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Deck of the Month: December 2019

Jan 06, 2020 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jamie

Deckorators and Fortress Face-Mount Deck Balusters create a clean, beautiful look for your deck, porch, or waterside dock in just an afternoon

Deck of the Month Winner: December 2019

metal deck balusters take your wood deck to the next level


We would love to give a big shout of "Congratulations" to our Deck of the Month winner for December 2019, David in Louisiana!

As the last featured deck of the deck-ade, David shared photos of his beautiful multi-level deck project along the gorgeous southern shores. From morning coffees to late-night dinner parties, David created an ideal place to gather with family and friends all year long.

David has built a free-standing boathouse and deck combination with rich, natural wood and the Deckorators Traditional Face-Mount Balusters fulfilling the space. The rich matte black powder-coating combines with the warm tones of the wood to deliver an inviting outdoor entertainment area perfect for a little light fishing or watching the boats float on by. Face-mount deck balusters are installed on the inside face of the top and bottom rails for a polished look and a straightforward installation.

We asked David about his thoughts on the project or any tips and tricks he may have learned along the way. David said the Deckorators Traditional Balusters "Were easy to install, and provided our backyard with an elegant looking boathouse that all of our neighbors envy."

"The best part about the product we used," David said, "is the safety aspect/piece of mind that the design and mounting hardware provided has created a safe environment on the water for our son and pets to be able to play in backyard without any worries of an accident. That would have been imminent had we chosen a product that does not meet the quality and strength found in the DecksDirect product line."

Congratulations again, David! Thanks for sharing photos of your hard work with us and illuminating the ways that you can truly create the backyard your home deserves with durable deck products and incredible creativity! We'll be sending a DecksDirect shirt, can koozies, and other swag your way today!



Want to update and renovate your older wooden deck? Check out the videos below to find your perfect deck baluster spacing and estimate count, as well as, learning how easy it is to swap out older wood balusters for innovative and strong metal face-mount options.
 
 

Feeling inspired to get your deck renovation underway? Give one of our experienced Deck Designers a call at 1-888-824-5316. We'd love to help you get everything in order for a beautiful, backyard-changing deck family and friends will love this Spring.

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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Deck of the Month: November 2019

Nov 27, 2019 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jamie

Blend together Westbury Tuscany railing and Westbury VertiCable railing for a unique look!

Deck of the Month Winner: November 2019

it's your deck and you can have it all

We're carving up the turkey, snuggling in our sweaters, and starting to get cozy with cocoa; that must mean it's time to announce the Deck of the Month Winner for November 2019! Everyone here at DecksDirect wants to give a big, booming, "Congratulations!" to Dan and Catherine here in our home state of Minnesota.

Expertly blending together the classical looks of the Westbury Tuscany aluminum railing and the stunning modern style of the Westbury VertiCable vertical cable railing system, Dan and Catherine have created a beautiful-looking deck that is all their own. Multi-leveled and connecting to a free-standing structure, their gorgeous deck helps open their home out into the nature around them.

The Black Fine Texture finish of the Westbury Tuscany Rail Kits nearly fades from view to keep the backyard sights open and clear. All the while, the unique vertical lines of the the Westbury VertiCable Rail Sections help draw your eyes up to soak up the colorful trees throughout their home.

We asked the winners for any tips or tricks they learned along the way, they said,

"The most important thing is measure three or four times then carefully cut once! Install the longest rail sections first then progress to the shorter ones. That way if you cut a section too short you can still use it elsewhere down the line."

"In our case we set up the project on the upper deck so all the sections from the corner stairway in both directions were full-length and only the last section needed to be custom cut. Every section on the octagon was a custom length but there again we installed the longest first and worked around to the shortest."

Congratulations again, Catherine and Dan! You've given us some great inspiration to think outside of the box, work with an extra set of eyes when able, and to get creative with our deck and railing designs. Bravo and job very well done! We'll be sending some DecksDirect shirts, can koozies, and other swag your way today!



Feeling inspired to get your deck renovation underway? Give one of our experienced Deck Designers a call at 1-888-824-5316. We can help you get your new build finished or older deck renovation-ready before the first hints of snow starts hit the ground!

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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Find the hottest deck accessories, tools and trends to help your family and friends look forward to the warmth of Spring


2019 Holiday Gift Guide from DecksDirect

You snow the drill! Once the turkey is cleared from the table and the spilled-over cranberry sauce is all wiped up, it's officially the winter holiday season! But whether you're rushing to pull out the lights, ornaments and decor from the cramped attic, or just looking forward to long, winter naps; DecksDirect has you covered on getting all the gifts your family and friends will love. With the coolest and most innovative deck products, tools, and accessories of 2019 in stock and ready to ship out today, sit back, relax and check some gifts off your list.

