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Preparing Your Deck for Fall

Oct 18, 2017 | Posted in How To's By Jaclyn Kueny


Preparing Your Deck for the Changing Seasons

The 2017 deck season is quickly coming to an end, and DecksDirect is here to help you prepare your deck for the changing seasons. As we say goodbye to the sunshine and warm weather, we want to ensure that your deck is in the best shape possible to handle fall and winter. You’ll need at least 2 days of dry and moderate weather for the best results in prepping your deck for fall.


CLEAN IT

Those ketchup spills and dirty foot prints that your deck gathered all summer need to be scrubbed clean so that they don’t become permanent this winter. Make sure to clean any debris that may be stuck between the deck boards and sweep away any loose dirt before washing. With a little elbow grease, those summer stains will be a distant memory.

DecksDirect carries a variety of products to help you prepare your deck this fall.

 

Penofin's three-step system to restore & prepare your exterior wood surfaces for the fall & winter seasons.

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These cleaners & brighteners are specially designed to clean & brighten exterior wood decks.

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This composite cleaner is used for periodic maintenance to keep your composite deck looking its best.

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This two-part system puts life back into your grey deck, restoring the natural beauty of dense hardwoods like Ipe.

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FIX IT

Decks age over the years, so routine inspections are crucial to prevent small problems from becoming large and expensive issues. Take a good look at your deck and check for any easy fixes. If a board is loose, nail it back down! If a fastener is loose, tighten it back up! If the hardware is beginning to rust, replace it! These are relatively easy fixes that homeowners can do themselves.

It is crucial to look for any structural damage caused by moisture or animals. An easy way to check for rot is to stick the tip of a screwdriver into posts and joists. If the screwdriver easily pokes into the wood, your deck is showing signs of deterioration and it may be time for a renovation. Now is a good time to schedule a thorough inspection with a deck builder. One of our favorite local pros recommends getting an early jump on your project:

“It's never too early to start planning a deck project. The best time would be the end of the season (Fall) for a project to start the beginning of next season (Spring).” - Tim, Phi Decks

Kameleon screws work great with composite decking material. The design enlarges the screw hole and increases its drawing strength.

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For great results in cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated pine decking, use TRIO Wood Deck Screws to secure boards without stripping or splitting.

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HEADCOTE 305 Screws have a stainless steel design that can be color-matched to hardwood and composite deck boards.

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TOPLoc by TimberTech are compatible with many TimberTech finishes and are the best option for dense boards.

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PROTECT IT

Once your deck is clean and repaired, it is important to apply 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 wide variety of stains to keep out the elements.

 

Ipe Oil enhances the beauty of your hardwood deck and protects it from UV rays, water, mold, and mildew all at the same time.

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UV Plus provides mildew resistance while the natural oils nourish the wood, reducing any warping, cracking or shrinking of the wood.

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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.

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This formula is easy to apply and maintains the beauty of your wood deck while keeping out the elements in any environment.

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MAINTAIN IT

One thing that many people don’t think of when preparing their deck for fall is the area around the deck. Make sure to trim any trees, bushes, or foliage that may have grown closer to your deck during the summer. Keeping them at least a foot away from your deck will prevent mold, moss, and rot.

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. They also serve as nests for critters trying to escape the cold weather.

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 and protect its finish.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP

Give yourself a pat on the back! You’ve done the hard work to ensure your deck survives the winter and is ready for another outdoor season come spring time.

DecksDirect is here to help you get the products you need to complete your fall deck maintenance to-do list. Our team strives to exceed your expectations by providing honest, accurate, and friendly service that you can trust.

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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Deck of the Month Winner - October 2017

Oct 17, 2017 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jaclyn Kueny

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Fortress Pure View Glass Balusters and Stainless Steel Clips
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Fortress Pure View Glass Balusters and Stainless Steel Clips

Congratulations to Bob from Townsville, SC for winning our Deck of the Month contest for October. Bob now has a clear view of the lake with his Pure View Glass Balusters by Fortress. Now he gets to enjoy his amazing lakeside view while wearing his new DecksDirect swag!

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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YETI Contest Winners

Oct 06, 2017 | Posted in Contests & Giveaways By Jaclyn Kueny

'Keep'n It Cool with YETI' Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone that entered our 'Keep'n It Cool with YETI' contest by Trex Protect and DecksDirect. Congratulations to Dirk, Kim, and Chris for winning their YETI products!

If you didn't win this time, make sure to be on the lookout for more contests! Stay up with what's happening at DecksDirect by signing up for our newsletter, follow 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!

 

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Deck of the Month Winner - September 2017

Oct 01, 2017 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jaclyn Kueny

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Estate Square Balusters by Deckorators
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Prestige Solar Post Cap Lights by Classy Caps

Congratulations to Brian from Suwanee, GA for winning our Deck of the Month contest for September. Doug's updated deck now features Estate Square Balusters by Deckorators. He also added light to his deck with the Prestige Solar Post Cap Lights by Classy Caps. Brian can now enjoy his new deck while wearing his new DecksDirect swag!

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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Deck of the Month Winner - August 2017

Sep 01, 2017 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jaclyn Kueny

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Fortress AL13 Aluminum Panel Railing System
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Fortress AL13 Aluminum Panel Railing System

Congratulations to Doug from Hampstead, MD for winning our Deck of the Month contest for August. Doug's updated deck now features the classic AL13 Aluminum Panel Railing System by Fortress. He also has used the AL13 Gate Uprights at the top of his stairs. The General Purpose Latch. and Self Closing Gate Hinge are also available from DecksDirect.com. Doug can now lounge in the furniture and enjoy his deck's view wearing his new DecksDirect swag!

