Deck building durability tips / Guides

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...Deck building topics for durable deck construction: Meeting setbacks and getting building permits in Canada & US Creating a solid base structure: cement pillars (Sonotubes), screw piles, floating deck blocks Wood selection - pressure treated or hemlock base, cedar or composite decking Durability strategies fo...

Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...deck, check out our 10 Tips for Building a Green Wooden Deck here Other advantages: Reduced efflorescence as it is less porous, and absorbs less water than normal concrete Stronger and more abrasive resistant than standard concrete Improved durability: more resistant to cracking due to the freeze/thaw cycle ...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...deck finishing oil © Livos Now you know about natural, food-safe, non-toxic finishes for wood surfaces and furniture. Learn more about sustainable construction and how to create healthy indoor spaces , all in the Ecohome Building Guide and the following pages: Top ten tips for a longer lasting deck ...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...building inspectors to know for sure how deep you might need to go to get under the frost line. This is, of course, great as a general rule if you are building something without permits or building inspectors, but for anything of greater consequence like full home construction, don’t chance it in the least. Buildings...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...building envelope, so great care should be taken for long term durability and performance. Below are some valuable tips for window installation. Also, See here to know which type of window frame to choose between wood, aluminum or PVC / Vinyl For a full rundown on How to Install windows & doors Correctly in LEED & ...