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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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Holiday Shipping & Hours 2016

Dec 01, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Angelene

Wishing you happiness this holiday season & throughout the coming year!

DecksDirect's regular hours are Monday through Friday from 7am to 5:30pm CST. Below you will find our holiday schedule for the 2016 holiday season as well as links to shipping shedules.

Happy Holidays from DecksDirect

Holiday Hours:

  • Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24th: CLOSED
  • Black Friday, Friday, Nov. 25th: Hours 7am to 5:30pm

 

  • Friday, Dec. 23rd: CLOSED
  • Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24th: CLOSED
  • Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25th: CLOSED
  • Mondsay, Dec. 26th: CLOSED

 

  • Friday, Dec. 30th: Hours 7am to 12pm
  • New Years Eve, Saturday Dec. 31st: CLOSED
  • New Years Day, Sunday Jan. 1st: CLOSED
  • Monday, Jan. 2nd: CLOSED
 

 

 

Please keep these dates in mind as you make your shipping plans. For more information about holiday shipping times, please visit FedExUPS, or USPS. Feel free to contact the DecksDirect.com team at support@decksdirect.com or give us a call at 1-888-824-5316 with questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful holiday season! From the team at DecksDirect.com

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Black Friday OZCO Cooler Giveaway

Nov 30, 2016 | Posted in Contests & Giveaways By Devin Crawford-Tufts

camo marksman pro tool

Congratulations to the Black Friday OZCO Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to Jaye S. of Victoria, Texas on winning 1st place, Maria G. of Asheville, North Carolina on winning 2nd place and Natalie S. of St. Paul, Minnesota on winning 3rd place! Don't worry if you didn't win this one, there will be more contests and giveaways in the future.

You can stay up with what's happening at DecksDirect.com and be the first to hear about other contests and giveaways by signing up for our newsletter, and following us on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.

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!

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Oh no, Our Phones are taking a break!

Nov 17, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Angelene

Holiday deck gift guide

We're in Minnesota and it's snowing, a lot!

We are very sorry if you tried to call us today and we didn't answer. Due to the recent snow storm, we are  experiencing some difficulty with our phone systems and are working on getting them back to 100%. In the meantime, please feel free to email us at: support@DecksDirect.com.

Our website is working and all orders placed from now until Monday will be shipped out on Monday.

Thank you for your patience, we appreciate your business.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Nov 17, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Rachelle Gordon

Holiday deck gift guide

The holiday season is here and it’s time to start making a list and checking it twice. DecksDirect has tons of amazing products that any DIY’er would love to have. From post cap stocking stuffers to a whole new railing system, we have something for everyone. Check out our gift guide below to find that perfect something for your special someone!


Gifts Under $50


 

camo marksman pro tool

Camo Marksman Pro - Price $37.89

The popular Camo Hidden Deck Fastening System creates a beautiful, fastener-free deck surface using any treated wood, hardwood, cedar, composite or PVC deck board. The Camo Marksman Pro tool is used to guide the Camo screws into the side of the deck board into the joist. No pre-drilling is necessary and the Camo Marksman Pro provides automatic 3/16" spacing between deck boards. Please note that Camo Marksman tools are designed for use with Camo Hidden Fasteners only.

Shop Camo Marksman Pro

 

 

amhurst post caps

Amherst Inset Demi-Top Post Cap by Acorn Deck Products - Starting at $12.99

Acorn Post Caps offer timeless beauty, and are handcrafted in the USA out of solid wood blocks. Fun fact - Acorn employs Santa’s elves in the off season to build these caps! The Amherst Inset Demi-Top Post Cap has a simple scallop base that slides over the deck post - make sure to measure posts carefully to ensure a snug fit. These caps are available in cedar or pressure-treated pine, and need to be treated with wood oil prior to installation. Give the gift of quality American craftsmanship with post caps from Acorn.

