Azek Dark Hickory is a beautiful board that has a 30 year warranty and a lovely finish.

Barbecue side view of Azek Dark Hickory condo balcony.

Azek Dark Hickory

Azek has a very nice Vintage Collection and the Azek Dark Hickory is a beautiful board with a very fine surface structure.  Azek is more expensive than other boards but has a 30 year warranty and a good reputation.  This installation was on a large, L-Shaped, balcony in downtown Toronto, with beautiful views of the lake and the downtown core.

The customer requested a perfect installation with as few screw holes as possible.  To achieve this, we built panels of the Azek boards from the bottom up and then installed them complete by flipping them over and side screwing the adjoining boards. This still allowed the decking to be taken up if required by the condo board.

Corner view of Azek condo balcony.

With a long deck, it's important to break up the pattern a bit and in this case we built the deck in sections so that there is a framing board every six to eight feet.  This also makes a narrow deck look slightly wider.  In the end, a beautiful job which will be improved in the spring with some new furniture.


The use of modern colours change the look of your balcony and can even make it look bigger!
Cedar condo decking with baltic blue stain.

Cedar decking, framed look with Baltic Blue stain.

Baltic Blue Cedar Decking

Little by little, more and more condo owners are realizing the joy of using different stain colours on their cedar decking.  This small balcony was built using framed cedar decking but with a beautiful Baltic Blue stain. This is in downtown Toronto.

Baltic Blue is also a lighter stain and with a small balcony such as this one, the tendency is to make the balcony look bigger than it is.

Vertical boards make this small balcony look bigger than it is.

We also decided to go with a framed look, with vertical boards running up the sides and the middle.  Vertical boards also have the advantage of making it look larger as well.  The various sections give it all a structured look and compared to the dull, plain, concrete it was before, you now have a beautiful balcony to sit out on.

Using lighter colours on your balcony flooring can highlight walls and furniture while hiding dirt and dust from the city below!
Condo balcony washed white stain in framed pattern

Washed white stain over treated wood in a framed pattern.

Washed White Stain

It takes a European to break the mold a bit and this lovely condo balcony deck with washed white stain and a framed pattern was requested by a Canadian/German.

Made of treated wood (Micro-Pro Sienna) and installed on an irregularly shaped balcony, the highlight of this deck is the beautiful washed white stain.  Traditional colours are fine of course but in a modern condo, with red brick walls, it is nice to use a contrasting colour to highlight and make the walls and furniture stand out.

Corner section of condo balcony.

Corner section of washed white condo balcony.

White is also a great colour to hide any dust or other particles which settle on balconies in major cities.  Dark colours tend to make the dirt stand out while the lighter colours hide them longer.

To top it off, the pattern is a framed pattern (ends are boxed in) with three separate "rooms" or sections built in.  This breaks up the balcony into different parts and the vertical framing boards make it look wider than it really is.

A traditional staggered pattern can bring back memories of summers at the cottage and on the dock!

Cedar Decking With Staggered Pattern

cedar decking

Cedar Balcony Staggered Pattern

Many condo owners want to have a condo balcony that is reminiscent of a cottage deck and ask for cedar decking with a staggered pattern.  This is one example of an installation we did for one owner who also requested an unusual (and quite beautiful) mushroom coloured stain.

Cedar Decking Staggered PatternIn this case the staggered decking pattern repeats itself every two boards but it can be made more complex with different repeating patterns.

What a difference it makes for the rows of colourful planters to have a lovely wood deck underneath them as opposed to drab concrete!