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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.
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!

Trex RainEscape

Oct 20, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Rachelle Gordon

Trex RainEscape Blog

A second-story deck offers a wonderful and relaxing place to enjoy the great outdoors, but what about the space below? Turn your under-deck area into a liveable spot by installing the Trex RainEscape Deck Drainage System! This innovative system keeps the space below your second-story deck dry by channeling rainwater out. Protect your patio and the floor joists of your elevated deck with ease - you’ll be able to sit outside rain or shine! Keep in mind that the Trex RainEscape is for new builds and must be installed before laying your deck boards.

How it Works

RainEscape uses high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) material that acts as a trough between the joists and deck boards. Water travels through the trough to downspouts on the edge of the deck, keeping joists and the space below dry. The RainEscape system is designed with function in mind, allowing for the installation of fans, speakers, or other electronics.


The Trex RainEscape system is easy to install and blends seamlessly with your upper-level deck. This system needs to be installed prior to laying your deck boards. Post flashing is available for 4x4 wood posts, which is a collar that fits snug to further prevent moisture penetration. The HDPE trough material goes on top of the joists and can be secured using caulk,  butyl tape, or staples (sold separately). Downspouts should be placed at the end of the troughs in order to expel water away from the board and into your gutter. After the system is fully installed, deck boards are then attached to the joists as usual. The Trex RainEscape system fits both 12” and 16” joist spacing and is easily modified to fit 24” and non-standard joist spacing.

The Trex RainEscape Deck Drainage System is an excellent way to prevent rotting from moisture while expanding your outdoor living space to the under-deck area of your home. Please note, this system can only be used for new projects; it cannot be installed on an existing deck. The Trex RainEscape system is available now at - contact us today for more information and to get a free estimate!



Westbury Aluminum Railing

Oct 13, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Rachelle Gordon

Westbury Aluminum Railing

Westbury Aluminum Railing is an industry leader in durable railing and outdoor lighting solutions. A division of Digger Specialties Inc., Westbury has over 30 years of experience in the building industry. The company is dedicated to developing high quality, attractive, and affordable deck components that are built to last. From cable railing systems to post cap lights, Westbury has what you need to complete your next deck project.

Railing Systems

DecksDirect carries many of Westbury’s staple railing systems, which are available in a wide variety of colors, materials, and styles. The VertiCable line combines stainless steel cable infill with aluminum rails, creating a safe and secure railing system that does not compromise your view. The Tuscany line is equally impressive, featuring sturdy square baluster infill. There is even an additional drink rail adapter available for purchase in order to create a great space for your favorite beverage to rest while you’re enjoying the great outdoors. ADA-compliant secondary handrails are also available separately if needed.

The Montego line offers an upscale look through its curved balusters, an innovative and fresh design that architectural fans will adore. The unique shape of the balusters creates a certain distinction for your property that is sure to impress. If glass panels are more to your liking, the Veranda rail line is perfect. Reveal the view beyond the deck by combining tempered glass panels (not sold by with the two-rail design of the Veranda system.

Post Caps

Westbury also offers coordinating post caps for their railing systems, in both lit and unlit styles. The unlit post cap comes in four unique finishes and offers a sleek look for any deck. The Titan post cap light is a low-voltage lighting solution that produces a warm white glow from an internal 18-watt bulb. Post caps come in a variety of sizes, so it is vital to measure your post carefully before ordering.

For a different look, the Magena Star Mini Vega LED Light is an excellent choice. This rail light can be used with the Tuscany, Montego, Riviera or Veranda rail systems. This 12-volt light can be easily installed on rail posts via its self-tapping screw. This durable aluminum-cased LED is available in three premium colors, so you’re sure to get a perfect match.


Expand your outdoor living space on a second-story deck without the risk of bugs invading by installing ScreenRail railing. This innovative system eliminates the chance of pests entering your space by utilizing a stretchable and long-lasting screen to the spaces above, below, and between railing and balusters. ScreenRail has the same classic appearance of other Westbury railing systems, but with recesses in the top and bottom rails for screen material.

