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DecksDirect Pro Tip: Blinking Lights

Feb 25, 2019 | Posted in How-to Tips By Jamie B.

Warm White vs Cool White Deck Lights

Troubleshooting Deck Lights

Blinking Lights & Transformers

Laying out and installing deck lighting for your home can seem overwhelming at first; but can easily be achieved one step at time and make you feel like a DIY Deck Pro! Especially when installing the low voltage options we feature here at DecksDirect, which are both environmental and user-friendly that manufacturers recommend installing them powered on.

Now for a DecksDirect Pro Tip: For low voltage deck lighting installed around your patio and outdoor space, if there's a consistent blinking occurring somewhere in your lighting setup, first things first, unplug your electrical transformer.

Blinking lights often mean there is a shortage or disconnect somewhere in your lighting layout. While this can be a common problem with an easy solution, not disconnecting the transformer soon enough can wear out the transformer, leading to a shorter transformer lifespan and the need for replacement. In order to avoid this, as soon as you or a member of your family notice some blinking in your outdoor setup, unplug the transformer immediately, and check all wire connections one by one to find the source.

At DecksDirect, we want to help make sure you find the best products for your needs and that work as well as possible for you. 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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Product Spotlight: Wild Hog Railing Panels

Feb 22, 2019 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jamie B.

Create a unique look that keeps your view open with Wild Hog Pre-welded Railing Panels

Wild Hog Railing Panels: Versatile and View-Expanding

Pre-welded railing panels from Wild Hog allow you to open up both your outdoor space and your out-of-the-box creativity. Made from zinc-primed and powder-coated 6 gauge steel, these enduringly strong infill panels feature 4 inch by 4 inch welded or woven cross points to help keep guests and pets safe yet keep your view free and clear. Aside from their incredible strength, these panels are available in three premium finishes and can be installed with nearly any material to help craft the style you want to complete your home.

Choose The Style That Works For You

Install Directly on Lumber: Arriving to your door ready to install, some homeowners choose to keep the look minimalistic by drilling openings for the ends of the Wild Hog panel to fit directly into the lumber of their posts and rails. While the installation time may be a little longer with this method, the finished look lets your natural wood be the star of the show. We recommend covering any cut ends of the panel with Wild Hog Tusks for extra protection.

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Frame It with Hog Tracks Channel: Another distinctive look made possible with Wild Hog panels is creating a picture frame within each section using Hog Tracks Channels installed onto your wood posts and rails. A clean and polished way to highlight your railing, these Hog Tracks add a touch of detail that looks especially beautiful mixed with a bright Cedar or dark Ipe wood type.

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Get Creative with Composite: Blend the benefits of high-quality composite railing with the open style of Wild Hog Railing Panels using Wild Hog Freedom Fill for Trex Transcend. Available in seven different finish options, you can gain the stately look of Trex Transcend with the reliability of pre-welded steel. Mix and match the colors you want to blend your deck to your home's aesthetic easily.

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Skip the Glass with Wild Hog: Installing Wild Hog Railing Panels in the place of glass panels for the Westbury Veranda railing line can keep your view just as clear without any of the cleaning. Strong, powder-coated aluminum posts and rails will securely hold your Wild Hog Panel in place throughout the years for a polished look that won't fade.

Check Out Westbury Veranda and Wild Hog Panels

At DecksDirect we have Wild Hog Railing Panels, Tracks, and Tusks in stock and ready to ship today. We also have the Westbury Veranda and trex Transcend railing lines on hand and ready to deliver the look you deserve without the wait. 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


DecksDirect Pro Tip: AFCO Pro & Baluster Options

Feb 19, 2019 | Posted in How-to Tips By Jamie B.

So many baluster options for the AFCO Pro aluminum railing system

Choose Your Baluster Style with AFCO Pro Railing

The brand new AFCO Pro aluminum railing series blends the timeless look of strong and durable powder-coated aluminum with ease of customization hardly found anywhere. From post size options, in either 3 or 4 inch wide pieces, to selecting the traditional breadloaf shaped top rail or the modern and comfortable Flat Top rail option; the opportunities to make your railing uniquely your own doesn't seem to stop.

But the fun doesn't end there with AFCO Pro! In this kitted line, you purchase the balusters for your project separate from your rails and posts. AFCO Pro balusters are a standard 3/4 inch square dimension, available for both 36 inch and 42 inch railing heights. Purchasing pickets independent from the rails can help you both save money and tailor-create your railing to match your home's style by allowing you to mix and match color options.

Combine different powder-coat finishes for creative and charming looks no one can duplicate. With over 7 textured finishes available; crafting the look you want can happen with just the click of your mouse. Or as AFCO balusters are in an industry-standard size, any square 3/4 inch baluster can complete your look. Choose from decorative looks such as the Fortress Mega Series Square Basket Baluster or the Fortress Mega Series Square Twist Baluster to lend a delicate touch of detail in railing sections.

