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DecksDirect Pro Tip: Know Your Warranty

Feb 11, 2019 2:49:35 PM | 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 hello@decksdirect.com.

 

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DecksDirect Pro Tip: Cleaning Glass Railing

Feb 4, 2019 3:27:08 PM | 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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DecksDirect Pro Tip: Hardware

Jan 28, 2019 12:45:44 PM | Posted in How-to Tips By Jamie B.

Choosing the Right Ozco Truss Base Fan For Your Project

OZCO Truss Base Fans: How To Know Your Angles

OZCO Building Products offer some of the most strong and durable hardware and connectors on the construction market today. But what they provide in pure strength, they also supply in gorgeous, ornamental style. OZCO Truss Base Fans are a beautiful way to add a touch of decoration and detail while the 100% powder-coated steel ensures a long-lasting connection. But how do you know which size of Truss Base Fan will work for your project? Simple.

The numbers in the Truss Base Fan sizes refer to their rise and run. For example, a 4:12 Truss Base Fan means that for every 12 inches you go either left or right; you will also be rising up 4 inches. This will help make measuring and ordering materials for your job as straightforward as possible.

Dress up your outdoor project even more with either Laredo Sunset Truss Accent or Ironwood Truss Accent pieces to help add a flair of western trimming to help polish it off.

OZCO Truss Base Fan Size Options

With seven different slopes and sizes available, you're sure to find a Truss Base Fan that can add strength and style to your project. 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 hello@decksdirect.com.

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DecksDirect Pro Tip: Lighting

Jan 21, 2019 3:58:55 PM | Posted in How-to Tips By Jamie B.

Warm White vs Cool White Deck Lights

Deck Lighting 101: Warm White vs Cool White

Beyond style and fixture design, knowing the light temperature that's perfect for your space will help the planning process be so much smoother. Here's a quick guide on determining whether you're shopping for a Warm White or a Cool White lighting style to highlight your deck.

Warm white and cool white refer to the temperature of the light emitted from the bulb. It is typically measured on the Kelvin scale which is a unit of measurement used to describe the hue of a specific light source.

Deck Lighting Scale



Warm White Lights

Warm white LED lights will produce a softer, more golden type of glow reminiscent of older, incandescent lighting. Yellow-tinged and delicate, warm white will be slightly dimmer than their cool white counterparts and are rated between 2700 Kelvin and 3000 Kelvin.

Flat Pyramid Post Cap Kit with Warm White Light by Fortress

Cool White Lights

Cool white LED lights will generate a brighter, more natural white light that is still pleasant to the eye. With slight shades of blue, cool white light fixtures will be a bit more radiant than their warm white counterparts and are rated around 5000 to 6000 Kelvin.

Cape May Scallop Lens with Cool White Light by LMT Mercer

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 hello@decksdirect.com.

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Winter-Proofing Your Deck 2018

Dec 6, 2018 9:27:02 AM | Posted in How-to Tips By Jamie B.

a wooden deck filled with snow in the winter

Don't Let Old Man Winter Crash the Party

As the winter season quickly approaches, don't forget to give your favorite spot in the house a little extra gift wrapping with protective and preventative presents from DecksDirect! Whatever winter weather you receive, we want to make sure your deck is ready for whatever comes. From holiday gatherings and New Years celebrations, to the first budding flower of Spring, help your deck be the hot spot to be year-round. Even if it's -2°.

SHIELD IT FROM SQUARE ONE

If just beginning to build your dream deck, make sure it's protected for the ever-changing weather. Cover and preserve your crucial deck joists with waterproof flashing tape. Stopping stagnant water from sitting and soaking into your joists will prevent water damage, rot, and decay from affecting your structure while creating a better connection surface for screws and fasteners.

Keep your joists strong and clear with Trex Protect Self Adhesive Tape Protect your joists, beams, and window frames from water damage year after year with Acrylic Flashing Tape by G-Tape

Protect newly installed joists and beams with Trex Protect. Prevent moisture from seeping into your new construction with one of the most trusted brands names in decking.

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Able to withstand temperatures from -40° to 200° F, G-Tape is perfect for protecting your joists, doors, and windows from rot and water damage.

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REPAIR AND REMEDY

Decks age right along with us, so it's much more convenient to look for and fix issues as they come rather than face an expensive rebuild down the road. Warped, bowed, or loose deck boards can arise, affecting your deck's security and appearance. In the past this called for a complete board replacement, and with rising lumber costs, it could add up to a hefty bill. Now it's a thing of the past with the all new Deck Wedge Board Straightener. Save your old lumber and keep your deck looking uniform throughout!

Straightening and installing deck boards has never been easier with the new Deck Wedge Board Straightener The DSV Wood Screw by Simpson Strong-Tie is Quik Guard coated for corrosion-resistance.

