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Expert Trusted G-Tape

Feb 16, 2018 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jaclyn Kueny

Even the Experts Trust G-Tape

Completely protect and seal your new deck from water rot and mold with G-Tape Acrylic Flashing Tape. G-Tape is waterproof and weather-resistant to give your joists, windows and doors coverage in any climate. G-Tape withstands extreme weather conditions without any cracking or strength loss. It is available in a wide variety of sizes to shield anything from stringers to double or triple beams, even EPDM roofing.

G-Tape is even tearable by hand and repositionable. While most tapes crinkle, stick to themselves, and leave sticky residue, G-Tape doesn’t stick to itself and easily releases contact with no adhesion loss, improving speed and productivity while also keeping costs low. It creates a permanent bond after 24 hours and is manufacturer tested for a 50 year span. Work smarter, not harder with the most high performing tape on the market.

Hear from the professionals

Even professional deck builders trust G-Tape for many of their projects. We asked one of our favorite local builders, Tim from Phi Decks, why he loves G-Tape:

  • “G-Tape is really useful when we need to add a little extra water protection to our framing members when we have multi-ply beams, we’ll install G-Tape across the top of them so that it’ll stop water intrusion into those beams and to prevent future rot. A lot of flashing tapes are butyl based which really only works when it’s above 60 or 70 degrees and the sun is out. They don’t stick very well in the cold for sure. G-Tape always sticks in the cold, really no matter what the temperature is, G-Tape will stick to whatever we’re putting it on.”

 

G-Tape is not sold in most hardware stores, but is always in stock and ready to ship to you same day only at Decks Direct.com. At any point in your project, even if you have just a few simple questions, feel free to give our deck experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at support@decksdirect.com.

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Deck of the Month Winner - February 2018

Feb 08, 2018 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jaclyn Kueny

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Deckorators Balusters and OZCO pergola
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Ironwood Rafter Clips by OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties
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Outdated Wood Railing

Deck of the Month Winner February 2018

Congratulations to Ed and Julie from Pennslyvania for winning the Deck of the Month contest for February! They refreshed their outdated wood balusters with the Estate Square Aluminum Balusters by Deckorators, and complimented them with fresh wood railing. To finish off each wood post, they added the Titan Flat Top Post Cap by Aurora.

To accompany the new railing, Ed and Julie added a pergola with OZCO hardware to perfectly enhance their outdoor living space.

Check out what Ed and Julie had to say about their project:

"DecksDirect hardware provided exactly the finishing touches we were looking for and helped us create a beautiful space for entertaining or for just enjoying quiet peaceful moments outdoors. The railing, support hardware and fittings were easy to install and completely transformed our tired 25-year-old deck into a fresh, inviting outdoor space."

They can now enjoy their new outdoor living space while sporting their new DecksDirect gear!

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 OR shoot us an email to support@decksdirect.com. By doing so, you will be entered to win great prizes from our Deck of the Month Contest!

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Get A Quote

Feb 06, 2018 | Posted in How-to Tips By Jaclyn Kueny

Get a Quote

Did you know that DecksDirect provides free design consultations? We are here to help throughout your entire deck experience, including the early planning stages. Our specialists can help you design your dream deck and provide you with accurate measurements, drawings, and prices to make purchasing simple and quick.

FILL OUT OUR QUOTE FORM

Let us know how to reach you so that you can benefit from our free services that include:

  • A call from a real person within one hour
  • Pricing and material selection support
  • Full project design and layout guidance
  • Conceptual rendering and complete takeoffs

 

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With a quote, you're one step closer to finding your perfect railing, lighting, or drainage solution for you and your next deck!

Please note: Our specialists are available Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CST. We respond the next business day to requests submitted outside of operating hours.

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8 Deck Trends for 2018

Jan 25, 2018 | Posted in Messages and News By Jaclyn Kueny

8 Deck Trends for 2018

Even with all of this snow on the ground, it’s time to start thinking about your next deck! Whether you are starting from scratch or adding a simple update, you have tons of options to consider. A deck can be a valuable addition to your home that provides you with years of enjoyment and relaxation. Before you start planning, here are some deck and outdoor trends for 2018.

1. MULTI-FUCTIONAL SPACE

Creating a multi-functional deck space increases longevity and use of your deck. Having a space under your deck that stays dry year round increases use and usable storage space. From creating a shaded patio space to storing your lawn mower, keeping the underside of your deck dry can be very beneficial. DecksDirect offers both the Trex RainEscape and Zip-Up UnderDeck drainage systems to keep the space under your deck dry for whatever you choose!

