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Get your deck prepared for family gatherings with Graduation and Father's Day parties just around the corner

6 Ways to Get Deck-Ready for Dads & Grads

June means graduation and celebration -- get party ready

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and birds are back tweeting away in your back yard; it's time to get your deck ready for summer. Winter was long. Spring was windy. Now it's time to get back outside and spend some time outside in the fresh, warm glow of summertime sunshine. Even better is it's almost the month of June, the perfect time to celebrate with friends and family as we celebrate graduations and the Fathers who helped make it happen. Check out these 6 crucial steps towards getting your outdoor space ready for entertaining, and get ahead of the curve with DecksDirect.


Get your deck started with a clean, smooth foundation thanks to deck cleaners, brighteners, and sealers at DecksDirect

Before you start sending out those graduation and open house invitations, let's start by giving your deck, porch, and patio spaces a thorough deep cleaning. After the long months of fallen leaves, drifts of snow and winter salt, pollen and seeds; get your deck ready for barefeet again by cleaning it with water and a mild soap, such as a dishwashing detergent. If possible, a gentle pressure or power washing can help remove stubborn dirt from your decking. Want your deck to look extra sparkling clean? Purchase a convenient Deck Cleaner and Brightener. This easy-to-use two part cleaning system helps remove dust and debris from the deck surface, and then restores the decking to it's original color and tone.


Check your deck's structural connections and brackets for corrosion or wear; replace with structural hardware such as OZCO Ties or Simpson Strong-Tie connectors

Inspect the substructure, framing, and surface of your deck for any possible hazardous areas. Be on the look out for corroded hardware, disconnected deck boards, exposed nails, and a loose ledger board. All of these issues could lead to an accident during a get-together due to the increased weight load of friends and family coming to join you. Prevent any mishaps and keep everyone safe by removing and replacing and damaged hardware or lumber immediately. Switch out corroded hardware for durable, structural hardware such as that Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Accents or OZCO Building Products which is crafted from powder-coated and galvanized steel for true lasting power.


Change out your old and dated wood deck boards, and replace them with long-lasting and gorgeous composite decking such as Trex, Deckorators, or DuraLife

If you're noticing loose or splintering deck boards in your outdoor space, or perhaps nails are rising from the long-ago installation time; give your deck a quick makeover by choosing to swap out your treated lumber for the low-maintenance beauty of Composite Decking. Create a unique board design to catch your guests' attention, or simply install with a Hidden Deck Fastener system to keep the deck surface smooth, clear, and barefoot-ready for decades to come. Browse through the stunning looks of Deckorators composite decking, DuraLife composite decking, and Trex composite decking to find the color palette and style that enhances your home.


Walk around your deck perimeter and inspect your existing deck railing to ensure the posts and rails are secure and immovable

Be sure to walk around your deck, patio, or porch perimeter and inspect all of your deck railing posts, hardware, railing sections. Lightly shake and move each deck post as much as you can to ensure that your lags and attachment bolts are still structurally sound and installed deep enough into the blocking beneath the post. Do you have moving post? Remove and replace your hardware with the hardened steel and Climatek coated strength of Structural Screws. Have some noisy balusters within your deck railing? Secure them in place with a dab of Waterproof Silicone Sealant to reduce noise and enhance safety.


Gain an entirely new room to spread the party out in with under deck drainage systems such as Zip-Up UnderDeck, UpSide Deck Ceiling, and Trex RainEscape

Increase the space in your home and add a whole new room to the party with an Under Deck Drainage system on your deck. Whether for entertaining, seasonal storage, or a place to keep the celebration alive even during some bad weather; Under Deck Drainage systems can help make the most of your unused space while adding a finished look to your lower level patio. Building a new deck for the summer? We recommend installing Trex RainEscape directly onto your joists for lasting structure strength. Wanting to quickly update an existing deck? We recommend installing either the Zip-Up UnderDeck system or the UpSide Deck Ceiling system. Both of which can be installed in an afternoon and provide a polished ceiling for your lower level space.


Deck lighting and outdoor lighting systems can both increase the safety of your guests while helping create a magical atmosphere for your home

Want to create a magical atmosphere to celebrate in? Adding deck and outdoor lighting to your back yard can both keep family and friends safe as the sun goes down while helping illuminate the space and creating a warm atmosphere. Choose from LED deck lighting systems or solar deck lighting fixtures; install post cap lights, recessed stair lighting, or rail lighting. Make your home a backyard destination through the glorious glow of deck and landscape lighting into the night.



