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Tips for Deck Safety

Jul 28, 2016 | Posted in How To's By Rachelle Gordon

Deck Safety Tips Blog

Deck Safety Tips

With the summer season in full swing, more Americans are out on their decks and patios than any other time of the year. The team here at DecksDirect wants to ensure your deck is safe and sound - read on for some pro tips  tricks, plus accessories you may want to consider purchasing.

Deck Safety Tips

Decks are supposed to be a place where families and friends can hang out and relax - this is why keeping “safety first” at the forefront of your mind is so important. The North American Deck and Railing Association - NADRA - recommends checking the following components of your deck for signs of wear and tear:

 

  • Ledger Boards - Doing a thorough check of your ledger boards is imperative. Correctly attaching the ledger board will ensure the deck will not fail. Make sure the correct hardware has been used for the specific type of material the ledger board is attached to, be it brick, siding, stucco or veneer.

 

  • Hardware - Do your railing fasteners, metal posts, or baluster connectors have a reddish color? This could be a sign of rust corrosion and could spell disaster if not dealt with immediately. Regularly inspect any and all metal hardware on your deck in order to prevent future damage.

 

  • Framing - Having a secure frame for your deck sets the foundation for everyone and everything on it. Look at the wood used - is it untreated, warped or rotting? Check for loose framing boards and missing connectors or joist hangers. Any issues found with the framing need attention immediately

 

  • Support Posts - It is vital that any and all support posts are properly secured to your deck framing; if even one connection is off, there could be dangerous consequences. Inviting a professional inspector to your property is a great way to ensure all support posts are correctly fastened and that everything else on your deck is in good working condition.

 

Ways to Increase Deck Safety

Aside from doing thorough inspections of your deck and all of its components, there are other ways to ensure optimal safety. Consider installing railing gates, which can help to prevent wayward kids or dogs from leaving and/or falling. Recessed lighting is an excellent way to increase visibility while timers ensure you’re never left out in the dark. All of these additions are available now from DecksDirect.com!


For a comprehensive guide to consumer deck safety, take a look at this 10-Point Safety Checklist from NADRA. Remember that decks are supposed to offer another way to relax and have fun - utilizing the tips and tricks above will ensure you and your family are both safe and secure all year long.

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OZCO Cooler Giveaway Winner

Jul 22, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Devin Crawford-Tufts

OZCO cooler blog

OZCO Cooler Giveaway Winner

And the winner is...(Drumroll please)... Cindy G. from Florida! Congratulations Cindy on winning the OZCO cooler giveaway with all of the bells and whistles (valued at $130!).

Don't be upset if you didn't win this time! Stay up with what's happening at DecksDirect.com by signing up for our newsletter, follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. This will give you the greatest chance at the next DecksDirect.com giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who entered, we look forward to working together in the future, and hope you enjoy all of the great benefits that come with following DecksDirect.com!

 

OZCO cooler with hats and t-shirts inside of it

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Balusters on DecksDirect.com

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

baluster blog

Balusters

Balusters are an essential style point for your deck. Your railing can only look as great as the balusters will allow it. In other words, your choice of baluster can make or break the look of your railing project. DecksDirect.com has a massive selection of balusters as we are the largest stocking dealer of balusters from top brands. This means that, combined with our unparalleled customer service, you can be sure that you will make the correct choice of baluster and your balusters will ship to you quickly.

As we mentioned above, we are the largest stocking dealer of balusters. Meaning that we have balusters available from Afco, Deckorators, Dekor, The Fortess Company, Solutions, Tehk, TimberTech, Trex, Woodway and our own brand of DecksDirect.com balusters. With all of the different manufacturers you get a larger variation of styles, colors, and materials.

We have balusters in lengths from 23-3/4 inches all the way up to 48 inches and widths from 5/8 inches up to 4 inches, so you can customize in any length and width that you want. We offer Straight Balusters, and Architectural & Curved Balusters in case you want to have a more classical look. Our architectural and curved balusters are face mounted balusters meaning that they would go on the outside face of your top and bottom rail rather than being in-between the top and bottom rail.