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2. MIX AND MATCH

Mixing and matching of styles is going to be popular in 2018. Mixing rustic and modern, or classic and contemporary looks will add the perfect touch of style to your deck. Adding dark aluminum balusters to your wood railing is a simple upgrade to any classic look. You can even use Wild Hog railing with your Westbury Veranda aluminum railing for a unique look. You can mix and match with many of our different railings, just check out the Inspiration Gallery for ideas.

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3. BULKY ACCENTS

Use bulky hardware accents to add a rustic decoration to all of your projects. We offer hardware from Simpson Strong-Tie and OZCO Ornamental. Whether your fastening a pergola, or simply decorating a door, you’re sure to make an impact with their big and striking styles.

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4. LANDSCAPE LIGHTING

When planning your upgrades to your outdoor living space, don’t overlook the impact you can create by adding landscape lighting. You can frame your deck, walkways, gardens, water features, or any other area of your yard. Landscape lights come in low-voltage and solar-powered styles to enhance the functionality and beauty of your outdoor space.

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5. AZEK PAVERS

AZEK Deck Pavers are a high-quality alternative to wood decking. They are composed of up to 95% recycled material and use a grid system for quick and easy installation. They can be used for patios and walkways, driveways, resurfacing decks, or even flat roofs. Five different colors can be combined in any pattern to bring new life to your yard.

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6. POST CAP LIGHTS

Post cap lights are a simple way to add safety and ambiance to your deck. DecksDirect carries post cap lights that are either solar-powered or low-voltage. Solar lights create a dim, soft glow around the areas of your deck that receive a lot of sunlight, whereas low-voltage lights are excellent for control and consistency all night long.

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7. DRINK RAILS

Attaching a drink rail to the top of your railing makes entertaining even easier. With either the Prestige Drink Rail Bracket or the Drink Rail Adapter for Westbury, you can add a complementary deck board to the top of your railing to increase function and appearance. Hold a drink with style by adding a drink rail.

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8. EYE-CATCHING STRUCTURES

Bring your outdoor space to the next level with an eye-catching pavillion or pergola. Not only do they provide shade and beauty, DecksDirect also makes them easy to purchase through OZCO Project Kits and detailed instructions. All you need to add is the lumber!

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Estimating Tools

Jan 18, 2018 | Posted in How-to Tips By Jaclyn Kueny

Improving the Deck Experience: Estimating Tools

At DecksDirect, we see your deck as a lifestyle. We know the deck experience is much greater than just the materials you choose, products you buy, or who installs it. We stand behind you as you successfully put all the pieces together and make memories on it for years to come. There are a few ways we strive to improve your deck experience. One way is through the use of our estimating tools. We currently have two different calculators that make ordering products even easier, and we are always working on more! Our Baluster Calculator and our Zip-Up UnderDeck Calculator make calculating supplies easy.

BALUSTER CALCULATOR

Not sure how many balusters you need? What about how far apart you need to space them? Take the guess work out of ordering balusters with our calculator! Simply input your total length of railing, the number of posts you have, the size of the posts, and the width of the baluster. The system will tell you exactly how many total balusters you'll need! It takes into account building codes like baluster spacing, and gives you the perfect number to complete your project!

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ZIP-UP UNDERDECK CALCULATOR

With the Zip-Up UnderDeck Calculator, we build your shopping cart for you. All you need to do is tell us the length and width of the underside of your deck, and we'll calculate it all for you! We create a comprehensive list of the items you'll need for your project that you can add straight into your cart!

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Deck of the Month Winner - January 2018

Jan 10, 2018 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jaclyn Kueny

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New Feeney CableRail System
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Old Wood Railing

Congratulations to Joe F. from Moneta, Virgina for winning our first Deck of the Month contest of the 2018 year! He took his falling wooden railing and updated it with the Feeney CableRail System. He updated with new wood posts, and drilled holes into them to run his CableRail through. Joe spaced out his posts and used Intermediate Pickets to stabilize the cable.

Check out what Joe had to say about his project:

"I have a 42' span of deck overlooking a lake. There are 6 - 4x4 posts. I was advised to buy the Feeney cable system - 50'. I ran 8 cables. I had to demo original and that took the most time. Then I redesigned the wood rail using 5/4 6" top. The most challenging part of this work was drilling the 8 holes in each post. You have to get as accurate as possible. I used the median picket I purchased as a template. In retrospect I would suggest a laser light which would give better accuracy of the holes so they line up perfect. All in all I am very pleased with the outcome as it is a night and day difference in our view!"

Joe can now enoy his updated and safe railing overlooking his lake while sporting his new DecksDirect gear!