Shop Amherst Post Cap

 

 

penofin cedar oil

DecksDirect Cedar Oil by Penofin - Price $49.60

Penofin Cedar Oil is specially designed to increase the natural beauty of cedar decking while also protecting it from UV rays, and is available exclusively through DecksDirect.com. This one-coat formula contains Brazilian Rosewood Oil that coats wood fibers to enhance the color and protect from the elements, including mold and mildew. With proper application, Penofin Cedar Oil will perform for 9-24 months on horizontal surfaces and 2-5 years on vertical surfaces. Whoever receives this gift will be enjoying the rich tones of their cedar decking all year long!

Shop Cedar Oil

 

 

ornamental accent

Ornamental Accent by OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties - Starting at $39.99

Gift the gift of pure beauty with an Ornamental Accent by OZCO. These galvanized steel accents can be used on any fence or gate and offer exquisite craftsmanship that cannot be matched. The powder-coated finish will protect against rust and corrosion. These accent pieces can be installed as a surface mount over wood or as a cut out, providing a view to the other side. Available in four unique designs, an Ornamental Accent by OZCO would be a welcome gift for any home owner or builder.

Shop OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties

 

 


Gifts Under $100


 

pheinox screws

Pheinox RSS Stainless Steel Screws By GRK Fasteners - Starting at $91.10

For no-nonsense types who appreciate well-designed essentials, the Pheinox RSS Stainless Steel Screws from GRK are the perfect choice. These lag-screw alternatives require no pre-drilling and are made of hardened 305-grade stainless steel, meaning they are perfect for both interior and exterior use. The Pheinox RSS screws feature a  built-in washer head that doesn't have sharp edges and a six-threaded CEE thread that reduces the likelihood of splitting because it enlarges the hole.

Shop Phoenix RSS Screws

 

 

ipe wood tiles

IPE Wood Tiles by Bison - Starting at $60.99 

IPE Wood Tiles by Bison are a great gift for those who wish to achieve the natural beauty of real wood without the hassle. These pre-assembled tiles can be used as roof pavers on deck pedestals, over concrete patio, or practically anywhere the look and feel of a deck is wanted. IPE, a Brazilian hardwood, is sourced sustainably, making it perfect for the eco-conscious friend or family member on your list. IPE can be treated with wood oil to preserve and enhance the original color of the tiles or it can be left untreated to develop a natural grey/silver finish.

Shop Bison IPE Tiles

 

 

westbury handrail

Aluminum Secondary Handrail by Westbury - Starting at $53.99

Offer the gift of safety and security with an aluminum handrail from Westbury. The company offers ADA-compliant continuous handrail components in the same durable and attractive finishes as their Tuscany rail kits. Secondary handrails can be customized to meet the needs of each individual with several different options for optimal performance.

Shop Westbury Secondary Handrail

 

 

penofin verde

0 VOC Verde Interior/Exterior Penetrating Oil by Penofin - Gallon Price $55.70

For a quality stain that is odor-free, Penofin Verde Interior/Exterior Formula is an excellent option. Available in 21 brilliant colors, this quality oil finish offers 99% UV ray protection and can be used both indoors and outdoors. The finish has 0 VOC, meaning it’s safe for families and pets indoors or out, Penofin Verde uses vegetable- and plant-based ingredients rather than petroleum by-products. Apply it on decking, rails, wood furniture and more for an amazing yet eco-friendly look.

Shop Penofin Verde

 

 


Gifts Under $200


 

slatestone post cover

SlateStone Post Cover by NextStone - Price $112.99

Enhance the look of any deck using SlateStone Post Covers. These durable post covers provide the look of realistic stone without the work. Made from composite polyurethane, SlateStone post covers from NextStone are easy to install and maintain. The covers use exterior construction adhesive - no stonework required! A great gift for anyone looking to increase the aesthetic value of their deck or fence, the SlateStone Post Cover comes in six attractive colors - pick your favorite today.

