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DecksDirect is now a Deckorators Platinum Dealer

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

Deckorators Platinum Dealer Blog

 

DecksDirect is proud to announce that we have been awarded Platinum Dealer status through the Perfect Dealer Program at Deckorators. Deckorators is one of the most recognized brands in the industry, and achieving Platinum Dealer status lets our customers know that we only strive for the best. Being included in this elite group is yet another example of how DecksDirect helps people build better decks.

As a Deckorators Platinum Dealer, DecksDirect has proven to provide the highest level of service. We have many premium Deckorators products which are Guaranteed in Stock, including railing kits, balusters, post caps, and outdoor lighting solutions. We feature many unique Deckorators items to peruse and purchase at our Minneapolis-based showroom and on our display decks. If you’re in the Twin Cities metro area, stop in! Once you decide on Deckorators products for purchase, DecksDirect offers hassle-free shipping, with the majority of products arriving within 1-4 business days after being ordered.

DecksDirect is one of only three recognized Deckorators Platinum Dealers in the region and we are thrilled to be a part of this exclusive program. Check out all of the high-quality Deckorators products available right here at DecksDirect.com.

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Dekor Plug and Play Lighting

Aug 23, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Rachelle Gordon

Dekor Recessed Lighting

Dekor Plug & Play Lighting

Dekor Lighting offer dozens of unique and quality lighting solutions for your deck and yard. Now, it’s easier than ever to install your Dekor products thanks to their innovative Plug & Play system. Simply plug male connectors into female - that’s it!

The Benefits of Plug & Play

Dekor Plug & Play lighting systems are both beautiful and easy to operate. The connectors are completely waterproof and self-sealing, eliminating the need to strip wires. There is also no guesswork when it comes to polarity as the Dekor connectors are keyed to function properly just by plugging them in.

Transformers, Controllers, and Cables

In addition to a plethora of attractive Dekor Plug & Play lights, DecksDirect also features compatible transformers, dimmers, and cables. There are a variety of lengths for cables, including extra long 60 ft options to ensure your installation goes smoothly. Dimmers offer better control of your lights to create the ambience you desire - some can even be controlled using your smartphone! For an efficient way to connect your lights, consider checking out the Dekor Plug & Play Quick Connect Hub. It has six ports, each of which accepts Plug & Play male connectors. It features plugs for ports that are not in use. The unit can be mounted quickly and easily via pre-drilled screw holes.


Dekor Plug & Play lighting solutions make installing and enjoying your outdoor lights a breeze. Make sure to check out all of Dekor Lighting’s products today on DecksDirect.com!

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Customers are Flocking in from All Over

Aug 17, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Rachelle Gordon

Customer Visits DecksDirect Difference Blog

DecksDirect.com is the largest stocking online retailer of deck accessories in the country, but did you know that we also have a warehouse and showroom in the Twin Cities? Customers have been coming in from all over, including New York City, North Carolina, and even Canada to check out our quality products and meet with our knowledgeable and friendly team. DecksDirect.com strives to bring honest and accurate information to all of our customers in order to help people build better decks. Read on to learn more about the DecksDirect difference.

Passion to Impress

All DecksDirect team members are passionate about what they do and strive to help customers in any way possible. We hire the right people for each position, focusing on our core values first. Our extensive training ensures that each team member has the knowledge needed to in order to provide the highest-quality customer service possible.

Personalized Service

Whether you need help picking the right deck stain or are looking to install a completely new railing system, the DecksDirect professionals are here for you. We have estimators, railing specialists, and other industry insiders available to guide you through your entire ordering process. Our team provides honest, accurate, and helpful information to help you complete your project in a timely and economical manner.

Nation’s Largest Specialty Retailer

At DecksDirect.com, we are proud to offer a wide variety of premium products for every type of project. There’s no need to look across retailers and websites - we have everything you need in one convenient place. Many of our items are Guaranteed in Stock, meaning they will be shipped out the same day the order is placed, as long as it’s before 3:30pm CST, Monday-Friday. If for some reason we cannot ship an item that’s listed as Guaranteed in Stock, we’ll send you $100!

Delivery is Fast and Free

Here at DecksDirect, we strive to get you the products you need quickly and efficiently. That’s why we offer free ground shipping on a wide variety of balusters, post caps, lighting, and hardware within the contiguous United States. Most orders arrive at your door in 1-4 business days. Expedited shipping is available for an additional charge if needed.

DecksDirect.com is dedicated to helping people build better decks, and we do so online, on the phone, and even in person. Let our friendly and professional team assist you with your next project - we’re here for you!

 

 

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Deckorators Lighting Kit Giveaway

Aug 11, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Rachelle Gordon

Lighting Kit Giveaway Blog

 

Have you been thinking about adding recessed step lighting to your deck but haven’t taken the plunge? DecksDirect.com is giving away a Deckorators Recessed LED Step Light Kit to one lucky person - visit our Facebook to enter up to eight times!

What is Included?

The Deckorators Recessed LED Step Light kit is valued at $90 and includes the following:

      • 8 - Deckorators Recessed Step Lights
      • 1 - six watt Deckorators LED transformer
      • 1 - extension wire
      • 1 - photo sensor with installation screw
      • 1 - 1” spade bit
      • Installation instructions

 

The lights are made from black powder-coated cast aluminum on the face with a polycarbonate back. Each light uses about .25 watts of electricity, meaning you can have an illuminated stairway 365 days a year without breaking the bank.

The Deckorators Difference

Deckorators is one of most recognized brands in the industry, offering numerous quality products. Their recessed, low-voltage lighting kit provides increased visibility wherever you need it, and adds a touch of elegance to any deck. Make sure to head to our Facebook by Friday, August 19th, 2016 to enter to win a Deckorators Recessed LED Step Light Kit!

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Deckorators CXT Composite Rail System

Aug 04, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Rachelle Gordon

Deckorators CXT Composite Rail System Blog

Deckorators CXT Pro Railing System

For a railing system that’s dependable, durable, and unique, check out  Deckorators CXT Pro. This composite railing system is customizable in several ways, from post caps to balusters - there are hundreds of different combinations to choose from!

Step-by-Step Railing Design

The Deckorators CXT Pro system allows for a completely unique railing system via five easy steps. Simply choose your post sleeves, post caps, rail packs, balusters, and baluster connectors - all of which are easy to find on the DecksDirect.com website. There are lots of great accessories to mix and match as well, from post skirts to post cap lights.  Stair hand rails and baluster adapters are also available if needed.

There are three base colors to choose from when beginning the customization process of the Deckorators CXT Pro system - black, dark walnut, and white. Pick from classic round balusters or estate square balusters - whatever your pleasure. Post caps are available in a variety of styles and finishes - try the Victoria High Top Pyramid Post Cap for a traditional yet snappy look or the Designer Solar Post Cap for added illumination that’s also energy-efficient.

Function Meets Fashion

CXT’s “U-Bracket” design ensures both a stable connection between rails and posts and a seamless look. The bracket is concealed by the decorative rail, meaning you get a secure structure without the hardware eye-sore. Enjoy the aesthetic value offered while feeling confident that your railing is safe and built to last.

Let the DeckDirect.com Team Help You

If you are unsure where to start when building your custom CXT Pro railing system, our knowledgeable deck specialists are here to help. From figuring out sizing to picking colors and finishes, the team at DecksDirect.com will ensure your railing system is just right. We have professional estimators on site in order to help you find the right railing system combination to fit your style and budget.

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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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