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Winter-Proofing Your Deck 2018

Dec 06, 2018 | Posted in How-to Tips By Jamie B.


Don't Let Old Man Winter Crash the Party

As the winter season quickly approaches, don't forget to give your favorite spot in the house a little extra gift wrapping with protective and preventative presents from DecksDirect! Whatever winter weather you receive, we want to make sure your deck is ready for whatever comes. From holiday gatherings and New Years celebrations, to the first budding flower of Spring, help your deck be the hot spot to be year-round. Even if it's -2°.


SHIELD IT FROM SQUARE ONE

If just beginning to build your dream deck, make sure it's protected for the ever-changing weather. Cover and preserve your crucial deck joists with waterproof flashing tape. Stopping stagnant water from sitting and soaking into your joists will prevent water damage, rot, and decay from affecting your structure while creating a better connection surface for screws and fasteners.

 

Protect newly installed joists and beams with Trex Protect. Prevent moisture from seeping into your new construction with one of the most trusted brands names in decking.

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Able to withstand temperatures from -40° to 200° F, G-Tape is perfect for protecting your joists, doors, and windows from rot and water damage.

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REPAIR AND REMEDY

Decks age right along with us, so it's much more convenient to look for and fix issues as they come rather than face an expensive rebuild down the road. Warped, bowed, or loose deck boards can arise, affecting your deck's security and appearance. In the past this called for a complete board replacement, and with rising lumber costs, it could add up to a hefty bill. Now it's a thing of the past with the all new Deck Wedge Board Straightener. Save your old lumber and keep your deck looking uniform throughout!

A durable one-piece tool that makes correcting and installing deck boards a breeze! Able to close gaps of up to 1-1/4 inches, this wedge can fix a warped board in just 4 simple steps.

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The most effective fastener for any wood material, the DSV Wood Screw is thick steel covered in a Quik Guard Coating to protect against corrosion and rust while securing your deck boards safely.

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CLEAN AND COVER

With your deck repaired and protected, now is the time to clean off any debris and coat it with a water-resistant sealant. This will protect your deck from mildew and the damage that leaves, snow, ice, and other debris can cause. DecksDirect offers a line of cleaners and penetrating oils for decks of any build.

 

Use Penofin's patented three step system to clean and restore your deck to its original glory! Strip, clean, and brighten your decking to remove any graying and protect against future wear.

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Not just decking needs some attention. Keep your cable railing system in tip top shape using the trusted cleaner and protectant package to remove dirt and debris, while coating for the future.

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RenewAll by Penofin is a thick elastomeric formula that covers splinters, cracks, stains, and general unevenness giving your deck a refreshed look. The two-coat system creates a finely textured surface.

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Easy to apply, this high-quality penetrating oil helps maintain the beauty of your wood deck while keeping out the elements in any environment.

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QUICK TOUCH-UPS THAT LAST

 

Over time posts can begin to warp and split, the Ironwood Post Band by OZCO helps secure your post on all four sides while adding a touch of style.

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Create a durable, watertight seal wherever needed with 100% Rubber Silicone Sealant. Keep post caps in place, plug up wiring holes, or ensure a rattle-free baluster install.

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There are also a few things that you can do throughout the colder months to ensure that you will have a beautiful deck to enjoy for years to come. As you’re raking the fallen leaves from your yard, don’t forget to make sure to clear off your deck as well. Leaves can add harmful moisture and weight to your deck that can lead to decay and damage.

Before we know it, snow will become a daily reality for those of us in colder climates. Whether you get a dusting or a blizzard, make sure to shovel your deck. Removing snow and ice will help keep your deck dry, free from water damage, and protect its natural finish.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP

DecksDirect is here to help you get the products you need to complete your deck maintenance to-do list. We strive to provide an honest, accurate, and friendly service that you can rely upon. Because when your deck looks good; we all look good.

We're the nation’s largest stocking online retailer of deck accessories, you can trust that nearly all items will ship the same business day if the order is placed by 3:30pm CST, Monday-Friday (excluding special order items).

At any point in your project, feel free to give our deck specialists a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an e-mail at hello@decksdirect.com.

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Gift Guide 2018

Nov 15, 2018 | Posted in Messages and News By Jamie B.


