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Hidden Deck Fastening Systems

Apr 23, 2018 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jaclyn Kueny

Hidden Deck Fasteners

Hidden Deck Fasteners

When building a new deck for your home, crafting a solid foundation ensures the durability and longevity of your deck for years to come. A significant decision is choosing which fastening method you’ll want to use on your deck boards. There are two primary systems builders are using today: traditional deck screws and modern hidden fasteners.

Standard deck screws are installed through the top side of a deck board down into the substructure to secure your decking. Hidden fasteners, on the other hand, are a concealed way to attach your decking. The hidden fasteners are installed on the sides of the deck boards to eliminate any visible connectors.

While deck screws are a long-established approach, they can open up your deck boards to possible rot or water damage. With hidden fasteners, your deck's flooring will maintain the smooth feel they had at your initial purchase without any unsightly mushrooming or holes. By not piercing the capstock or surface of your boards, hidden fasteners help keep your base sealed and protected against the elements for a longer-lasting deck with less labor and a beautiful finish.


Types of Hidden Deck Fasteners


 

If you love the clean look of a fastener-free install, then check out our selection of hidden deck fasteners for composite decking, grooved boards, softwoods, hardwoods and more.

Camo Hidden Fasteners

Camo Hidden Fasteners

Camo has developed a new system for hidden fasteners that reduces the installation time, maintenance and cost typical in other hidden fastener systems. You can quickly and easily install screws diagonally into a deck surface leaving a clean face without any visible hardware or plugs.

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AZEK and TimberTech Hidden Fasteners

AZEK and TimberTech Hidden Fasteners

AZEK and TimberTech offer a variety of fastener options to fit every project. TOPLoc Face Fastening System matches TimberTech decking, and the CONCEALoc Hidden Fastener System is a great way to create a fastener free decking surface. If craftsmanship is what you are going for, the Cortex Concealed Plugs are a great option.

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Trex Hidden Fasteners

Trex Hidden Fasteners

Trex Fastener Systems complement Trex Decking and Railing. These systems work with grooved boards but a groove cutter is available for use on non-grooved boards. Trex even offers hidden fasteners for use with their Trex Elevation Metal Framing.

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Tiger Claw Hidden Fasteners

Tiger Claw Hidden Fasteners

Tiger Claw Hidden Deck Fasteners are durable and sleek, allowing for a safe and secure grip without deck screws or fasteners showing. They preserve the beauty of the deck and reduce splitting, splintering, cupping, and rotting. All work installs from the top for an easier, faster, and cost-effective build.

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Ipe Clip Hidden Fasteners

Ipe Clip Hidden Fasteners

Ipe Clip from DeckWise is an excellent choice for installing a hardwood deck. This system has several options for various hardwoods and offered in three colors to blend with hardwood species. Ipe Clip fasteners are up to three times as strong as other fastening methods.

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EB-TY Hidden Fasteners

EB-TY Hidden Fasteners

EB-TY from Simpson Strong-Tie provides a fastener-free deck surface thanks to a strong biscuit-fastening system. The fasteners secure to the joists and provide stable installation of a variety of decking materials.

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Mantis Hidden Fasteners

Mantis Hidden Fasteners

Camo has developed a new system for hidden fasteners that reduces the installation time, maintenance and cost typical in other hidden fastener systems. You can quickly and easily install screws diagonally into a deck surface leaving a clean face without any visible hardware or plugs.

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Stowaway Hidden Fasteners

Stowaway Hidden Fasteners

Stowaway Hidden Fasteners from Deckorators secures your deck boards to joists with a discreet spacer and a color-matched screw to provide a virtually unnoticeable fastening solution.

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For an unblemished deck with no exposed drill holes or mismatched plugs, hidden fasteners are ideal for any type of material or wood, and allows for a cleaner and safer deck surface. At any point in your project, even if you have just a few simple questions, feel free to give our experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com.

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Feeney CableRail

Apr 12, 2018 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jaclyn Kueny

Feeney CableRail System

Feeney Cable Railing System

As a pioneer in the cable railing industry, Feeney has incorporated a mix of innovation, simplification, and quality to make them one of the strongest companies on the market today. In response to growing interest for an unobtrusive railing, Feeney turned their experience in nautical rigging towards the railing industry. Since its first introduction, Feeney cable has continued to improve and make its cable even more accessible.

Feeney introduced the QuickConnect fitting fastener that has automatic-locking jaws to securely grip the cable and speed up installation. After developing an entire infill system, Feeney focused on simplifying and streamlining. They created Standard Assembly kits using the QuickConnect fittings available in lengths from 5ft to 70ft long.

Feeney cable has limitless possibilities as its sleek design makes for an obstruction-free view with customizable options. For more personalization, Feeney also offers the DesignRail system. It is a pre-engineered cable railing system that is completely designed by you. Including over 200 custom colors, DesignRail can help complete the style you want easily.