If at any point in your project you have any questions, feel free to give our experienced deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at We'd love to help get your deck or backyard project ready for a summer of fun and celebration. Let's get started today!


Trex RainEscape helps your lower level patio or porch remain free of rainwater and spills all year long

How to Install Trex RainEscape

Fast, Easy, and All on Your Own

One of the hottest growing deck trends of 2019 is installing a deck drainage system on new or existing decks to create a whole new lower-level patio or space that your family can enjoy for decades. Under Deck Drainage systems such as Trex RainEscape, Zip-Up UnderDeck, or UpSide Deck Ceiling allow you and your guests to expand your usable living space outdoors and help your backyard become a neighborhood destination.

Aside from getting a warm, dry area to store seasonal toys or appliances throughout the colder or rainier months of the year, Under Deck Drainage systems help you to gain another family living room space. Outside in the open, connected with the nature of your surroundings, gain a new favorite room in the house.

One of the customer-favorite deck drainage systems is the trusted and reliable Trex RainEscape line. A system of troughs, downspouts, and rainproof Butyl Tape makes this the ideal system for new deck construction as it protects and shields joists from rain and water damage while channeling water and debris away from your home and down into an installed gutter.

DecksDirect Pro Tip: To keep installation moving smoothly and to ensure that all pieces are attached correctly the first time, simply use your cell phone to scan the QR codes found on each Trex RainEscape component. Scanning the QR code will lead you to the offical installation instruction video made specifically for that product. Watch step-by-step to make sure your job is done right the first time with Trex RainEscape.


If at any point in your project you have any questions, feel free to give our deck experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at


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How to Estimate Deck Materials

May 10, 2019 | Posted in Messages and News By Jamie B.

Feeney DesignRail Cable Kits installed on a multi-level home with pool and patio furniture displayed

How To Estimate Deck Materials Easy

Let Our Deck Estimating Tools Do It For You

Building a deck can be one of the greatest joys you can have as a homeowner. It becomes more than just your back yard, it becomes an outdoor living room. A grand grilling area. Your own private garden. Anything. You're able to create the perfect outside space for you and your family to enjoy for generations to come.

Another thing everyone here at DecksDirect understands is that building a deck can seem intimidating at first. Most Americans only build one deck in their entire lifetime, so knowing the ins and outs of the process can seem daunting.

Luckily, our main goal at DecksDirect is to make every step of creating your perfect deck both easy and fun. That's why we've created a couple of helpful deck estimating tools to help you figure out how much material you need to get your project going.


Deckorators is an industry-leader in almost everything deck. From their gorgeous Composite Decking lines to their sleek, durable Railing Systems; Deckorators aims to be a complete deck brand. When you're shopping for Deckorators Balusters, you may feel overwhelmed by needing to know deck baluster quantities and spacing. When in doubt, simply use the handy Deckorators Baluster Calculator to find the amount of balusters, baluster connectors, and rail connectors you'll need to complete your project. Estimating made easy.


Have your heart set on a non-Deckorators brand baluster? We totally understand! With stunning deck baluster options from top brands like Fortress, Dekor, Solutions, and more; creating the outdoor space you've always is bursting with options. Enter the measurements of your deck railing layout (in feet and inches) into our convenient Baluster Calculator, along with the size of your posts, and size of the baluster you'll be mounting. From those details, our Baluster Calculator will determine how many balusters and connectors you need to complete your design, as well as determing your spacing.


Adding an Under Deck Drainage System is a genius way to update an older home, or to maximize the living space in a new build. Creating a dry, waterproof lower-level patio that allows you to keep the party outside no matter the weather, Drainage systems have really become a dream come true. But understanding how many components you'll need? That can be tough. Enter in the width and depth of your deck (in feet and inches) into the Zip-Up UnderDeck Calculator and our helpful tool will determine the number parts and pieces you need for a warm, finished deck.

Crafting the deck, patio, or pergola you've always wanted is a big, exciting process, and we're happy to be a part of it. Wanna skip the extra step of work? Give one of our talented deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at We'd love to hear about the vision you have for your outdoor space and find you the products you need to create it.


Mother's Day Gifts 2019

May 07, 2019 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jamie B.

