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Decking Options to add Value

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Decking options We call on you today to have a look at the display of our wide variety of deck styles, colors and material.  Our experts will be around and willing to explain to you the benefits of different decking materials and construction strategies and techniques available, and also explain them to you. There's no other way for you to get the information required to kick start your outdoor project. Deck Options  Alternatives in place for decking materials There are numerous materials in place; Deck surfaces are available in a variety of materials. Pressure Treated Wood, Capped Composite materials and Natural woods are all you need to consider for your deck. Although we can't deny the fact that each has its limitations and advantages. Deck Construction and design While constructing/ designing wood deck, there are some things we take in into consideration, some of which include the proper planning of space to give room for chairs, tables, food prep areas, barbecue with some other things you would want to put into your deck. We would also consider the ability to maintain views and the size of the property. To make your job superb, we try to incorporate wide stairs, also known as wrap around stairs, to maintain open air feeling to the area. Not only that, we try to make use of built-in planters to bring out the beauty of the landscape beyond onto the deck. We also make socializing beautiful and easy through the addition of custom seating that have been built on the deck in 3 sided bench or  “L” Shape. We can tailor the railings through modification and the use of manufactured rails that have been designed ourselves. We've built all our decks to code, and these include the concrete footings 36″ deep and 12″ diameter. You can trust that we're safe and unique. We might have clients who wouldn't want to go with an angular (octagonal), traditional rectangular deck,  rounded, curved deck and rails can be designed to meet their outdoor needs. We can help you build decks that'll bring the outdoor space up to the same level as your home. When you experience a steep slope, a lower deck creating multiple levels can be formed from higher deck. Also, a deck that has been built around a portable hot tub will grant easy access to the spa and the appearance of a built-in spa. Galvanized buglehead nails and ringshank stainless steel can be used together to install wood decks. Stanley steel deck screen can be used as an alternative. Bear in mind that the underlying deck is built with pressure treated wood, as we've discussed earlier for the decking surfaces that have been highlighted. This is important to ensure rigidity, strength and longevity. Natural Wood Decking Decking that has been made with natural wood cannot be compared to results gotten from other materials. As good as this may sound, one must ensure regular maintenance . Pressure Treated Lumber, Iron Wood (IPE) and cedar as a decking surface, requires regular maintenance.

Outdoor Living: Beat the Winter Blues – Think Spring While You Plan Your Stone Deck.

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Each year, as winter and its unrelenting cold drag on, we find ourselves dreaming of spring’s first break and it’s lead into summer. The thoughts of balmy weather, longer days, and cookouts with friends on the patio that last long into the night all keep us going through each snowfall.

While you’re trapped inside these next few months, get a head start on everyone’s favorite seasons! Start planning your new outdoor living space now, and you’re sure to be the first barbeque on the social calendar come spring!

While you’re dreaming up your addition, think beyond the wooden decks attached to your neighbors’ homes. If you’ve been searching for something new, custom and affordable in outdoor flooring, then you need Silca System!

Silca System gives you the ability to build a deck like never before – an elevated stone deck that can withstand the elements, entertain a crowd and even hold a working fireplace. The system lives under the materials of an elevated deck, holding the weight of the stone, brick, or other non-wood substance you choose.

Silca System makes so many outdoor flooring projects possible that contractors who specialize in it fill their appointments fast! Now is the time to plan and reach out – think spring with Silca System and build the deck of your dreams this year!

Locate a Dealer near you or call 330-821-1585 for more information. Silca System 14600 Commerce St. Alliance, OH 44601 sales@silcasystem.com

Deck Sub Flooring Increases Home Value

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Deciding on how to best go about increasing your home value is a little bit tricky. While you would assume that any outdoor home improvement would work in your favor when it comes time to sell your house, you may unknowingly end up pouring time and money into a project that won’t last. How, then, do you go about improving the appearance and overall value of your home? For starters, you may want to look into deck flooring options other than wood or composite wood, such as Silca System’s unique hexagonal sub flooring. Silca System has given many homeowners the chance to install stone or brick patios that last much longer than regular wood or composite decking. While deck additions and renovations are highly recommended for those who want to increase their home value, all deck surfaces are not created equal. Consider a traditional wood deck: when you build a wood deck, you can expect to do quite a bit of maintenance over the years. In addition to regularly staining your deck, porch, or patio to keep it in good condition, you will eventually have to replace boards as they suffer wear and tear from the elements. Wood and composite wood decking lose their value over time—not what you’re aiming for when you’re trying to add value to your home. However, installing a stone patio of a brick porch can greatly increase your home value. Having unique deck flooring with help from Silca System can make all the difference in giving your residence more appeal to potential buyers! Silca System’s sub flooring supports heavier materials like stone and brick, giving homeowners the opportunity to use pavers of varying shapes, sizes, and colors. Unlike a traditional wood or composite wood deck that is uniform in construction, you can make your brick porch or stone patio into a beautiful, kaleidoscopic masterpiece that will grab the attention of potential buyers as soon as they see it! Using Silca System’s Grates with travertine, blue stone, or brick pavers for your outdoor home improvement project means your deck flooring will last significantly longer AND maintain its value. These tough materials can stand up to weather and regular use better than wood or composite decking, ensuring that you have an outdoor space you can be proud to show off to guests and potential buyers when the time comes to put your house on the market. Having a truly unique deck crafted with natural, long-lasting products goes a long way in helping to give your home an edge over other houses for sale in your area.