There's snow-place like home and no better time than the holidays. Families and friends are together, mouth-watering food is everywhere, and we remember what matters to us the most. This season, get your favorite people gifts they can enjoy for years to come; the coolest new deck products and accessories ever. Buy for your practical father-in-law and daydreaming best friend all in one spot with DecksDirect, because who doesn't love a gorgeous deck? These incredible items are easy to install and even easier to love. So whether you're snowed in, or a snow-bird, this holiday season is the best time to remember our two favorite things: our loved ones, and decks.


The Best Deck Gifts of 2018


 

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Hold It Mate Mounting Rails and Accessories

One of the most innovative and simple to use products of 2018, Hold It Mate has found a way to add storage and shelving without any damage to your rails! These rails attach directly to the vertical balusters to add utility without taking up floor space or damaging your railing. The perfect present for the budding gardener, master griller, or pet lovers in the family.

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Deckorators Deck Rail Table

A wonderful gift option for anyone wanting to add a stable flat-surface to their deck without the hassle of drilling and cutting, the Deckorators Deck Rail Table. Great to use as an outdoor worktable, or simply as a way to enjoy brunch outside with friends, this table can support up to 50 lbs for a secure space. Don't want the table up every day? Simply loosen the bolt to uninstall, and store until the next time it's needed.

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OZCO Post Band and Accessories

Who doesn't love a product that is both functional and stylish? OZCO's Post Band and Accessories are ideal tools to make the most out of your outdoor space. The band supports and protects posts from warping and splitting over time; while the accessories help you to enjoy a glass of wine, a cold beer, or lounge in your own personal hammock. A superb choice for those friends who just need to relax more.

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Solar Post Caps

Add brightness and illumination to any deck without the hassle of electricity and hiding wires with Solar Post Cap lights! A brilliant way to help keep guests free from trips and falls throughout the night, while making your outdoor space look as magical as can be. A lovely gift choice for anyone who could use just a little more light.

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Barn Wood Accent Wall in a Box

Add an impressive touch of decoration to any wall, inside or out, using the Barn Wood Accent Wall in a Box kit! The simple way to add a modern yet rustic look to your deck, den, or kitchen. Perfect for those friends and family members who love interior design and DIY projects; help them reel in the compliments with easy-to-use kit.

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Secondary Handrail

Safety is always our first priority, and the best way to prevent an accident is to add sturdy secondary handrails to your staircase railings. These secondary handrails provide an extra graspable surface to help prevent slips and falls. Perfect for homes with grandparents and grandchildren alike; help keep everyone skinned-knee free with a secondary handrail.

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Baluster Accessories

For those who love style and setting their home apart from the rest on the block, baluster accessories are a unique touch they're sure to love. With the ability to install as many or as few as you like, the patterns and design options are endless. Perfect for friends who like to make home a place all their own.

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Got a question? Give us a call at 1-888-824-5316, or send an email to hello@decksdirect.com, our Deck Experts would love to help you out.

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Hold It Mate

Nov 06, 2018 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jamie B.

Hold It Mate Mounting Rails

Start Deck-orating with Hold It Mate Rails

One of the major perks of working at DecksDirect is checking out the latest deck developments. Every year new products are introduced, and once in a while, a product comes out and completely blows us out of the water! One of the coolest new innovations this year is also remarkably simple, the Hold It Mate Rail system. Add planter boxes and flower baskets to your deck without covering the handrail or taking up precious floor space with the Hold It Mate Rail System.

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The system contains everything needed for installation and can be mounted in seconds. The Hold It Mate system connects directly to your vertical balusters, allowing you to design a space that fits your deck atmosphere while making the most of your unused space. Simply position the rail at the height you desire on your balusters, make sure the rails on the back are horizontal against the spindles, and then tighten the through bolt with the included Allen Wrench. Once mounted, snap on the accessories of your choice to put your open space to good use! Accessories can be attached on both sides of the rail to maximize your options.

What’s even cooler? After installing the pieces, hang or set your planters or flower boxes to make the rail virtually vanish behind your gorgeous blooms and plants.

Key Features

  • Easy 2-part system, no extra tools required
  • 6", 20", and 36" rail lengths available
  • Absolutely no damage done to existing railing
  • Durable steel with powder coated black finish
  • Completely customizable, mix and match the attachments you want

 


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Bracket Accessories

Brackets by Hold It Mate

A superb way to get the most out of your deck, Brackets By Hold It Mate allow you to showcase your blossoming planter boxes, craft a gorgeous drink table, or set up sturdy shelving that won't take up precious floor space or blow over in the wind.