Celebrate the mothers and wives of the world with the best Mother's Day presents only at DecksDirect

The 5 Best Mother's Day Gifts of 2019

What to Give the Woman Who Gave You Everything

Mother's Day is a holiday that seems to sneak up on all of us this time of year. With the sun out shining, the days growing longer, and all of the Spring Cleaning that stacks up, showering Moms with presents and telling them how much we love them can get lost in the shuffle. But this year, be a Mother's Day Superstar with the coolest outdoor and deck gifts that Moms are sure to love!

Whether your Mom or wife loves to put on a big hat and garden away the days, chase the kids or grandchildren around the yard, or relax in the early evening with a glass of wine; DecksDirect has the presents covered! Help your favorite person make the most out of their home and outdoor living area with these top selling presents!

Beginning to feel that last-minute gift pressure start to sink in? No worries! DecksDirect is the nation's largest stocking retailer or premium deck products in the country! Almost every product ordered online or over the phone is in stock and ships out to you the same day. Within three days, you should be receiving your Mother's Day package right at your door, so you can look like a hero.

Hold It Mate Railing Accessories

Help your mom grow her garden, add a drink shelf, or keep her flower planters sturdily in place with the wide assortment of movable railing accessories from Hold It Mate. The Mounting Rail attaches directly to her installed deck balusters via a through-bolt which tightens around the balusters creating a solid foundation that won't chip, crack, or damage your deck railing at all. Mount the rail at whatever height she prefers, or mount several in layers to create a garden of varying heights. Change her mind, or need to make more room for incoming guests? Easy! Simply loosen the through-bolt, and reposition the Mounting Rail wherever you like!

Snap the attachments of your choice directly onto the installed Mounting Rail to create the outdoor space she's always wanted. Create a planter box holder quickly with the Adjustable Shelf Bracket Bundle, let birdfeeders or wind chimes dangle in the breeze with the impeccable Extension Hook Bundle, or help her keep the deck surface clear of spills with the Dog Bowl Bundle or Shelf Bracket Bundle.

OZCO Holder Hanger Accents

Let your queen relax in the lap of luxury thanks to the incredible strength and classic look of OZCO Hanger Accents. Beginning with the durable OZCO Post Band as a basis, this post band is as gorgeous as it is functional. While adding a detail of color and design, this piece also help keep wood posts from warping or splitting over time.

From the installed OZCO Post Band, choose the Holder Hanger Accents that will help her make the most of her time outdoors. Add illumination into the night and keep bugs away with the Wine Bottle Holder Hanger, or let the towels dry during the day with the helpful Towel Hook Hanger. Help mom settle in for the day by installing a comfortable hammock via the Shackle Hanger Accent and an easy-to-reach Wine Glass Holder or Phone/Beer Holder.

Folding Railing Table

Keep the parties and BBQs moving as smoothly as the summer breeze with the unbelievably convenient Folding Railing Table. With a weather-resistant powder-coat aluminum frame and beautiful tempered glass as a base, this table provides a stylish option for wining and dining. Keep your deck surface open and clear, while avoiding the messed of bumped-into tables thanks to the movable Folding Railing Table. Once the guests have gone and the tables have cleared, simply fold the table upwards and lock into place with the provided padlock and key to keep children and pets safe.

Metal Secondary Handrails

Safety first, no matter what! Add on a Secondary Handrail to your or your Mom's staircase to ensure there are no trips or falls throughout the year. Installing and mounting in a matter of minutes, Secondary Handrails can help make decks ADA-compliant and can also help prevent any accidents in high foot-traffic areas. Blend your handrail and deck railing style together for a seamless and complete look that everyone will thank you for.

Dekor Perfect Panels

Create a deck that will help Mom's house stand out on the block with the beautiful addition of Dekor Perfect Panels. Crafted from thick, rich powder-coated aluminum these Perfect Panels measure in at a solid 7-1/2 inches wide and a 1/2 inch thick to build a stunning look that is completely her own. Choose from the standard Dekor Perfect Panel or the alluring look of the Dekor Perfect Panel with Lights. Install these Perfect Panels alone for a unique deck railing view, or intersperse them between color-coordinating Dekor Balusters for an unforgettable look that's sure to catch attention.

Shop today for the hottest Mother's Day presents of 2019! Want to make sure that you receive your order before the big day? Give us a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at and we'll check our inventory and ship times to give you peace of mind.


