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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!

Go To Baluster Calculator

 

 

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!

Go To Zip-Up Calculator

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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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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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Inventory - Shipping Schedule 2017

Jan 02, 2018 | Posted in Messages and News By Angelene

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We're Counting Our Stock - No Shipping on Friday

In order to better serve you, we are performing our year-end inventory this Friday, January 5th, 2018. Although we will be available to answer phone calls on Friday, our shipping schedule has changed slightly. Please note:  orders placed between 3:30 p.m. CST Thursday and 7 a.m. Monday will be processed on Monday. If you have questions or an urgent need, please give us a call at 1-888-824-5316.

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Looking Back on 2017

Dec 18, 2017 | Posted in Messages and News By Jaclyn Kueny

Looking back on 2017...

It was a whirlwind of a year at DecksDirect! Among many meaningful moments, here are our ten favorite memories.

  • The whole team invested sweat equity into our office space with updated decorations and fresh paint colors.
  • We kicked off our busy season with BBQ, a bounce house, family fun and more at our "Start of Summer" event.
  • Our family grew by 16 people this year.
  • We got to walk onto the field at the brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium during the Minneapolis Home and Remodeling Show.
  • Competitive spirits soared during our first annual DecksDirect softball game.
  • We relocated and reorganized our showroom to provide a better shopping experience for local customers.
  • Management and Procurement experienced the sights, sounds, and foods Nashville has to offer at Deck Expo.
  • Our entire team assisted countless customers and worked extended hours on Cyber Monday for a record-breaking day of sales.
  • Team members volunteered at a food shelf to pack Christmas meal boxes for disadvantaged families in our community.
  • We celebrated the end of our busiest summer ever with mini golf and casino games at our "Summer Happened" party.

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1. Updated Office Space
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2. Summer Kick Off Event
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3. Growing Team
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4. Blair at the Minneapolis Home and Remodeling Show at U.S. Bank Stadium
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5. Annie at the DecksDirect Softball Game
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6. New Showroom Location
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7. Mitch at DeckExpo
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8. Team members sporting their slippers on Cyber Monday
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9. Food Shelf Volunteering
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10. Summer Happened Party
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Justine Modeling Wild Hog
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Jillian and Aaron sporting their DecksDirect apparel
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SKOL Vikings
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Travis and Jaclyn playing ping pong
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Team Happy Hour
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Cyber Monday Late Night
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Travis and Matt at DecksDirect Bowling Night
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Team members having fun at the Twins game
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Our intern, Mackenzie showing off the new lounger
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Road Trip to Iowa
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Aaron working the cotton candy machine
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Warehouse team working hard
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Gary and Diane showing off their muscles
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Mike and Lindsay showing off their matching hats

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New Showroom Location

Dec 14, 2017 | Posted in Messages and News By Jaclyn Kueny

Showroom and Office Location

 

We relocated and reorganized our Minneapolis showroom to provide a better shopping experience for our local customers. Stop by to browse product displays, compare materials and finishes, and discuss your project with one of our experienced specialists.

 

6160 Summit Dr N #200, Minneapolis, MN 55430

Give us a call at (952) 746-7561 if you need directions! Open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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2017 Holiday Schedule

Dec 11, 2017 | Posted in Messages and News By Jaclyn Kueny

Happy Holidays

DecksDirect wishes you a happy holiday season!

We would like to wish everyone happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

DecksDirect's regular hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CST. Below is our holiday schedule and the shipping schedules of our shipping partners.

Closed for Holiday Celebration

The DecksDirect team will be taking a little time to celebrate the holidays! On Wednesday, December 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, we will be locking our doors and turning off our phones. All orders placed during this time will be processed and shipped as normal.

DecksDirect Holiday Hours:

Mon, December 25

CLOSED

Tue, December 26

CLOSED

Wed, December 27

7 a.m - 5:30 p.m. CST

Thur, December 28

7 a.m - 5:30 p.m. CST

Fri, December 29

7 a.m. - 12 p.m. CST

Mon, January 1

CLOSED

Tue, January 2

7 a.m - 5:30 p.m. CST

Wed, January 3

7 a.m - 5:30 p.m. CST

Thur, January 4

7 a.m - 5:30 p.m. CST

Fri, January 5

7 a.m - 5:30 p.m. CST

 

Shipping Schedules:

Christmas

  FedEx Express FedEx Ground FedEx Home FedEx Freight USPS UPS
Saturday, December 23 Open Closed Open Closed Open Open
Sunday, December 24 Closed Closed Closed Closed Open Open
Monday, December 25 Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
Tuesday, December 26 Open Open Closed Closed Open Open

 

New Years

  FedEx Express FedEx Ground FedEx Home FedEx Freight USPS UPS
Saturday, December 30 Closed Closed Open Closed Open Open
Sunday, December 31 Closed Closed Closed Closed Open Open
Monday, January 1 Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
Tuesday, January 2 Open Open Closed Open Open Open

Please keep these dates in mind as you make your ordering and shipping plans. For more information about holiday shipping times, please visit FedEx, UPS, or USPS. 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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