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Deck of the Month Winner - June 2017

Jul 23, 2017 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jeff Schultz

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Congratulations to Mike from Spanaway, WA for winning our Deck of the Month contest for June. Mike’s client chose the modern, low-profile look of the Prestige Aluminum Railing System for their deck. Mike can enjoy his new DecksDirect swag while working on his next deck project job site.

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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Westbury Tuscany Aluminum Railing

Jul 12, 2017 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Devin Crawford-Tufts

Westbury Tuscany Aluminum Railing

Westbury Tuscany Aluminum Railing System

Westbury Tuscany Aluminum Deck Railing is one of the most popular aluminum railing systems on the market today. Here at DecksDirect, Westbury Tuscany is a go-to for a low-maintenance, sleek, and modern deck railing system. Westbury Tuscany is so popular thanks to the numerous customization options that are available for you or your contractor to create an outstanding railing system.

Westbury Tuscany Aluminum Deck Railing

 

Key Features

 

  • Powder-Coated Finishes
  • Highly Customizable
  • Sleek Low Profile Brackets
  • Four Color Options (White, Black, Bronze, & Speckled Walnut)

 

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The Basics


 

The Westbury Tuscany railing system is a simple railing system to understand. When purchasing sections of Westbury Tuscany railing you will have a five step process.

 

Westbury Tuscany Aluminum Deck Railing Components

 

Step 1 - Your Post

Westbury PostThe first step in the process is determining what type of post you want to use with your Tuscany system. You can use a traditional wood post if that's the look you are going for. Otherwise, DecksDirect offers four different post options for the Westbury Tuscany system. The 2" Post Kit by Westbury Aluminum Railing which is a 2x2 inch post that includes one post cap, one post skirt, & two leveling shims, the Post by Westbury Aluminum Railing which is available in 2x2 or 4x4 inch sizes but does not come with the cap or skirt, the Deco Post for Westbury Aluminum Rail which features an interesting architectural design and is available in a 4x4 size, or the Westbury Fascia Mount Post With Bracket which allows you to maximize the surface area of your deck. Keep in mind that if you are looking to use the Tuscany Crossover Brackets to have a continuous top rail you will need to use the 2x2 inch Tuscany aluminum posts.

  

Step 2 - Post Cap

Westbury Post CapNext, decide how you want to top/cap your posts. Do you want a little bit of illumination or just something to cover the top of the post? DecksDirect has a wide variety of post caps in different material types in both lit and unlit varieties. If you're looking to match perfectly with the Tuscany Railing system then we would recommend the Magena Star Titan Post Cap Light by Westbury which matches both the size and color options available with Tuscany railing, the Post Cap for Westbury Aluminum Railing which is the same post cap that is available with the 2" Post Kit, or the Ball Top Post Cap for Westbury Aluminum Railing which features a classic ball top in the same color of finish and sizes available with Tuscany railing. Definitely feel free to go with something completely your own as well!

 

 

Step 3 - Post Skirt

Westbury Post SkirtWestbury makes the Post Skirt/Flair by Westbury Aluminum Railing which matches both the size and color options available with Tuscany railing. This post skirt comes in two pieces for easy installation and is made from the same low maintenance powder-coated aluminum as Tuscany Railing.

 

 

 

 

Step 4- Rail & Baluster Pack

Westbury Tuscany Level RailStep 4 is where you get your Tuscany Level Rail Section Kit and/or your Tuscany Star Rail Section Kit depending on if your installing level railing, stair railing, or both. Both the level and stair railing section kits have the option to choose from round or square baluster infill, are available in the four Tuscany color options, and come in 36" and 42" rail heights. The level rail kit is available in 5', 6', 7', and 8' sections. The stair rail kit is available in only 6' and 8' sections. Also available through decksdirect.com are the Tuscany Rail Corner Sections by Westbury which features a 90° welded corner that eliminates the need for a post and a set of brackets. These corner sections are only available with square baluster infill.