Install Dekor EZ Motion Sensors around your outdoor area to keep friends and family safe as the sun goes down

Control Your LED Deck Lights Switch-Free

With the Infrared power of the Dekor EZ Motion Sensor

Create an enchanting outdoor ambiance and control your lights the way you want with the completely programmable Dekor EZ Motion Sensing Controller and the Dekor EZ Motion Sensor. The EZ Motion Controller receiver unit works directly with the patented Dekor® Plug & Play connectors to create an easy-to-install and hassle-free system that you can set as you like.

Simply connect your lights to the EZ Motion Sensors and mount them in the locations you wish to illuminate such as staircases, hallways, entrances, steps, and much more. You can position these sensors to anywhere you want to have the lights power on based on movement or the amount of light received. Set the brightness, duration of time, and sensitivity to motion you desire for your lights, and the Dekor Motion Sensing Controller will retain all of your programming to meet your demands.

All of this housed within a 1/2 inch by 1-3/4 inch round, powder-coated aluminum case. Completely waterproof, this cast aluminum piece is offered in the nearly invisible finish of Antique Metal Black. Perfect for coordinating with other Dekor Lighting fixtures or essentially fading from view once installed.

Set the mood you want for your home with the gorgeous look of LED Deck Lighting and the Dekor EZ Motion Sensing Controller and EZ Motion Sensor. Install as few or as many sensors as you'd like to gain complete control of your outdoor space.



If at any point in your project you have any questions, feel free to give our deck experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at

Want to know more about your deck lighting options? Check out our helpful Deck Lighting Guide to learn about different lighting fixtures, connectors, power styles, and more.


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Top 3 Composite Deck Brands of 2019

May 02, 2019 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jamie B.

UpSide Deck Ceiling by Color Guard drains rain and snow melt out from your home to create a beautiful finished room beneath

Top 3 Composite Deck Brands of 2019

Get Elegance and Excellence All-In-One

Owning and enjoying a deck is a thing of beauty. Way more than just another spot in the house, a great deck can be anything you and your family want it to be. An entertainment destination to watch movies or the big game out under the stars. The chicest and sleekest outdoor kitchen for serving Instagram-worthy meals. A warm, cozy nook just for you to curl up with a glass of wine. Or even your own private garden sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the 9-to-5 life.

The outdoor space you've always imagined, can be built, and it can be yours. Whether you want a rustic and charming little area or a sleek, future-forward location; DecksDirect has the knowledge, experience, and premium deck products to help you create it. The most important factors regarding your deck are: building it safely (May is Deck Safety Month after all...), getting the look you want, and ensuring it lasts as long as possible.

Hottest Decking Brands of Summer 2019


Deckorators Decking

Offering both composite and wood plastic composite decking options in a wide variety of tones and finishes, Deckorators Deck Boards create a true-to-life wood appearance perfect for completing your home. Featuring patented Eovations™ technology, the Deckorators lines of Voyage and Vault composite decking provide the industry's highest strength-to-weight ratio, creating a board that's nearly 35% lighter than traditional composite brands. While the gorgeous wood-plastic composite lines of Heritage and Vista deliver magnificent multi-tonal looks with a durable polymer capstock and pronounced woodgrain texture.

Whether your outdoor space calls for the distressed embossing of Heritage Decking, the smoother multi-color blend of Voyage and Vault collections, or the tropical variegation appeal of the Vista decking; Deckorators composite decking has options on top of options to work for you.

Deckorators Decking is backed by an industry-leading 25 year warranty protecting against structural, stain, and fade damage. They'll also remove and replace damaged material within that warranty. From decking to railing, Deckorators has you covered for true peace of mind.

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DuraLife Decking

To create a stunning outdoor space that can weather any weather, DuraLife Decking is triple-tested to ensure exceptional durability and performance. Creating a unique mix of pure polypropylene and hardwood materials, DuraLife deck boards offer unmatched strength and resistance in alluring color palettes and designs. Minimizing the sagging between joists that occurs over time, a strong outer shell with UV inhibitors supplying stain and fade resistance, and being virtually immune to rot and water damage; DuraLife composite decking is an industry all-star. Choose from the warm, natural timber appearance of the Hardwoods collection or the solid, soothing earth tones of the Landscapes collection to set the atmosphere for your backyard space.

Three board profiles are available to meet the level of performance, value, and fuction you want. The premium pre-grooved Siesta design for durability and quick installation, the scalloped bottom form of theMVP Grooved Edge design ideal for high-value customers, or the Starter Board profile with one complete side perfect for giving your deck a finished look.