So How Does it Work?


 

Feeney CableRail, a standard in the cable railing industry, has made planning and ordering your cable system as simple as ever. You can have a flawless railing system in four steps.

Step 1: Determine what materials you will be using for your posts and rails. Feeney CableRail is an infill system, meaning that your frame will have to be purchased separately. CableRail may be installed on new or existing wood and metal railings.

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Once you have your post and rail materials, divide your frame into sections by determining the post layout of your project. Decide which corner and end posts will be used as cable termination posts. It’s important to note that straight runs should not exceed 70 feet, and any cable runs that have bends may only have 2 corner bends at most and may not exceed 40 feet. Once you’ve laid out your plans, mount your posts onto the deck’s surface or fascia board and install any post skirts or trim that you want.

 

 

Step 3: Determine the cable size and lengths of cable you will need. Feeney CableRail is available in three cable sizes: 1/8”, 3/16”, and 1/4”. Next, measure the dimensions of each of your sections and select the cable assembly lengths that will fit each run. Feeney CableRail Level Assembly Kits are offered in 5ft increments from 5 to 70 feet long. CableRail Stair Assembly Kits are available in 20 foot lengths. You will want your assemblies to extend at least one foot longer than the length of your section for an accurate installation. Feeney offers a pre-drilled intermediate picket very section spanning more than 3 feet requires an intermediate picket to support the cables. Feeney offers a pre-drilled intermediate picket made to accommodate a 42” high railing but can be trimmed on site as needed.

 

Step 4: Calculate the number of cable runs you will need; the number of Assembly Kits you will order depends on your railing height and design. Remember each horizontal cable is a separate Assembly Kit, and you will be ordering as many kits as cable runs you have. Cables should not be spaced more than 3 inches apart to pass building codes and regulations.

 

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Don't Forget


 

CableRail Stainless Protector Sleeves by Feeney

CableRail Stainless Protector Sleeves by Feeney

The CableRail Stainless Protector Sleeves by Feeney protects the drill holes on corner and stairway transition from cable abrasion. Works with both 1/8" and 3/16" diameter cable sizes on wood posts. This protector sleeve is easy to install into a 1/4" diameter hole with just the tap of a hammer. The 1/2" diameter outer flange provides solid grip and adds an attractive finished look.

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Cable Tensioning Tool By Feeney

Cable Tensioning Tool By Feeney

An improperly tensioned cable can cause unsightly distractions from an otherwise beautiful rail system. It can also make or break the rail passing code inspection. Avoid these mistakes with the Cable Tensioning Tool By Feeney! With a built-in tension indicator and a 6x gear ratio to ensure correct tension and installation is a breeze, much like that nice breeze you'll enjoy on your deck with your new cable rail.

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CableRail Stainless Steel End Cap By Feeney

CableRail Stainless Steel End Cap By Feeney

CableRail Stainless Steel End Caps by Feeney add a decorative finish to the CableRail cable assemblies. The stainless steel offers durable protection for all sizes of CableRail assemblies. Choose from three styles: Dome, Chamfer and Crown, all sold individually.

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Fortress FE26 is in stock and ready to ship from our DecksDirect warehouse in Minneapolis. At any point in your project, even if you have just a few simple questions, feel free to give our experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com.

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Skyline Cable Railing System

Mar 27, 2018 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jaclyn Kueny

Skyline Cable Railing System

Skyline Cable Railing System

Skyline Cable Railing is a durable and attractive top rail aluminum cable infill system that offers a unique corner solution. The system is built upon three types of strong posts: Line Crossover, Quick Connect End Posts, and Terminal End Posts. Each one is specifically made for cable infill that keeps the rail from hindering your view. Intermediate balusters are pre-drilled and secured to the top rail and deck surface to keep installation quick and ensure that the cables stay in place over time. Intermediate balusters are pre-drilled and secured to the top rail and deck surface to keep installation quick and ensure that the cables stay in place over time.

Key Features

  • Unique cable corner solution
  • Pre-drilled posts
  • 3 Post Options - Line Crossover, Quick Connect End Posts, Terminal End Posts
  • 3 Color Options - Black Fine Texture, Bronze Fine Texture, White Fine Texture

 

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The Basics


Syline Cable Railing Steps

 

Step 1 - Skyline Cable Pre-Drilled Post Kit

Skyline Cable Pre-Drilled Post Kit

The Skyline Cable Pre-Drilled Post Kit is the key to a strong, durable cable railing system. They are made of heavy-duty aluminum that is reninforced by screw chases to prevent movement and warping. The Terminal End post and the Quick Connect End post are made to hold the ends of the cable, while the Line Post will support your cable railing. These posts are pre-drilled to hold cable straight and ensure accurate installation.

