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Holiday Gift Guide

Nov 17, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Rachelle Gordon

Holiday deck gift guide

The holiday season is here and it’s time to start making a list and checking it twice. DecksDirect has tons of amazing products that any DIY’er would love to have. From post cap stocking stuffers to a whole new railing system, we have something for everyone. Check out our gift guide below to find that perfect something for your special someone!

Gifts Under $50


camo marksman pro tool

Camo Marksman Pro - Price $37.89

The popular Camo Hidden Deck Fastening System creates a beautiful, fastener-free deck surface using any treated wood, hardwood, cedar, composite or PVC deck board. The Camo Marksman Pro tool is used to guide the Camo screws into the side of the deck board into the joist. No pre-drilling is necessary and the Camo Marksman Pro provides automatic 3/16" spacing between deck boards. Please note that Camo Marksman tools are designed for use with Camo Hidden Fasteners only.

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amhurst post caps

Amherst Inset Demi-Top Post Cap by Acorn Deck Products - Starting at $12.99

Acorn Post Caps offer timeless beauty, and are handcrafted in the USA out of solid wood blocks. Fun fact - Acorn employs Santa’s elves in the off season to build these caps! The Amherst Inset Demi-Top Post Cap has a simple scallop base that slides over the deck post - make sure to measure posts carefully to ensure a snug fit. These caps are available in cedar or pressure-treated pine, and need to be treated with wood oil prior to installation. Give the gift of quality American craftsmanship with post caps from Acorn.

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penofin cedar oil

DecksDirect Cedar Oil by Penofin - Price $49.60

Penofin Cedar Oil is specially designed to increase the natural beauty of cedar decking while also protecting it from UV rays, and is available exclusively through DecksDirect. This one-coat formula contains Brazilian Rosewood Oil that coats wood fibers to enhance the color and protect from the elements, including mold and mildew. With proper application, Penofin Cedar Oil will perform for 9-24 months on horizontal surfaces and 2-5 years on vertical surfaces. Whoever receives this gift will be enjoying the rich tones of their cedar decking all year long!

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ornamental accent

Ornamental Accent by OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties - Starting at $39.99

Gift the gift of pure beauty with an Ornamental Accent by OZCO. These galvanized steel accents can be used on any fence or gate and offer exquisite craftsmanship that cannot be matched. The powder-coated finish will protect against rust and corrosion. These accent pieces can be installed as a surface mount over wood or as a cut out, providing a view to the other side. Available in four unique designs, an Ornamental Accent by OZCO would be a welcome gift for any home owner or builder.

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Gifts Under $100


pheinox screws

Pheinox RSS Stainless Steel Screws By GRK Fasteners - Starting at $91.10

For no-nonsense types who appreciate well-designed essentials, the Pheinox RSS Stainless Steel Screws from GRK are the perfect choice. These lag-screw alternatives require no pre-drilling and are made of hardened 305-grade stainless steel, meaning they are perfect for both interior and exterior use. The Pheinox RSS screws feature a  built-in washer head that doesn't have sharp edges and a six-threaded CEE thread that reduces the likelihood of splitting because it enlarges the hole.

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ipe wood tiles

IPE Wood Tiles by Bison - Starting at $60.99 

IPE Wood Tiles by Bison are a great gift for those who wish to achieve the natural beauty of real wood without the hassle. These pre-assembled tiles can be used as roof pavers on deck pedestals, over concrete patio, or practically anywhere the look and feel of a deck is wanted. IPE, a Brazilian hardwood, is sourced sustainably, making it perfect for the eco-conscious friend or family member on your list. IPE can be treated with wood oil to preserve and enhance the original color of the tiles or it can be left untreated to develop a natural grey/silver finish.

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westbury handrail

Aluminum Secondary Handrail by Westbury - Starting at $53.99

Offer the gift of safety and security with an aluminum handrail from Westbury. The company offers ADA-compliant continuous handrail components in the same durable and attractive finishes as their Tuscany rail kits. Secondary handrails can be customized to meet the needs of each individual with several different options for optimal performance.

