Ren­o­va­tion prod­ucts spring to life at show

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DAVID SQUARE

I’VE al­ways thought ren­o­va­tion and spring are syn­ony­mous be­cause they both re­fer to re­vival and re­birth. Ac­cord­ing to the Ox­ford Dic­tio­nary, the word ren­o­va­tion is de­rived from the Latin ren­o­vare, mean­ing to make new, im­part new vigour or re­vive. The word spring, when used to de­note a sea­son, is a time when Jews and Chris­tians cel­e­brate sal­va­tion and re­birth. It is also a time of re­newed en­ergy and hope when leap­ing, jump­ing, bound­ing, vault­ing and, yes, ren­o­vat­ing, are pre­req­ui­site to her­ald the re­turn of life. The joy of ren­o­vat­ing was alive and well when I at­tended the re­cent Home Ex­pres­sions Show at the RBC Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. Travis Dreger, a young en­tre­pre­neur and vi­cepres­i­dent of QC Qual­ity Con­cepts of Mor­den, ex­hib­ited a line of screened en­clo­sures and gaze­bos that are aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing and very prac­ti­cal. One of the de­signs I par­tic­u­larly liked was a free-stand­ing per­gola with a mo­tor­ized open/ close screen de­signed to keep the en­clo­sure bugfree on sum­mer evenings, while al­low­ing di­rect ac­cess to the out-of-doors dur­ing the pest-free months of spring and fall. Dreger pointed out there are mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions for his screened struc­tures, in­clud­ing cus­tom­ized free-stand­ing sizes and shapes, at­tach­ments to a home, cov­ers over a pool, hot tub or out­door fire­place or screen­ing an ex­ist­ing ve­randa area. “Aside from bug-free out­door living, our prod­ucts add value and curb ap­peal to a home as well as the op­tion for home­own­ers to spend more time in the healthy out­doors,” he said, adding the metal frames and heavy-duty screens are built to with­stand Man­i­toba win­ters; for a lit­tle more money, a re­tractable roof sys­tem that protects en­clo­sures from snow loads in win­ter is also avail­able. For home­own­ers who want to trans­form an ex­ist­ing ad­di­tion into ex­panded out­door living space, Dreger said his com­pany of­fers a va­ri­ety of mo­tor­ized screens. They come in a va­ri­ety of heavy-duty weaves and sub­tle colours and in­clude a choice of white, bronze, beige or ivory metal frames. “They’re ideal for a garage, porch or ca­bana where the open­ing can be cov­ered with a re­tractable screen at the touch of a but­ton, keep­ing out bugs but al­low­ing fresh air to cir­cu­late in­side the en­clo­sure at the same time,” said Dreger. The mo­tors and elec­tron­ics that op­er­ate the screens come with three- and two-year re­place­ment war­ranties, re­spec­tively. An­other in­trigu­ing prod­uct sold by Qual­ity Con­cepts is Eze-Breeze porch and pa­tio-glaz­ing ma­te­rial. “Many home­own­ers have pa­tios that are great for par­ties and fam­ily gath­er­ings but their use is limited by bugs and bad weather,” said Deger. His sug­ges­tion is to cover the area with vinyl­glazed pan­els with full-length screens that are light, strong and es­pe­cially suited to small out­door spa­ces. (The 10-mm vinyl is strong enough to with­stand a punch by a large man with­out break­ing and then re­turn to its orig­i­nal shape.) The vinyl pan­els are avail­able in ver­ti­cal four­track con­fig­u­ra­tions that can be ap­plied from floor to ceil­ing. Three of the four pan­els can be stacked over the fourth to al­low 75 per cent ven­ti­la­tion, or all four can be re­moved and stored, leav­ing the screens in place to al­low 100 per cent ven­ti­la­tion, said Deger. Hor­i­zon­tal side slid­ers are also avail­able with two or four track op­tions on neo­prene rollers; frames on all prod­ucts have a life­time war­ranty and a 10-year war­ranty on vinyl, screen and mov­ing parts. In­stal­la­tion costs are low be­cause re­fram­ing is not re­quired as the pan­els are cus­tom-made to fit ex­ist­ing open­ings. Stan­dard or cus­tom-built sin­gle or dou­ble Ca­bana doors in ver­ti­cal four-track or fixed lite styles can be pur­chased to match en­clo­sures. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Dreger at 204-712-6775 or check the com­pany web­site at qual­i­ty­con­ An­other prod­uct that caught my eye was res­i­den­tial fenc­ing con­structed of con­crete. One style looked like cedar-stained wood pan­els com­monly sold at lum­ber­yards in sixor eight-foot-high hor­i­zon­tal or ver­ti­cal-board pan­els. Andy Stum­borg of DDS Con­sult­ing, the Canadian man­u­fac­turer of the cus­tom pre­cast fences and en­tries, said the com­pany’s prod­ucts can be stained any colour and it will last 20 years. “For home­own­ers who are tired of re-stain­ing ev­ery three or four years, this low-main­te­nance fea­ture is a real bonus,” said Stromberg, adding the con­crete has an in­def­i­nite life­span, many times that of treated wood or solid cedar. To date, many of the com­pany’s fences and en­trance­ways — man­u­fac­tured in nu­mer­ous cus­tom de­signs — have been used as eye-catch­ing perime­ters for res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sions. How­ever, Stromberg said DDS Con­sult­ing is


Above, Alan Harder (left) and Andy Stum­borg of DDS Con­sult­ing ex­hib­ited a whites­tained con­crete fence with a 20-year war­ranty. The cedarstained con­crete fence panel in the back­ground has been used ex­ten­sively to en­close large res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments. Now, Stum­borg says, the com­pany is pro­duc­ing railtype fences that ap­peal to in­di­vid­ual home­own­ers be­cause they look like wood tim­ber but are vir­tu­ally main­te­nance free. At left, a backyard per­gola by Qual­ity Con­cepts has a mo­tor­ized screen that can be opened or closed with the touch of a but­ton.

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