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The Kinnear Centre: Where Functionality Meets Aesthetics

The Kinnear Centre is the perfect example at how modern style meets artistic beauty Photo By Diamond Schmitt Archetects

The Kinnear Centre is the perfect example of how modern style meets artistic beauty.
Photo By Diamond Schmitt Architects

Located in the gorgeous Bow River Valley in Banff National Park, The Kinnear Centre is a shining example of how modern design, and classic materials can create a stunning facility.

The Banff Centre was founded in 1933, and is the largest arts and creativity center on the planet. It consists of several different facilities all centrally located around The Kinnear Centre. Also known as the “heart of the campus” this building was developed to be a learning and meeting center for the arts. Since it opened in 2010 The Kinnear Centre has hosted a wide array of programs and conferences. Whether it be the arts, studying, or exhibits, this building has it all.

Jack Diamond was the architect that led this project. He wanted to develop an idea that would bring together a functional and charming presence. He opted for Ipe to add accents to bring the warmth and beauty to this mountain side environment.

Building a facility made entirely of glass and steel would not look as picturesque as a building that has incorporated organic elements to blend in with its natural environment. With all of those open windows, something needed to be created that would block some of the direct sunlight, while still allowing amazing views of the landscape. Sun-breakers were made out of Ipe and were installed at an angle to provide shade, but not disrupt the views.

The Banff National Park has a subarctic climate. What this means is, it’s extremely cold for the majority of the year, and when it does warm up, it’s usually pretty mild. This area receives 18.6 inches of precipitation annually, and up to 92.2 inches of snow a year! All of this snow and moisture has to go somewhere, but it’s not going to damage the Ipe!

This is another reason why Ipe was chosen, because of its durability and dependability. Ipe has an extremely tight grain that keeps moisture from entering the board. This resistance from water penetration keeps moisture from freezing inside the board, so cracking and splitting isn’t even a concern.

This exotic hardwood is known for its reliability, resistance to water intrusion and termite attacks. So think about it, if Ipe can survive for year in a subarctic climate, then there is no reason to doubt it wont perform in your own personal application.

What is Portable Decking? Discover the Benefits of Advantage Deck Tiles™

Advantage Deck Tiles™ are the easiest way to enhance to look of any outdoor space. They are ideal for both renters and homeowners who are looking for a fast and easy way to renovate their apartments or home. Many of our customers say that installing their new tiles took them less than a day.

Another great reason these wood deck tiles are an ideal choice for your home? Portability. Imagine actually taking your deck with you to your new home? That’s a benefit you just can’t get with any other decking product.

Now, we are offering this outdoor flooring solution in three of our most popular sustainable hardwoods: Ipe, Tigerwood, and Cumaru.

The hardest thing about the entire process will be choosing the style that best suits your unique tastes. Here’s a brief video that showcases just how easy it is to buy and install Advantage Deck Tiles™:

FSC & Sustainable Hardwood Decking from AdvantageLumber.com

Lumber companies have gained a bad reputation over the years. Many people believe that since hardwood decking products originate from the Rainforest that today’s lumber companies do more harm than good. If you spend the time to read up on recent reports from organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, you’ll learn how sustainable forestry efforts actually do more long-term good for indigenous communities as well as the forest as a whole.

Watch this video to learn more about the positives of managed forestry and our role in it:

It might seem illogical that cutting down trees is actually positive for the Rainforest. However, the data compiled by multiple regulatory and oversight agencies show that logging’s impact on deforestation is dwindling compared to two other industries. In fact, over 80% of deforestation is due to the slashing and burning practices of cattle ranchers and farmers.

At AdvantageLumber.com, we see to it that the forest maintains its value. By working with the mills directly in Brazil, we see to it the trees come from well managed areas, and aren’t logged carelessly.

We also sell certified FSC decking materials and pride ourselves in our sustainable practices with our products.

How “Green” is Sustainable Forestry? Is Wood Decking BAD for the Environment?

This container of Advantage Ipe Decking is one example of sustainable forestry.

One of the marketing tricks spread by synthetic decking companies is that real wood decking is bad for the environment and the overall world economy. They say that their products don’t require trees to be cut down, therefore their products are “green.” They try to profess that because their products are recycled that their decking is truly “eco-friendly.” Yet, as any logical person knows, those two things don’t correlate. Now, sure…we ARE a wood decking company. Of COURSE, we’d have a problem with those claims…

But, in this case…there are actual findings and independent reports that push back against these claims.

