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Memorial Day Hours - 2019

May 20, 2019 3:00:01 PM | Posted in Messages and News By Jamie B.

DecksDirect Showroom Hours for Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Have a Thoughtful Memorial Day Weekend from DecksDirect

Office & Showroom closed on Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th, 2019

DecksDirect wishes everyone a warm and beautiful Memorial Day weekend. Like you, we'll also be taking this long weekend off to be with our families as well as honor and remember those that served for us and our freedom. As a reminder, DecksDirect showroom will be closed on Sunday, May 26th, and Monday, May 27th. Shipping and fulfillment times will also reflect this national holiday. We will resume regular showroom hours on Tuesday, May 28th.

Sunday, May 26th: Closed

  • No FedEx Deliveries
  • No USPS Deliveries

 

Monday, May 27th: Closed

  • No FedEx Deliveries
  • No USPS Deliveries

 

Tuesday, May 28th: Back to Building Decks! 

  • FedEx Express – Open
  • FedEx Ground – Open
  • FedEx Home – Open

 

Please keep these dates in mind as you make your shipping plans. Feel free to contact the DecksDirect team with any questions at hello@decksdirect.com or give us a call at 1-888-824-5316. 

6 Cool Ways to Get Deck-Ready for Dads and Grads!

May 16, 2019 1:29:46 PM | Posted in Messages and News By Jamie B.

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 hello@decksdirect.com. We'd love to help get your deck or backyard project ready for a summer of fun and celebration. Let's get started today!

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How to Estimate Deck Materials

May 10, 2019 3:24:04 PM | 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 hello@decksdirect.com. We'd love to hear about the vision you have for your outdoor space and find you the products you need to create it.

Welcome to Deck Safety Month

May 1, 2019 4:25:15 PM | 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 hello@decksdirect.com to start laying out the look you want.

  • Top Deck Trend of 2019: Underdecking and Outdoor Rooms

    Mar 26, 2019 11:23:20 AM | Posted in Messages and News 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 Deck Design Trend of 2019: Deck Drainage Systems

    Protect Your Deck, Expand Your Home

    Want to take your deck to the next level this year? Check out the incredibly popular Under Deck Drainage trend that is sweeping the deck-building community this year. As families are growing and expanding, the majority of people are wishing they had more room in their home to both gather and spread out; store seasonal items or create a little place of their own.

    Rather than spend their hard-earned money enduring a multiple month-long home addition process, most deck owners are skipping the pain of extended construction and creating outdoor living spaces for their family and friends to enjoy together. With systems installing as simply as in a few hours, Under Deck Drainage systems create an entirely new lower-level room that will remain dry and clear throughout the year.

    So, cover up splintering old wooden joists and beams while gaining usable living space right outside your own home. Add an outdoor kitchen for backyard BBQs no matter the weather, or a cozy little nook to hide away from the hectic day; the choices and options are endless. The only question is: Which one is for me?

    Explore Underdecking Today




    What Deck Drainage System To Choose?

     

    The finished beadboard look that UpSide Deck Ceiling delivers blends with almost all architectural styles of home while keeping water and debris away from your home


    UpSide Deck Ceiling by Color Guard: Enjoy the nature and beauty of your backyard no matter the weather with UpSide Deck Ceiling. Durable and rugged PVC channels connect easily along the outside rims of your home to create a lower-level patio sure to be the envy of the neighborhood. Don't just gain a space, gain an entire room with the undeniable look of the installed UpSide system; available in coordinating white and tan finishes to help complete the look of your home and increase your curb appeal.

    Ideal for both new and existing decks. No other systems necessary for a complete, finished ceiling you'll love.

    Shop UpSide Deck Ceiling Today



     

    Trex RainEscape trough and downspout installation process

    Trex RainEscape Deck Drainage: Trusted and beloved by both contractors and homeowners alike, the Trex RainEscape Deck Drainage system is a fool-proof install that promises to keep your joists and underdeck dry and clear for years to come. Made from HDPE (High Density Polyethylene Plastic) the Trex RainEscape system can be installed in as little as three steps. Simply cover your joists with Trex RainEscape Butyl Tape, set downspouts in place, and attach your troughs between the joists using a staple gun or caulk.

    Trex RainEscape is offered for new deck construction only and is available in tan and black finishes to essentially disappear from view when on the deck. Complete the ceiling with a system of your choice for a polished look.

    Shop Trex RainEscape Today

     

     

    Zip-Up Under Deck Drainage System panel installation works quickly for a polished ceiling without extra tools or parts necessary

    Zip-Up Under Deck Drainage System: Protect your deck's substructure while enjoying a dry lower-level patio or deck with Zip-Up Under Deck Drainage System. Zip-Up Under Deck panels securely snap together to form a watertight seal that channels the water out and away from your home. Incredibly easy to understand and install, with Zip-Up Under Deck an entirely new room could be yours in an afternoon.

    The Zip-Up Under Deck system is available in premium white and beige finishes featuring either a serrated or pebble texture to complete the aesthetic of your home. Perfect to install on both new and existing decks.

    Shop Zip-Up Under Deck Today

    Holiday Hours 2018

    Dec 20, 2018 3:39:12 PM | Posted in Messages and News By Jamie B.

    Happy Holidays

    It's the most wonderful time of the year!

    DECK THE HALLS! It's been another beautiful deck-building year, and we're excited to ring it in! Everyone here at DecksDirect would love to wish you a healthy and happy holiday season!