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Ring Accessories

Ring Accessories by Hold It Mate

Easily attach Rings by Hold It Mate to adorn your railing with floating flower baskets, a simple herb garden, or even as a water bowl holder for your four-legged friends. Add as many or few as you like to highlight your favorite areas or gain a bit more privacy in your outdoor space.

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Extension Hook Accessory

Extension Hook by Hold It Mate

For a brilliant way to spruce up your deck both inside and out, Extension Hooks by Hold It Mate give finishing details no matter the look. Angling up and away 15" from your deck, Extension Hooks are a great opportunity to add hanging flower baskets, bird feeders, or seasonal decor.

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Tool Hook Accessory

Tool Hook by Hold It Mate

Keep your deck spic and your tools together in one spot. The Tool Hook Accessory hangs your items in one secure spot to make clutter a thing of the past. Gardening tools, grilling utensils, or even late night flashlights; no more wondering where your things are with Hold It Mate.

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Deck of the Month Winner - August 2018

Sep 14, 2018 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jaclyn

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Fortress AL13 Pure View Glass Panel Railing System

Deck of the Month Winner for August!

Congratulations to Joe from All Decked Out in Cincinnati for winning our Deck of the Month contest for August! He used the Fortress Aluminum Pure View Full Glass Panel Railing System to enclose his upper level deck. This glass system uses full glass panels for a clear view. Panels are available in a wide range of sizes to accomodate any deck!

Joe used the standard Fortress AL13 Panels for the staircase. The rails all coordinate for a clean seamless look on the deck.

Thanks again to Joe for sharing his photos with us! If you would like to enter the Deck of the Month contest, submit a photo of your project with a review on Facebook, Houzz, or Google.

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Labor Day 2018 Shipping Schedule

Aug 28, 2018 | Posted in Messages and News By Jaclyn

DecksDirect Shipping Schedule for Labor Day 2018

Happy Labor Day from DecksDirect

DecksDirect will be closed Monday, September 4th, 2018 for Labor Day.

DecksDirect wishes everyone a happy and relaxing Labor Day weekend. As a reminder, DecksDirect will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, and will resume regular hours on Tuesday the 4th. Shipping times will also be affected. 

Saturday, September 1st:

  • FedEx Express – Open
  • FedEx Ground – Closed
  • FedEx Home – Open

 

Sunday, September 2nd:

  • No FedEx Deliveries
  • No USPS Deliveries

 

Monday, September 3rd: 

  • No FedEx Deliveries
  • No USPS Deliveries

 

Tuesday, September 4th: 

  • FedEx Express – Open
  • FedEx Ground – Open
  • FedEx Home – Closed

 

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

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Durables Sterling Aluminum Railing

Aug 20, 2018 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jaclyn

Durables Sterling Aluminum Railing System

Durables Sterling Aluminum Railing System

Durables has officially entered the aluminum railing game with their new Sterling Aluminum Railing System. It is a classic aluminum railing system in both black and white that will complement any deck.

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Key Features

  • Railing packaged as kits
  • 6 ft or 8 ft lengths
  • Grooves on posts for easy installation
  • Textured black finish

 


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Sterling Aluminum Post Kit By Durables

Sterling Aluminum Post Kit By Durables

As the foundation for your Sterling Aluminum Railing, the Sterling Aluminum Post Kit By Durables is available in either 38 in, 44 in, or 48 in heights. The post has two grooves on each side that add a decorative touch. The grooves also work as guide to install the brackets. The post comes with a post cap and a post skirt for a clean finish.

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Sterling Level Rail And Baluster Kit By Durables

Sterling Aluminum Level Rail And Baluster Kit By Durables

Simple and low-maintenance, the Sterling Level Rail Kit is quick to install with the included self-centering brackets. The railing features a classic bread loaf top rail and square balusters. Rails can be easily trimmed down with a miter saw if needed.

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Sterling Aluminum Stair Rail And Baluster Kit By Durables

Sterling Aluminum Stair Rail And Baluster Kit By Durables

The Sterling Stair Rail Kit is compatible with stairs that are between 32 to 36 degrees. It is low-maintenace and meets all nationwide IRC building codes.

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Feel free to give our experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 if you have any questions during any point in your project.