Deck Wedge Board Straightener

A durable one-piece tool that makes correcting and installing deck boards a breeze! Able to close gaps of up to 1-1/4 inches, this wedge can fix a warped board in just 4 simple steps.

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DSV Wood Screw by Simpson Strong-Tie

The most effective fastener for any wood material, the DSV Wood Screw is thick steel covered in a Quik Guard Coating to protect against corrosion and rust while securing your deck boards safely.

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CLEAN AND COVER

With your deck repaired and protected, now is the time to clean off any debris and coat it with a water-resistant sealant. This will protect your deck from mildew and the damage that leaves, snow, ice, and other debris can cause. DecksDirect offers a line of cleaners and penetrating oils for decks of any build.

Penofin Pro-Tech Complete Wood Care system cleans and restores your deck to brand new Keep your cables and hardware spic and span with the Stainless Steel Cleaner and Protectant by Feeney

Pro-Tech Complete Wood Care by Penofin

Use Penofin's patented three step system to clean and restore your deck to its original glory! Strip, clean, and brighten your decking to remove any graying and protect against future wear.

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Stainless Steel Cleaner and Protectant by Feeney

Not just decking needs some attention. Keep your cable railing system in tip top shape using the trusted cleaner and protectant package to remove dirt and debris, while coating for the future.

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Rejuvenate old, worn, or splintery decks with Penofin Renewall, available in six colors Give your deck a touch of luxury with Penofin Ultra Premium Exterior Red Label penetrating oil; a natural choice for maintaining your deck

Penofin RenewAll

RenewAll by Penofin is a thick elastomeric formula that covers splinters, cracks, stains, and general unevenness giving your deck a refreshed look. The two-coat system creates a finely textured surface.

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Penofin Ultra Premium Exterior Red Label

Easy to apply, this high-quality penetrating oil helps maintain the beauty of your wood deck while keeping out the elements in any environment.

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QUICK TOUCH-UPS THAT LAST

Prevent your posts from warping or splitting over time with the Ironwood Post Band by Ozco Make a watertight seal on your post caps, wires, and rails with 100% Rubber Silicone

Ironwood Post Band by OZCO

Over time posts can begin to warp and split, the Ironwood Post Band by OZCO helps secure your post on all four sides while adding a touch of style.

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100% Rubber Silicone

Create a durable, watertight seal wherever needed with 100% Rubber Silicone Sealant. Keep post caps in place, plug up wiring holes, or ensure a rattle-free baluster install.

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There are also a few things that you can do throughout the colder months to ensure that you will have a beautiful deck to enjoy for years to come. As you’re raking the fallen leaves from your yard, don’t forget to make sure to clear off your deck as well. Leaves can add harmful moisture and weight to your deck that can lead to decay and damage.

Before we know it, snow will become a daily reality for those of us in colder climates. Whether you get a dusting or a blizzard, make sure to shovel your deck. Removing snow and ice will help keep your deck dry, free from water damage, and protect its natural finish.

HERE TO HELP

DecksDirect is here to help you get the products you need to complete your deck maintenance to-do list. We strive to provide an honest, accurate, and friendly service that you can rely upon. Because when your deck looks good; we all look good.

We're 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, feel free to give our deck specialists a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an e-mail at hello@decksdirect.com.

Pedestal Comparison Guide

Jul 25, 2018 5:38:42 PM | Posted in How-to Tips By Jaclyn

Hardwood Deck Tiles

Deck Supports and Deck Pedestals: How to Choose

Use pedestals and supports to install decks on rooftops, balconies, over cracked concrete patios, and more! Pedestals and supports work with any surface material: wood tiles, traditional strigner and plank decks, stone, composites, or concrete. DecksDirect carries supports from Bison Innovative Products and from MRP Supports.

With the different types, heights, and brands, it can be difficult to choose the perfect ones for your project. Discover the different features of each with the comparison chart below.


Deck Pedestals and Deck Supports Comparison Guide


 

 

SE Eterno Adjustable Self-Leveling Supports for Tiles or Pavers by MRP

SE Eterno Adjustable Self-Leveling Supports for Wood Joists by MRP

Fixed Support Pedestals by MRP

Level.It Adjustable Deck Supports by Bison

Versadjust Adjustable Deck Supports by Bison

Low Adjustable Deck Supports by Bison

 

SE Eterno Adjustable Self-Leveling Pedestal Supports for Tiles and Pavers by MRP

SE Eterno Adjustable Self-Leveling Pedestal Supports for Wood Joists by MRP

Fixed Support Pedestals by MRP

Level.It Adjustable Deck Supports by Bison

Versadjust Adjustable Deck Supports by Bison

Low Adjustable Deck Supports by Bison

Weight Load

2200 lbs

2200 lbs

2200 lbs

750 lbs

1250 lbs

750 lbs

Height Range

1/8 in - 21-3/4 in

 