    DecksDirect's regular hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CST. But we're going to take a day or two off to enjoy some egg nog and sugar cookies with our families. Here is our holiday schedule for our team followed by the organized schedules of our shipping partners; because we don't want anything left off your wishlist!

    DecksDirect Holiday Hours:

    Mon, December 24th

    CLOSED

    Tue, December 25

    CLOSED

    Wed, December 26th

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

    Thur, December 27th

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

    Fri, December 28th

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

    Mon, December 31st

    CLOSED

    Tue, January 1st

    CLOSED

    Wed, January 2

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

    Thur, January 3

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

    Fri, January 4

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

     

    Shipping Schedules:

    Christmas

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

     

    New Years

      FedEx Express FedEx Ground FedEx Home FedEx Freight USPS UPS
    Saturday, December 30 Closed Closed Open Closed Open Open
    Saturday, December 29th Open Closed Open Closed Open Open
    Sunday, December 30th Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
    Monday, December 31st Closed Open Closed Closed Open Open
    Tuesday, January 1st Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed


    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 hello@decksdirect.com or give us a call at 1-888-824-5316.

    Gift Guide 2018

    Nov 15, 2018 11:14:54 AM | Posted in Messages and News By Jamie B.


    There's snow-place like home and no better time than the holidays. Families and friends are together, mouth-watering food is everywhere, and we remember what matters to us the most. This season, get your favorite people gifts they can enjoy for years to come; the coolest new deck products and accessories ever. Buy for your practical father-in-law and daydreaming best friend all in one spot with DecksDirect, because who doesn't love a gorgeous deck? These incredible items are easy to install and even easier to love. So whether you're snowed in, or a snow-bird, this holiday season is the best time to remember our two favorite things: our loved ones, and decks.


    The Best Deck Gifts of 2018


     

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    Hold It Mate Mounting Rails and Accessories

    One of the most innovative and simple to use products of 2018, Hold It Mate has found a way to add storage and shelving without any damage to your rails! These rails attach directly to the vertical balusters to add utility without taking up floor space or damaging your railing. The perfect present for the budding gardener, master griller, or pet lovers in the family.

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    Deckorators Deck Rail Table

    A wonderful gift option for anyone wanting to add a stable flat-surface to their deck without the hassle of drilling and cutting, the Deckorators Deck Rail Table. Great to use as an outdoor worktable, or simply as a way to enjoy brunch outside with friends, this table can support up to 50 lbs for a secure space. Don't want the table up every day? Simply loosen the bolt to uninstall, and store until the next time it's needed.

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    OZCO Post Band and Accessories

    Who doesn't love a product that is both functional and stylish? OZCO's Post Band and Accessories are ideal tools to make the most out of your outdoor space. The band supports and protects posts from warping and splitting over time; while the accessories help you to enjoy a glass of wine, a cold beer, or lounge in your own personal hammock. A superb choice for those friends who just need to relax more.

    Shop OZCO Post Bands

     

     

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    Solar Post Caps

    Add brightness and illumination to any deck without the hassle of electricity and hiding wires with Solar Post Cap lights! A brilliant way to help keep guests free from trips and falls throughout the night, while making your outdoor space look as magical as can be. A lovely gift choice for anyone who could use just a little more light.

    Shop Solar Post Cap Lights

     

     

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    Barn Wood Accent Wall in a Box

    Add an impressive touch of decoration to any wall, inside or out, using the Barn Wood Accent Wall in a Box kit! The simple way to add a modern yet rustic look to your deck, den, or kitchen. Perfect for those friends and family members who love interior design and DIY projects; help them reel in the compliments with easy-to-use kit.

    Shop Barn Wood Accent Wall

     

     

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    Secondary Handrail

    Safety is always our first priority, and the best way to prevent an accident is to add sturdy secondary handrails to your staircase railings. These secondary handrails provide an extra graspable surface to help prevent slips and falls. Perfect for homes with grandparents and grandchildren alike; help keep everyone skinned-knee free with a secondary handrail.

    Shop Secondary Handrails

     

     

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    Baluster Accessories

    For those who love style and setting their home apart from the rest on the block, baluster accessories are a unique touch they're sure to love. With the ability to install as many or as few as you like, the patterns and design options are endless. Perfect for friends who like to make home a place all their own.

    Shop Baluster Accessories

     

    Got a question? Give us a call at 1-888-824-5316, or send an email to hello@decksdirect.com, our Deck Experts would love to help you out.

    Labor Day 2018 Shipping Schedule

    Aug 28, 2018 9:51:55 AM | Posted in Messages and News By Jaclyn

    DecksDirect Shipping Schedule for Labor Day 2018

    Happy Labor Day from DecksDirect

    DecksDirect will be closed Monday, September 4th, 2018 for Labor Day.

    DecksDirect wishes everyone a happy and relaxing Labor Day weekend. As a reminder, DecksDirect will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, and will resume regular hours on Tuesday the 4th. Shipping times will also be affected. 

    Saturday, September 1st:

    • FedEx Express – Open
    • FedEx Ground – Closed
    • FedEx Home – Open

     

    Sunday, September 2nd:

    • No FedEx Deliveries
    • No USPS Deliveries

     

    Monday, September 3rd: 

    • No FedEx Deliveries
    • No USPS Deliveries

     

    Tuesday, September 4th: 

    • FedEx Express – Open
    • FedEx Ground – Open
    • FedEx Home – Closed

     

    Please keep these dates in mind as you make your shipping plans. Feel free to contact the DecksDirect team with any questions at hello@decksdirect.com or give us a call at 1-888-824-5316. 

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