To find out more about Silca System and the possibilities available to you, visit www.silcasystem.com or call 330-821-1585.

Build the Perfect BBQ Deck Pad with Stone Paver Decks

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Build the Perfect BBQ Deck Pad with Stone Paver Decks

The sun is shining. The kids are running around and playing in the yard. After grabbing some burgers for the kids and a nice steak for yourself, you head out to the deck and start the grill. Nothing beats a great grilled dinner, but is it a good idea to have a grill on your wood or composite deck boards?

Not only are both flammable, but moving your grill across the boards is sure to leave a mark over time. But what should you do? The last thing you want is to redo the whole deck, especially if it’s new or in great shape.

What can you do, then? I’ll tell you: You can build a BBQ deck pad with a brick or stone paver surface like the one featured in this blog. Now, I know it sounds impossible to put pavers on a deck, but Silca System has created an innovative deck sub-floor that makes it possible! With Silca System’s revolutionary Silca Grates, you can install a variety of stone or brick pavers on your deck for a low-maintenance, super-sturdy deck surface. Stone Paver Decks create the ultimate BBQ deck pad experience!

When you’re looking to create a BBQ deck pad, a super-sturdy surface is exactly what you want, which is what convinced Missouri contractor Carroll Stewart that Silca System was perfect to create a BBQ deck pad for his client. Once the deck frame was in place, Carroll installed the Silca Grates with 3-1/8 inch torx screws and then laid the brick pavers directly on the Grates. Carroll chose to do a dry lay with the pavers to promote faster draining of water and prevent standing water on the deck which can lead to mold and rot. From framing to finish, it took 3-4 hours to complete the 4 foot by 6 foot BBQ pad with a gorgeous brick paver surface.

The best part of the BBQ pad was the customer’s satisfaction. Not only did they have an elegant BBQ pad unlike any other, but they would be able to BBQ and enjoy their chimney without worrying about damaging their expensive deck boards.

You can transform your deck too! Why wait? Contact us or call 330-821-1585 and get started today!

Email: sales@silcasystem.com

The Benefits of Building the Deck of Your Dreams

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Many new homes in the Denver, Colorado area are being built with raised decks that give homeowners a beautiful view of the mountains. Not only does an elevated deck allow residents to enjoy the majestic landscape around them, but also increases the value of the house itself. However, the wrong kind of deck could prove disastrous when faced with Colorado’s inclement weather so many homeowners have opted to use Silca System on their deck instead of traditional wood deck boards. Thanks to Silca System’s revolutionary deck subfloor, homeowners can build their own unique deck using stone pieces or pavers. Whether your home is lacking a deck or you want to resurface your existing deck, Silca System will start you on the path to getting the deck you deserve. Denver is a truly eye-catching city, but susceptible to fluctuating weather conditions due to the high mountains and open spaces. It’s not unusual for the area to experience hard rain and an abundance of snow. Such weather conditions are particularly damaging to wood decks because excessive moisture can wreak havoc on wood, causing cracks and mold growth. Building a deck with a stone surface, however, ensures that your deck is able to withstand the harsh weather. With Silca System’s user-friendly deck subfloor attached to your deck joists, you will have more surface options than with a basic wooden frame. The deck subfloor is capable of handling the weight of heavy pavers and stone pieces, so you can design your raised deck surface using whatever materials you want to give your outdoor space the ambiance you desire. The possibilities are truly endless when deck stones or deck pavers enter the deck equation with Silca System. However, there’s an even greater advantage to applying Silca System’s deck subfloor for your raised patio project—saving money. Building a raised deck or building elevated deck area for your home can significantly cut down costs, especially if you do the work yourself. And Silca System can show you just how it’s done! Many Denver area residents would feel a little apprehensive about taking on such a task. Fortunately, Silca System’s user-friendly Silca Grates™ can turn even the most inexperienced individual into a deck-building expert. Armed with only Silca System’s deck support product, deck stones or deck pavers, a tough drill, and an electric saw, homeowners across the country have built their very own elevated decks. Since the Silca Grates™ are made for easy application, Do-It-Yourselfers merely need to attach the Grates to the wooden joists of the deck frame. If the grates don’t fit neatly, homeowners can cut them to size—a task that can be easily accomplished with a standard electric saw. With all of the money you’re saving by not hiring a contractor, you can be much more creative with your deck surface! For instance, you can purchase beautiful deck stones, bricks, or deck pavers made from travertine instead of relying on composite decking. Not only will such deck surfacing materials provide your elevated deck with a more attractive appearance, but they will also help you save on maintenance costs since they are better able to withstand heavy rain and snow! An elevated deck provides a great place to entertain, relax, and cook outdoors, so why wouldn’t you want it to be as attractive as it is functional? By using Silca System to complete your raised porch project, you will be able to save more on home improvement costs while still getting the outdoor space of your dreams. If you have questions, want more information, or would like to place an order, call 330-821-1585. Silca System 14600 Commerce Street Alliance, OH 44601 330-821-1585 sales@silcasystem.com

