TRANSFORMING WOOD TO STONE DECKS ACROSS AMERICA

Easy-to-Install Silca Grates Make Porch Renovation Simple

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It’s early evening. You’ve just brewed a nice cup of coffee and want to curl up on a comfy seat outside to take in the scenery and perhaps even watch the sun set. But you curl up on the couch instead. What’s stopping you from enjoying the outdoors? Perhaps your outdoor space isn’t quite ike the one in your imagination. You can’t bask in the beauty of your surroundings if the planks under your feet are rotten and unsightly. A sagging, peeling porch is not the first thing you want people to notice about your house. Fortunately, there’s a way to get the porch of your dreams AND increase the value of your home.

With Silca System’s easy-to-install subflooring, porch renovation has never been easier or less expensive! Manufactured in Northeast Ohio, Silca System ships its revolutionary Silca Grates all over the United States and Canada. No matter where you live, you can get the outdoor area you want. Silca System will lay the base for your brand new porch.

Whether you want to have a casual look or an elegant porch, the options for your porch surface are numerous. If you’re looking to go with the “easy to install” theme, look into brick pavers, which come in a variety of shades, shapes, and styles. They can be used to create a unique elevated surface with an attractive finish. The pavers can be found at many local home improvement stores as well as landscapers and nurseries. The pieces are very easy to fit together when combined with Silca System and will give your outdoor space a slightly rustic but orderly look.

If you’re imagining an idyllic outdoor space with a more creative feel, check into stone pavers. Silca System’s subflooring is strong enough to hold a layer of natural stone, slate, or whatever material you choose! Using stone pavers for your porch renovation can give the outside area of your home a brand new look and increase your home’s value. A front porch allows you to share your creativity with friends, family, neighbors, and those passing by. In fact, as you’re settled on your porch swing or relaxing in a rocker, don’t be surprised if people approach to ask exactly how you did it.

Are you ready to start your porch renovation? Visit www.silcasystem.com to learn more about the easy-to-install subflooring. While you’re there, check out the photo gallery to see how other customers have transformed their outdoor spaces.

If you have questions or want to place an order, call 330-821-1585. Your dream porch is closer than you think!

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

Avoid the Hassle of a Sinking Patio

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Many homeowners appreciate the look and sturdy surface of a brick or stone patio. Unfortunately, when an outdoor area is constructed improperly, homeowners end up with a sinking patio and must spend thousands of dollars on patio repair. The problem lies in the base: dirt. Dirt is not the most suitable substructure for a deck. Silca System, however, is. By using Silca System’s patented Silca Grate substructure as a base for your deck or patio, you will save yourself time, money, and a lot of frustration! Many contractors and amateur DIYers continue to use dirt as a base for new patios. While your dirt foundation initially appears smooth and capable of handling the weight of your patio, it won’t stay that way for long. After enduring rain, cold temperatures, and the weight of people walking on the surface, a dirt base will erode and settle, leaving you with a sinking patio that ruins the appearance of your backyard. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on patio repairs, get help from Silca System! Silca System’s Grates will enable you to transition from a sunken patio to a level patio or an elevated deck with ease. Homeowners who have used Silca System’s substructure have been extremely pleased with the results. With the Silca Grates as a foundation, homeowners are able to avoid settling and erosion of their patio. This structural strength means you can count on having a patio or deck surface that will remain an excellent walking surface for years to come! To see how other homeowners have created studier elevated decks, visit www.silcasystem.com . To find out more about Silca System or 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

Is Silca System for everyone?

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Is Silca System for everyone?

Have you ever thought, “I have no use for a pool deck and no place to put a balcony; Silca System must not be for everyone after all.” If so, you are WRONG! There are many other application options with Silca System. For example, do you have a green thumb? Have you ever thought about turning your backyard into your very own enchanted garden? Silca System’s subfloor enables you to build a garden oasis, complete with a low maintenance brick or stone garden path, bridge, and/or a gazebo with a fireplace!


Maybe it sounds expensive and impossible. It’s not! Silca Grate is reasonably priced, and the customer service representatives will work with you to find the best shipment method. As for impossible, Silca System does not accept the idea of an “impossible” deck design. Traditional paths and walkways are beautiful, but quite often require a bit of maintenance. Bricks chip and crack, stones become loose and ill-fitting, and the entire walkway can shift, or even sink, from natural weathering and seasonal changes. Silca Grate, however, provides a sturdy, weatherproof subfloor to keep your garden path level and creates the perfect surface on which to place your choice of stone or brick pavers. Your pavers will last for years—with little to no maintenance required because they are not laying directly in the ground!