Westbury Aluminum Railing, from Digger Specialties Inc., produces some of the finest railing systems available. Their durable and stylish railing kits, balusters, and post caps are sure to impress - check them out now on!


Class Up Your Deck With Post Caps!

Oct 06, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Rachelle Gordon

Post caps

The structural posts holding up your deck are an integral part of your build, but how can you jazz them up? The answer is easy: post caps! Made out of wood, metal, composite, vinyl, or even glass, post caps create a gorgeous finishing touch on any deck. Certain deck and fence post caps also contain lighting solutions, meaning you can add both decoration and safety to your property. Read on to learn about some of the amazing post caps available here at!

Wood and Metal Post Caps

DecksDirect offers dozens of high-quality wood and metal post caps to choose from in several styles and materials. Our large collection of post caps are sure to impress. Choose from cedar to pressure-treated pine to IPE for wood varieties and copper, aluminum, and stainless steel for metal. Acorn Deck Products handcrafts exquisite post caps with traditional wood designs while Woodway remains a favorite of builders and DIYers alike. Metal post caps from Deckorators, such as the Aluminum Post Point in copper, and Fortress are also a great choice.

Glass Caps

Glass post caps add a touch of elegance to your deck and are available in several attractive designs. The Victoria Glass Post Cap by Deckorators comes in a gorgeous emerald hue while the Serpentine Jade Geometric Post Cap by Outdoor Essentials features a multicolored glass top with cedar base. DecksDirect also carries Tiffany-inspired glass caps, such as the California Grape or Sunflower varieties from Deckorators.

Lighted Post Cap Options

Installing lighted post caps is an excellent way to boost the aesthetic value and visibility of your deck and surrounding areas. Lighted caps may illuminate from all four sides outward or may emit light in a downward position. Most lighted post caps utilize traditional electricity, but there are solar deck post lights available that harness the Sun’s UV rays to power the lights. Check out our selection of deck post lights and solar post caps from Aurora Deck Lighting, LMT Mercer Group, and Classy Caps to view the wide range of lighted caps available. Coordinating dimmers, transformers, and connectors are sold separately.

Make your deck all it can be by adding attractive post caps. With tons of different styles and materials to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your property!


Does your deck need an update? You’re in luck! We’re partnering up with Deckorators to kick off our Reface Your Deck Contest. One lucky deck owner will win a $300 deck makeover! It’s easy to enter – just submit a photo below illustrating why your deck needs a makeover. Then ask your friends and family to vote for your photo on our gallery page.

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New Products from Dekor

Sep 29, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Rachelle Gordon

New Dekor Products

DecksDirect is excited to announce the arrival of several new items from Dekor, a leader in high-quality decking products. In addition to outdoor lighting solutions, Dekor also produces attractive railing products and post caps. Most recently, DecksDirect has started to carry Dekor’s Premium Cast Flat Top post caps, in both lighted and unlighted options, as well as new EZ dimmers. These gorgeous additions to the Dekor family would be wonderful for any deck or patio.

Premium Cast Flat Top Post Caps

The new Premium Cast Flat Top post caps from Dekor are elegant and offer a touch of class to your property. Crafted out of powder-coated sand cast aluminum, these post caps are available in six sizes and four beautiful finishes. The lighted option features small LED bulbs on all four sides in order to offer a warm white glow. This post cap integrates with Dekor’s plug & play system for easy installation. Make sure to measure your post accurately before purchasing to ensure a perfect fit.

EZ Dimmers

For extra customization of your lighting, Dekor’s EZ Dimmers are perfect. The EZ Wireless Dimmer Kit gives the convenience of a wall-mounted dimmer switch without the hassle of electrical installation. The unit looks like a traditional dimmer switch but actually is a stand-alone system that can control your deck lights from up to 150 feet away. The EZ Wi-Fi Dimmer takes things a step further, allowing users to dim the intensity of their outdoor lighting via smartphone technology. Make sure to install the Wi-Fi dimmer within 100 feet of your Internet router for optimal performance.

