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Get the Veranda You’ve Always Dreamed of with Silca System

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If you’re a homeowner with acres of land at your disposal, chances are that you put them to good use. Whether you use your fields to grow crops or to graze livestock, you undoubtedly take great pride in your work. It only makes sense then that you have a charming farmhouse porch that allows you to look out over your livelihood every day! With the revolutionary Silca Grate from Silca System, not only can you get the subflooring necessary for your ideal veranda, but you can also convert your wooden porch into a stone porch! Silca System is the perfect product for those who enjoy working with their hands and will enable you to complete the wrap-around porch you’ve always imagined but never thought was possible.

Silca System is unique because it lays the base for floor surfaces that go beyond wooden planks. Regular wooden boards will rot and warp, but stone, brick, or rubber pavers won’t! Silca Grate is strong enough to hold any of these materials. Can you imagine sitting on your rustic, brick-covered veranda, enjoying a cold glass of lemonade, and taking in the view of the countryside? Sounds wonderful, right? With Silca System, this vision can become a reality!

Need more reasons to love Silca System?

  • Versatility
  • Easy-to-use
  • Countless Style Options
  • Perfect for DIY projects
  • Super strong

Take the first step in building your wrap around porch. Once the frame is built, all you need is Silca Grate and your pavers to complete your charming veranda! Let Silca System help you transform your outdoor space. Whether you are looking to build a veranda or a deck, Silca System is the answer. Call 330-821-1585 or visit www.silcasystem.com today!

Check out the Silca System photo gallery for inspiration!

Silca System 14600 Commerce St. Alliance, Oh 44601 Phone: 330-821-1585 Email: sales@silcasystem.com

Looking for Deck Design Ideas? Check Out Silca System!

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If you’re thinking about renovating your outdoor space, it’s extremely helpful to have a resource that provides deck design ideas, remodeling photos, building instructions, and more. When you have a one-stop source for information, it’s much easier to ensure you have everything necessary for your project to go smoothly. Silca System’s website is designed not only to enable you to learn about their easy-to-use deck subfloor, but to provide you with testimonials and pictures of decks from customers who have had fantastic results with the revolutionary Silca Grates.

Silca System’s comprehensive website covers everything there is to know about their patented Silca Grate deck subfloor and how it can be used in a variety of ways. From the strength of the grates to their versatility, you can learn all about how this product can drastically change your outdoor space for the better. Along with easy to understand charts and videos that explain how Silca System’s deck subfloor works, they also offer information to homeowners that can completely transform the outdoor experience—from deck building instructions to creative design ideas.

Silca System posts deck remodeling photos and testimonials on their website so that you, DIY homeowners, and contractors can see the options available with Silca System. By taking a look at the photo gallery, you can see how other homeowners have converted their roof surfaces, wooden patios, pool decks, bridges, stairs, and other outdoor areas into attractive and hassle-free surfaces. Combining Silca Grates with brick, rubber, travertine, or granite pavers has enabled homeowners to turn their unsightly or deteriorating outoodr living areas into spaces they are proud of and that increase home value.

After seeing the photos and testimonials on Silca System’s website, you’ll want to start brainstorming your own deck design ideas. Whether you like one customer’s home so much that you want to recreate their deck on your home or you’re inspired by reading their story, Silca System supplies the deck subfloor and installation instructions necessary to complete your project.

To see all of these valuable resources, visit www.silcasystem.com

For more information or to order Silca System, call 330-821-1585 and Silca System will be shipped to you!

Silca System’s Revolutionary Deck Subfloor is Elevating Deck Standards

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Design and Build Your Multi-Tiered Terrace with Silca System

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have a list of home improvement projects designed to improve the appearance of your home. Paint the shutters. Repave the driveway. Design and plant a flower garden. Replace the drafty wood windows. Re-shingle the house roof.


Maybe your list even includes “build a new deck or porch.” My question for you: why just build a deck when you could build a multi-tiered terrace to transform your outdoor space?


“Well, let me tell you why I haven’t built a deck…” Whether the excuse is time, cost, or difficulty, you shouldn’t avoid building the deck of your dreams! In fact, getting the perfect deck is not as difficult as you think. Silca System has created and incredibly strong deck subflooring that enables YOU to create the outdoor space you’ve always wanted—and you don’t have to hire a contractor! With Silca System, you will have endless possibilities for renovating your outdoor space. Silca System’s Grates create a flat, durable surface that is strong enough to hold stone or brick pavers.

The photos above are just one example of what you can do when working from a Silca System subfloor. These homeowners decided to use stone pavers for their multi-tiered terrace. While the pavers were slightly different in color and size, they fit together nicely, giving the terrace a clean, polished look. The ground level layer of the multi-tiered terrace provides the perfect place to host outdoor gatherings. Once this gorgeous space was completed, the homeowners moved on to the balcony-level remodel. After building a wooden platform that wrapped around the back of the house, the Silca Grates were inserted into the frame to create a sturdy, even surface for the pavers. The same stone from the ground level was used for the balcony, allowing the top and bottom layers to match perfectly. To make the space truly unique, the homeowners added a few special details: The wooden frame was painted a darker shade of brown to complement the house, and floor lights were installed to give the entire balcony a soft glow. This beautiful area was made possible by a few wooden boards, some stone paver, a little creativity, and Silca System!