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Fortress Horizontal Cable Railing Panel System

Fortress Horizontal Cable Railing Panel System

Modern and sleek, cable railing is a terrific way to open your views and impress your guests. As one of the most popular trends today, sometimes horizontal can be difficult and time-consuming to install. Get around the tough cable installation by using Fortress Horizontal Cable Railing Panels. Easy to install, the new Fortress Horizontal Cable Railing Panel System is a simplified, panelized system that offers a modern style with the dependable Fortress durability.

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Key Features

  • Pre-assembled Cables
  • 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel Cable
  • Can use wood or Fortress metal posts
  • Easy to modify panel lengths

 


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Fortress Horizontal Cable Railing Panel System Steps

Step 1 - FE26 Post For Horizontal Cable Railing By Fortress

FE26 Post For Horizontal Cable Railing By Fortress

As the solid starting point for your Fortress Horizontal Cable Deck Railing, the FE26 Post For Horizontal Cable Railing By Fortress is available for 34 in or 40 in high railing. Available in the Black Sand finish, these posts are available in either 2 in x 2 in or 3 in x 3 in, and include a base cover for a clean look.

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Step 2 - FE26 Flat Pyramid Post Cap For Horizontal Cable Railing By Fortress

FE26 Flat Pyramid Post Cap For Horizontal Cable Railing By Fortress

Polish off your Fortress Cable Railing project with the FE26 Flat Pyramid Post Cap For Horizontal Cable Railing By Fortress. Specially made for the 2 in x 2 in or the 3 in by 3 in post, these caps create a finished look with their low-profile design.

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Step 3 - FE26 Level Panel For Horizontal Cable Railing By Fortress

FE26 Level Panel For Horizontal Cable Railing By Fortress

The FE26 Level Panel For Horizontal Cable Railing By Fortress is pre-assembled and cuts down on on installation time. It is easy to trim down without having to disassemble the panel. Enjoy your view through the 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel Cable and strong Fortress steel rails.

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Step 4 - FE26 Universal Rail Bracket For Horizontal Cable Railing By Fortress

FE26 Universal Rail Bracket For Horizontal Cable Railing By Fortress

The FE26 Level Panel For Horizontal Cable Railing By Fortress allows you to mount your pre-assembled Fortress Vertical Cable panels to either a post or a wall, no matter the materal. The brackets come in 4-packs complete with color-matching screws for quick and concealed installation.

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Step 5 - FE26 Flat Accent Top Rail For Horizontal Cable Railing Panel By Fortress

FE26 Flat Accent Top Rail For Horizontal Cable Railing Panel By Fortress

Cover and protect your Fortress Cable Railing with the FE26 Flat Accent Top Rail For Horizontal Cable Railing Panel By Fortress. For a sleek and polished look that securely clasps over the top rail of the panel, this top rail shields your hardware and panel from water and debris.

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Feel free to give our experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com if you have any questions during any point in your project.

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Deck of the Month Winner - July 2018

Aug 06, 2018 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jaclyn

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Congratulations to Barton from Washington for winning our Deck of the Month contest for July! He built his deck with a wide range of products from DecksDirect. From the Grace Vycor Self-Adhering Flashing Tape to protect his joists and the Camo Hidden Fasteners to install his deck boards, to the Deckorators Round Aluminum Balusters and the OZCO accents, his new outdoor space is truly a DecksDirect deck!

Here's what Barton had to say about his project:

"When we purchased our current home, our first priority was to update the interior, knowing full well the deck was going to need serious repair and/or replacing. Fast-forward 2 years, and this summer it as finally time to tackle the deck.

While I consider myself an avid DIYer, I'm not a professional, and frankly the deck rebuild was something I was just a little intimidated with. So to compromise, I had a professional deck builder complete the necessary framing portion while I took the project to completion doing all the deck boards, railing, and other visual details. In other words, if you can see it, I did it! Before starting the project, I gathered as many sources as possible, and discovering your site and retail solutions via DecksDirect was immeasurable.

With DeckDirect's help, I was able to make my vision for the new deck a reality. From the Vycor Flashing Tape to protect the new joists, Camo Fasteners for a clean finish, and the OZCO accessories, I was thrilled to be able to go to one place for my decking needs and have those items delivered directly to me.

One area of the deck I was not looking forward to was completing the railing and attaching the balusters, but the Uni-ball Connectors, Deckorators Rail Connectors, and DecksDirect how-to guides made that process much simpler and the rails look great!

Thanks DecksDirect for all your help!"

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. You can also send your project photos to hello@decksdirect.com. By doing so, you will be entered to win great prizes from our Deck of the Month Contest!

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