With a 25 year warranty, DuraLife composite decking guarantees that you'll love your products. But the most exciting innovation DuraLife offers is the Step-Clip Hidden Fastening System, the easiest and fastest method of installing deck boards that also creates a perfect, unblemished surface. Finish your deck in half the time so you can start relaxing today with DuraLife.

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Trex Decking

As the leading compsite decking brand in the world, generally when you think about decks, you think of Trex. Promising to provide the look, feel, and splendor of natural wood without all the upkeep; Trex decking won't rot, warp, fade, or stain. Made from 95% recycled materials, Trex decking adds the excellent appeal of exotic woods without annual staining or painting to keep your carbon and chemical footprint low while gaining an impressive outdoor living space. The affordable Trex Enhance line has an organic-looking streakage and a lightweight scalloped bottom. For richer, fuller colors in solid board tints, the Trex Select collection creates complete atmospheres. For absolute top-of-the-line colors, however, Trex Transcend deck boards have the ability to transform your yard into a tropical paradise.

All of the Trex decking types are available in both a clean, full square edge design, or in a convenient grooved edge option perfect for simple installation with the Trex Hideaway Hidden Fastener System. The Enhance collection is created in a scalloped bottom profile for heightened value, while the Select and Transcend collections boast a solid, complete bottom profile for increased structural integrity.

With a 25 year warranty, Trex firmly stands behind the promise that your Trex composite decking will deliver. One of the greatest qualities of installing Trex decking, however, is that a brand of this size allows you to perfectly blend the colors and styles of your Trex Railing and Trex Lighting to craft a complete, uniform outdoor living room for your family.

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Feeling ready to really have this year be the year you finally build that deck? Get started on your outdoor project planning today! Give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at and we'll help you find the products and hardware that fit your home and ensure you have everything you could need to complete it.

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Welcome to Deck Safety Month

May 01, 2019 | Posted in Messages and News By Jamie B.

Add secondary handrails to your stairways for extra safety and security for family, friends, and guests

How to Check and Inspect Your Deck

Keeping Your Outdoor Space Safe

May 1st marks the beginning of Deck Safety month, and everyone here at DecksDirect couldn't be happier about helping our customers create a gorgeous, long-lasting outdoor living space that will stay safe for family and friends for decades to come. No matter the materials you choose, our favorite outdoor entertaining areas go through a lot year to year. From direct exposure to the weather, increased weight loads from neighborhood parties, chemicals, and pests; our decks withstand a lot to give us enjoyment.

Here's a list of helpful areas to inspect as well as some tips and frequently asked questions on how to maintain a strong and secure deck that everyone will love.

Areas to Check Out


Walking around your deck and inspecting your different hardware pieces can help prevent any accidents later on

Along the Outside Perimeter

  • Take a leisurely stroll around your deck
  • Check and lightly shake all deck footings to ensure they're still securely in place
  • Looking at your support posts, ensure there's no cracks or splinters
  • If no fascia is installed on your deck, inspect the hardware connecting the beams to the support posts
  • Review your staircase parts and hardware - stair stringers should be attached to the deck joist with a structural hanger or bracket. If the stair stringer is simply toe-nailed to the deck, consider replacing the hardware for something stronger such as one from OZCO.


Check under your deck boards for any rot, mildew, or mold yearly

Under the Deck

  • If your deck was built with natural, non-treated lumber; inspect deck boards closely for damage from pests and bugs
  • Verify that the ledger board to rim joist connection remains solid and unmovable
  • Decks made from non-composite or PVC decking should be checked yearly for wood rot, mold, and mildew growth
  • Check for any cracks in your wood boards, tiny cracks are common but can expand with the weather; protect against this by staining your boards to seal the crack
  • Check the flashing along the ledger board and joists, if you spot any holes or rust, repair or replace as needed
  • Inspect your joists and beam hardware for rust, to replace, put in a temporary support while removing the old components


Take some time to observe any changes or weaknesses in your outdoor structure

Safety on Deck

  • When walking across your deck, listen and feel for any pops, creaks, or unusual give from your boards
  • Clean away all leaves, dirt, and debris from your deck surface with a hose or pressure-washer
  • Inspect each deck board for rising nails or loose fasteners; replace as needed
  • For non-composite decking: stain, seal, or treat your deck boards annually
  • Walk along the edge of your deck, testing and checking your railing for loose posts or handrails
  • Consider the landscaping and trees surrounding your deck, ensure it's clear from the deck


Want More Info?