As you can see, Silca System’s durable subflooring can be used in a variety of different ways to improve the appearance of your home! Whether you want to build a new deck, porch, a set of stair, or even a multi-tiered terrace, Silca System can lay the foundation.

To see more ideas, check out Silca System’s photo gallery.

If you have any questions, or would like to place an order, visit www.silcasystem.com or call 330-821-1585.

Silca System 14600 Commerce St. Alliance, Ohio 44601 Phone: 330-821-1585 Email: sales@silcasystem.com

Going “Green” Silca System & GreenDay Systems

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Silca System & GreenDay Systems have teamed up to bring you a revolutionary new, eco-friendly decking product!

Many people are starting to alter their habits in order to live more “green” lifestyles. Most companies are doing whatever they can to support these individuals who want products that are better for the environment. GreenDay Systems in Northeast Ohio is one such company. They offer a large selection of natural home living products. From air quality systems and green cleaning products to solar screen systems and high efficiency water heaters, GreenDay Systems has virtually everything a homeowner could need, or want, to create a safe, healthy, and sustainable living environment.


GreenDay Systems has partnered with Silca System to offer deck building and remodeling products that are considered eco-friendly building materials. Together, the companies are able to offer homeowners a “green” deck base on which to build their ideal deck. With Silca System’s recycled decking, aspiring DIYers can construct an elegant outdooor space without the assistance of a professional contractor.


Since GreenDay Systems’ regard for the environment is evident in every item they offer, it’s no wonder that their deck remodeling products are made of earth-friendly components as well. The GreenGrate system is 100% recycled deck subflooring, composed of materials that would have otherwise taken up space in a landfill. Rather than constructing a deck or patio from wood and contributing to the loss of trees, this eco-friendly material is a sustainable option.


American-made GreenGrate deck subflooring opens up a world of possibilities for those wanting to renovate their outdoor space. In fact, GreenGrate is so user-friendly that homeowners can install the deck subfloor themselves before covering it with pavers of their choice. While many homeowners choose a layer of stone for a sophisticated outdoor living space, those who want a more “green” option often select recycled pavers. Choosing to use recycled rubber pavers on top of your GreenGrate means that you can create a 100% eco-friendly deck for your home.


While GreenGrate helps you stay “green,” it also saves you time and money by reducing the expense of maintenance and increasing the value and appearance of your home and yard while protecting you from the elements and even extending the seasonal use of your outdoor living space. The best part? Silca System designed this recycled deck subfloor so that homeowners could easily obtain the deck of their dreams without the hassle of conventional installation methods.


Do you feel that your home has lost its appeal? Consider the appeal of a deck that is eco-friendly and low maintenance–this “green” deck subfloor can transform your deck!

To find out more about GreenDay Systems and how their products can help you live a more “green” lifestyle, visit http://www.greendaysystems.com or call 866-988-2532.

To learn more about the deck subfloor, how it was developed, and the variety of application it can be used for, visit http://silca.wpengine.com or call 330-821-1585.

Out with the Old, In with the New

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Out with the Old, In with the New

Shelly M. made a deal with her mom: If her mother would replace the dilapidated wood siding on her house with plastic siding, then Shelly would build her a new front porch. Her mom agreed. Shelly just needed to figure out the logistics, and therein was the problem. You see, Shelly lives in California and her mom lives in Texas, and Shelly only had seven days to build the porch…by herself. What had she gotten herself into?

A couple of days before she was to arrive in Texas, Shelly was searching the internet for a way to make this project possible.


Her biggest fear was that she had taken on a project that would end up as an eyesore. Much to her relief, Shelly found the Silca System website in her search. “My panic was replaced by planning, calculating, envisioning….’If the Silcas work the way I hope they will…’ [became] an element of every decision.”

Instead of trying to build a wood porch by herself, Silca System would enable Shelly to install a brick paver porch. For Shelly, this was a relief! “Finding even two planks that are straight, not bowed, is hard-to-do; finding enough for a small deck could take a full day of driving all over north Texas. Now…the only wood needed for the porch would be for the joist beams. That alone would buy me an enormous amount of time!…With Silca grates, I didn’t have to worry about future problems and costs because of termites, rotting, or the effects over time of north Texas summer heat and winter freezes.”

As Shelly found out during her research, Silca System offered many great benefits that a wood deck would not. The ease of installation was definitely a huge perk for her. She would, if everything went as planned, be able to completely redo her mom’s porch by herself. That meant her mom’s porch wouldn’t be an eyesore, which was a relief! It would be easy for her mom to care for the finished porch.

Before she knew it, Shelly was on a plane to Texas. Since the Silca Grates were being shipped directly to her mom’s house, Shelly was able to spend Day 1 measuring and shopping for the frame lumber and brick pavers. Day 2 brought rain. The Silca Grates arrived on Day 3. By the end of that day, Shelly had the joist foundation built and the Silca Grates installed. Days 4 through 7 were spent building the railings and laying the brick pavers. “At the end of Day 7, I was on a plane feeling very productive, and my Mom was sitting in a rocker on her new porch.”

