt over time.  Is your home new?  That’s a potential issue as well, because the recently disturbed soil is more prone to settling beneath the blocks and causing the deck to shift.  Their usage is also very limited, as these blocks simply cannot be safely used for any deck that is more than a step or two above ground level.  In windy areas, a deck supported on blocks can even achieve “lift off” and rise out of the footings!!  Altogether, a deck supported on blocks will not last long enough to pass down to your kids with the house, and its fast deterioration will negatively impact the value of your house if you sell.  Nobody wants to be saddled with a deck that needs to be replaced within a few years.  With Techno Metal Post, these issues simply don’t exist.  The installation technician uses readouts on the machine that tell them when the footing has reached a significant enough depth to support the load of the deck, and once these babies go in, they stay put.  Thanks to the specially designed green sleeve, even frost can’t grab a Techno Metal Post, which protects your deck from frost heave.  This is definitely the foundation you want to turn to if you view your outdoor living space as a long-term investment to be protected.

Ground Spikes are another option for smaller, low-to-the-ground decks.  They consist of a metal spike that is driven into the ground with brute force, such as with a sledgehammer or a jackhammer.  The better quality ones also use a flat plate at the surface which helps to better distribute weight, but they still rely on soil friction and not soil bearing to support the load.  Since they go into the ground, they provide better lateral strength than deck blocks, but are still vulnerable to heaving during the freeze/thaw cycle, and are again quite limited in their application.  You must keep your structure very close to the ground, and it must be freestanding and not attach to the house via a ledger board.  This means more footings and less options! Techno Metal Post is the clear winner here.  No matter how crazy (or tall!) my design gets, the footings will be up to the job .

_DSC4694That’s not all that puts Techno Metal Post in a class all its own.  Each and every installation comes with an engineering certification that guarantees each footing is installed correctly and to the depth required to bear its load.  Plus, Techno Metal Post is 100% CCMC (Canadian Construction Materials Centre) Approved, so you can rest easy knowing that your new deck will be strong and stable for many, many years to come.

Techno Metal Post vs Other Deck Footings

Till next time,
Paul Lafrance.

Official Press Release 2016 The Deck Store & Paul Lafrance Design Join Forces

The Deck Store and Paul Lafrance Design join forces and are proud to announce an alliance commencing immediately.
Download the official press release, here.

The partnership will combine their respective design teams with The Deck Store being the exclusive supplier and installer for all outdoor living space projects. Paul Lafrance will continue to operate independently on private interior, commercial and celebrity projects. Terry Fangrad, CEO of The Deck Store and Paul Lafrance are two of a kind – brilliant designers who are fun loving, high energy, young minded, and eclectic with a vast knowledge of the industry. They are excited about this new venture as combined, they will be the premier deck design, supply and build company in Canada.

About The Deck Store
The Deck Store Inc is Canada’s Largest Decking Design, Build and Supply company with 6 locations in Ontario, Canada. They have over 30 years experience building custom, one-of-a-kind decks and the only company to offer up to a 25 year workmanship warranty. The Deck Store has designed and built over 10,000 decks and installed the very first composite deck in Canada. The owner, Terry, has been designing and building unique deck projects for over 25 years. His designs are known for their modern look, complete functionality, and space utilization. His homegrown company installers have been groomed to pay attention to the smallest of details. A Deck Store built deck is the pride of any customer choosing this elite company.

About Paul Lafrance Design
Paul Lafrance is the star host of HGTV’s hit shows “Decked Out”, Disaster Decks”, “Deck Wars”, and “Custom Built”. He is internationally known for his out of the box and one-of-a-kind designs. Since 1997, he has been designing and installing everything from groundbreaking backyard retreats, unique interior transformations, and commercial outdoor spaces, to furniture and custom built homes. He is known for his infectious energy, quick wit, and unapologetic rock star style. Paul’s ideas and designs are creative, unique, and unmatched in an industry that typically produces cookie cutter decks and boring outdoor spaces.

The Deck Store Inc.
454 South Service rd. W.
Oakville, ON
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1295 Wharf St. Unit #19
Pickering Ontario
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Winter Design Special Package Give The Gift of Backyard Luxury! 

Winter Design Special – Give the gift of backyard luxury!

From now until December 31st 2015, we are offering a special deal on pricing for deck designs within our Toronto-based build area.

How does it work? When you schedule a Spring build for your new Paul Lafrance Design deck, we’ll match you to a Design Package that matches your budget and build cost estimate. You’ll pay upfront for your onsite consult, which will be deducted from the design fee. When you are ready to build in the spring, we’ll deduct the design fee from the cost to build your project (don’t worry, we’ll give you a cost breakdown to show this!)