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penofin verde

0 VOC Verde Interior/Exterior Penetrating Oil by Penofin - Gallon Price $55.70

For a quality stain that is odor-free, Penofin Verde Interior/Exterior Formula is an excellent option. Available in 21 brilliant colors, this quality oil finish offers 99% UV ray protection and can be used both indoors and outdoors. The finish has 0 VOC, meaning it’s safe for families and pets indoors or out, Penofin Verde uses vegetable- and plant-based ingredients rather than petroleum by-products. Apply it on decking, rails, wood furniture and more for an amazing yet eco-friendly look.

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Gifts Under $200


slatestone post cover

SlateStone Post Cover by NextStone - Price $112.99

Enhance the look of any deck using SlateStone Post Covers. These durable post covers provide the look of realistic stone without the work. Made from composite polyurethane, SlateStone post covers from NextStone are easy to install and maintain. The covers use exterior construction adhesive - no stonework required! A great gift for anyone looking to increase the aesthetic value of their deck or fence, the SlateStone Post Cover comes in six attractive colors - pick your favorite today.

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bettervue screen roll

Increased Visibility Screen by BetterVue - Starting at $174.99

Create an outdoor oasis without inviting in unwanted pests with the Increased Visibility Screen by BetterVue. This innovative product provides a premium alternative to fiberglass screen and is made from permanent glass yarn coated with vinyl. The screen can be used with ScreenEZE® framing components for easy installation. Give the nature lover in your life the chance to enjoy the great outdoors without bugs or rain getting in their way.

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larkin estate post cap light

Larkin Estate Post Cap Deck Light by Kichler - Price $180.60

Post cap lights are a great way to add illumination and ambience to any deck or fence and the Larkin Estate post cap light is no exception. This exquisitely designed light features an attractive dark bronze color and umber-etched glass. The Larkin Estate fits a standard 4x4 post or use the included post adapter to allow for use with a 6x6 post as well. This impressive post cap light would make a great gift for any homeowner with discerning taste.

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evolve insert panel

Level Aluminum Insert Panel by Evolve Rail System - Starting at $173.99

The Evolve Rail System is the perfect marriage of strength, safety, and beauty and would make an excellent gift for anyone needing a railing upgrade. The Level Aluminum Insert Panels can be configured with ease, offering the polished look of metal balusters but without the hard work. The Evolve panels include a built-in ⅛” spacer for drainage, making maintenance a breeze. Choose from black, bronze, or white and create an attractive railing system that is sure to impress.

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Gifts Over $200


tigerclaw pneumatic gun kit

TigerClaw Pneumatic Gun and Hidden Fasteners Kit - Price $953.96

TigerClaw hidden fasteners are some of the most sought-after deck screws in the business, and this special bundle package is sure to delight any builder or DIY fan. Included are two boxes of NailScrews, two gun pails, and a FREE installation gun! That is nearly $300 in savings! Eliminate unsightly screws from view with the TigerClaw hidden fastener system - you (and your loved ones) will be glad you did.

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zipup underdeck

Zip-Up Underdeck Drainage System - Price Varies by Deck Size

Utilize the space beneath an elevated deck with the Zip-Up UnderDeck system! Lightweight PVC components create a watertight seal, offering a new way to enjoy the outdoors. Zip-Up Underdeck can be installed with five simple steps, using common household tools. This drainage system is configurable to any size deck’ it’s vital to get clear measurements before ordering the different components. Create another space to enjoy nature with the Zip-Up UnderDeck Drainage System - it’s easy!

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westbury verticable

VertiCable Level Rail Section by Westbury - Starting at $298.99

Do you want to enjoy your beautiful view without deck railing getting in the way? The innovative VertiCable railing system from Westbury is the answer. This railing system uses stainless steel cable infill with aluminum rails, offering an unobstructed view with little maintenance required. Installation is extremely easy, as VertiCable kits arrive 95% assembled. This durable and attractive system is available in three gorgeous colors and two heights, so it would make a great addition to virtually any property.