 

 

Step 5 - Brackets (Optional)

Westbury Post BracketsIn order to complete your Westbury Tuscany railing installation, you will have to connect the rail sections to your posts. There's no easier way to do this than with the combined efforts of the Tuscany Brackets For Westbury Aluminum Railing and the Installation Tool for Westbury Rail System. This step is optional because your level rail and stair rail section kits come with included mounting brackets, however, sometimes you have a special angle that a traditional bracket won't accommodate for. Westbury offers the Angle Swivel Mounts that can be used to mount rail sections between 0° and 45° horizontally, and up to 43° vertically. Fixed Stair Mounts that are used to mount railing sections on stairs with a standard 32° to 36° angle and Stair Swivel Mounts that accommodate 0° to 43° angles.

 

 


Handrail Options


 

The Westbury Tuscany Aluminum Railing System also has the option to install a handrail. You can choose to go with a standard graspable handrail and/or a handrail that will be ADA compliant. Regardless of what style of handrail you go with you will need the Aluminum Handrail by Westbury Aluminum Railing. Depending on how long of a section of handrail you choose you may also require the Internal Connector for Westbury Continuous Aluminum Handrail which will allow you to continue your handrail past it's 8', 10' or 16' length (10' & 16' handrail sections available only in Minnesota). You'll also need Collar Rings for Westbury Continuous Aluminum Handrail which will conceal and protect the splices in your handrail.

 

Standard Graspable Handrail

 

Step 1 - Wall Mount Handrail Support

Wall Mount Handrail SupportThe Wall Mount Handrail Support for Westbury Continuous Aluminum Handrail allows you to secure a run of Westbury Aluminum Handrail. Attach the wall mount to a wall or post using three fasteners (not included). The wall mount is available in the same powder-coated finishes as the Tuscany Railing.

 

 

 

 

Step 2 - Wall Return Handrail Support

Wall Return Handrail SupportThe Wall Return Handrail Support for Westbury Continuous Aluminum Handrail returns your handrail to the wall. Simply attach the wall return to a wall or post using three fasteners (not included). The wall return is also available in the same powder-coated finishes as the Westbury Tuscany Railing.

 

 

 

 

Step 3 - Internal End Caps

Optional Internal End CapFor a handrail that doesn't return to a wall or post, cap it off securely with the Internal End Cap for Westbury Continuous Aluminum Handrail. The internal end cap is available in the same powder-coated finishes as the Westbury Tuscany Railing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADA Compliant Handrail

 

Step 1 - Handrail Elbows

Handrail Elbows Handrail Elbows for Westbury Continous Aluminum Handrail level off the top of an angled stair or ramp handrail. These handrail elbows are available in four convenient angles 5° angle, 31° angle, 34° angle, and 36° angle. The handrail elbows are available in the same powder-coated finishes as the Westbury Tuscany Railing.

 

 

 

 

Step 2 - Elbow Handrail Return (90° & 180°)

Elbow ReturnThere are two different elbow handrail returns available through DecksDirect. Your 90 Degree Elbow Handrail Return for Westbury Continous Aluminum Handrail will allow you to create an inside or outside corner for your handrail. Use two in order to wrap around a 2" or 4" post. You also have the 180 Degree Elbow Handrail Return for Westbury Continuous Aluminum Handrail. It's perfect for the end of a handrail run as it protrudes past the post and then angles back to the post after turning 180°. Both of these elbow handrail returns are available in the same powder-coated finishes as the Westbury Tuscany Railing.

 

 

 

Step 3 - Inside Corner Mount Handrail Support

Inside Corner MountLast but not least is the Inside Corner Mount Handrail Support for Westbury Continuous Aluminum Handrail. In order to have an inside corner of handrail, you will need to use the inside corner mount. You simply need to attach the inside corner mount to your post with three fasteners (not included). This inside corner mount is available in the same powder-coated finishes as the Westbury Tuscany Railing.

 

 

 

 


Customizations


 

The Westbury Tuscany Aluminum Railing System is the perfect railing system for someone who likes to add their own personal touch. Westbury's Tuscany system offers several customization options from four different post options, two different handrail options & four beautiful colors. Here are a few more customization options that are sure to peak your interest.