Set your deck apart by making it the star of the show with various balusters options combined with the AFCO Pro aluminum railing system.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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Deck Of The Month Winner - February 2019

Feb 18, 2019 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jamie B.

Deck of the Month Winner for February!

Congratulations to Charles from Florida for winning out Deck of the Month contest for February! Charles made his deck especially his own by using Westbury Veranda posts and rail kits to hold the durable Wild Hog Welded Mesh panels securely in place. By blending the reliability of Westbury Veranda powder-coated aluminum rail components with the pure strength of welded 6-gauge steel found in Wild Hog Infill panels; Charles has created a look that's sure to set his home apart from the rest while also increasing the safety and security of his outdoor space.

After finishing up the project, Charles was kind enough to send over these photos and told us, "Thought you would like to see pictures of finished product. It looks really good and I was pleased with the system and how it went together."

Thanks again to Charles for sharing his photos with us! There are few things here at DecksDirect we love more than seeing the look of a finished project that we got to help with. If you would like to enter the Deck of the Month contest, submit a photo of your project with a review on Facebook, Houzz, or Google.

Whether you're browsing for inspiration, starting a project, or lost in the woods; feel free to give one of our helpful deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at We'd love to help you find what you need and build a deck you'll love.


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DecksDirect Pro Tip: Know Your Warranty

Feb 11, 2019 | Posted in How-to Tips By Jamie B.

Beautiful black powder-coated aluminum AFCO Pro deck railing on a golf course


Know Your Warranty: AFCO Pro

A low-maintenance aluminum railing with high-quality coverage

You've been daydreaming and planning about the deck of your dreams. You've sketched out ideas, and saved countless images of looks you love. You're almost ready to place your order and get installing; but then you worry, what if something goes wrong? What if I move and sell my house? Is a new railing really worth it?

In short, yes! At DecksDirect, we understand that buying a new railing system can be intimidating, that's why we only sell top-of-the-line deck railing systems, all with industry-leading warranties to make sure you're covered. So whether you're just starting fresh or completing a whole remodel, get the right railing for your look and add immense property value to your home!

Today we're diving into the warranty for the all-new AFCO Pro aluminum railing system. Here are the need-to-knows direct from the warranty so you can be a deck pro:

  • The AFCO Pro Raililng system features a limited lifetime warranty for the purchaser of these materials.
  • This system also features a one-time transfer between owners. This means that if you end up selling your home down the road, the new owner will still have full coverage, adding a ton of value to your home.
  • The warranty for the AFCO Pro system is full coverage no matter what region. This means even installed at the ocean shore, this aluminum railing system is completely protected.
  • The powder coat paint finish on the AFCO Pro railing line is AAMA 2604 compliant and under warranty will not crack, chip, blister, peel, or abnormally fade or discolor.
    AFCO Pro aluminum deck railing system can complete and match almost any style of home or business  

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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Product Spotlight: G-Tape Products

Feb 06, 2019 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jamie B.

G-Tape makes flashing and protecting your joists from rot and water damage simple.

G-Tape: Amazing Engineering for a Lasting Deck

Whether building a brand new deck, or finishing up an indoor decoration project, the amazing products from G-Tape can help you achieve the lasting quality you're looking for. This high quality tape features a patented combination of solvent acrylic adhesive with an advanced backing for an unmatchable performance.

What makes G-Tape so special? All G-Tape products are lightweight and completely hand-tearable. No more fumbling with utility knives or scissors in the middle of your project, simply rip with your forefingers and thumbs to get the piece of tape you need. Even better? G-Tape doesn’t stick to itself and easily releases contact with no adhesion loss, improving speed and productivity while also keeping costs low.

Which G-Tape Type Should I Use?

When choosing which G-Tape type your project calls for, you have to ask yourself: "What do I want this tape do do?" Are you looking for a tape that can be removed easily months down the road without leaving any residue behind? Are you looking for a tape that can provide a permanent bond and seal that will last decades? If you have a project, G-Tape has a style of tape that can help you finish it.

Acrylic Adhesive Flashing Tape: Tearable yet incredibly strong, Acrylic Adhesive Flashing Tape is an instant favorite for builders. No scissors or blade needed to cut off a clean strip, this flashing tape is repositionable initially, however, after 24 hours it forms a permanent and waterproof bond. This chemical and solvant resistant tape doesn't lose any tensile strength over time and maintains its connection in temperatures from -20 to 200 degrees Farenheit.

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Multi-Purpose Tape: This extremely versatile green tape is unbelievably popular with installers and builders in many trades due to its high tensile strength and the ability to be removed with no residue left behind. Hardwood flooring, glass, and tile installers all love to get the hold they can trust while waiting for their adhesive to fully set. Simply pull away for a clean look, hassle-free.