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dekor recessed step lighting

Dekor Millennium Recessed LED Lighting Kit - Price $219.99

Recessed step lights are an excellent way to increase safety and beauty and the Millennium model from Dekor is a great choice. These energy-efficient lights are easy to install and look amazing when illuminated. The lights are available in four gorgeous colors, meaning you’ll find the perfect fit for anyone. They'll produce 100,000 hours of light – which means 8 hours a day, all year long, for 34 years - it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

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Halloween is Almost Here

Oct 25, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Rachelle Gordon

Halloween Blog Post

Halloween is Almost Here!

All Hallow’s Eve, also known as Halloween, is right around the corner. Children and adults alike are busy picking out the perfect costumes, decorations, and of course - candy! This holiday has become one of the most popular in the United States, with families spending billions of dollars each year on masks, face paint, and even costumes for pets. Read on to learn more about this hair-raising holiday.
Halloween has existed in some form for hundreds of years, and is believed to be rooted in early Pagan beliefs. Most historians believe the holiday is linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, which comes from the Old Irish term for “summer’s end.” Today’s Halloween customs are thought to be influenced by Christian dogma, as it falls the evening before All Hallow’s Day, which is a day to honor and celebrate saints and spirits ascending to heaven.
Halloween as we know it today emerged in the early 20th century; the tradition of trick-or-treating became popular in the 1930s. It was around this time that companies began mass producing costumes. In 1974, the annual New York Halloween Parade was founded. The event has grown to be one of the most-popular in the United States, with nearly 2 million spectators lining the route each year.
Halloween Around the World
The traditions and importance of Halloween vary greatly among countries that observe it. In Scotland and Ireland, traditional Halloween customs include children dressing up in costume and holding parties, while other practices in Ireland include lighting bonfires and having fireworks displays. The Chinese celebrate the "Hungry Ghost Festival" in mid-July, when it is customary to float river lanterns to remember those who have died. And while trick-or-treating has become popular in the Philippines, most people engage in a tradition called Pangangaluluwâ, where people go in groups door-to-door to offer a song in exchange for money or food.
Happy Halloween from the entire team at DecksDirect! Have fun and stay safe!

Trex RainEscape

Oct 20, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Rachelle Gordon

Trex RainEscape Blog

A second-story deck offers a wonderful and relaxing place to enjoy the great outdoors, but what about the space below? Turn your under-deck area into a liveable spot by installing the Trex RainEscape Deck Drainage System! This innovative system keeps the space below your second-story deck dry by channeling rainwater out. Protect your patio and the floor joists of your elevated deck with ease - you’ll be able to sit outside rain or shine! Keep in mind that the Trex RainEscape is for new builds and must be installed before laying your deck boards.

How it Works

RainEscape uses high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) material that acts as a trough between the joists and deck boards. Water travels through the trough to downspouts on the edge of the deck, keeping joists and the space below dry. The RainEscape system is designed with function in mind, allowing for the installation of fans, speakers, or other electronics.


The Trex RainEscape system is easy to install and blends seamlessly with your upper-level deck. This system needs to be installed prior to laying your deck boards. Post flashing is available for 4x4 wood posts, which is a collar that fits snug to further prevent moisture penetration. The HDPE trough material goes on top of the joists and can be secured using caulk,  butyl tape, or staples (sold separately). Downspouts should be placed at the end of the troughs in order to expel water away from the board and into your gutter. After the system is fully installed, deck boards are then attached to the joists as usual. The Trex RainEscape system fits both 12” and 16” joist spacing and is easily modified to fit 24” and non-standard joist spacing.

The Trex RainEscape Deck Drainage System is an excellent way to prevent rotting from moisture while expanding your outdoor living space to the under-deck area of your home. Please note, this system can only be used for new projects; it cannot be installed on an existing deck. The Trex RainEscape system is available now at DecksDirect - contact us today for more information and to get a free estimate!



