Decks and Balconies

While a ship’s captain may have a little time to batten down the hatch and get all hands on deck when he smells a storm, your deck may not give you the chance before it collapses. Your deck is where you relax, toast your daughter’s graduation, and celebrate summer. But a deck can also be one of the most dangerous areas of your home. According to the North American Deck and Railing Association, at least 30 deaths were reported between 2000...

Montreal is a city with a great many balconies, porches and back decks; and Montrealers make good use of them during the summers. Playwright David Fennario even referred to the city as "Balconville" in his play of the same name, alluding to the balcony's central place in the city's culture, where thousands of Montrealers retreat to escape the heat of their sun-baked homes - and often get to know their neighbours better at the same time. But when homeowners make the...

Spring has arrived in Montreal—for real this time, we hope! And that means it's time to get the patio decked out. Last year's metal chairs rusted? Wicker torn apart? Plastic discolored? Ever wondered what patio furniture is best for this climate? What's best for your particular patio? Consult this handy list of the pros and cons of all the usual suspects to help you make the right choice: [caption id="attachment_1417" align="alignnone" width="650"] Decked out in plastic! We found these on Green Frog Recycled Plastic...