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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OZCO Project Kits

Jan 09, 2018 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jaclyn Kueny

OZCO Project Kits

OZCO Project Kits

OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties are the perfect “icing on the cake” for any outdoor project. They offer creative and innovative ways to anchor, connect, fasten, and finish, while also providing exceptional strength and support. DecksDirect offers easy OZCO Project Kits to make your project even easier. With just one simple click of "Add to Cart", you can add all of the hardware that you'd need to complete a pergola, pavilion, garden arbor, or mailbox post. Although we do not provide the lumber to go with your hardware, you can simply pick that up at your local lumberyard.

IRONWOOD VS. LAREDO SUNSET

The pergola, pavilion, and garden arbor project kits come with either Ironwood or Laredo Sunset hardware. These are the two different styles that OZCO offers in their hardware. They install and function exactly the same. The Ironwood has a flat top-topped striking look, and the Laredo Sunset has more of a rustic rounded top.


PAVILION PROJECT KITS

Bring your outdoor space to the next level with a beautiful pavilion. This 9.5' x 9.5' pavilion is held up by 8" x 8" posts anchored into the ground. 2" x 10" cedar beams frame the stunning structure, while the 4" x 6" cedar boards hold up the roof embellished with OZCO’s attractive exposed hardware.

 

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GARDEN ARBOR PROJECT KITS

Accent your yard with this attractive garden arbor. This garden arbor starts with 4" x 4" posts held in place by the sturdy OZCO post bases. Rail saddles compliment the base and hold up the decorative wood slats. Rafter clips hold up the roof, finishing up your new garden centerpiece.

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PERGOLA PROJECT KITS

A great way to enhance a cedar deck is with an eye-catching pergola. OZCO provides simple project plans for this outdoor living upgrade. The 12' x 16' deck pergola in this project plan begins with 6" x 6" cedar posts anchored firmly to the deck surface with our best-selling Post Base Kits. Cedar 2" x 10"s with 45-degree cuts make attractive beams which you'll anchor to the posts with Post to Beam Bolt Bracket Kits and Timber Bolts. The pergola also features 6" x 6" supports which reinforce the beams. Capping off the pergola are 2" x 6" cedar boards firmly affixed with strong Rafter Clips.

 

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MAILBOX PROJECT KIT

Laredo Sunset Estate Mailbox Post Project Kit

Take your curbside mailbox to the next level with galvanized, powder-coated steel connectors and accent pieces from OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties. Begin with standard cedar lumber, cut and chamfer according to the project specifications, then install the support post using the Ornamental Anchor Kit. Attach tie plates with 1-3/4" Timber Screws to make a sturdy connection between the vertical post and the horizontal wood cross members. Top with mailbox and accents of your choice. DecksDirect currently only offers the mailbox project kit in the Laredo Sunset style.

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OZCO PROJECT KITS

With any of these easy to follow OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties Project Kits, and DecksDirect's completely fast shipping, you can be lounging under your project sooner than you think. Simply add all of the project products to your cart, and you'll be ready to go.

Because we are 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, even if you have just a few simple questions, feel free to give our deck specialists a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an e-mail at support@decksdirect.com.

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The DecksDirect Difference

Jan 02, 2018 | Posted in Messages and News By Jaclyn Kueny

The DecksDirect Difference

Here at DecksDirect, we are passionate about decks. It's what we do, and we do it well. DecksDirect was founded in 2003 for the do-it-yourselfer and the professional builder. We care about your deck building experience, and want to help you build the best deck for your family or client. Whether you are a new DIY-er or a deck-building pro, we hope to share our passion and knowledge with you.

In order to achieve our mission of helping people build better decks, we rely on The DecksDirect Difference all day, everyday.

  • Real People, Real Service: Behind our fancy website is a team of real people who care about what we do. The team strives to exceed your expectations by providing honest, accurate, and friendly service that our customers can trust.
  • Completely Fast: We know how important your deck project is and we do everything in our power to get it started and finished quickly. From the first time we greet you to the moment we get your order out the door, speed is one of our top priorities.
  • Improving the Deck Experience: At DecksDirect, we see a deck as much more than a few planks of wood in your backyard. It's bigger than the materials you choose or products you buy. Your deck is a lifestyle, and we want to help you feel good about the entire process, from putting the pieces together to making memories on it for years to come.

 

Just like a deck, we know we are only as good as our parts. In order to best serve our customers, we help our team members grow through our core values. From product knowledge sessions to attending fun events, DecksDirect team members are passionate about helping people build better decks, but also know how to have fun. The focus we put on our core values shines through in our work everyday.

  • Experience: Service the customer first
  • Integrity: Do the right thing
  • Lead: It all begins with self
  • Passion: Deliver excellence every day
  • Drive: Maintain an edge above the rest

 

There are tons of ways DecksDirect strives to go above and beyond to provide our customers with the best deck experience possible. Learn more about the team and what we do here.

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