DecksDirect.com also realizes that color and material are important when deciding which balusters to purchase. With that being said DecksDirect.com has balusters available in Aluminum, Steel, Synthetic & Vinyl, Glass, and Cedar. Material will matter if you are mixing wood and metal, or if you want a low-maintenance system you would use a synthetic or vinyl baluster. We have balusters available in many different colors including: Black, White, Bronze, Copper, Stainless, Browns & Tans, Red Tones, Greens, Grays, and Clear or Glass.

The best part about DecksDirect.com's balusters are that the vast majority of them are going to cost you less than $20, giving you the biggest bang for your buck! Don't hesitate to call us at anytime with any questions that you may have.

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OZCO Cooler Giveaway

Jul 15, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Devin Crawford-Tufts

OZCO cooler giveaway

Decks Direct OZCO Cooler Giveaway

DecksDirect.com's OZCO Cooler Giveaway is coming to a close, but there is still time to sign up! This contest ends next Tuesday July 19th, which leaves you 4 days to get signed up!

When you sign up for the OZCO Cooler Giveaway on DecksDirect.com's Facebook Page you have the opportunity to win an OZCO Ornamental Wood Tie Cooler with an attached bottle opener. This is a perfect chance to keep cool this summer, and with 8 different ways to enter this contest, the chances of you winning are higher than ever!

When you sign up you will also be opting in for our DecksDirect.com newsletter. Our newsletter is jam packed with very useful information on new products, trending products, things happening at Decks Direct, News, Notes, Tips & Tricks, and other relevant information to the deck industry. Don't worry we won't send you any spam. We only send important information that you need to build a better deck!

Terms & Conditions

  • No Purchase Necessary
  • One entry per person
  • By Entering your email you are signing up for DecksDirect's e-newsletter
  • One winner will be picked at random
  • Winner will be announced on the DecksDirect.com's facebook page
  • Winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours to claim prize
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Vinyl Railing

Jul 12, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Devin Crawford-Tufts

LED Deck Lighting

Vinyl Railing

Vinyl Railing is a low-maintenance cost effective railing system that doesn’t need to be sealed or finished. And, as an added bonus a vinyl system won’t discolor and won’t splinter or crack over time. Decks Direct offers vinyl railing products and accessories from PolyRail TRX Vinyl Railing and Durables Vinyl Railing.

Durables is our more customizable Vinyl Railing system with three color options (White, Tan & Khaki) and two distinct top rail profiles (T-Rail Top & Rectangular Top) with a large variety of infill options. The Durables systems' infill options are based off of the specific vinyl system you want. You have the option to choose from The Manchester, The Harrington, The Westport, The Ashington, The Kirklees, The Bradford or The Dorset systems.

The Manchester system is for a classic looking vinyl railing system with a rectangular top and bottom rail with square balusters. With this system you can also get The Manchester Stair Railing Kit and The Manchester Gate Kit.

The Harrington system features a T-rail top and a rectangular bottom rail with 1-1/2" square balusters. With this system you can also get The Harrington Stair Railing Kit and The Harrington Gate Kit.

The Westport system offers a rectangular top and bottom rail with colonial style balusters. With this system you can also get The Westport Stair Railing Kit and The Westport Gate Kit.

The Ashington system combines the elegance of the colonial balusters with the durability of the T-rail top rail. With this system you can also get The Ashington Stair Railing Kit and The Ashington Gate Kit.

The Kirkless system offers the benefit of both vinyl and aluminum, offering a T-rail top with the modern look of round aluminum balusters. With this system you can also get The Kirklees Stair Railing Kit and The Kirklees Gate Kit.

The Bradford system just like the Kirkless offers both vinyl and aluminum but the difference being that the Bradford system offers square aluminum balusters. In this system you can also get The Bradford Stair Railing Kit and The Bradford Gate Kit.