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Both the Acrylic Adhesive Flashing Tape and the Multi-Purpose Green Tape is in stock and ready to ship from our DecksDirect warehouse. 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

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DecksDirect Pro Tip: Cleaning Glass Railing

Feb 04, 2019 | Posted in How-to Tips By Jamie B.

Sleek and modern InvisiRail glass railing panels installed inside the home on an upper level

Glass Panel Railing: Crystal Clear

A High-Maintenance Look with a Low-Maintenance Feel

Often homeowners and customers are reluctant to purchase a glass system because they believe that they'll be spending all of their time cleaning the glass rather than enjoying it. In reality, glass railings rarely require any more maintenance than other railing systems. Simple spray the glass lightly with a hose and wipe away to remove any stubborn dirt or debris. Using a simple glass cleaner such as Windex can also help remove the dust and deliver a streak-free shine.

Another great trick to help keep your glass panels or balusters looking their best day after day is to lightly coat the glass panels with RainX directly after installation and then seasonally. This will help the rain bead up and roll down the glass quickly, allowing nothing to grab hold of your railing.

If you're looking for a modern and luxurious looking way to get the best view of your backyard, look to glass railing systems to help you both connect with nature and impress the neighbors. Browse through Glass Panel systems such as the sleek InvisiRail Glass Railing or Westbury Veranda; or choose an option that keeps the breeze flowing through all summer long such as Fortress AL13 & Pure View Glass Balusters or the stunning Deckorators Glass & Aluminum line.

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Deck Trends: Panel Railing Systems

Jan 30, 2019 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jamie B.

Fortress AL13 Home Panel Railing System installed on beautiful deck in the mountains

Deck Trends of 2019: Panel Railing Systems

One of the directions we're seeing a lot of deck builders move towards this year is skipping the builder and becoming a DIY superstar. A great way to reduce your overall cost, take more pride in your project, and learn a new skill is to create the outdoor space your family will love all on your own.

For deck building that has meant a large shift towards prefabricated panel railing systems. Arriving to your door in preassembled, ready-to-mount sections; these metal railing systems almost couldn't have a quicker installation time. Simply mount your posts in place, attach brackets, fasten your railing panels; and you're finished. No tiny bits and pieces. No extra hassle necessary. Just a completed, and code-compliant deck railing that will help your space become the most popular in the neighborhood.

Panel Railing Systems


AL13 Home Aluminum Panel Railing by Fortress

AL13 Home Panel Railing by Fortress

Completing your deck railing project has never been simpler than with the all-new AL13 Home Panel railing system from Fortress. Featuring posts with pre-installed mounting brackets to suit either a standard 36 inch or 42 inch railing height, the AL13 Home system can essentially be installed in two simple steps. The pre-welded aluminum panel arrives to your door ready to be installed and boasts thin, black balusters for a rattle-free infill that truly opens up your view. Give your railing panels an elegant, finished look with the gently curved Round or modern Flat Accent Top Rails offered in 6 foot, 8 foot, and 16 foot lengths.

  • 2" and 3" Post Options
  • Over-the-Post and Proud Post Installs
  • 6', 8', and 16' Accent Top Rail lengths
  • Matte White and Black Sand
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

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FE26 Steel Panel Railing by Fortress

FE26 Steel Panel Railing System by Fortress

To add a timeless look to your outdoor space in almost no time at all, check out the FE26 Steel Panel Railing system by Fortress. Blending the modern security and strength of galvanized and powder-coated steel with the classic look of wrought-iron railing; the FE26 system can highlight and protect your home all in one.

  • 6', 8', and 10' panel lengths
  • 2" and 3" Post Options
  • Available in Gloss Black, Black Sand, and Antique Bronze
  • 15 year Warranty

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Wild Hog Railing Panels

Wild Hog Railing Panels

Both attractive and affordable, Wild Hog Railing panels offer a unique infill option that blends well with wood, composite, or metal posts and rails. Available in both Welded Mesh and Woven Mesh, these infill pieces are made from 6-gauge steel and are fortified, zinc-primed, and powder-coated for long-lasting looks.

  • Level Sizes: 3' x 6', 3' x 8'
  • Stair Option: 5' x 6'
  • Available in Textured Black, Textured White, and Silver finishes

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Deckorators ALX Contemporary Panel Railing

Deckorators ALX Contemporary Railing

With a sleek, anodized finish the ALX Contemporary Aluminum Railing system by Deckorators looks ultra-modern and complicated but installs like a dream. These weather-resistant aluminum panels feature either square or round balusters and can create a 36 inch or 42 inch standard railing height easily.

  • 2-1/2" Post Width
  • 6' and 8' Panel Lengths
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

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Once your deck layout and railing plan is ready, start planning on which panel system suits your home's style the best! Working with a panel system means you can be fully installed within the afternoon, so you can spend less time working on your deck and more time enjoying it. 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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