The only issue with installation that Shelly noticed was the “male curiosity factor.” In short, men were curious about how a girl could install a deck all by herself. “[They] would drive past, slow down, back up, park, and walk over to see what I was doing….None of the guys had ever seen Silca Grates, and everyone had questions….Normally, I would have enjoyed this, but not on a tight deadline.”

While Silca System cannot help with the male curiosity factor, we can help you transform your deck. Visit our website of contact us today to see how we can help you!

Silca System www.silcasystem.com 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

The Ants Go Marching Home

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The Ants Go Marching Home

Living in the Tyron Creek watershed (Portland, Oregon), John and his family are used to excessive rain and snow fall. However, during the winter of 2008, an unexpected 21” snowfall landed on their deck. Once the snow had melted, John realized a very unpleasant, undesirable truth—his deck had dropped 6” and separated from the house. It may not seem like a big deal that the deck dropped, but, considering the deck is 17 feet above ground in places, 6” was a huge deal.

“There was no laborious, gut wrenching decision to make, the deck had to go,” John recalls.


It was time to demolish the old deck and build a new deck, a better deck. While at the Portland Home and Garden Show, John met Patrick from Northwest Deckscapes. Patrick took a look at John’s decrepit deck. John’s 750 sq. ft. deck “made [Patrick’s] top five MOST ROTTEN DECKS. Why? All of the structural beams were HOLLOW because of carpenter ants.”

So, John began planning a new deck. “A wood deck in the world’s largest temperate rain forest was a poor choice.” A slate deck would be better, but “the problem is that the deck is elevated.” According to the internet, “’Only an idiot would put stone on an elevated deck.’” John didn’t care. There had to be a solution out there that would allow him to design and build the deck he wanted.

As he was researching, John came across the website for Silca Grates. With their naturally-designed hexagon technology, Silca Grates are a super-strong substructure suitable for not only elevated decks and patios but also for ground applications. The American-made Silca Grate grids (16×18” or 2 sq. ft.) are composed of durable 1 ½” thick engineered polymer. The grids are so strong that they meet or exceed residential and commercial building codes, which meant John could have his elevated slate deck.

So John’s summer project began. After constructing the pressure-treated deck frame, John installed the Silca Grate. 2700 stainless steel square screws later, the grids were done. As soon as the landscaping cloth was rolled out, John could begin laying the slate. He had decided against a patterned deck, trying to minimalize the number of slates that had to be cut as well as trying to make his deck look natural in the surrounding forest.

This, in the end, created its own pattern. Once the slate was down and spacers were placed, John brushed a layer of polymeric sand over the deck. Now came the “boring part”—he “sat in the sand and pulled out the spacers with a pair of pliers/vice grips.” After gently blowing the excess sand off the deck, John misted water across the deck, making the polymeric sand turn to concrete. Once everything else was completed, he sealed the deck, creating a gorgeous, finished surface. John and his family now had a low maintenance deck, and “it is my hope that I [John] will croak long before the deck succumbs to slate worms.”

All said and done, John’s elevated slate deck WAS possible. He just needed the right substructure; he needed Silca Grate. If an elevated slate deck in a watershed is possible, then YOUR dream deck is possible too. As John noted, Silca Grate “is fantastic.” Let us help you make your dreams come true.

Silca System www.silcasystem.com 330-821-1585 sales@silcasystem.com

* The pictures above are of the process John went through with his deck.
Upper left corner: pressure-treated deck frame;
Upper middle: above view of Silca Grate on the deck;
Upper right corner: below view of Silca Grate on the deck;
Left middle: up-close view of Silca Grates;
Middle: beginning of laying the landscaping cloth and slate;
Middle right: halfway through laying landscaping cloth and slate;
Lower left corner: deck with polymeric sand before misting;
Lower middle: the finished deck;
Lower right corner: the finished deck.

Eliminating Ants from Your Home and Deck

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It’s summer, a time for fun, family, and food. Unfortunately, food can also lead to ants. Eliminating ants with toxic traps or poisons can become time consuming, replacing trap after trap, and frustrating. Exterminators can be pricey and inconvenient. So, why not solve the problem yourself…for good?

The Mixture

Buy some borix acid powder at the local pharamacy or hardware store. Mix a VERY small amount with table sugar (50:50 ratio) in a pop or milk cap. Add just enough water to make a thick liquid in the cap.

Killing the Ants

Take the cap mixture and set it in the path of your ants. DO NOT kill any of the ants yourself. Boric acid is extremely toxic to ants, but it doesn’t not kill them instantaneously. Instead, the worker ants will take the mixture back to the colony to share, wiping out the entire colony. It may take a day or two, so be patient.

Warning

Even though boric acid is ranked very low on the toxicity scale, it should never be ingested. Keep children and pets away from it.

Sources for More Information

How to Make & Use Homemade Ant Baits

How to Get Rid of Ants Safely & Without an Exterminator


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