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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 hello@decksdirect.com.


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Beautiful black KeyLink Horizontal Cable Railing on an oceanview deck

Choose KeyLink Cable Railing for an Eye-Opening View

Aluminum and Stainless Steel cable let your backyard shine

Whether you're living oceanside, or bundled up in the mountains, usually your favorite thing about your home is where it's located! Here at DecksDirect we believe in enjoying and soaking up the natural surroundings around you as much as you can, that's why we're pleased to showcase two distinct cable railing options from KeyLink. The strength and security of powder-coated aluminum posts and rails meet the subtlety of 1/8 inch thick stainless steel cable to create a railing that protects your friends and family as well as your view!

Choose from Horizontal or Vertical Cable Infill

Cable deck railings are growing in popularity year after year thanks to its ability to both protect your family, friends, and pets from any spills or falls while also letting your natural landscape be the star. Both KeyLink systems are created with thick, durable powder-coated aluminum posts, rails, and brackets and feature a thin 316 grade stainless steel infill. Both the horizontal and vertical KeyLink systems showcase hidden cable fittings and hardware for a clean concealed look that also shields your material from water, dirt, and debris.

Enjoy the beauty of your backyard with KeyLink Horizontal Cable Railing system For a modern look that virtually disappears from view, choose KeyLink Vertical Cable Railing

The KeyLink Horizontal Cable system has a first-of-its-kind Corner post that allows for cable to pass through a 90 degree turn easily eliminating the need to double-post corners or start and stop runs. The pre-drilled posts and intermediate pickets ensure a quick, straightforward installation no matter your skill level.

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For an amazing look that you can arrives to you with pre-installed cables, the KeyLink Vertical Cable Railing line delivers. Simply trim your rails to length, pull top and bottom rails apart, and add intermediate balusters where needed for a gorgeous cable system in no time.

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Not sure what style you like the best? Take a look through our KeyLink Cable Railing Image Gallery to find some deck inspiration and get started on your project today!


DecksDirect is here to help you get the best looking deck in the neighborhood, hassle-free. We strive to provide an honest, accurate, and friendly service that you can rely upon. 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.

Because when your deck looks good; we all look good. DecksDirect; helping people build better decks.

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Deck Of The Month Winner - January 2019

Jan 17, 2019 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jamie B.

Easy to install Westbury Riviera is a beautiful powder coated aluminum deck railing system

Starting the New Year Off Right

Deck of the Month Winner for January!


Congratulations to Emilio from Virginia on a beautiful job done well and for winning the first Deck of the Month contest in 2019! Emilio installed the gorgeous Westbury Riviera Railing to help this deck stand out on the block. Durable powder coated aluminum ensures a long-lasting and vibrant railing year after year, while the stylish mid-rail design catches all the neighbors' eyes.

The gorgeous Textured Black finish really pops against the lovely stone and concrete backdrop of the front opening. When installing railing and posts onto cement, stone, or masonry like Emilio; we recommend using a thick structural screw such as the Caliburn XL Concrete Screw by GRK. These screws feature a patented thread design which drives into stone material easier and are Climatek coated for high corrosion resistance.

Thanks Emilio for sharing your project photos with us; we'll be sending some DecksDirect swag your way! 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.

Finding the perfect metal railing system to complete your home has never been easier than Westbury Aluminum Railings. A wide range of infill styles, designs, and finishes allow you endless options to complete your outdoor space. Browse through now to find the look that fits your home.


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Holiday Hours 2018

Dec 20, 2018 | 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.

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Deck Of The Month Winner - December 2018

Dec 13, 2018 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jamie B.

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Traditional Face-Mount Balusters by Deckorators
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Traditional Face-Mount Balusters by Deckorators

Deck of the Month Winner for December!

Congratulations and kudos to Sean of Decks by Decker Home Improvments for winning the last Deck of the Month contest for 2018! He used Traditional Face-Mount Aluminum Balusters by Deckorators and some fresh stain to breathe new life into this beautiful two-level deck. Deckorators' Traditional Face-Mount Aluminum Balusters give a strong and stunning effect against that deep wood grain.

We'd recommend using a healthy Penetrating Oil or Wood Stain, such as those by Penofin or Messmer's to keep your natural wood decking and railing as beautiful as the day it was installed.

Thanks again to Sean for sharing his photos with us! You can check out more of Sean's projects online at Decks By Decker Home Improvements. 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.

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Winter-Proofing Your Deck 2018

Dec 06, 2018 | 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.

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Zipup UnderDeck System

Double Your Deck Space with ZipUp UnderDeck

Are you getting the most out of your deck? Most people focus on using their deck, but forget about all of that space underneath that can also be utilized- even in the poorest weather conditions. The ZipUp UnderDeck system consists of five simple steps and can be completed by a homeowner with common tools. Lightweight yet durable PVC components lock together for a water-tight seal, yet all or part of the system can easily be removed without special tools.

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A Relaxing Outdoor Lounge

A Relaxing Outdoor Lounge

Who says you need to be on vacation to sit back and relax? An outdoor seating area is a great place to kick back and relax with friends and family.
(Above Photo courtesy of Trex)

A Sophisticated Outdoor Bar

A Sophisticated Outdoor Bar

Why go out when you can enjoy drinks and food in your own backyard. Call your friends, cause rain or shine, this patio bar is always open.
(Above Photo courtesy of Trex)

 

A Mosquito Free Screened Porch

A Mosquito Free Screened Porch

You no longer have to worry about those pesky mosquitos, a screened in porch keeps the bugs away while letting the fresh air in.
(Above Photo courtesy of Trex)

An Outdoor Living Room

An Outdoor Living Room

Whether you are watching the big game or making smores, an outdoor living room complete with a fire-pit and TV is a great place for spending time.
(Above Photo courtesy of Trex)

 

A Fun Play Nook

A Fun Play Nook

Give your kids a dry place to play outside even when it's raining.
(Above Photo courtesy of Between 3 Sisters)

A Useful Storage Area

A Useful Storage Area

Everyone could use more storage space and now you can add storage without taking away any usable square footage inside your house.
(Above Photo courtesy of Panofish)

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