Category Archives: Composite Decking

A hazelwood composite balcony with raised sitting area provides a nice contrast while allowing people in the lounge chairs to see over the railing.

Hazelwood Composite With Raised Sitting Area

Hazelwood decking with raised sitting area.

My favourite composite decking company (TruNorth Deck) came out with a lovely Hazelwood composite last year that has been getting rave reviews from my condo clients.

The Hazelwood still comes with the nice dark streaks which really makes darker furniture stand out and provides a nice contrast in the decking.

In this installation we also raised one end of the flooring to provide more contrast and to allow the people sitting in the end chairs to be able to see over the railing.

The vertical boards make this narrow balcony look wider while breaking it up into different sections.



Composite decking can provide the "cottage" look without all the sanding and re-staining over the years.

Townhouse Composite Decking

Before Photo

This townhouse composite decking installation was relatively straightforward except for the fact that the customer was nice enough to provide us with some great before and after photos.

This super townhouse is located in mid-town Toronto and like many in this area has a beautiful view overlooking some trees and a few neighbours' backyards.  The balcony was mid-sized and suffering from years of wear and tear.

After Photo

The initial was well built and solid as a rock and made from treated wood.  The customer wanted to continue with the wood look but did not want to get involved in sanding and staining over the years.  Therefore he chose a nice brown composite that matched some of his furniture and continued to provide him with a "cottage" look.

Condo Composite Decking With Lighting

This large, condo composite decking installation also requested lighting on the interior side.  The customer chose Amazon Grey, which is turning out to be our most popular composite decking by far!

Because the balcony was rather long with a funny extra piece at the bottom, we decided to break up in the middle, with two sections.  This gives it the feeling of more "rooms" or spaces on the balcony.

Lighting was installed on the inside edge of the balcony (sorry, no photo of it at night!).  Along with an inside switch, the customers can now turn on their lighting in the evening and

enjoy the view without ever going outside.

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.