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2017 Deck Season Inspiration

Feb 07, 2017 | Posted in Messages and News By Devin Crawford-Tufts

deck inspiration blog

Inspiration for 2017

The 2017 deck season is quickly approaching and DecksDirect is here to help you build better decks. It's never too early to start preparing, so we've compiled some of our favorite customer projects as inspiration for your project this year. We've also featured go-getter projects for those of you who just can't wait until winter is over.

 

Too Cold Outside? No Problem!

Winter doesn't have to be so boring, even when there's snow and freezing temps you can still get your DIY fix in. Take a look at what our customers were able to do once they took their project indoors!

Indoor installation of square balusters by Tehk

Square Aluminum Balusters by Solutions

We start off with Scott’s beautiful installation of Square Aluminum Balusters by Solutions. These black balusters really make the wood railing stand out, perfectly complementing the natural look and feel of the wood. These balusters are great for any project indoors or out, because the powder coating extends over the ends of the baluster, making them maintenance-free and extremely durable. Scott's project will look great for years to come because aluminum doesn't rust and won't have any chemical reactions with his wood rails.

 
 
 
To connect his balusters, Scott used the Square Baluster Connectors by Solutions. These plastic connectors are available for both level and stair railing with a stair connector angle of 30° - 35°. You will need 2 connectors for each baluster, one for the top connection and one for the bottom connection. Once installed, 2 straight connectors will add roughly 1/8” to your rail height.

 

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Indoor installation of cablerail cable railing

CableRail Assembly Kit by Feeney

Richard decided to take a modern approach to his indoor railing and installed CableRail Assembly Kits by Feeney for a low-maintenance upgrade. Cable Railing looks attractive indoors and outdoors and is a DIY-friendly way to tie together your interior and exterior living spaces. The CableRail Assembly Kit makes installing Cable Railing a simpler process as it includes a lot of the materials required for installing your cable. Included with your kit is your selected length of cable with a Threaded Terminal Fitting pre-attached, one Quick-Connect® SS Fitting, two Stainless Flat Washers and one Snug-Grip® Washer Nut. Richard also took advantage of the CableRail Stainless Steel End Caps to cover up his unsightly washers and quick-connnects.

PRO TIP: the only way to remove cable from a fitting is to use a cable release tool or to cut the cable and run new wire. To speed up the install process and give yourself a little wiggle room, we strongly recommend adding a Cable Release Tool to any CableRail order.

 

Shop CableRail Assembly Kit by Feeney

 

 

 

Summer Project Inspiration

Some things just can't be done in the cold. Trust us, being in Minnesota, we know all about the cold. Check out these customers' summer projects to spark some ideas for your summer projects!

Installation of hog wild railing panels

Mesh Level Rail Panels by Wild Hog Railing

Here's Susan’s beautiful installation of Wild Hog Level Railing Panels set into a wood rail. These 4x4 mesh level rail panels are easy to install in wood, like Susan did by routing a channel into her top and bottom rails to hold the panel in place. The panels are not bulky and will give Susan excellent visibility with their designed 4” x 4” welded cross points. She is also getting a great deal by using Wild Hog because Wild Hog panels are made from 6 gauge steel that is zinc primed and powder coated, making for a maintenance-free long lasting railing installation.

 
 
To finish off her beautiful railing Susan went with the verde green Victoria High Top Pyramid Post Caps by Deckorators. These post caps offer 3 different metal tops and a cedar or pressure treated base to match your wood style. They’re a stylish post accent that will leave you with a professional look, just as they did for Susan.

 

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Installation of a large pergola project over-top of a patio area

OZCO Laredo Sunset Ornamental Wood Ties

Take a peek at Michael's beast of a pergola project, built using OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties. This awesome multi-tiered design features OZCO’s Laredo Sunset Ornamental Wood Ties as the glue that holds everything together, both structurally and aesthetically. Think of these wood ties as the proverbial “icing on the cake” from a design standpoint, but it's icing that also meets or exceeds building codes. Within Michaels’ project we see he used some Post to Beam Bolt Brackets to ratchet up his cross beams to his posts, some Timber Screws to tie through those beams, some Flush Inside Tie Plates to tighten up his diagonal connections, and Hex Cap Nuts to add the finishing touches.