Build a Low-Maintenance Deck for Your Home

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We all want our homes to look their best. However, we also search for the most convenient and hassle-free solutions to our home improvement woes. For example, a low maintenance deck can save you a significant amount of time, money, and stress. But how do you build a low maintenance deck? Traditional deck boards rot and warp overtime and require a large amount of time and maintenance. Composite decking will show wear and fade over time. Silca System has the solution! Silca System’s deck subfloor and brick, travertine, marble, or granite pavers not only make adding a deck simple, but are extremely low maintenance. Read on to find out what Silca System is capable of.

One of the major benefits to using deck materials from Silca System is the level of strength and support you receive from their structural grate. The hexagonal deck subfloor is made from thick, engineered polymer that provides support every two inches. This enables homeowners to create a brick, travertine, or granite deck without worrying that the deck won’t be able to withstand the heavy weight of stone pieces or pavers.

The key to build a low maintenance deck lies in its structure. With regular lumber for your deck surface, you can expect to spend a lot of time and money to retain its appearance. Otherwise, you’re left with a faded, weather-damaged deck that’s unpleasant to look at and can be dangerous to walk on. The same issues occur when you build a stone deck on the ground or use a sand base. Over time, you’ll find that your previously level deck has become a sunken patio in need of repair. No one wants to constantly spend time and money to fix their outdoor space, so why not opt to create a unique paver deck with Silca System’s subfloor?

To learn more about Silca System and how the company can help you create a low maintenance deck with their revolutionary deck material and strong pavers, visit www.silcasystem.com

The comprehensive website gives homeowners the opportunity to see finished Silca System decks and find ideas for their own homes. If you have any questions about Silca System or would like to place an order, call 330-821-1585.

Silca System 14600 Commerce St. Alliance, OH 44601 330-821-1585 sales@silcasystem.com

Environmentally-Friendly Deck Products for Contractors

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Contractors haven’t always had a diverse selection of deck supplies and materials to use when building decks. The lack of options meant that contractors weren’t able to create anything more than a plain wood deck for clients. This is no longer the case. Silca System’s recycled subflooring enables contractors to completely transform their clients’ outdoor living spaces! Homeowners are able to choose a brick or stone surface to put on their Silca System subfloor. No longer is a wood deck your only option!

The Silca Grate from Silca System is a revolutionary product for homeowners as well as contractors. If you have ever thought about turning your wood deck into a stone or brick deck Silca System will make the transition easy. Not only does Silca System’s green product offer a strong, sturdy surface on which to build a unique deck of any shape, color, or design, but it’s also an environmentally friendly product for those searching for a sustainable, eco-friendly option.

Silca System’s Grates, made from 100% recycled materials, greatly reduce the amount of lumber needed to create a fabulous outdoor living area. Many homeowners want to avoid the waste and maintenance costs that come from having a wood deck, so green products like those offered by Silca System are greatly appreciated. With Silca System, homeowners and contractors can use natural stone or brick pavers to complete their eco-friendly deck, porch, balcony, gazebo, bridge, walkway, dock, or garden path.

Along with being easy to install, Silca System gives environmentally conscious companies a chance to utilize all-natural contractor supplies, such as slate and travertine pavers, that they wouldn’t be able to utilize otherwise. Still unsure? Check out www.silcasystem.com or the Silca System Facebook pag e to see all the options available to you. For more information, call 330-821-1585.

