Spigots & 12mm Custom Glass

Spigots & 12mm Custom Glass

If you are looking to immerse yourself in nature, a railing without posts is a great look.  With spigot style posts that are 9” tall, the view is almost uninterrupted. 

InvisiRail’s ability to customize 12mm thick glass panels, in concert with our spigot system, allows the customer to expand their view. Your outdoor space will meld with your surroundings without the visual obstructions of a normal railing system.  

We have spigots available in stainless steel and textured black with an option for powder coating in a variety of colours. With these colour options you can add a personal touch to your home or cottage.

When we choose a place to relax and recharge we consider the view, not the railings…spigot railings are the clear choice.  

 

Note: InvisiRail™ cannot guarantee that custom-made products will meet all local building codes. It is the responsibility of the installer to ensure that the materials they are using will be installed correctly and will meet the necessary building code requirements of their region.

Winter Planning

Winter Planning

Winter is time to plan for your projects, and arrange your materials.

It’s such a great feeling to put the mower, rakes, trimmer, pruners, and shovels away in the shed. A well-deserved break from numerous outdoor jobs, and your lengthy to do lists. Canada is great for many reasons but giving us a well-deserved break from the yard work is certainly on the list!

Our attention quickly turns to Christmas, and a New Year. Bundling up and trying to enjoy the beauty that is, a Canadian Winter. Whether you ski, ice fish, or just read lots of books under a cozy light, there is a feeling of pride associated with closing out another year.

In the building, manufacturing, and contractor industry, we all take a well-deserved break from the long hours, and busy days. We spend time with friends and family that have missed us. We try to remember what it felt like to binge watch a favourite show.

Once we enter the new year, our attention turns to our new season. Planning and scheduling projects. Hoping we can fill our summer months fast and be able to keep everyone working. Unfortunately for the customer that waits till spring or summer to start thinking about their project, they may find it hard to believe that the contractor is telling them, “We might get there around August!“…August?!!

Fall and Winter. What a great time to start looking at some projects you may have planned for the New Year! You now have the time to weigh out your options, get multiple quotes, and hem and haw over what materials best suit your needs. Great time to do your homework and find the right contractor. The sooner you book your project, the sooner you can get it done in the new year. 

At LIV Building Products, we quote projects all year round for customers and contractors. The customers shop price, and availability, and pick the right products for their needs. Luckily, we provide free quotes, material lists, and layouts through any of your local Lumber and Building Supplies retailers. This allows the customer, you, to begin finding a contractor, or find friends and family to help with your project. Hopefully sooner than later. Knowing which product you need, and knowing its availability early on, can certainly lessen any last minute surprises close to build day.

Get your project started anytime with LIV Building Products. Right here in Ontario.

So Many Railing Options! How Do You Decide?

So Many Railing Options! How Do You Decide?

When it comes to railings, there is never a shortage of options. It is extremely easy to get confused during the process of choosing the right rail for your project. However, this can be made easier by narrowing down your choices in the beginning. Here are some questions to get started:

  • Glass, or spigots?
  • Which colours will work for your property?
  • Any maintenance requirements?
  • Warranty?
  • Where is it made?
  • Budget?

These will all play a big role in your decision making. 

However, the quickest way to start narrowing your options down to something manageable, is to find out which ones are engineer approved to be used in your region.

With so many railings entering the market. Some offshore, state side, and regional manufacturers or distributors may not have completed safety standard testing at all, much less Engineer Sealed documentation. Testing and engineered sealed details are especially important. Not just for your own safety, but also the safety of others. Nobody wants to put up a new rail, spend their money and time, to  then be told by their building official the need to tear it down as it does not meet standards.

Ask the company and or companies you are researching if they can send you engineered details and test data. I assure you, that this will narrow your choices fast.

Liv Building Products, and InvisiRail both conduct outside testing and supply engineer sealed details for a wide variety of railing options. Not to mention Liv Building Products also, do estimates, construction layouts, and material list for all their products. Even better, these are free services offered to help you from start to finish. Oh, did we mention that many of their options are Made in Ontario?!

TruNorth and Clubhouse Decking: Manufactured in Canada

TruNorth and Clubhouse Decking: Manufactured in Canada

Finally!!! A Composite Decking made in Canada! Right here in Ontario.

Clubhouse PVC Decking, and TruNorth Composite Decking are manufactured by the same company in Ontario, Canada.

They have spent many years creating great products and investing plenty of time and money to make products that meet and exceed all building code requirements.

CCMC approved, and made here in Ontario, clearly makes this one an easy choice.

From the higher end PVC decking that is branded as Clubhouse Decking, to Composite Decking, branded as TruNorth decking, there are plenty of great choices for any customer, and for any project. You can be assured that you are buying a great product with a great warranty, National Code approvals, and manufactured and distributed right here in Ontario!

Next time you are looking for a composite deck for your home, or for your next client, look right here in Ontario for Clubhouse and TruNorth low maintenance decking.  Distributed by LIV Building Products in Uxbridge, Ontario.

Enjoy It While You Have It!