Shop NextStone SlateStone Post Covers

 

 

bettervue screen roll

Increased Visibility Screen by BetterVue - Starting at $174.99

Create an outdoor oasis without inviting in unwanted pests with the Increased Visibility Screen by BetterVue. This innovative product provides a premium alternative to fiberglass screen and is made from permanent glass yarn coated with vinyl. The screen can be used with ScreenEZE® framing components for easy installation. Give the nature lover in your life the chance to enjoy the great outdoors without bugs or rain getting in their way.

Shop BetterVue Screen

 

 

larkin estate post cap light

Larkin Estate Post Cap Deck Light by Kichler - Price $180.60

Post cap lights are a great way to add illumination and ambience to any deck or fence and the Larkin Estate post cap light is no exception. This exquisitely designed light features an attractive dark bronze color and umber-etched glass. The Larkin Estate fits a standard 4x4 post or use the included post adapter to allow for use with a 6x6 post as well. This impressive post cap light would make a great gift for any homeowner with discerning taste.

Shop Kichler Larkin Post Cap Light

 

 

evolve insert panel

Level Aluminum Insert Panel by Evolve Rail System - Starting at $173.99

The Evolve Rail System is the perfect marriage of strength, safety, and beauty and would make an excellent gift for anyone needing a railing upgrade. The Level Aluminum Insert Panels can be configured with ease, offering the polished look of metal balusters but without the hard work. The Evolve panels include a built-in ⅛” spacer for drainage, making maintenance a breeze. Choose from black, bronze, or white and create an attractive railing system that is sure to impress.

Shop Evolve Rail Panels

 

 


Gifts Over $200


 

tigerclaw pneumatic gun kit

TigerClaw Pneumatic Gun and Hidden Fasteners Kit - Price $953.96

TigerClaw hidden fasteners are some of the most sought-after deck screws in the business, and this special bundle package is sure to delight any builder or DIY fan. Included are two boxes of NailScrews, two gun pails, and a FREE installation gun! That is nearly $300 in savings! Eliminate unsightly screws from view with the TigerClaw hidden fastener system - you (and your loved ones) will be glad you did.

Shop TigerClaw Hidden Fastener Kit

 

 

zipup underdeck

Zip-Up Underdeck Drainage System - Price Varies by Deck Size

Utilize the space beneath an elevated deck with the Zip-Up UnderDeck system! Lightweight PVC components create a watertight seal, offering a new way to enjoy the outdoors. Zip-Up Underdeck can be installed with five simple steps, using common household tools. This drainage system is configurable to any size deck’ it’s vital to get clear measurements before ordering the different components. Create another space to enjoy nature with the Zip-Up UnderDeck Drainage System - it’s easy!

Shop Zip-Up Underdeck Drainage Systems

 

 

westbury verticable

VertiCable Level Rail Section by Westbury - Starting at $298.99

Do you want to enjoy your beautiful view without deck railing getting in the way? The innovative VertiCable railing system from Westbury is the answer. This railing system uses stainless steel cable infill with aluminum rails, offering an unobstructed view with little maintenance required. Installation is extremely easy, as VertiCable kits arrive 95% assembled. This durable and attractive system is available in three gorgeous colors and two heights, so it would make a great addition to virtually any property.

Shop Westbury VertiCable

 

 

dekor recessed step lighting

Dekor Millennium Recessed LED Lighting Kit - Price $219.99

Recessed step lights are an excellent way to increase safety and beauty and the Millennium model from Dekor is a great choice. These energy-efficient lights are easy to install and look amazing when illuminated. The lights are available in four gorgeous colors, meaning you’ll find the perfect fit for anyone. They'll produce 100,000 hours of light – which means 8 hours a day, all year long, for 34 years - it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Shop Dekor Millennium LED Lights

 

 

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Veterans Day

Nov 10, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Rachelle Gordon

 

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, World War I ended when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. To honor and remember all people who have served in the armed forces, Veterans Day was established. This is not to be confused with Memorial Day - Veterans Day celebrates the service of all military veterans while Memorial Day honors those who died in service. Read on to learn more about this important and significant holiday that is celebrated by many countries all over the world.