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Step 2 - Skyline Cable Top Rail Kit

Skyline Cable Top Rail Kit

The Skyline Cable Top Rail Kit is a 6 ft long powder-coated aluminum top rail. It can be easily cut to customize your rail and fit your deck's unique layout. They come with accompanying screws and brackets for either stair or level runs.

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Step 3 - Skyline Cable Intermediate Baluster Kit

Skyline Cable Intermediate Baluster Kit

The Skyline Cable Intermediate Baluster Kit is they perfect way to add stability and safety to your railing. They are required every 4 feet of cable railing and keep the cables from separating more than 4". Just like the posts, the intermediate pickets are pre-drilled to keep installation quick and easy. The kits come with mounting and installation hardware.

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Step 4 - Feeney CableRail Assembly Kit for Skyline

Feeney CableRail Assembly Kit for Skyline

The Feeney CableRail Assembly Kit for Skyline is attractive and low-maintenance. Each kit includes one strand of the desired length of cable and all of the installation hardware necessary.

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Customizations & Additional Options


 

Skyline Cable Corner Kit

Skyline Cable Corner Kit

The Skyline Cable Corner Kit is your solution to 90-degree turns with cable. The Corner Kit creates a brace using a small section of top rail and two fixed 45-degree brackets to stabilize the two corner posts. The two posts create 45-degree bends in the cable to complete the corner turn.

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CableRail Stainless Steel End Cap by Feeney

CableRail Stainless Steel End Cap by Feeney

The CableRail Stainless Steel End Caps by Feeney add a decorative finish to the CableRail cable assemblies. The stainless steel offers durable protection for all sizes of CableRail assemblies. Choose from three different styles including Dome, Chamfer, and Crown.

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Skyline Drink Rail Adapter

Skyline Drink Rail Adapter

The Skyline Drink Rail Adapter is the perfect way to attach any deck board of your choice to the Skyline top rail. The pre-drilled Skyline Drink Rail attaches to the top rail with included self-tapping screws. The drink rail adapter is avaiable in the same three finish options as the Skyline system for a perfect match.

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Don't Forget


 

CableRail Lacing Needle by Feeney

CableRail Lacing Needle by Feeney

The CableRail Lacing Needle by Feeney is an essential tool for installing CableRail. This reusable tool allows for quickly lacing loose cable ends through post holes without fraying or snagging. The Lacing Needle is made from solid brass.

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CableRail Release Tool by Feeney

CableRail Release Tool by Feeney

The CableRail Release Tool by Feeney is a critical part of installation for any CableRail system. The small tool allows you to release a cable from its Quick-Connect fitting for quick fixes and re-installation.

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CableRail Cable Cutter by Feeney

CableRail Cable Cutter by Feeney

The CableRail Cable Cutter by Feeney is another important tool for installing CableRail. It cuts Feeney Cable easily and cleanly shears excess CableRail without crushing the cable.

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Deck of the Month Winner - March 2018

Mar 26, 2018 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jaclyn Kueny

Fortress AL13 Panel Railing

Congratulations to Dolly F. from California for winning our Deck of the Month contest for March! She upgraded her backyard getaway with Fortress AL13 Aluminum Railing Panels in gloss white. Dolly shared a little about her experience working with the DecksDirect team: "it has been a pleasure working with you and all the great people there."

Thanks so much to Dolly for sending in photos of her new railing! She can now enjoy her backyard oasis in her 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. 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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Fortress AL13 Railing System

Mar 19, 2018 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jaclyn Kueny

Fortress AL13 Aluminum Panel Railing System

The AL13 Aluminum Panel system by Fortress Railing is a first of its kind. It is a pre-welded aluminum railing collection that merges all the benefits of durable aluminum with the effectiveness and ease of a pre-welded section. The AL13 Aluminum Panel system offers all the advantages of a panel system combined with the endless value of aluminum. The aluminum is powder-coated in a multi-layer process, and is available in three custom Fortress finishes: Gloss White, Gloss Black, and textured Black Sand.

So How Does it Work?

The AL13 system arrives in complete, pre-welded panels that install in three easy steps. Simply lag the posts onto your deck, secure the brackets in place, attach the panels, and you’re done! This system is perfect for DIYers and professionals alike. You can also customize your railing system with a wide variety of accessories including post caps, lights, and accent panels.

Fortress commits to providing railing that is known for its beauty and its reliability. They guarantee all of their products meet the Fortress Five criteria:

  • Quality
  • Strength
  • Innovation
  • Versatility
  • Ease of Installation

Fortress holds themselves to a higher standard to help transform your outdoor space, into a living space perfect for you for many years to come. Fortress AL13 Railing has a limited lifetime warranty that covers manufacturer defects and extreme cases of wear and tear.

Step 1: Select your railing height of either 36” or 42”, and determine how many posts you will need for you layout. The AL13 posts are available in 3” x 3” dimensions and come with a post skirt to finish the look.