Let's spruce up our decks and enhance our outdoor family spaces with easy-to-install and easy-to-love deck products on-hand!


Top 8 Deck Gift Ideas of 2019


 

Folding Deck Railing Table

Enjoy outdoor meals and morning coffees, without losing your floor space with the Folding Deck Railing Table - ON SALE NOW! The Folding Deck Railing Table is a brilliant way to add a solid, level space to your family's deck minus any scratches, screws, or damage! Safe from blowing around in the wind or being knocked over by moving feet, the Folding Deck Railing Table keeps your deck clear for friends and family while providing a stable table.

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Hold It Mate Mounting Rails and Accessories

One of the most innovative, convenient, and simple-to-use products of 2019, Hold It Mate has found a way to add storage and shelving without any damage to your deck rails! The Hold It Mate 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.

Shop Hold It Mate Rails

 

 

AZEK Pavers

Create a brand new space such as patios, driveways, courtyards, rooftop terraces and more outside your home with the versatile, strong and cost-effective choice of AZEK Pavers. Durable enough to be installed directly over an existing surface, or along newly laid joists, AZEK Pavers provide a beautiful floor space while still offering heightened resistance to harsh weather elements, moisture damage such as mold or mildew and fading.

Shop AZEK Resurfacing Pavers

 

Feeney CableRail MultiTool

Perfect for the person who loves versatile, multifunctional tools that can do it all; the Feeney 1/8 Inch CableRail MultiTool is the one tool to rule them all. This 6-in-1 tool includes a Quick-Connect® Release Tool, Bubble Level, CableRail Lacing Needle and more to make cable railing installations easier and faster than ever. Keep everything you need right in your pocket with the incredibly convenient Feeney CableRail MultiTool.

Shop Feeney Cable MultiTools

 

Hardwood Deck Tiles

A straightforward method to add the beauty of natural, hardwood to your home's outdoor space; Hardwood Deck Tiles can make expanding your home easy. Available in several wood species and tile designs, Hardwood Deck Tiles can create a foundation for the rooftops, patios, sidewalks, and garden paths that will take your home to the next level.

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Fortress Accent Top Rails & Panels

Give the gift of a polished final look on family and friends' Fortress Deck Railing with the stunning addition of Fortress Accent Top Rails. Choose from round, flat or decorative Accent Top Rails to create the individualized deck railing style you've always wanted for your space. No screws or extra tools required, simply attach with the included adhesive pieces and enjoy!

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Deck Gates & Hardware

Give the gift of safety and security to all of the loved ones on your list with Deck Gates & Hardware from DecksDirect! These straightforward gates can be installed around gardens, staircases, pools, and more for a great way to keep everyone safe, from children and pets to party guests. A wide array of gate designs, materials, and colors are available to deliver the look they'll love.

Shop Deck Gates & Hardware

 

TrapEase 3 Deck Screws

Help your family and friends renovate and upgrade their beloved deck with a handy pack of TrapEase 3 Composite Deck Screws. The only composite deck screw approved for the wide majority of composite decking brands, the TrapEase 3 Deck Screws provide a strong, solid hold for your composite deck boards while the color-matching screw heads blend in perfectly with the beautiful and newly installed boards for a look you won't see.

Shop TrapEase 3 Composite Screws

 

 

Got a question on a gift you're giving? Give our helpful Deck Designers 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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Learn how to get rid of deck baluster rattle for a noise-free railing year-round

DecksDirect Pro Tip: How do I eliminate baluster rattle?

because nothing ruins a peaceful afternoon like a headache

Imagine a warm summer afternoon. You're lounging back in your chair, feet propped up on your deck railing, enjoying the warm sunshine brightening up your face. When suddenly, just as you begin to drift away into your dream space, you hear it. A low, small rumbling. The clicking and clacking of materials against each other. Then a gust of wind comes in and the noise takes over, "Rattle, rattle, rattle!"

DecksDirect Pro Tip:
Get rid of noisy deck baluster rattle with a simple dab of silicone.

From round, square or face-mount aluminum deck balusters to glass balusters and composite pieces, complete your deck

Simpler than you could even imagine, the one tool you'll need to tighten and secure your deck balusters quietly in place is some Silicone Sealant. Once your baluster connectors are installed on your top and bottom rails, place a dab of silicone within the baluster to rail connectors. With the silicone ready, fully set your deck spindles into the connectors. Tap the deck pickets lightly with either your fist or a rubber mallet to fully seat the components in place.

The more you know, the better your backyard projects will be! Whether you're looking at a new deck build or a fresh end-of-season deck renovation, give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com. We'll help you get the information, products and tools you need for a superb job done right the first time!