Silca System 14600 Commerce Street Alliance, Oh 44601 330-821-1585 sales@silcasystem.com

Silca System’s Revolutionary Deck Subfloor is Transforming American Decks

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Silca System’s Revolutionary Deck Subfloor is Transforming American Decks

Homeowners across the country are raving about the appearance of their outdoor spaces, and it’s all thanks to Silca System! This north-eastern Ohio company has made it possible for homeowners, contractors, and architects to create unique deck designs with their revolutionary deck subfloor.
Not only has deck renovation become an opportunity for homeowners to show off their creativity, but it has also turned into a much simpler, quicker, and more affordable process than ever before!


You don’t have to settle for a wooden deck that requires a lot of maintenance and offers little room for imagination. Silca System’s patented Silca Grates have made it possible for homeowners to convert their decks from wood to stone.

As more and more individuals learn about how they can completely transform their deck or patio, Silca System has steadily grown in popularity. By using Silca System’s strong, durable deck subfloor with slate, granite, or travertine pavers, homeowners have been able to complete their wood-to-stone transformation in a timely manner and at little expense compared to composite decking.

But, how does Silca System’s deck subfloor allow for such drastic deck surfacing transformations? For starters, the Silca Grates manufactured by Silca System offer an amazing level of strength and support. Providing support every two inches, the Grates are able to hold up against the weight of heavy pavers, making it possible to lay down stone or brick instead of wood or composite wood.

Homeowners across the country also appreciate the creative freedom they receive with Silca Grates. When the Grates are properly installed, they offer a strong, flat surface on which to unleash your creativity. Homeowners and architects alike are able to create a vast number of unique deck designs to transform their outdoor living areas. Brick decks with varying shades of blocks, various shapes and styles, and even rubber decks with textured surfaces are all possible because of Silca System’s ingenuity and the company’s desire to change the way the world approaches deck renovation.

To learn more about how Silca System is transforming the decks of people throughout the country, visit www.silcasystem.com While you’re there, check out the photo gallery to see what your new deck could look like! If you have any questions, call 330-821-1585 to speak with one of Silca System’s knowledgable representatives.

Silca System 14600 Commerce Street Alliance, Ohio 44601 330-821-1585 sales@silcasystem.com

To Add a Deck or Not to Add a Deck

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To Add a Deck or Not to Add a Deck
As spring brings promises of summer, the idea of being able to relax on your deck with a cold drink or to host a BBQ with your family and friends sounds appealing. But, the economy is down; the housing market is subpar—great for buyers, not so much for sellers. Should you add on or remodel in an attempt to increase the value of your house? Maybe you’re just looking to add living space to your home for comfort and entertainment’s sake but don’t want your addition to damage the selling value of your house in the future.
  Whatever the reason, a deck or patio is a great way to add value to your home. Let’s look at some facts: 1. “[B]uilding a deck is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to add value to your home” (Anthony Esh). Because the economy is down, more and more people are spending time at home. “The more people are staying home for entertainment, the more home entertainment amenities are worth,” according to Anthony Esh. For those considering building a deck, this means adding great value to your home. 2. “On average, when a homeowner adds a deck to their home, they are likely to recoup approximately 76% return on their investment” (frontdoor.com). The percent of return can vary depending on where you live and the type of deck you decide to build (composite, stone, wood), but an average of 75% return is a great return for adding functional living space to your home. 3. “Building a deck adds value because it adds living space, specifically outdoor living space” (Joe Ricker). During the summer, people enjoy being able to spend time outdoors with friends and family while having all the comforts of home. Building a deck enables you to achieve that goal. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of having a nice stone deck with a covered hot tub or an outdoor kitchen with built-in bar, grill, and flat screen TV. Whatever it is, a deck is the first step in creating your outdoor paradise. 4. A deck should feel like an extension of your house, not an appendage. The best way to make your deck an extension of the house is to elevate it. Whether it’s two feet or six feet, an elevated deck “can be the perfect finishing touch to your outdoor space, providing more usable entertaining space and offering a beautiful transition from…your home into the surrounding yard” (Grandview Landscape Design Studio). 5. “The best deck is one that looks good and is easy to maintain” (todayshomeowner.com). Makes sense, right? You don’t want an ugly concrete slab “deck.” You want an inviting, comfortable, relaxing deck that is appealing to the eye. Of course, you want all of that without having to spend countless hours maintaining it. For this reason, stone or paver decks are a good choice. After installation, all you need to do to “maintain” the deck is an occasional sweep or rinse. Sounds way better than spending money on stain and time applying it to a wood deck. All things considered, a deck is a pretty sound investment that will pay off in the future as well as the present. Sources: Esh, Anthony. “Increase Your Home’s Value by Adding a Deck” Frontdoor.com, “10 Ways to make Your Home Worth More Grandview Landscape Design Studio, “Benefits of Raised Patios” Todayshomeowner.com, “Adding a Deck to Increase Home Resale Value


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