All of these wood ties are approved for ACQ treated lumber, crafted from powder coated aluminum or hot dipped galvanized steel and corrosion resistant. Give us a call and we can walk you through how to build your very own beast of a pergola.

 

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Trex Transcend railing installation with Trex Post Caps

Trex Transcend Cap-Stock Composite Railing System

 Rounding out the list we have Stephens’s pro-looking install of Trex Transcend Cap-Stock Composite Railing. Trex Transcend Railing is an easy to install composite system that has multiple color and infill options available. One great thing about Trex Transcend is that their infill kits have everything you will need to install round or square balusters. Stephen decided to go with the square Transcend Composite Baluster Pack in black which gave a nice, clean look to his railing. For a cohesive design, Stephen chose to complement his black balusters with a matching black Universal Bottom Rail and Universal Top Rail, which allowed him to easily use spare deck boards to create a drink rail.

Stephen's design is finished with black Transcend Post Sleeves and black LED Flat Post Cap Lights to safely and stylishly enjoy his deck late into the evening hours. The finished product is a beautifully crafted railing that is low maintenance and will last a very long time.

 

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Congratulations to Jeffrey from Massachusetts for winning our Deck of the Month contest for January. Jeffrey's deck features rugged looking Vintage Series square pickets from Fortress Iron Railing finished with Imperial Solar Post cap Light by Classy Caps. Jeffrey can enjoy his deck’s wooded view wearing his new DecksDirect swag.

If you have a photo you would like to submit to our contest, simply post a photo to Instagram including the hashtag #DecksDirect OR submit a photo with a review on the appropriate product page. By doing so, you will be entered to win great prizes from our Deck of the Month Contest.

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OZCO on HGTV's Fixer Upper

Jan 23, 2017 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Kelly Lone

Ozco on HGTV's Fixer Upper Blog

Ozco on HGTV's Fixer Upper

Featured on Season 4, Episode 4 of HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper, Ozco Ornamental Wood Ties are a safe, durable, and beautiful way to add cast iron-inspired accents to your outdoor living spaces. The Eberle's renovated home features Ornamental Wood Ties on the front porch, as well as a beautiful, two-tiered pergola in the backyard. Designed to be the "icing on the cake" for any outdoor project, Ornamental Wood Ties exceed building codes, are suitable for use with treated lumber, and are easy to install for DIYers and professionals alike.

 

We Stock Ozco

Ozco Authorized Stocking Dealer Did you know DecksDirect.com is an authorized Stocking Dealer of Ozco products? Most Ozco items typically ship same day if the order is placed before 3:30 pm CST on weekdays. We carry the full Laredo Sunset and Ironwood lines, as well as a full selection of ornamental accents, and all the essential hardware you need to complete your patio, pergola, or deck project.

Check out our Inspiration Gallery for dozens of great projects, including some built by DecksDirect.com customers! Have you completed an Ozco project you’d like to show off? Submit it to our customer photo gallery here 

Shop Ozco Building Products

 

 

Get The Look

Get the Fixer Upper look by using the Ironwood line of products to add a stylish and structurally sound finishing touch to your own project. Ozco's Ironwood Ornamental Wood Ties can stand up to the harshest outdoor weather conditions, and even look beautiful indoors as accents on doors, rafters, window and door frames, and more. These products are easy to install and sure to impress.

These are the must-have products featured on Fixer Upper:

Ozco OWT Ironwood Post Base Kit

Ironwood Post Base Kit

These kits contain everything you need to reinforce any project from the ground up. Use them at every post base for a cohesive design that looks polished and professional. They make posts stand out by showcasing a strong connection to the ground. If you're working on an existing design and have previously installed posts, you can use the Ironwood Faux Post Base Kit to achieve the same look, because it installs directly on to your existing posts.

 

 

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Ozco OWT Ironwood Rafter Clips

Ironwood Rafter Clips

These versatile angle brackets can be used virtually anywhere, and add a subtle design touch when used on every rafter joint. They are easy to install and are a great way to highlight rather than hide your connections. They can be spotted on each end of every rafter on both sides of the Eberle pergola, and have dozens of applications both indoors and out.