The Dorset system is a new system on DecksDirect.com and actually offers a third rail look that is up to 50% thicker than the competing vinyl systems on the market. This new style features classic square upper balusters spanning the three inch space between the top rail and mid rail. These mid balusters are spaced 1 for every 2 lower balusters, giving you an extremely unique look. In this system you can also get The Dorset Gate Kit.

PolyRail TRX Vinyl Railing offers much less customization in order to simplify the ordering and installation processes. The PolyRail system is available in white only and is a simple 3 part system including a Post Sleeve, Level Rail Pack and/or Stair Rail Pack, and optional Bracket Mount Options. PolyRail TRX offers both level and stair railing for full consistency throughout your railing system. They also offer different bracket mounts for those tricky angles and if you are looking to attach the railing to the wall.

Both the PolyRail and Durable Vinyl Railing Systems are great vinyl options that are low-maintenance and extremely durable. These systems reduce maintenance and install quickly, leaving you much more time to enjoy your deck space. Get your vinyl railing today from DecksDirect.com!

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4th of July Shipping

Jun 27, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Angelene

Happy 4th of July

Independence Day Shipping Schedule

DecksDirect will be closed Monday, July 4th, 2016 in observance of Independence Day.

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

Monday, July 4th: 

  • No deliveries

Tuesday, July 5th: 

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

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

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Deck Lighting Giveaway

Jun 24, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Devin Crawford-Tufts

LED Deck Lighting

Decks Direct Deck Lighting Giveaway

DecksDirect.com's Deck Lighting Giveaway is coming to a close, but there is still time to sign up! This contest ends June 30th, which leaves you a little less than 6 days to get signed up.

When you sign up for the Deck Lighting Giveaway on DecksDirect.com's Facebook Page you have the opportunity to win a Deckorators LED Recessed Lighting Kit (a $90 value).

When you sign up you will also be opting in for our DecksDirect.com's newsletter. Our newsletter is jam packed with very useful information on new products, trending products, things happening at Decks Direct, News, Notes, Tips & Tricks, and other relevant information to the deck industry.

Terms & Conditions

  • No Purchase Necessary
  • One entry per person
  • Entering Contest signs you up for the DecksDirect.com's e-newsletter
  • One winner will be picked at random
  • Winner will be announced on the DecksDirect.com's facebook page
  • Winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours to claim prize
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Summer Time!

Jun 21, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Devin Crawford-Tufts

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Summer Is Here

As of Monday June 20th at 6:34 pm the Summer solstice has begun! What is the summer solstice, and why does it fall on June 20th? This week on DecksDirect.com's blog, we go into more detail about the official start of Summer!

This year the Summer Solstice was Monday June 20th at 6:34 pm, for the northern hemisphere. The solstice is determined by when the sun reaches its northernmost point of the equator. This makes June 20th the day with the most sunlight compared to the Winter Solstice (December 21st 2016) where you have the least amount of sunlight. The word solstice comes from the Latin word solstitum. Sol (meaning sun) and Stitium (meaning to stop) combined to mean that the sun appears to be stopped at this time. During this time we notice that the sun is higher in the sky throughout the day and that the suns UV rays are striking the earth at a more direct angle, causing the heat we feel during the summer months. This would be a great time to get UV Plus stain from Messmer's!

Why doesn't the Summer Solstice fall on the same day every year? Depending on the year, the Summer Solstice can be from June 20th-22nd. This is because of the difference between the Gregorian calendar that we use which has 365 days in a year, and the tropical year which is how long the earth takes to orbit the sun one time (roughly 365.24 days). 'Leap Day' comes into play every 4 years which jumps the date for Summer backwards. There are other factors as to why the dates change as well, like gravitational pull.

Here are some Solstice Facts:

  • There are two solstices each year: The Summer Solstice (6/20/2016) and the Winter Solstice (12/21/2016)
  • The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, The Winter Solstice is the shortest.
  • The 2016 Summer Solstice coincided with the strawberry moon: First time since 1967 and last time until 2062.
  • For the Northern Hemisphere the Summer Solstice is in June for the Southern Hemisphere it is in December.
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