Deck Wars

Think you’ve got the best backyard on the block?

Think again. Beginning Thursday, July 7 at 10pm ET/PT, brand new Canadian original series Deck Wars will bring together weekend deck enthusiasts in a construction challenge that will test the limits of outdoor design.

Hosted by HGTV Canada’s new rock star construction guru, Paul Lafrance (Decked Out), this challenge has competitors constructing full decks in a pressure cooker of time, expectations and skill – putting it all on the line to win a very large trophy, and eternal bragging rights.

The field of battle for Deck Wars is an indoor warehouse, with all materials and tools awaiting the arrival of the warriors. Unlike most backyard deck constructions, you won’t find any beer or buddies here. Instead, it’s a fast-paced construction challenge that results in competitors resorting to distraction tactics, name-calling, dueling…and even dance-offs.

Aided by the cast of characters from Decked Out, and guided along the way by Paul himself, teams must use every moment wisely to assert their deck dexterity. They will be judged by Paul along with two other rotating HGTV personalities, including Bryan Baeumler (Disaster DIY), Scott McGillivray (Income Property), and Damon Bennett (Holmes Inspection). Only one team is entitled to personal glory and glowing pride in the end, when they are named the winner of Deck Wars.

“Decked Out has been a breakout success for HGTV Canada – it’s currently the number one show on the network* – so we’re thrilled to bring Canadians more outdoor fun with Deck Wars” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Viewers clearly have had an overwhelmingly positive response to Paul Lafrance and his team, and Deck Wars will continue to highlight his hip, unique approach to deck construction – now with the added element of competition that will engage viewers even further.”

Featuring a different deck challenge in each episode, competitors must flex their creativity as they create decks built for themes such as hot tubs or shade. Guaranteed in each episode is the sense of humour Decked Out is known for, along with exceptional craftsmanship and up-close deck-building action.

“I am thrilled that HGTV viewers will get to see the creativity and resourcefulness that surfaces when weekend warriors participate in this type of challenge,” says Paul Lafrance, host of HGTV’s Deck Wars. “These teams are made up of regular guys. With a little help from my crew, it’s amazing what they can accomplish in a crazy two-day war zone – plus they have a ton of fun along the way.”

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*Decked Out is currently the number one and number two program on HGTV amongst A25-54 and M25-54. Source: BBM Canada PPM data, Apr 4 – May 29, 2011