 

 

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Ozco OWT Ironwood Post to Beam Bracket Kit

Ironwood Post to Beam Bracket Kit

This bracket kit is great for DIYers since it features an innovative interlocking ledge design which supports the overhead beam during installation, and it can be used on smooth or rough cut lumber. These are used on the front porch and center section of the tiered pergola, and showcase the strength of Ozco. Hardware is included in the kit, so you'll have everything you need to install this bracket. 

 

 

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Ozco OWT Fan Truss Base

Fan Truss Base

This beautiful truss connector makes a huge statement as you approach the renovated Eberle home, and it can seamlessly tie any project together for a structurally and aesthetically strong design. Add Ozco's Ironwood Truss Accents to complement the rest of your design. Truss bases are a bold accent whether indoors or outside, and are available in multiple fan sizes with a straightforward finish that can be easily accented in either decorative style. Truss Accents are also available in Laredo Sunset to match Laredo Sunset designs.

 

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You can read more about the Fixer Upper project on Ozco's website.
Click here to view the Fixer Upper project plans, which include everything you need from bolts to lumber.

 

 

Free Custom Design Services

DecksDirect.com offers free design services for all of our customers! Our in-house design staff are here to help you with your project, no matter the size or budget. Call, email, or use our quote form to contact us and get your project done in time for spring and summer fun. Whether your design is simple or intricate, we can help you get started today.

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DecksDirect Connect

Jan 09, 2017 | Posted in Messages and News By Devin Crawford-Tufts

DecksDirect Connect

What is DD Connect you ask?

DD Connect is a new training program open to any interested deck builder. DecksDirect.com experts will teach you exactly how to install railing systems from specific manufacturers. We will run you through our carefully-curated presentations and give you all the knowledge you need to build better decks!

What's in it for you?

  • Expert product and installation knowledge provided by DecksDirect.com
  • Personal presentations from experts covering all product options available at DecksDirect.com
  • In-depth installation videos that highlight proper product installation
  • Enrollment in our Professional Builder Program - you'll receive discounts and rebates on your purchases
  • Receive all of this at no cost! Our program is FREE

 

Don't Miss Out

Our first program will cover Deckorators Railing Systems. If you’re interested in participating and would like to learn more about the training programs we will offer in the future, please follow the sign up link below, fill in the form and we will contact you with more information!

Sign Up for DD Connect Here

 

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Deckorators CXT Pro Composite Railing System

Dec 21, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Devin Crawford-Tufts

Deckorators CXT Composite Rail System Blog

Deckorators CXT Pro Railing System

Deckorators equals options and with the Deckorators CXT Pro Railing System you get just that, options! This easily customizable and highly durable railing system is an industry leader. Not only does it feature co-extruded materials with a tough PVC alloy cap stock, it also features a "U-Bracket" design that conceals the hardware used to install the railing system. To add even more benefit for you, DecksDirect.com is a Deckorators Platinum Dealer meaning we will have any of the customization options ready and available for you!

 

Infill Options

Classic Round Aluminum Balusters

Deckorators Classic Round Aluminum Balusters

The classic round aluminum balusters are available in packs of 10 and come in your choice of gloss black, matte black (36" lengths only), white and bronze. These round balusters are 3/4" in diameter and utilize a durable 18 gauge metal. You will need to order baluster connectors separately as they are not included. DecksDirect.com has several different compatible connector options to choose from including: Round Straight Baluster Connectors by Deckorators, Designer Baluster Connectors by Deckorators, Round Baluster Connectors by Solutions, Round Baluster Connectors by Tehk & Uni-Ball Baluster Connectors for Round Balusters. Enhance the look of your railing and balusters with designer baluster connectors, or keep a sleek and clean look by using concealed baluster connectors like the Round Baluster Connectors by Deckorators.

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Estate Square Balusters by Deckorators

Estate Square Balusters by Deckorators

Create a modern look with the square shaped estate square balusters by Deckorators. These low-maintenance aluminum balusters with a powder-coated finish reward you with an impressive wrought-iron appearance that lasts for years! These balusters come in packs of 10 or a pack of 100 (black only). Theses square balusters are 3/4" in diameter and utilize a durable 18 gauge metal. There are several colors available including: black, matte black, bronze, white, matte gray, matte white and weathered brown. You will need to order baluster connectors separately as they are not included. DecksDirect.com has several different compatible connector options to choose from including: Standard Estate Square Baluster Connectors by Deckorators, Estate Square Baluster Connectors by Deckorators, Square Baluster Connectors by Solutions, Square Shoe Connectors for Fortress Iron Balusters (compatible), and Square Baluster Connectors by Tehk.