Check out the Deck Consumer Checklist and the Deck Evaluation Checklist both supplied from NADRA; the North American Deck and Railing Association. NADRA is a professional group aiming to be the number one source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the Deck and Railing building Industry throughout North America. From deck design, to the best safety tips and products, NADRA wants to help everyone love their outdoor living space and help it last!

Deck Safety Questions

What if there is rot in my wood decking?

  • Use an awl, ice pick, or screwdriver to investigate around support posts, railing posts, joists, and stair stringers. Smaller sections, roughly thumb-size, of rot or mold can be removed with a chisel and then be treated with a wood preservative to prevent spreading. Areas larger than this will typically require the wood component to be removed and replaced for safety.
  • What do I do about a loose deck board fastener?

  • Use a drill to tighten any loose screws or fasteners closer to the joist. If any of the fasteners are rusted or corroded, replace the fasteners immediately before the deterioration spreads to the surrounding wood.
  • I'm noticing water pooling around my ledgerboard or joists. What do I do?

  • Replace or add more flashing and butyl tape to these areas to prevent water from continuing to permeate through the old flashing and reaching the substructure.
  • How can I make my deck more safe for family and guests?

  • Replacing old, wooden railing with a new, stronger Metal Railing system can help prevent falls along the perimeter. Adding a Secondary Handrail to your staircase can increase graspability for safe movement in steeper areas.

    Protect your investment, and keep your outdoor living space in tip-top shape for a longer life with help from DecksDirect. From planning and designing, to installation and upkeep; we're here to make sure that the deck of your dreams can last you a lifetime. Get started on your outdoor project planning today! Give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at to start laying out the look you want.

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    The DuraLife Step-Clip Hidden Fastening system is the easiest and fastest way to get composite decking installed securely without breaking your back


    How to Install Composite Decking Fast and Easy

    with the all-new Step-Clip Hidden Fastening System by DuraLife

    With Composite Decking quickly becoming the top choice for new deck construction and outdoor renovations alike, the market for Hidden Deck Fasteners keeps improving upon itself year after year. Long gone are the days of face-fastening down your boards and hoping none of the nails rise up over time. These days, whether you're using concealed clips for grooved boards, such as CONCEALoc for TimberTech, or a strong, discreet side-installed nail such as the beloved Camo Hidden Fasteners, the main goal is to keep your deck surface smooth and blemish-free.

    There are an abundance of Hidden Deck Fastening systems to choose from, all with their own pros and cons. This year, however, DecksDirect was introduced to a deck fastening system that was equally brilliant and simple; an invention that makes you think, "How did this not exist before?"

    The Step-Clip Hidden Fastening System by DuraLife Decking cuts installation time in half while eliminating the need for extra measuring, kneeling, and tools. Spend more time enjoying your deck and less time breaking your back to install it with DuraLife. A brilliant choice for both homeowners and contractors alike, the Step-Clip system helps you get the job done right and done fast.

    Simply hammer or use a nail-gun to attach the Step-Clip Strips by DuraLife directly to joists

    Step 1: Use a standard hammer or nail-gun and attach the Step-Clip strips directly to the joists of your deck's substructure. This strip will be attached using the included stainless steel nails for heightened corrosion-resistance. It's recommended to drive 2 nails evenly spaced between the clips for a sturdy hold. These Step-Clip strips eliminate the extra cost of joist tape by protecting the joist itself from water damage, rot, and decay. Along the outside perimeter of the deck frame, trim the first clip off of the strip with a utility knife.

    The Step-Clip Hidden Fastening System by DuraLife Decking allows you to simply walk across the composite deck board to install

    Step 2: Place your DuraLife Starter Board in place and walk across, locking the grooved edge of the board securely into the clip. From there, place your next DuraLife Grooved Edge Deck Board in position, and walk across the board length-wise to fasten it in place. Continue working this way until all deck boards are fully secured.

    Working with more than one person? Start at both ends of the deck to save even more time.

    Cut down composite decking installation time by 50% with DuraLife Decking and the Step-Clip Fastening System

    Step 3: With your DuraLife Deck Boards installed, polish off your Starter Boards with the perfectly coordinating Cortex Concealed Fastening System for DuraLife Decking. A color-matching plug system that conceals the stainless steel screws needed to securely fasten your initial boards.


    Check out the speed difference between installing DuraLife Decking with the Step-Clip Hidden Fastening System versus installing a leading competitor brand.

    If at any point in your project you have any questions, feel free to give our deck experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at


    Discover the Step-Clip System


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