Enjoy It While You Have It!

Some people that aren’t from the frozen North may ask, “Why would you spend time and money on your deck and landscape, when you only get a few months of summer to enjoy it?” My reply is always the same: “That’s exactly why we make our outdoor spaces so nice! With so little time to enjoy our beautiful outdoors, we want to enjoy summer to the max. That means relaxing decks, pristine yards, gorgeous views, and most importantly, great friends!” Maybe a beer or two as well!

Visit www.livbuildingproducts.com and www.invisirail.com for more information and great tips on how to improve your outdoor space and “Enjoy it while you have it.”

Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog

Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog

If I had to narrow down one saying in the world of business that drives me crazy, it would be “Don’t let the tail wag the dog.”

In the world of business, the thought that one party is the dog and the other party is the tail is simply not true — erase that thought from your mind! Working as an outside sales representative in the building products distribution industry for many years, I know that a true relationship with your dealer partner is a purely symbiotic relationship, and you can’t have one without the other. A dealer can’t sell to their retail customer if the distributor can’t supply, and the supplier can’t survive without dealers buying from them. Both the dealer and supplier are equal partners in creating revenues for their companies.

If you look at it the way we do, you strive to build business relationships. If you forget about the “Tail wagging the dog,” mindset, you may even be lucky enough to build business friendships with your dealer partners —relationships based on the reality that you can’t have one without the other. If you just can’t shake the thought that someone has to be the dog and the other the tail, then just remember: the only person that could be the dog is the end user, the retail customer, and those of us in the supply chain are the tail. We definitely want to keep the end user happy, or we all know where the tail goes!

Don’t Block Your Beautiful Landscape

Don’t Block Your Beautiful Landscape

During my many years of building the landscapes of our customers dreams, there were two things that drove me crazy. Number one was that when we were done building a beautiful landscape, the customer would block the view from their deck with pickets and rails. Second would be putting plastic frogs and turtles on a beautiful water feature.

Although we may not be able to avoid quirky decor, InvisiRail™ is the perfect solution if you’re looking for an unobstructed view! Withs 6’ sections of glass, and no top or bottom rail, you will see your property in all its glory. Whether it is a beautiful landscape built by a landscaper or a beautiful vista built by nature, not blocking your view is what we do!

Lose The Red Tape

Lose The Red Tape

Always — and I mean always — strive  to be the friendliest, easiest and quickest partner that you can be in any business relationship. The end goal is to be the distributor that shines when things go wrong. Always imagine yourself as the end user, better known as the retail customer. If there are delays or challenges during your project, put yourself in the customer’s shoes and ask yourself what your reaction would be.

No matter how hard a company works to be the easiest, friendliest, most compassionate company that their dealer partners can count on, there will always be challenges once and awhile.  Yes, there may be challenges during any large project, but as long as the dealer and their customer know without question that you will make everything right in a timely manner, you will gain trust. A well-handled challenge or issue will gain you more business in the future, as the trust has now been established. Next time a challenge arises, don’t start by asking why, how or who is responsible, simply start by asking, “Ok, what do we need to do to fix the problem, and then fix it in a timely and compassionate manner?”

It’s not about what you know, but rather how much you care.

Respect For The Contractor

Respect For The Contractor

What does it really mean to be a contractor in 2020? A good contractor will provide his customer with new product ideas, execute the improvement or new build of your project and is responsible for supplying the necessary equipment, material, labour and services to complete the project. These are just some of the contributions. Choosing a decking contractor is a big decision. Customers want quality products, superior customer service and an experienced partner.  A great contractor will do all these things and more.

I recently hired a contractor to build my deck in my backyard. This guy was efficient, on time, clean and friendly. He was informative and provided me with the information I needed so that we could come up with an affordable material list. When looking at balconies, terraces, decks and patios, we don’t have to settle for treated wood. Several alternatives exist in the market and you’ll only have to determine which type is best suited for your home and the space you have. He suggested Deckorators Composite Decking. Deckorators products are backed by an industry-leading warranty, 25-year removal and replacement warranty, which is the first of its kind. To achieve a top-of-the-line finish, similar to wood, without having to be concerned with applying finishes and/or layers of paint for maintenance, composite decks represent the perfect solution. They fare very well over time, are resistant to dust and do not discolour. I had a budget in mind, and we were able to stay in that budget while also ending up with a low maintenance deck. He used hidden fasteners by Camo, as well as G-tape on the joists to prevent early signs of mold.

You work hard for your money so save time and money by hiring a professional to do the work quickly and efficiently. I had to do some research on the best decking products to use, and in consultation with my contractor we were able to make the best choices for my deck. I didn’t want a quick fix in my backyard. I wanted a deck that would last, have zero to no maintenance, that would be safe and look great. Although I have been known to be a DIY guy, I was happy I chose a professional to work on my deck. A good contractor is an investment. With a great contractor by your side, you will never be left alone when making decisions about your project.

My local home building centre recommended this contractor and I was pleased with his company. After all, Home Building Centres is where contractors go to get their material. The relationship between the contractor and building centre is key.