Want an example? Well, here’s a report from the FAO. The FAO Is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Click here to read the State of the World’s Forests report.

Want a summary? Sure!

In a nutshell, the FAO says that the sustainable forestry methods practiced in South America and elsewhere can have a great impact and positive contribution to improving the world economy. The results of sustainable forestry can include:

  • Reduced poverty and hunger
  • Minimized negative impacts of climate change
  • The invention and promotion of alternative and sustainable bio-products and bio-energy

Wait…isn’t forestry BAD for everyone? Not so fast. Remember, unlike synthetic materials derived from oil (an unsustainable resource, by any measure),
trees are one of the world’s most reliable and renewable resources!

Here’s what the FAO has to say:

“The promotion of a sustainable forest-based industry offers a way to improve rural economies while meeting sustainability goals”

Here’s another quote, not from some marketing guy, but from FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry Eduardo Rojas-Briales: “Forests and trees on farms are a direct source of food, energy and cash income for more than a billion of the world’s poorest people.”

Want another from the Assistant Director-General? Here you go. “At the same time, forests trap carbon and mitigate climate change, maintain water and soil health, and prevent desertification. The sustainable management of forests offers multiple benefits—with the right programs and policies, the sector can lead the way towards more sustainable, greener economies.”

Here’s what we have to say about what it really means to provide sustainable decking in our environmental policy.

Does this information clear the air? Can you see now that decking and lumber companies that provide these kinds of material are actually contributing to the growing green economy? What do you think? Let us know.

The Lacey Act – What it means for you? Why it’s a good thing for all of us.

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Advantage Trim & Lumber promotes the Lacey Act through responsible forestry.

What is the Lacey Act?

Signed into law in the year 1900, the Lacey Act is a century old United States law that makes it a federal crime to buy, sell, or trade any wildlife or plants that were procured and transported by illegal means. This includes the import and exporting of both domestic and exotic lumber. For the lumber industry during that time, The Lacey Act was a wake up call. Conduct business in a responsible manner that doesn’t destroy the very resource you depend on, or face a federal court. While the battle still rages on against illegal logging across the world, it is companies like Advantage Trim & Lumber that are leading the way when it comes to sustainable forestry.

What does the Lacey Act mean for you? Continue reading

Tigerwood Decking in San Francisco, CA

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This Tigerwood deck will be an attractive place for patrons to sit, eat, and relax.

Why is Tigerwood a great decking option for California homes and businesses?

For starters, Tigerwood is instantly attractive. Many of our customers in California have told us that they enjoy working with such an easy material because it cuts labor costs and install time. We’ve even had customers call us to say that the second their commercial project was completed they saw an immediate increase in business thanks to more walk in traffic and customer interest.

It’s not hard to imagine people walking by this pizza parlor in San Francisco and staring at it.  With those rich colors of rusty oranges, brown, and dark black streaks you would only need one attempt to guess this wood’s name. From California to New York, you can find more and more outside commercial projects using exotic  and eco-friendly decking materials like Tigerwood.

Looks aside, there are some very practical reasons why Tigerwood is a great choice for commercial applications. Continue reading

Tigerwood Decking – Durability with Smoking Hot Good Looks

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Tigerwood creates an outdoor space you'll want to show off.

Let’s be honest. That is one awesome looking deck. We get pictures like the one above from satisfied homeowners every day. The people who send us these pics tell us that after they installed the Tigerwood decking they bought from Advantage that neighbors who never even said so much as a “Hello” all of a sudden say things like, “Wow. What kind of wood is that!?” and “That is one nice looking deck. Great job on the build!” The rusty browns and black mottled streaks of Tigerwood create a space you won’t want to step away from. It’s density also gives it properties that make it last well over 25 years. Mold and decay resistance give you exceptional structural integrity. For kids, the fact that Tigerwood is really hard to scratch or splinter means that bare feet will be safe. Oh, and when it rains? Tigerwood dries fast and thanks to reliable slip resistance. Oh, and those looks!

Why settle for the decking that advertises that says it “looks just like” something when you can have the real thing? Continue reading