Silca Grate is easy to cut and shape, so feel free to add as many turns and curves as you want to your stone garden path. As you design your path, consider adding a brige that leads to your gorgeous gazebo with a fireplace! You can tie everything together by using the same brick or stone pavers for your path and gazebo floor OR give the gazebo floor a brand new look. Either way, you will be able to safely add a gazebo fireplace to your garden getaway without every worrying about a wood plank floor catching fire!

With pavers and Silca Grate for your garden path, your choices are nearly endless. You can choose to mimic the natural look of river stones or create an intricate pattern. Whether your pavers are square, hexagonal, or seemingly random pieces that fit together like a puzzle, your ability to express your own style and preferences is limited only by your imagination!

American-made Silca Grates ship all over the continental United States and Canada, meaning you can build your stone garden path, brick, and gazebo with a fireplace anywhere! To learn more about Silca System or to place an order, visit www.silcasystem.com or call 330-821-1585.

If you want to get some ideas to start planning your project, browse through the Silca System photo galleries on Houzz and Facebook.

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

Transform Your Rooftop into an Urban Oasis

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Transform Your Rooftop into an Urban Oasis

You may have read about Silca System’s applications for elevated decks and patios, as well as stone paver pool decks. If you think we’ve exhausted the possible uses for Silca System in residential and commercial spaces, you’re mistaken. The fact is, you can use Silca System’s subfloor for a rooftop deck like Vida Fitness U Street did in Washington, D.C. Imagine being able to boast your hotel or spa’s brand new rooftop pool and pool deck in the fiercely competitive hospitality or wellness markets. It’s not just a dream! Silca System can help you make it a reality.


You can create a beautiful poolside path of pavers and even have “grass” surrounding your pool by laying turf on your Silca System grids. Silca System’s strength and durability means you can place lounge chairs, cabanas, and more on the turf without worrying about the grids buckling under pressure.

However, you don’t need to have a rooftop pool to transform your barren rooftop into a private getaway or the perfect place to entertain guests. Hotels, fitness centers, apartment buildings, and even offices can turn unused rooftop space into an oasis retreat where residents, employees, and visitors can escape from the daily grind! Even the level roof on a residential home can be transformed.

Not so long ago the idea of a rooftop deck was considered fanciful. Today, not only is it a very real possibility, but it’s not the overwhelming undertaking you might imagine. Even the intrepid do-it-yourselfer can use Silca System to create a rooftop deck.

Rooftop gardens are popping up in cities across the United States as people seek to bring a little more green to their overwhelmingly concrete surroundings. While you may not be able to plant in turf, a Silca System rooftop deck or patio creates an area to relax and enjoy the peace of your surroundings—a gorgeous cityscape view.

If you’ve ever considered a rooftop deck or patio, start with Silca System’s subflooring to make your dream a reality. Whether you choose turf or pavers, you will create an urban escape for yourself, your employees, residents, guests, and members. To learn more about Silca System or to place an order, visit www.silcasystem.com or call 330-821-1585.

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

Install an Outdoor Fireplace on an Elevated Deck with Silca System

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Install an Outdoor Fireplace on an Elevated Deck with Silca System

Over the years, manufacturers have introduced a wide variety of outdoor furnishings and decking alternatives, allowing homeowners to transform their backyards into outdoor living rooms. Decks and patios are no longer plain, wooden platforms on which to set up chairs and tables. Instead, they are often cozy, fully-furnished spaces where homeowners can enjoy spending time with friends and family. Today’s homeowners have more options than ever before, especially when building a deck with Silca System.


By utilizing the strong, durable Silca System deck subfloor, homeowners are able to create more dynamic decks than ever, such as brick pool decks, travertine hot tub deck surfaces, and even outdoor fireplaces built on stone decking aprons.

While there have been a number of new home improvement products created over the last several years, few are so innovative as Silca System’s decking alternative. The revolutionary deck material has opened so many doors in terms of what homeowners can do with their outdoor spaces. Rather than working around the constraints of a wooden deck, homeowners are opting to use Silca System’s Silca Grates to construct attractive, long-lasting decks made from brick, stone, rubber pavers, and more.

Silca Grates and pavers can help create a more attractive and functional swimming pool deck or a sturdy hot tube deck surface. Not only will homeowners no longer have to worry about mold growth and splinters from a wood deck, they can also feel safer knowing the surface around their pool or under their hot tub is built to last. The amount of creative freedom homeowners have with Silca System is refreshing.

Now, your options aren’t limited to pool decks or hot tub deck surfaces. Silca System’s alternative deck material can also be used for outdoor fireplaces with stone decking aprons. A wooden deck is unable to handle the weight and heat of a fireplace, so installing a stone surface allows homeowners to enjoy the warmth and appearance of a crackling fire on chilly evening.

Creating a deck with Silca Grates and pavers give YOU limitless options in regards to your backyard, so why not take a moment to see what else is possible with Silca System?