 

Tuscany Rail Corner

Tuscany Rail CornerMake your Tuscany rail installation faster and more economical with the Tuscany Rail Corner Section by Westbury. The 90° welded corner eliminates the need for a post and a set of brackets.

 Features

  • 90° Welded Corners 
  • 3 Foot Rail Length (extending two directions from the corner)
  • Square Baluster Infill
  • Black, Bronze, White & Speckled Walnut Finishes

 

 

Crossover Sleeve Kit & Bracket Kits

Crossover Brackets & Sleeve KitCrossover Bracket Kits by Westbury make it easy to convert a traditional post-to-post design to an over-the-post look. The Tuscany Stair Crossover Brackets For Westbury Aluminum Railing are designed to create a continuous connection between two 36" high stair railing sections. Crossover Sleeve Kits by Westbury allow you to conceal the cuts of your crossover rail and the bracket allows you to tilt it between 0° and 45°.

 Features

  • Only fit into 2x2 inch post
  • Creates A Continuous Top Rail

 

 

Drink Rail Adapter

Drink Rail AdapterTurn the top rail of your Westbury Tuscany railing system into a drink holder with the Drink Rail Adapter Kit by Westbury. This adapter turns any deck board of your choice into a flat surface on your top rail. 

Features

  • 6 Foot Length
  • Attach Any Deck Board For A Drink Rail
  • Installation Hardware Included
  • Black, White, Bronze & Speckled Walnut Finishes

 

 

The Westbury Tuscany Aluminum Deck Railing System is the perfect choice for a low-maintenance, cost-effective, and highly customizable deck railing system. To make things even better, DecksDirect is offering free shipping on Westbury Tuscany purchases of $299 or more. If you would like us to get you a quote for your Tuscany railing project just head on over to our Get A Quote page and fill out our simple form. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us at (888) 824-5316.

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Why Use Wood Post Caps?

Jul 05, 2017 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jeff Schultz

Why Use Wood Post Caps?

Post caps protect and add style to your posts

If you’re building a deck from cedar or pressure treated lumber, you’re not alone. Traditional wooden decks are a backyard staple. And you’ve seen wooden decks where the tops of the posts begin to crack and rot when left exposed to the elements.

Wooden post caps are a great way to protect the ends of your posts while adding a polished look to your deck. Available in many styles and multiple hardwoods, softwoods, and treated options, wooden post caps maintain the integrity of your posts and lengthen the life of your deck.

Wooden post caps are usually glued and stapled together from mitered trim pieces. Premium options routed from a solid piece of wood, like these from Acorn Deck Products, offer the most protection possible.

Whichever style you choose, you can keep the ends of your posts looking great without giving up the classic look of wood.

NFL Post Cap Inspiration

 

Bonus Idea: Add some home team pride to your backyard

Whether you’re into football, baseball, or another sport, custom painting a set of wooden post caps can be a great way to add your team’s colors to a backyard BBQ. Because post caps are easily installed with just a few dabs of silicone, it is possible to change your post caps for any special occasion - including your fantasy football draft or the kids' graduation party.

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4th of July Shipping

Jun 28, 2017 | Posted in Messages and News By Angelene

Happy 4th of July

Independence Day Shipping Schedule

DecksDirect will be closed Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 in observance of Independence Day.

DecksDirect wishes everyone a happy and safe 4th of July weekend. As a reminder, DecksDirect will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th and will resume regular hours on Wednesday the 5th. Ship times will also be affected:

Monday, July 3rd: 

  • FedEx Home - No deliveries

Tuesday, July 4th: 

  • FedEx Express – No Deliveries
  • FedEx Ground –  No Deliveries
  • FedEx Home – No Deliveries

Please keep these dates in mind as you make your shipping plans. Feel free to contact the DecksDirect team at support@decksdirect.com or give us a call at 1-888-824-5316.

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Expand Your Living Space with a Deck Drainage System

Why Add Drainage to Your Deck

If you have a second story walkout deck or are planning to build one, you’re probably also thinking about the best use for the space underneath. A big factor to consider when planning your underdeck space is rain.