Use Star B and Star B for more height

1-1/8 in - 21-3/4 in

 

Use Star B and Star B for more height

1/2 in or 3/4 in

 

Use Star B and Star B for more height

2 in to 4-3/4 in

 

Use Coupler to add up to 12 in

2-1/4 in to 9-3/4 in

 

Use Coupler to add up to 24 in

1-1/4 in to 2 in

Diameter

Base 8 in

Head 6 in

Base 8 in

Head 4-1/2 in

Base 6 in

Base 8 in

Head 5-7/8 in

Base 8 in

Head 6-11/16 in

5-7/8 in

Self-Leveling?

Yes, up to 5%

Yes, up to 5%

With use of Leveling Shims

With use of Base Leveler

Base Leveler Included

With use of Base Leveler

Package Contents

Pedestal, Locking Piece, IPE Tile Installation Pins

Pedestal

Pedestal

Pedestal, Tabs

Pedestal, Base Leveler, Tabs

Pedestal, Tabs

Additional Information

Anti-slip head prevents tiles from moving

 

Can be adjusted after installation using Adjustment Key

Attach wood joists to the pedestal through tab on top using galvanized screws

Can be stacked

Available with tabs in 1/8 in or 3/16 in

 

Joist Top Accessory needed to attach wood joists

Available with tabs in 1/8 in or 3/16 in

 

Joist Top Accessory needed to attach wood joists

Available with tabs in 1/8 in or 3/16 in

 

Joist Top Accessory needed to attach wood joists

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Choosing the Right Post Caps

Jul 19, 2018 3:32:26 PM | Posted in How-to Tips By Jaclyn

Deck Post Caps

Choosing the Right Post Caps

DecksDirect stocks a huge variety of post caps in popular colors, sizes, materials, and styles for any home. Whether you want your post caps to make a statement or simply protect your posts, we can help you find the perfect post caps for your project.

From Metal Post Caps to Wood Post Caps, or even Composite and Vinyl Post Caps, DecksDirect has is all. With the wide assortment of choices, deciding what type of post cap is perfect for you can seem like a daunting task.


Types of Post Caps


 

Metal Post Caps

Metal Post Caps

Building a railing with a combination of wood posts and metal railing infills is a popular way to mix old and new styles. Using metal post caps are a great way to protect your posts while adding a hint of detail. Available in sizes from 2 in to 9-⅝ in, metal post caps can be used on virtually any type of post. With metal post caps available in flat-top, pyramids, or ball-tops, you can get the best look for your deck. We carry metal post caps in many different finishes to match your railing and the rest of your deck. We even carry a few copper and stainless steel options to truly make your posts stand out.

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Wood Post Caps

Wood Post Caps

Top off your classic wood railing with wood post caps from DecksDirect. Wood post caps are a great way to protect the ends of your posts from moisture and rot while maintaining a consistent look throughout your entire railing. Available in many different styles and in either cedar or pressure treated lumber, wood post caps sustain the integrity and life of your deck. Available in sizes from 3-½” to 9-⅝”, wood post caps offer a stately design without overpowering the rest of your railing.

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Composite and Vinyl Post Caps

Composite and Vinyl Post Caps

Complete a new or existing wood, composite, or vinyl railing system without the weight of metal by using composite or vinyl post caps. Composite and vinyl post caps are great options for low-maintenance and stylish post toppers. Choose from several different colors and styles, perfect for your railing. Use composite or vinyl post caps on either wood, composite, or vinyl posts for an effortless and clean look for your railing. Available in sizes from 2" to 6-⅝ ",

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With the wide variety of post caps available from DecksDirect, find the best style and type for your project. 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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Get A Quote

Feb 6, 2018 10:04:16 AM | Posted in How-to Tips By Jaclyn

Get a Quote

Did you know that DecksDirect provides free design consultations? We are here to help throughout your entire deck experience, including the early planning stages. Our specialists can help you design your dream deck and provide you with accurate measurements, drawings, and prices to make purchasing simple and quick.

FILL OUT OUR QUOTE FORM

Let us know how to reach you so that you can benefit from our free services that include:

  • A call from a real person within one hour
  • Pricing and material selection support
  • Full project design and layout guidance
  • Conceptual rendering and complete takeoffs

 

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With a quote, you're one step closer to finding your perfect railing, lighting, or drainage solution for you and your next deck!

Please note: Our specialists are available Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CST. We respond the next business day to requests submitted outside of operating hours.

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