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Learn how to make solar post cap lights brighter easily with UItra Bright Solar Post Caps

DecksDirect Pro Tip:
Make Your Solar Post Cap Lights Brighter

Ultra Bright Solar Lights make adjusting your solar deck lights simple

Environmentally friendly, cost-effective and easy-to-install; Solar Deck Lighting is a brilliant way to add illumination to your family's outdoor space while keeping your electricity bill low and avoiding pesky wiring. With Solar Deck Lighting such as Solar Post Cap Lights, simply remove the fixture from its packaging, remove the plastic tab protecting the included battery, and let the light of the sun charge the piece throughout the day for light throughout the night.

But what do you do when you wish your deck lighting was a little brighter for family fun or a little dimmer for romantic dinners on the deck? With Ultra Bright Solar Caps there's no worry, as you can control the level of brightness and even color you want in seconds and with zero damage done to your post cap or deck!


DecksDirect Pro Tip:

To increase the brightness of your Ultra Bright Solar Post Cap Lights, or change the light color from white, to amber, or even blue; simply add a few more magnets to the solar panel top until you've reached the lighting level and/or color that you want.

Simply set your included magnets on top of the Ultra Bright Solar Post Cap Light panel and move until reaching the brightness and color setting that you prefer

Gain complete control over your deck lighting design while keeping the energy bill with Ultra Bright Solar Post Cap Lights. Giving you the hands-on ability to easily create the outdoor light color atmosphere, set the correct brightness for the mood of your deck party, and even turn off your solar lights as you need; Ultra Bright Solar Caps put you in charge of your outdoor entertaining space without the extra work or cost or wired lighting.

In a dark space, simply hold the included magnets over the top of the Ultra Bright solar panel, and then lightly slide the magnet both upwards and downwards as well as to the right and left. By doing this, you'll notice the Solar Post Cap Light changing from color shade to color shade and brightness level respectively. Once you've chosen the settings that perfect for your backyard space, increase the brightness level by adding a few small magnets of your own to the panel as well.

To watch exactly how it works, check out this video below:

 

Get your deck, porch or patio winter-season ready with easy-to-install Solar Deck Lighting! Have a few questions before ordering? Give one of our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com. We would love to help you find the exact products your outdoor space needs to be the life of the party all year round!

Add delicate touches of illumination or brighten up an entire multi-level deck with Ultra Bright Solar Post Cap Lights

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What deck post screws do I need to install my deck posts?

DecksDirect Pro Tip:
What structural screw do I use for my deck posts?

from cedar deck boards to concrete, choose your screw

A common customer question we get here at DecksDirect is, "Do the screws come with the deck railing post?" and if not, "What screws do I need for my posts?"

Deck railing manufacturers generally don't include lagging screws or bolts along with their deck posts simply because it varies from customer to customer what material the deck posts will be mounted upon. Some builders are attaching their deck or structural posts directly to an organic lumber choice like cedar or pressure-treated pine, while others are working on their brick rooftop terraces or concrete backyard patios. To reduce material waste and keep prices low, manufacturers encourage customers to choose fasteners based upon their individual decks and spaces.

But that still leaves the question: "What screws do I need for my deck posts?"


DecksDirect Pro Tip:

A general rule of thumb when it comes to selecting structural screws for your deck railing posts is:
when mounting on standard wood or composite decking, choose a 5/16 Inch Rugged Structural Screw,
when attaching your deck posts to concrete or stone, use a Caliburn XL Concrete Screw.

The 5/16 Inch Rugged Structural Screw by GRK is made from Climatek coated steel and works perfect with wood and composite decking of any brand

A must-have in every professional contractors' toolbox and a DIY fan favorite; the 5/16 Inch Rugged Structural Screw by GRK Fasteners are one of the major workhorse items of the deck screw industry. With a Torx drive and round washer head, the 5/16 Inch Rugged Structural Screw provides serious hold in a compact screw. Crafted from Climatek® coated hardened steel, the 5/16 Inch RSS is the perfect size to fit into pre-drilled hardware openings such as those in post base plates, hinges, connectors plates and more!

Offered in various pack sizes to perfectly accommodate a deck of nearly any size, use the Size #30 Driver Bit to create the perfect pilot hole every time. Ideal for mounting your deck posts on all kinds of wood decking from natural, to pressure-treated, hardwoods and composite; reach for the 5/16 Inch RSS by GRK.

Perfect for deck railing along retaining walls, patio concrete slabs, brick balconies and more, the Caliburn XL Concrete Screws have serious holding power

The Caliburn XL Concrete Screws by GRK Fasteners is the go-to structural screw when working with any kind of stone, concrete or masonry type of project. With an XL washer head, Torx drive type and a corrosion-resistant Climatek® coating, the case hardened steel of the Caliburn XL Screws provides incredible staying power in tough materials. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, the Caliburn XL Concrete Screws should be pre-drilled for via a 1/4 Inch Concrete Drill Bit for solid strength that keep your stone or concrete material looking great.