Westbury Aluminum Railing

Oct 13, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Rachelle Gordon

Westbury Aluminum Railing

Westbury Aluminum Railing is an industry leader in durable railing and outdoor lighting solutions. A division of Digger Specialties Inc., Westbury has over 30 years of experience in the building industry. The company is dedicated to developing high quality, attractive, and affordable deck components that are built to last. From cable railing systems to post cap lights, Westbury has what you need to complete your next deck project.

Railing Systems

DecksDirect carries many of Westbury’s staple railing systems, which are available in a wide variety of colors, materials, and styles. The VertiCable line combines stainless steel cable infill with aluminum rails, creating a safe and secure railing system that does not compromise your view. The Tuscany line is equally impressive, featuring sturdy square baluster infill. There is even an additional drink rail adapter available for purchase in order to create a great space for your favorite beverage to rest while you’re enjoying the great outdoors. ADA-compliant secondary handrails are also available separately if needed.

The Montego line offers an upscale look through its curved balusters, an innovative and fresh design that architectural fans will adore. The unique shape of the balusters creates a certain distinction for your property that is sure to impress. If glass panels are more to your liking, the Veranda rail line is perfect. Reveal the view beyond the deck by combining tempered glass panels (not sold by DecksDirect) with the two-rail design of the Veranda system.

Post Caps

Westbury also offers coordinating post caps for their railing systems, in both lit and unlit styles. The unlit post cap comes in four unique finishes and offers a sleek look for any deck. The Titan post cap light is a low-voltage lighting solution that produces a warm white glow from an internal 18-watt bulb. Post caps come in a variety of sizes, so it is vital to measure your post carefully before ordering.

For a different look, the Magena Star Mini Vega LED Light is an excellent choice. This rail light can be used with the Tuscany, Montego, Riviera or Veranda rail systems. This 12-volt light can be easily installed on rail posts via its self-tapping screw. This durable aluminum-cased LED is available in three premium colors, so you’re sure to get a perfect match.


Expand your outdoor living space on a second-story deck without the risk of bugs invading by installing ScreenRail railing. This innovative system eliminates the chance of pests entering your space by utilizing a stretchable and long-lasting screen to the spaces above, below, and between railing and balusters. ScreenRail has the same classic appearance of other Westbury railing systems, but with recesses in the top and bottom rails for screen material.

Westbury Aluminum Railing, from Digger Specialties Inc., produces some of the finest railing systems available. Their durable and stylish railing kits, balusters, and post caps are sure to impress - check them out now on DecksDirect!


Rejuvenate Your Deck with Penofin RenewAll

Sep 21, 2016 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Rachelle Gordon

Penofin Renewal Blog


Looking for a way to improve the natural beauty of your wood deck boards while protecting them from the elements? RenewAll from Penofin is specially formulated to penetrate wood grain, preventing damage from UV rays, rain and snow. Give your deck a makeover that will increase its aesthetic value, all while strengthening its durability.

Penofin Renewall

Penofin RenewAll features an innovative elastomeric resin system with premium flexibility and adhesion. This formula smooths rough surfaces and keeps splinters at bay; it can also fill cracks up to ¼”. RenewAll creates a non-skid surface and meets both ADA & OSHA slip resistance standards, making your deck or patio safer.

Before applying RenewAll, it’s important to prep your deck boards. If there are any severely damaged or rotting deck boards, remove these first. Then, rid dirt and grime from your deck using a specialized cleaning formula, such as Penofin Pro-Tech Cleaner. Ensure all cleaning solution has been removed and the deck boards are dry before applying RenewAll. Apply one coat of RenewAll evenly across your deck boards, allowing it to dry for 4-6 hours before applying a second coat.

Rejuvenate your deck today with Penofin RenewAll. This innovative formula is available in six rich colors, meaning you’re sure to find the perfect match for your home. Remember that RenewAll is for outdoor applications only and works well for both wood and concrete. Breathe new life into your deck with Penofin RenewAll, available right here at DecksDirect!