Anything you put underneath your deck is going to get wet when it rains unless you install an under deck drainage system. Deck drainage helps you make the most of the otherwise wasted space by funneling rainwater into a gutter system instead of straight through your decking.

Deck Drainage Options

Here at DecksDirect, we offer two popular deck drainage systems - Trex RainEscape and Zip-Up UnderDeck. Both systems do an excellent job of managing rainwater drainage from your deck. But what are the differences between the two, and which one is right for you?

Trex RainEscape

    • Why We Love It: The system maximizes the investment of a deck by doubling the space while protecting the deck joists from rotting.

 

    • Why It's Unique: Easily accommodates wiring and fixtures for patio amenities like speakers, ceiling fans, electronics, and more.

 

    • Why You'll Love It: Creates a beautiful and functional outdoor living space to enjoy year-round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zip-Up UnderDeck

    • Why We Love It: This system is super simple to install; it was designed with the DIYer in mind and only a few tools are needed.

 

    • Why It's Unique: Zip-Up UnderDeck can be installed on a new or pre-existing deck.

 

    • Why You'll Love It: Not only does the system keep you rainwater-free, it also provides the look of a finished ceiling. Choose from white or beige to complement your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trex RainEscape vs Zip-Up UnderDeck

The major difference between the two systems is how they’re installed. Trex’s RainEscape is a system of troughs that attach between your deck’s joists and decking boards. Zip-Up is similar to a ceiling drainage system and attaches below the deck joists.

Trex’s RainEscape will need to be installed before you install deck boards making it an excellent option for a new deck or one undergoing a major renovation. Zip-Up UnderDeck can be installed beneath existing decks making it the perfect solution if you’re simply upgrading your deck with drainage.

In summary, use Trex RainEscape for new decks or when you plan to replace your decking and use Zip-Up Underdeck to upgrade existing decks.

We’re here to help

Whichever drainage system is right for your application, you’ll be gaining additional dry space under your deck to enjoy for years to come. Check out our deck drainage section if you’d like to explore the products that make up the Trex RainEscape and Zip-Up UnderDeck systems. Also, if you have any further questions don't hesitate to give us a call we’ll be more than happy to help.

Our team strives to exceed your expectations by providing honest, accurate, and friendly service. Because we are the nation’s largest online retailer of deck accessories, you can trust that nearly all items will ship the same business day if the order is placed by 3:30 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday (excluding special order items).

At any point in your project, even if you have just a few simple questions, feel free to give our deck specialists a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an e-mail at support@decksdirect.com.

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Deck of the Month Winner - May 2017

Jun 16, 2017 | Posted in Contests & Giveaways By Jeff Schultz

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Congratulations to Jason from Claremore, OK for winning our Deck of the Month contest for May. Jason’s pergola features rugged looking Laredo Sunset Post Base Kits by OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties. Jason can enjoy his deck’s 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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Memorial Day 2017 Shipping Times

May 22, 2017 | Posted in Messages and News By Jeff Schultz

Memorial Day 2017

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day!

DecksDirect will be closed Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day. 

We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 30th, shipping and delivery will be impacted, please note the following in regards to shipping:

     • FedEx Home Delivery is closed on Monday and Tuesday
     • FedEx Commercial Ground & Express is closed on Monday

     • UPS is closed Monday

     • USPS is closed Monday

Please keep these dates in mind as you make your shipping plans.

Orders placed after 3:30pm on Friday, May 26th through 3:30pm Tuesday, May 30th will be shipped on Tuesday, May 30th. For more information about holiday shipping times, please visit FedEx, UPS, or USPS.

Feel free to contact the DecksDirect team at support@decksdirect.com or give us a call at 1-888-824-5316.

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Deck of the Month Winner - April 2017

May 01, 2017 | Posted in Contests & Giveaways By Jeff Schultz

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Congratulations to Rob from Vancouver, WA for winning our Deck of the Month contest for March. Rob’s deck features classy looking Arc Architectural Balusters by Deckorators. Rob can enjoy his deck’s 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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