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Determine how many panels you will need. The level AL13 panels are offered in 6 and 8 foot lengths, while the stair panel is available in an 8 foot length. Panels can be cut down if needed.

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Choose hardware for your project. The Universal Rail Bracket for the AL13 Railing series makes installation quick and easy. It can be purchased for straight, angled, or staircase applications. These brackets are sold in packs of four with color matching screws to accommodate each railing section.

 

 

 

Fortress AL13 is in stock and ready to ship to you same day right here 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 hello@decksdirect.com.

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Fortress FE26 Railing System

Mar 05, 2018 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jaclyn Kueny

Fortress FE26 Iron Panel Railing System

Choosing the perfect railing to match your outdoors space and your lifestyle can seem daunting. For undeniable strength combined with timeless elegance, look no further than Fortress’ FE26 Iron Railing. Fortress Railing took away the headache of installing railing and created a the FE26 Iron Panel Railing System.

Backed by a 15 year warranty, this railing system is made to withstand the elements, and enhance your deck with elegance and stability. The FE26 Railing System is available in three custom finishes: Gloss Black, pitted Antique Bronze and textured Black Sand.

So How Does it Work?

This system comes in pre-welded panels that are twice as strong as aluminum to provide security and style in one, complete, uncomplicated set. Once you’ve selected your finish and determined the dimensions of your deck, planning your project can be done in three simple steps.

Fortress commits to providing railing that is known for its beauty and its reliability. They hold themselves to a higher standard than other companies. In order to help transform your outdoor space, Fortress guarantees all of their products meet the Fortress Five criteria: Quality, Strength, Innovation, Versatility, and Ease of Installation.

Step 1: Decide the post size that works best for your space. FE26 posts are available in either 2” x 2” or 3” x 3” dimensions. Posts with pre-installed brackets at the standard levels of 36" and 42" are also offered to make installation even quicker. These posts will all be affixed to the surface and substructure of your deck with through the welded baseplate.

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Step 2: Establish how many panels you will need. The level FE26 panels come in 6', 8', and 10' lengths while the Adjustable Stair panels are offered in 6' and 8' lengths. Panels may be cut or trimmed as needed, however you must be sure to coat any cut ends with Fortress Touch Up Paint to keep them protected.

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Step 3: Select the hardware you’ll use to attach your components. The Universal Rail bracket secures the panels to the posts for a strong and simple connection. If you have angled runs or stairways, the FE26 angle adapter is perfect for any angle from 0 to 45 degrees. All Fortress brackets and adapters are sold in 4 packs to accompany each section of railing between posts.

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Fortress FE26 is in stock and ready to ship from our DecksDirect warehouse in Minneapolis. At any point in your project, even if you have just a few simple questions, feel free to give our experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com.

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Deckorators CXT Pro Railing System

Feb 19, 2018 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jaclyn Kueny

Deckorators CXT Pro Railing System

For the past twenty years, Deckorators has been helping customers go beyond the ordinary with endless reliability and style. For complete personalization and materials designed to stand the test of time, the Deckorators CXT Pro system is one of the best composite railing systems on the market. Deckorators CXT Pro mixes the durability of a high-end system with a price-point that won’t drain your wallet.

So How Does it Work?

Deckorators CXT Pro uses a U-bracket hardware system to ensure a solid connection that is hidden by the top rail cap. This provides a clean and smooth look for your posts while the pre-drilled rails securely hold balusters. Installing these U-brackets is as simple as mounting the bracket and inner rail onto the posts and then attaching the cap rail over the top for a seamless application. Multi-angle rail brackets are available to cover a range of horizontal angles for off-shooting level runs, while the stair brackets allow for a 30-40 degree vertical angle for easy installation. The rails are available in 6 and 8 foot lengths and come with brackets included. No matter the size of your project, installation will be quick and easy with the Deckorators CXT Pro Railing System.

Deckorators is a leader in the innovation of decking products designed to be mixed and matched to create a personal style all your own. All CXT Pro components have a textured gloss finish on the capstock for an elegant appeal that isn’t high-maintenance. Post sleeves and rails come in three clean and classic colors: a bright White, Dark Walnut and a true Black. You can choose from either square or round aluminum balusters or square composite balusters to complete the system.

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All pieces are made from over 80% recycled material and are subject to quality checks to ensure that the colors and blend are identical and consistent. The railing system is available in three different rail profiles: Colonial, Contemporary and the ADA Compliant Graspable. With all of the design options, CXT Pro is the perfect project for anyone.

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Backed by a first of its kind, 25 year Removal and Replacement warranty, Deckorators guarantees you a complete railing setup that your family and friends will enjoy for decades to come. The entire CXT Pro system is in stock and ready to ship to you same day right here 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 hello@decksdirect.com.

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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 hello@decksdirect.com.

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