Cedar Springs Decks & Fences Blog

Learn about DIY projects, benefits to using a pro, cost saving tips, maintenance tips, what to look for in a contractor and much more from our blog.

New Website

We took the plunge! A new website is being developed. We have contracted Cowlick Studios with this daunting task. The new website should be up and running in a few weeks. With this new website we will be able to feature our diverse services. We honestly believe that offer more than any other deck and fence company. Where else can you have a deck, fence, pergola, shed, wheel chair ramp, outdoor kichen & fireplace built? Not too mention pool dug & home water proofed?

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Why you do I need to dig deep footings for my deck, fence or other structure.

This question gets asked everytime when we install. Why do you have to dig so deep? Plain and simple to ensure that the posts stay plumb against high winds and do not heave in the winter. In warmer climates such as Florida the posts for a 6 foot tall fence are fine when set into 2 foot deep holes. Some may say due to the recent mild winters we have that the 2 ft depth is fine for Windsor Ontario. This is a huge mistake. Post heave is a slow and steady process, it may take a few years but …

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New Equipment Added to Our Fleet.

We are happy to say that after years of renting equipment we have purchased our own Excavator. The Bobcat E50 is the best performing machine in its class, we were very pleased with its performance during a demo. you may know that we build decks, fences and various outdoor structures. We also perform demolition, excavating and waterproofing services. Contact us today for a free onsite quote.   Sal Costante Cedar Springs 519-817-4318

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Should you Use Screws or Nails When Building a Deck or Fence?

If at all possible, screw. Why?   Following are three reasons I think screws are usually the best choice.   1) Screws can be easily removed. I really believe this is reason #1 to use screws. You never know whether you will want to make a change or later down the road repair a damaged structure. If a fence has been nailed together using a framing nailer it is nearly impossible to remove the boards without breaking them.   2) Nails on decking backoff. Overtime deck boards will move and sometimes react to the weight of you walking on them. …

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Why Price Should Not be the Ultimate Deciding Factor

I was recently forwarded a video where a roofing company was contracted to build a deck. That should be red flag. Its roofing company not a deck contractor or even a general contractor. By the description on the company website it appears they worked on the site on a roofing job and the customer was happy with the roof work. And it probably was a good job because a roofing company stuck to their speciality…roofing. Chances are that the home owner called this company to see if they can install a roof top deck and didn’t bother quoting out to …

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Deck Staining

So as discussed in an earlier blog I will swtich the topics up every post. So now I’m writting about staining your deck.   Wood decks require maintenance because of their constant exposure to the weather. What makes the beating they get even worse is that the deck is horizontally exposed to the weather so unlike your fence, water, snow and solar ultraviolet light beat down directly on the deck’s surface all year long, and water does not run off. It is no wonder that the deck surface must be maintained every 1 to 3 years depending on the situation …

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2nd Post

Ok I have to admit it took a little time to figure out how to enter another blog post. I’m better with a measuring tape honest   So in my efforts to make my website more effective in reaching new clients, I have discovered several forums and met many friendly people in the same business as I am. I’ve learned a lot such as SEO, twitter, facebook fan pages, and certain keywords can do for you. I’ve also discovered a downside to my website. My website is flash based therefore google and other search engines can only pick up on …

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Meet Sal

Sal is a Mechanical Engineer and for several years, managed large scale projects for automotive companies. Tired of the cubical lifestyle, Sal wanted to do something for himself. Being very passionate about outdoor living and skillful in construction Cedar Springs Decks and Fences was created in 2008. Starting out with simple wood fencing and a post hole auger Sal slowly built his company. Sal based his installation techniques on quality over low pricing. After 5 years in business cedar Springs has grown into a corporation that has skilled carpenters, various equipment and several services, including deck and fence construction, sheds, shade structures, demolition, excavations and pool fill ins. You will be impressed on what we can do for you.

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