Visit www.silcasystem.com or call 330-821-1585.

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

And the Winner Is…

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And the Winner Is…

We are extremely pleased with the new deck. We love the look and feel of stone, and the low maintenance of a stone deck makes a very compelling case for your product. We will be recommending it to anyone who expresses an interest. –Jim

I really liked how easy it was to sweep this fall [2013], but now I am appreciating how much easier it is to shovel the snow off so that we can grill! –Peggy


What decking product has these homeowners so excited? Silca System. Numerous American wood decks have been transformed into low-maintenance stone decks with Silca System. The Smith’s deck, winner of the 2013 Silca System Best Deck Contest, is one of these transformed decks.

As with most decks, weather takes its toll. When you live in northeastern Ohio where wet springs, hot summers, beautiful falls, and cold, snowy winters are common, a treated lumber deck ends up requiring a significant amount of time and money for proper maintenance. Like the Smiths, most people do not look forward to spending a couple hundred dollars and a weekend of time to power-wash, re-stain, and seal their deck every year because, as Jim Smith noted about their deck, “even with regular maintenance, the old decking showed its age (e.g. warped and splintered boards, discoloration). It was aggravating to continue to spend time and money on a deck that was not appealing, even immediately after the regular maintenance.”

But what other option was there? Composite deck boards would still show wear and tear and require routine maintenance. Jim’s brother suggested Silca System. Since he had nothing to lose, Jim looked into it. The idea behind Silca System was to enable homeowners to extend the look, feel, and low-maintenance of stone onto an elevated deck. Because the Silca System grids are designed to meet, if not exceed, residential and commercial building code requirements, the Smiths would have numerous decking surface options to choose from, including granite, travertine, natural stone, or even brick pavers. Jim was sold on the idea. Their weather-worn, treated lumber deck would be transformed into a beautiful, low-maintenance travertine deck.

Jim remodeled the deck himself over a period of two months, working weekends and some evenings. The hardest and least enjoyable part of the project came first—“ripping off the old planking.” Once the old planking was gone though, the new deck began to take shape. The Silca System grid requires no special tools to be cut, making it easy to work with on a deck project. To top it off, there are pre-drilled holes in the grid to make fastening the grid to deck joists easy. With his Silca grids in place, Jim moved on to laying pavers, which “was actually enjoyable—lots of visible progress fast. The worst part about working with the pavers was cutting them to fit around the deck edges.”

But once the pavers were firmly in place, the Smiths had a beautiful travertine deck that would give them more time to enjoy the beauty around them and require less time to maintain. All said and done, their favorite part of the new deck “is a toss-up between the rich look of the stone, the warmth and smoothness of the surface on bare feet, and the ease of sweeping it off compared to the splinters and cracks that grab the broom and hold the dirt on a wood deck.” It doesn’t hurt that friends and family love the Smith’s new deck too!

For more information about how you can transform your deck, visit www.silcasystem.com or call 330-821-1585.

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

Upgrade Your Elevated Deck with Silca System

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Silca System is taking everything you think about decks and turning it on its head. Whether you live near the ocean, the woods, the mountains, or the city, a Silca System elevated deck can give you years of enjoyment.

Now, you may be thinking that adding a deck to your home or renovating your current deck is not an option due to price. However, Silca System is an extremely cost effective investment compared to traditional deck options. Silca System’s subflooring enables you to create a deck masterpiece that will pay for itself in a very short time. Between the increased property value and the money you save by not having to deal with maintenance, the return on your investment may surprise you.

How many times have you expressed appreciation for a friend’s deck only to have them tell you that, over time, it has cost them more than they had planned or budgeted for? Lots of moisture and heat damage wood deck boards, often beyond repair. Dampness trapped on or beneath the deck contributes to the growth of mold and mildew. While sealants help prevent this, they have to be reapplied regularly in order to remain effective. If mildew does become an issue, deck boards have to be cleaned thoroughly and then resealed or even replaced. Moisture and heat also cause warping and cracking in wood deck boards as they dry out and shrink.

The good news is that you can create a phenomenal deck for your home or business AND never have to worry about replacing or resealing deck boards. Silca System is the solution. The Silca System subflooring enables you to create a striking elevated deck with brick or stone pavers for the surface. Pavers are available in an innumerable variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. With Silca System and stone pavers, your elevated deck will be the talk of the town.

Silca System is available to contractors and homeowners alike. Not only is it affordable, but Silca System is more structurally sound than many traditional wood decks because it exceeds commercial and residential building codes. The Grates can easily be cut and shaped to fit around posts and other architectural elements or to allow you to explore the creative possibilities opened up to you by Silca System.

To see how awesome your deck can look, check out the Silca System photo gallery.

For more information on Silca System or to place an order, call 330-821-1585 or visit www.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


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