With your design fee being returned to you in the build, this means you’ll be getting savings* of up to $5,000.00!

Not sure if you’re within our service area?
Give us a call (416) 971-3343 #6
Or, send us an email!

*Please note that you must proceed with your build in order to qualify for these savings.

WALLdesign by MURdesign Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

WALLdesign & MURdesign – Brands We Trust

Walls are the backdrop and foundation of any interior design, but sometimes even when using the right colours the room can be left feeling flat. Paul has found that the decorative panels from WALLdesign add dimension and texture to help bring those walls to life.

WALLdesign, also known as MURdesign, is a Canadian company based out of Québec that is changing the way we look at wall paneling. WALLdesign panels are textured panels that are installed over the drywall to add contemporary, rustic or classic character to your space. This eco-friendly company uses 100% recycled wood and non-VOC paint for their primed or specialty finished panels.

Offering a wide variety of styles and textures in both full and half-wall panels, WALLdesign has made it easy to find just the right finish to enhance your design. The easy to install panels give the instant look of concrete, barn board, tile, stone, layered wood, wainscoting or even a contemporary waved surface. What better way to bring your modern country space to another level, than with a rustic wood-plank feature wall? The 468 planking collection by WALLdesign comes in three colours and sizes to complement your design.

Whether you are looking for the classic feel of a unique full or half-wall wainscoting, or the edgy modern vibe of a concrete feature wall, WALLdesign has the perfect panels to complete your space. Check out their website to see all they have to offer or their great gallery for inspiration. WALLdesign also has an app for iPhone and Android so you can visualize your project in real time. You can find it here.

Want to know about more of our favourite products? Check our recommended page! We hope to see you again next week for another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday. If you have a product or service that you think we might like get in touch and tell us all about it.

National Forest Products Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Tiki Escapes Tropical – National Forest Products

Using cedar posts to create that essential third dimension can improve many an outdoor design, but years of Canadian winters have taught us that not all posts are created equal. Many warp or split, and still more arrive in less than favourable condition. Thankfully, Paul has found a great company that stakes its reputation on the quality of their lumber, National Forest Products.

National Forest Products is a distributor, wholesaler and broker of high quality softwood lumber products, with facilities across Canada and North-Eastern USA. Whether you are looking for Pinnacle grade solid cedar or the revolutionary hollow core engineered QuattroPosts, National Forest Products has proven that they are a reliable source with quality product and exceptional customer service. They also have a strong commitment to the environment, and always endeavor to sell softwood lumber that has been grown and produced under controlled sustainable forest programs.

We can definitely attest to to the caliber of National Forest Products’ cedar lumber, but the product Paul has been the most impressed with is QuattroPost. These primed or natural finish hollow core engineered posts virtually eliminate shrinking, warping and splitting. QuattroPost’s hollow core is perfect for safely installing lighting to your deck or porch while hiding away the clutter of wires. QuattroPosts are lightweight and easy to install but they are also certified structural and can be used as an architectural element for your home. National Forest Products stands behind the quality and customer satisfaction of all of their lumber and every QuattroPost is 100% guaranteed, every time.

If you are looking to save yourself the time and hassle of returning ugly timbers, or you want the versatility and resilience of products like QuattroPost you should head on over to the National Forest Products website and see what they have to offer and where you can find them.

Check in next week for another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday for more exceptional products and services, or head on over to our recommended page for the best in the business. Do you have a product or service that you think we might like? We are always on the look-out, so get in touch and tell us all about it.

CGC Incorporated Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

CGC Incorporated – Brands We Trust

There are many elements that have to come together to create the perfect custom space, but for a quality finish you have to start with a quality foundation. Paul is a huge fan of using CGC Inc. Backerboard and Underlayment to set the stage for his designs to unfold.

CGC Inc. is a leading marketer, manufacturer and distributor of gypsum wallboard products, interior finishing materials, as well as suspended acoustical ceilings in Canada. Their products are easy to use, versatile, and have superior tile-holding strength, enabling you to unleash your creative side and be confident that your space will continue to impress for years to come.

Paul has used CGC Inc.’s backerboard in bathroom and kitchen renovations and their self-leveling underlayment in basement renovations and has nothing but good things to say about them. The backerboard panels are strong and durable and deliver high-performance water- and mold-resistant protection, and the DUROCK™ self-leveling underlayments offer superior strength and durability when installing tile or when used as a finished flooring. With other great products, like the CGC DUROCK™ Shower System–a fully bonded waterproofing system for tiled showers installations, designed to control moisture independently of the tile covering, while creating a solid base for a long-lasting shower–CGC Inc. is a company that Paul Lafrance Design is happy to recommend and will continue to work with in the future.