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Fall Deck Prep Tips

Sep 08, 2016 | Posted in How-to Tips By Rachelle Gordon

Fall deck prep

With the end of summer looming and kids getting ready to head back to school, it’s time to start thinking ahead to fall and winter. This is especially true for your deck, particularly if you live in an area with a cold climate and lots of snow. These harsh elements can wreak havoc on wood, and can cause splitting, fading, and degradation. Read on for some tips on how to prep your deck before fall arrives.

Clean the Deck Properly

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, particularly when it comes to your deck. Ground-in dirt and food stains can be problematic for wood, so a thorough cleaning before the cold comes is imperative. Messmer’s Liquid Cleaner is a great option as it both cleanses and brightens wood in one easy step. For a more in-depth cleaning, try Penofin Pro-Tech Complete Wood Care. This three-step system helps to strip wood, cleanse, and brighten and is perfect for any budget. It is vital to clean and brighten before applying stain, otherwise tannin stains may develop. These are unsightly black dots that occur when wood is not ready to receive finishing oil.

Seal and Protect

Once your deck is clean and dry, it is vital to apply a water-resistant sealant in order to defend against snow, sleet, rain, and ice. Wood left untreated could be susceptible to water entering the fibers of the wood, which can lead to cracking, warping, and splitting. Fortunately, offers several quality finishing oils meant to seal and protect. NatureBlend One Step Deck Finish by Structures Wood Care is a one-coat, semi-transparent finish available in three colors to enhance and shield wood from the elements. Penofin Cedar Oil is derived from Brazilian Rosewood Oil that coats individual wood fibers in order to safeguard against mold, mildew, and fading - and is only available here at!

Inspect for Damage

Doing a deck safety check at the end of the summer is very important, even if you do not use the area during the colder months. By checking for wear and tear, you can help prevent small problems from becoming big ones once spring arrives. Check hardware for any signs of rust, ensure ledger boards are properly connected, and inspect all support posts to make sure they are functioning properly. Check out our list of deck safety tips for more ways to protect your deck.

Living in a cold climate makes you appreciate your time on the deck even more, so be pro-active and prevent Mother Nature from taking its toll - you’ll be glad you did.


The DSI Westbury Trailer is Coming!

Sep 07, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Rachelle Gordon

DSI Westbury Trailer


DecksDirect is proud to announce a very special visitor coming to our Minneapolis showroom. On Monday, September 12th, the Digger Specialties, Inc. trailer will be rolling over to DecksDirect in all its splendor. This large trailer showcases some of DSI’s most impressive products, including the many styles of Westbury aluminum railing. The trailer will be at our showroom from 10am-12pm - there will be free coffee and donuts available, so don’t miss out!

Westbury Aluminum Railing

For an elegant and durable aluminum railing solution, Westbury is a perfect option. With a variety of designs, colors, and finishes to choose from, you’re sure to find the right fit for any deck. There are several options for infill types and top rails - you can even get a flat drink rail adapter kit specially designed to house your favorite beverage! Westbury also offers innovative lighting and post caps to complete your railing system.

Don’t miss your chance to see the DSI trailer in action on September 12th, 2016 from 10am-12pm at our Minneapolis showroom.

Chat with experts, have a little treat, learn about great products, and pick up the supplies you need to complete your decking project. The DSI trailer will be here for one day only - make sure to stop by!


AFCO Closeout Sale!

Sep 07, 2016 | Posted in Messages and News By Rachelle Gordon

Afco Sale Blog

DecksDirect will no longer stock the AFCO 100, 125 and 200 Series products, so we’re offering the variety of AFCO products we have on hand at a reduced price for you. This offer applies to several baluster packs, post covers, stair railings, and gates. Quantities are limited, and once they’re gone, they’re gone - so act fast!

AFCO Industries

AFCO aluminum railing systems are easy-to-configure and built to last. Available in six gorgeous colors and several styles, there is a railing system for practically any deck. These railing systems are made in the USA, offering unbeatable quality and attention to detail.

Don’t miss your chance to nab some dependable and attractive AFCO railing components at a special discounted rate! Speak to one of our qualified railing specialists at 1-888-824-5316 for more information and pricing, or stop by our Minneapolis showroom. These discounts are only available while supplies last - contact us today!


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