The more you know, the better your backyard projects will be! Whether you're looking at a new deck build or a fresh end-of-season deck renovation, give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com. We'll help you get the information, products and tool syou need for a superb job done right the first time!

Get Deck Screws Today

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Real People, Real Service

Nov 01, 2019 | Posted in Messages and News By Jamie

Get to know the people and personalities behind the DecksDirect website

Meet the DD Team: Chris

the real life people behind the decksdirect site

Every day at DecksDirect is a whole new adventure, and we couldn't be happier about the crew that we get to experience it with! We're a big group of goofballs who have a passion for two things: building awesome outdoor spaces and having a good time! Sometimes we mix the two together.

DecksDirect only hires smart, creative, and good-natured people to join our team; and it shows throughout our office. With great attitudes, tons of deck and building knowledge, and a desire to truly help our customers create the backyard looks they've always wanted; meet the legends behind the phones, screens, and products of DecksDirect.

Chris

The man behind the movies, Chris is our resident DecksDirect videographer extraordinaire. Full installation videos, hardware spotlights and high-flying drone shots of finished outdoor spaces; if it's deck related, Chris has probably imagined how he would frame his shot around it.

But aside from installing full railing and underdecking systems on the decks in the studio, editing away all day in his office, and going to film on location (He is especially fond of going out in the brisk, Minnesota winters -- invite him over!), Chris delivers his own dash of humor, creativity, and style to the DecksDirect world.

Chris is an avid freestyle skier, seeking out the top powder-covered slopes around the world to ride the rails, see the sights and jump the gravity-defying jumps. As often happens, one passion leads into another, as Chris discovered his love of filming and editing from recording his friends' ski runs.

Need some great recommendations on the best tacos 🌮 in the area? Chris will rank out the top three restaurants in the area based on the criteria of taste, freshness, and atmosphere. On weekends (or the occasional late Friday afternoon), you can surely find Chris savoring a snifter of 10-year-old Scotch Whisky and patiently explaining why some whiskeys have an "e" while others don't. But beyond that occasional glass or a locally-brewed beer, Chris is mostly an iced tea kind of guy.

Chris spends most of his weeknights relaxing at home with his wife and 2 cats, playing intensive tabletop games with friends, and then dozing off comfortably to reruns of Brooklyn 99 or Silicon Valley. That nodding off typically happens around 8:30, 9 o'clock... but we won't mention that. 😄

I asked Chris what he liked most about working at DecksDirect and he replied, "It's rare to work at a place where so many people here are actually my friends. Usually, you work at a place and you go home at the end of the day. But at DecksDirect, you want to hang out and talk with people. Everyone likes everyone else."

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Deck of the Month: October 2019

Oct 31, 2019 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jamie

OZCO Hardware and Pergola Kits can help you add an entirely new space to your home in no time

Deck of the Month Winner: October 2019

don't just make the most of it -- make your space with ozco

Great crunchy piles of colorful leaves cover the ground and things are starting to get a little spooky, with tricks and treats alike prancing throughout the neighborhood, but here at DecksDirect we want to say a great big "Congratulations!" to Edward in Washington. He is our Deck of the Month winner for the month of October for the wonderful backyard pergola he created in the Evergreen state.

A stunning example of going beyond just making the most out of your space, and rather making the space itself; Edward crafted a backyard entertaining area where his home needed it the most. Using the structural strength and incredible finishing look of OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties, his strong natural lumber is fully supported to provide a patio space perfect for entertaining.

A great lower-level area to lounge in and enjoy some afternoon shade, Edward's pergola boasts clean, strong lines to add architectural detail to his home. Using Laredo Sunset Post to Beam Bracket Kits and Laredo Sunset Rafter Clips, Edward has created a solid structure right out into his backyard to enjoy year-round. A brilliant method to increase the usable square footage of your home and expand your entertaining area without the burden of weeks-long construction crews.

Adorned with OZCO Post Bands and Plant Holder Hanger Accents, Edward's pergola can support dangling flower baskets, bird feeders and more! What a lovely place to connect with beauty of nature surrounding you while enjoying an early morning coffee.

Congratulations again, Edward! Thanks for showing us that sometimes a stunning Deck of the Month winner doesn't necessarily even have to be a deck! Great work and a stunning finished project! We'll be sending a DecksDirect shirt, can koozies, and other swag your way today!



Feeling inspired to get your deck renovation underway? Give one of our experienced Deck Designers a call at 1-888-824-5316. We can help you get your new build finished or older deck renovation-ready before the first hints of snow starts hit the ground!

Want to learn more about the possibilities of deck accessories like Edward's OZCO Post Bands and Plant Holder Hanger Accents? Check out the incredible ways you can make your outdoor space your own and put open areas to work for you with the Deck-o-rate Your Deck guide.

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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