History
 
On November 11, 1919, the first Armistice Day was celebrated (the holiday was not named Veterans Day until 1954). Armistice Day became a legal holiday in 1938, being proclaimed, “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace.” In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks suggested expanding the holiday to include all veterans, not just those who had fought in WWI. President Ronald Reagan honored Weeks with the Presidential Citizen's Medal in 1982 for his work on the holiday.
 
Observance
 
Veterans Day is a federal holiday but not everyone has the day off. Non-essential government offices are closed and there is no mail service. Many communities have special events to honor current or retired military service members, and a moment of silence is typically observed at 11:11am. An official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country.
 
Around the World
 
Many countries observe Veterans Day or a similar holiday in order to honor military service. Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th. In Canada, the holiday is called Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). Belgium plays host to one of the biggest Armistice Day ceremonies in Europe, with the country holding the Last Post Ceremony every year. The name is taken after a bugle call played to remember fallen soldiers.
 
DecksDirect would like to thank all current and past military service members for their sacrifices for our country.

 

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deckorators reface your deck winners

Last month we held a Reface Your Deck photo contest where people submitted photos of their old, worn decks and people voted for the deck that was most in need of a revamp. There were many entries, but only three winners so without further ado, the winners are...(Drumroll please)...

deckorators reface your deck winner 1st place  deckorators reface your deck winner 2nd place  deckorators reface your deck winner 3rd place 

 Gayle S. from MN

1nd Place Prize

$300 DecksDirect Gift Card

 

 Deb C. from TX

2nd Place Prize

Deckorators Step Lighting Kit

 

Phillip F. from NY

3rd Place Prize

Deckorators swag

 

Congratulations to all the winners, we hope you enjoy your prizes. Don't worry if you didn't win this one, there will be more contests and giveaways in the future. You can stay up with what's happening at DecksDirect.com and be the first to hear about other contests and giveaways by signing up for our newsletter, following us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

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!

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Halloween is Almost Here

Oct 25, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Rachelle Gordon

Halloween Blog Post

Halloween is Almost Here!

All Hallow’s Eve, also known as Halloween, is right around the corner. Children and adults alike are busy picking out the perfect costumes, decorations, and of course - candy! This holiday has become one of the most popular in the United States, with families spending billions of dollars each year on masks, face paint, and even costumes for pets. Read on to learn more about this hair-raising holiday.
 
History
 
Halloween has existed in some form for hundreds of years, and is believed to be rooted in early Pagan beliefs. Most historians believe the holiday is linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, which comes from the Old Irish term for “summer’s end.” Today’s Halloween customs are thought to be influenced by Christian dogma, as it falls the evening before All Hallow’s Day, which is a day to honor and celebrate saints and spirits ascending to heaven.
 
Halloween as we know it today emerged in the early 20th century; the tradition of trick-or-treating became popular in the 1930s. It was around this time that companies began mass producing costumes. In 1974, the annual New York Halloween Parade was founded. The event has grown to be one of the most-popular in the United States, with nearly 2 million spectators lining the route each year.
 
Halloween Around the World
 
The traditions and importance of Halloween vary greatly among countries that observe it. In Scotland and Ireland, traditional Halloween customs include children dressing up in costume and holding parties, while other practices in Ireland include lighting bonfires and having fireworks displays. The Chinese celebrate the "Hungry Ghost Festival" in mid-July, when it is customary to float river lanterns to remember those who have died. And while trick-or-treating has become popular in the Philippines, most people engage in a tradition called Pangangaluluwâ, where people go in groups door-to-door to offer a song in exchange for money or food.
 
Happy Halloween from the entire team at DecksDirect! Have fun and stay safe!
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