If you have a photo of your DecksDirect deck that 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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Shipping Times - Labor Day 2017

Aug 28, 2017 | Posted in Messages and News By Jeff Schultz

DecksDirect will be closed Monday, September 4th, 2017 for Labor Day.

DecksDirect wishes everyone a happy and relaxing Labor Day weekend. As a reminder, DecksDirect will be closed on Monday, September 4th, and will resume regular hours on Tuesday the 5th. Shipping times will also be affected. 

Saturday, September 2nd:

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

 

Monday, September 4th: 

  • No Deliveries

 

Tuesday, September 5th: 

  • 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 support@decksdirect.com or give us a call at 1-888-824-5316. 

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Glass Railing Systems

Aug 22, 2017 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jeff Schultz

InvisiRail for Wood Posts overlooking mountain sunset

Glass Railing System Options

Through the Looking Glass

Glass railing systems allow for a great view with a modern, upscale look that is sure to impress. Ideal for both residential as well as commercial projects.

DecksDirect offers two types of solutions for glass railing shoppers. These two types can be thought of as one-stop-shop and just-add-glass systems. One-stop-shop systems come complete with pre-cut glass panels. Just-add-glass systems require you to source glass locally from a qualified glass professional.

 

 One-Stop-Shop Glass Railing Options

 

Lakeside installation of InvisiRail Glass Railing System

InvisiRail Glass Railing

For ultimate convenience, DecksDirect offers the InvisiRail Glass Railing System. Order the entire rail system all in one place for delivery to your home or jobsite; there's no need to source glass elsewhere. The system features thin posts and brackets, which are hardly noticeable. For customization, brackets can install into wood posts. Either way, your view will take center stage with InvisiRail framing the deck.

InvisiRail Glass Panels are available in many sizes to accommodate your unique deck layout. At 38.5" high, panels build a 42" rail using InvisiPosts or wood posts. The special design of InvisiRail's panels includes holes for the top brackets and slots for the bottom brackets. The glass is strong and durable, having undergone tempering, heat soaking, and beveling. All panels are 10mm thick, and feature safety corners that won't harm children or pets.

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Wrap around deck featuring Fortress Pureview Railing SystemFortress Aluminum Pureview Glass Panel Rail

Fortress offers a glass railing system that combines easy installation with full glass panels that won't block your view! Panels are available in a variety of sizes to fit your deck plans. Everything ships together from DecksDirect so there's no need to source glass locally.

Fortress offers full panels of durable tempered glass that won't block your view. Panels are available in two heights and several lengths to accommodate your unique deck layout. Use 33" panels for a 36" rail height or choose 39" panels for a 42" rail. Panels are 1/4" thick and slide into the channels of Fortress Pure View Rails for a secure fit. DecksDirect takes extreme care in shipping these panels, so you can be confident your glass will arrive in perfect condition!

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Just-Add-Glass Options

 

Multi-level deck featuring Westburry Veranda Glass Railing SystemWestbury Veranda Glass Railing System

Westbury's Veranda style of aluminum railing utilizes glass panel infill to allow your view to shine through unimpeded. Powder-coated aluminum with a fine-grain texture is a high-end detail you won't find in many other railing lines, and it forms a sturdy framework for tempered glass panels. Note: DecksDirect.com does not offer glass panels for this system. 1/4" thick panels must be sourced locally.

Westbury's beautiful line of high-quality aluminum railing is now available for building an outstanding glass rail system. Reveal the view beyond the deck by combining tempered glass panels (not sold by DecksDirect.com) with the two-rail design of the Veranda system. Four sturdy level brackets are included with each set of rails, which can be used to build a 36" rail or 42" rail. The three textured finishes look great with clear or tinted glass, and pair nicely with rail sections of other Westbury railing lines for areas that may not need an unobstructed view.

Glass panels (use 1/4" thick tempered glass) install securely inside EPDM rubber gaskets, which is the same type of rubber used for automotive windshields. The gaskets run the length of the top and bottom rail for a secure connection, and allowing 2-7/8" of open space on both ends of the glass panel when installing allows for air flow. To install glass rails on an angle or for stair sections, simply purchase the appropriate bracket sets.

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Lakeside installation of Century Aluminum Scenic Railing SystemCentury Aluminum - Scenic Glass Railing System

Century Aluminum Products offers the innovative Scenic Glass Railing system which is comprised of only powder-coated steel posts and large glass panels, making for a spectacular view with little maintenance needed. There is no need for top or bottom rails; grooved channels on the posts allow 10mm glass panels to slide in with ease.

Century Aluminum Products offer quality without the need to sacrifice your view, with posts available in white or textured black. Glass panels sold separately.

Without connectors or adapters, Scenic Posts by Century Aluminum Railings make installing a beautiful glass railing system simpler than competitors. The integrated glass channel built into Scenic Posts allows the glass to slide securely into place without additional parts or pieces. The design of the channel allows for angles from 0 to 22.5 degrees using the End Post, 0 to 45 degrees using the Line Post, and from 90 to 135 degrees using the Corner Post. Wall posts and end posts have one channel, line posts have two channels to secure glass on opposite sides, and corner posts have channels on two adjacent sides. This system is secure without a top or bottom horizontal rail, so all you'll see is your view!

 

 

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

Our team strives to exceed your expectations by providing honest, accurate, and friendly service. Because we are the nation’s largest online retailer of deck accessories, you can trust that nearly all items will ship the same business day if the order is placed by 3:30 p.m. CST, Monday through 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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Prestige Aluminum Level Rail Kit and Post Caps
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Prestige Aluminum Level Rail Kit and Post Caps

Congratulations to Erik from Cumming, GA for winning our Deck of the Month contest for July. Erik chose the modern, low-profile look of the Prestige Aluminum Railing System for his deck. Erik can enjoy his new DecksDirect swag while enjoying his deck.

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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