It’s what’s underneath that helps ensure your renovation stands the test of time. You may have picked out the perfect tile for a shower, or flooring for your basement, but before you can install it, make sure that you check out all of the great products CGC Inc on their website and find out has to get you started the right way.

Check in next week for another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday for more exceptional products and services, or head on over to our recommended page for the best in the business. If you have a product that will blow us away, get in touch and give us the low-down on your company.

DesignerStone Panels Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

DesignerStone Panels – Brands We Trust

DesignerStone Panels are made up of a front layer of thinly cut real stone (granite, travertine, onyx or marble) adhered to an unique backing which is then engineered using the most modern patented technology to create an extremely strong and light weight stone faced structure. The result is a natural stone panel that is stronger and much lighter than traditional large slabs of the same stone, making them much easier to transport and install.

Natural stone can bring elegance and flair to any space, but it isn’t always the easiest material to work with. That’s why Paul was thrilled to find DesignerStone® Panels. Their lightweight stone panels are a great alternative to traditional stone slabs.

One of Paul’s favourite features of DesignerStone® Panels is their ability to be back-lit. Why not flip a switch and take an already beautiful onyx backsplash and bring it to life with light? When using the translucent or opaque panels you are able to incorporate lighting into your feature wall, bar-top, backsplash, outdoor screen, tub enclosure, or any other element you want to highlight – the applications are endless.

Want to upgrade your shower or bath enclosure without the mess or hassle of installing marble tiles? DesignerStone® Panels are waterproof, groutless, and can be installed over existing tiles. No CNC machine or bridge saw required–in most cases panels can be cut onsite with portable tools, and by using full panels (vs tiling) you can really show off the beauty of the natural stone.

Paul Lafrance Design has incorporated DesignerStone® Panels into many bathrooms, kitchens, bars, and outdoor spaces and are always looking for new ways to use this innovative product. Check out their website before your next reno, and don’t forget that we’re always looking for cool new products to try, so get in touch and give us the scoop on your company.

Custom Built Season Two Custom Built Season Two Galley Update

Custom Built Season Two – Galley Update

Want to take a closer look at the cool projects that Paul and the crew created during this season of HGTV Canada’s Custom Built?
Look no further! We’ve got a bumper crop of all-new gallery photos for you to enjoy!

Check out the spectacular room renovations, from bathrooms to bedrooms to kitchens!

  • The Curved Glass Bathroom
  • The Big Beam Kitchen
  • The City Skyline Kitchen
  • The Gentleman’s Bar
  • The Big Family Basement
  • The Bright White Kitchen
  • The Lit Up Livingroom
  • The Wine Cellar Office
  • The Sliding Stage Theatre
  • The Art Table Kitchen
  • The Pizza Oven Kitchen
  • The Surf n Sport Basement
  • Live Edge Bar
  • Spaceship Loft Bed
  • Antique Radio Media Center
  • Medieval Armour Stands
  • Hideaway Change Table
  • British Pub Bar
  • Doggie Villa
  • Hideaway Play Room
  • East Coast Furniture
  • Curio Table
  • Community Artist Table
  • Firepit Family Picnic Table

Want a truly epic design or one-of-a-kind piece of furniture for your home?

Come on over to our contact page, and send us an email! We’d love to hear from you.

Great Canadian Cookbook Fall 2015 Macaroni and Cheese with Paul Lafrance

Great Canadian Cookbook Fall 2015

Our fearless leader Paul Lafrance has added a new title to his resumé: Chef!

Check out his appearance on Food Network Canada’s Great Canadian Cookbook with Chef Lynn as they recreate a truly classic Canadian dish.
They’ll kick up macaroni and cheese with some delicious Canadian-made artisanal cheeses…yum!

Food Network Canada – Great Canadian Cookbook, Macaroni and Cheese with Paul Lafrance – October 6th, 2015

Talisman Mountain Inn CTV News - Work underway to restore the Talisman Resort

Talisman Resort — now Talisman Mountain Inn — was once a beloved ski resort that closed its doors in 2011. Now under new ownership, the resort is getting a top-to-bottom makeover, with design work by our very own Paul!

Have you heard the news? Paul Lafrance Design is very excited to be part of a spectacular rejuvenation project which will breathe new life into an old favourite Ontario getaway destination.

CTV News – Work underway to restore the Talisman Resort – September 17th 2015

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