Dekor has been producing impressive and innovative decking materials for nearly 30 years, with no signs of slowing down. Bring convenience, safety, and beauty to your yard with the new Premium Cast Flat Top post caps and EZ dimmers - you’ll be glad you did!


Rejuvenate Your Deck with Penofin RenewAll

Sep 21, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Rachelle Gordon

Penofin Renewal Blog


Looking for a way to improve the natural beauty of your wood deck boards while protecting them from the elements? RenewAll from Penofin is specially formulated to penetrate wood grain, preventing damage from UV rays, rain and snow. Give your deck a makeover that will increase its aesthetic value, all while strengthening its durability.

Penofin Renewall

Penofin RenewAll features an innovative elastomeric resin system with premium flexibility and adhesion. This formula smooths rough surfaces and keeps splinters at bay; it can also fill cracks up to ¼”. RenewAll creates a non-skid surface and meets both ADA & OSHA slip resistance standards, making your deck or patio safer.

Before applying RenewAll, it’s important to prep your deck boards. If there are any severely damaged or rotting deck boards, remove these first. Then, rid dirt and grime from your deck using a specialized cleaning formula, such as Penofin Pro-Tech Cleaner. Ensure all cleaning solution has been removed and the deck boards are dry before applying RenewAll. Apply one coat of RenewAll evenly across your deck boards, allowing it to dry for 4-6 hours before applying a second coat.

Rejuvenate your deck today with Penofin RenewAll. This innovative formula is available in six rich colors, meaning you’re sure to find the perfect match for your home. Remember that RenewAll is for outdoor applications only and works well for both wood and concrete. Breathe new life into your deck with Penofin RenewAll, available right here at!

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Fall Deck Prep Tips

Sep 08, 2016 | Posted in How To's By Rachelle Gordon

Fall deck prep

With the end of summer looming and kids getting ready to head back to school, it’s time to start thinking ahead to fall and winter. This is especially true for your deck, particularly if you live in an area with a cold climate and lots of snow. These harsh elements can wreak havoc on wood, and can cause splitting, fading, and degradation. Read on for some tips on how to prep your deck before fall arrives.

Clean the Deck Properly

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, particularly when it comes to your deck. Ground-in dirt and food stains can be problematic for wood, so a thorough cleaning before the cold comes is imperative. Messmer’s Liquid Cleaner is a great option as it both cleanses and brightens wood in one easy step. For a more in-depth cleaning, try Penofin Pro-Tech Complete Wood Care. This three-step system helps to strip wood, cleanse, and brighten and is perfect for any budget. It is vital to clean and brighten before applying stain, otherwise tannin stains may develop. These are unsightly black dots that occur when wood is not ready to receive finishing oil.

Seal and Protect

Once your deck is clean and dry, it is vital to apply a water-resistant sealant in order to defend against snow, sleet, rain, and ice. Wood left untreated could be susceptible to water entering the fibers of the wood, which can lead to cracking, warping, and splitting. Fortunately, offers several quality finishing oils meant to seal and protect. NatureBlend One Step Deck Finish by Structures Wood Care is a one-coat, semi-transparent finish available in three colors to enhance and shield wood from the elements. Penofin Cedar Oil is derived from Brazilian Rosewood Oil that coats individual wood fibers in order to safeguard against mold, mildew, and fading - and is only available here at!

Inspect for Damage

Doing a deck safety check at the end of the summer is very important, even if you do not use the area during the colder months. By checking for wear and tear, you can help prevent small problems from becoming big ones once spring arrives. Check hardware for any signs of rust, ensure ledger boards are properly connected, and inspect all support posts to make sure they are functioning properly. Check out our list of deck safety tips for more ways to protect your deck.

Living in a cold climate makes you appreciate your time on the deck even more, so be pro-active and prevent Mother Nature from taking its toll - you’ll be glad you did.


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