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Classic Round Aluminum Balusters

Deckorators CXT Composite Baluster Kit

The Deckorators CXT Baluster Kit is an all in one package for installing Deckorators CXT Composite Balusters. Included in these baluster kits are Deckorators CXT composite balusters, baluster connectors and baluster connector screws. These packs are available in a 15 pack including ((15) balusters and (30) baluster connectors and screws) or a 20 pack including ((20) balusters and (40) baluster connectors and screws.) The composite balusters are 1-1/4" wide. Choose from black, white or dark walnut in lengths of 29" (for a 36" rail height), 35" (for a 42" rail height) or, if you are installing on stairs, a 38" length (for a 42" stair rail height).If you have a six foot section of railing you will need roughly 15 balusters and if you have an eight foot section of railing you will need roughly 20 balusters.

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Deckorators Stainless Steel Cable

Deckorators Horizontal CableRail

This horizontal cable rail system would include purchasing Stainless Steel Cable by Deckorators, Cable Spacers by Deckorators, and the Cable Rail Hardware Pack by Deckorators. You also can purchase Post Protectors for Cable Rail by Deckorators if you are worried about damaging your posts. Deckorators stainless steel cable comes in a roll of 500 feet and is made of a durable 316 stainless steel. The Deckorators intermediate pickets come in a height of 36" or 42" and are available in packs of 2 spacers and 4 connectors. Your CableRail hardware kit is going to include 2 eye lag screws, 1 fork jaw and 1 turnbuckle for cable installation.

 

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Frontier Glass Balusters by Deckorators

Frontier Glass Balusters by Deckorators

Create a clean and clear view by using Frontier Glass Balusters by Deckorators. These glass balusters feature a straight beveled-edge design and compliment wood or composite decks. The beveled design works on straight level railing as well as angled stair railing. The Frontier Glass Balusters are sold in packs of 5 and are available in lengths of 26" (for a 36" rail height), 29" (for a 36" CXT rail height) and 32" (face mounted for a 36" rail height, mount between CXT rails for a 39" rail height, or mount between wood or aluminum rails for a 42" rail height). If you are buying these glass balusters for the CXT pro railing system then you will need to also purchase Glass Baluster Connectors by Deckorators in order to properly mount the glass balusters. These connectors are available in black, white, mahogany, gray, redwood or cedar and come in a pack of 2. 

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Closed Wednesday, Dec. 21st from 11am - 2pm

Dec 16, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Devin Crawford-Tufts

celebrating the holidays

We will be celebrating the holidays on Wednesday, December 21st from 11am-2pm

With the holidays right around the corner, DecksDirect.com will be taking a little time to celebrate! On Wednesday, December 21st from 11am-2pm we will be locking down our showroom, shutting off our phones, and closing the warehouse doors. All orders placed before 11am and after 2pm will be processed and shipped as normal. For more information on our winter schedule and hours please check out our previous holiday schedule blog post. Please note: orders placed between 11am-2pm Wednesday will be processed after 2pm Wednesday. If you have questions or any urgent needs, please give us a call at 1-888-824-5316. Happy Holidays!

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Inventory - Shipping Schedule

Dec 05, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Angelene

year end inventory

We're Counting Our Stock - No Shipping on Friday

In order to better serve you, we are performing our year-end inventory this Friday, December 9th, 2016. Although we will be avialible to answer phone calls on Friday, our shipping schedule has changed slightly. Please note:  orders placed between 3:30 pm CST Thursday and 7 am Monday will be processed on Monday. If you have questions or an urgent need, please give us a call at 1-888-824-5316.

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Deck of the Month Winner - December 2016

Congratulations to Kathy H. from NC for winning our Deck of the Month contest for December. Kathy's deck features beautiful hardwood tiles finished with Messmer's UV Plus for Hardwoods. Kathy can enjoy her new DecksDirect swag while lounging in her awesome deck furniture.

If you have a photo you would like to submit to our contest, simply post a photo to Instagram including the hashtag #DecksDirect OR submit a photo with a review on the appropriate product page. By doing so, you will be entered to win great prizes from our Deck of the Month Contest.

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