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DecksDirect Pro Tip: Know Your Warranty

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

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

Know Your Warranty: AFCO Pro

A low-maintenance aluminum railing with high-quality coverage


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

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

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

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

If at any point in your project you have any questions, feel free to give our deck experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com.

 

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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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Winter-Proofing Your Deck 2018

Dec 06, 2018 | Posted in How-to Tips By Jamie B.

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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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Gift Guide 2018

Nov 15, 2018 | 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hold It Mate

Nov 06, 2018 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jamie B.

Hold It Mate Mounting Rails

Start Deck-orating with Hold It Mate Rails

One of the major perks of working at DecksDirect is checking out the latest deck developments. Every year new products are introduced, and once in a while, a product comes out and completely blows us out of the water! One of the coolest new innovations this year is also remarkably simple, the Hold It Mate Rail system. Add planter boxes and flower baskets to your deck without covering the handrail or taking up precious floor space with the Hold It Mate Rail System.

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The system contains everything needed for installation and can be mounted in seconds. The Hold It Mate system connects directly to your vertical balusters, allowing you to design a space that fits your deck atmosphere while making the most of your unused space. Simply position the rail at the height you desire on your balusters, make sure the rails on the back are horizontal against the spindles, and then tighten the through bolt with the included Allen Wrench. Once mounted, snap on the accessories of your choice to put your open space to good use! Accessories can be attached on both sides of the rail to maximize your options.

What’s even cooler? After installing the pieces, hang or set your planters or flower boxes to make the rail virtually vanish behind your gorgeous blooms and plants.

Key Features

  • Easy 2-part system, no extra tools required
  • 6", 20", and 36" rail lengths available
  • Absolutely no damage done to existing railing
  • Durable steel with powder coated black finish
  • Completely customizable, mix and match the attachments you want

 


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Bracket Accessories

Brackets by Hold It Mate

A superb way to get the most out of your deck, Brackets By Hold It Mate allow you to showcase your blossoming planter boxes, craft a gorgeous drink table, or set up sturdy shelving that won't take up precious floor space or blow over in the wind.

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Ring Accessories

Ring Accessories by Hold It Mate

Easily attach Rings by Hold It Mate to adorn your railing with floating flower baskets, a simple herb garden, or even as a water bowl holder for your four-legged friends. Add as many or few as you like to highlight your favorite areas or gain a bit more privacy in your outdoor space.

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Extension Hook Accessory

Extension Hook by Hold It Mate

For a brilliant way to spruce up your deck both inside and out, Extension Hooks by Hold It Mate give finishing details no matter the look. Angling up and away 15" from your deck, Extension Hooks are a great opportunity to add hanging flower baskets, bird feeders, or seasonal decor.

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Tool Hook Accessory

Tool Hook by Hold It Mate

Keep your deck tidy and your tools together in one spot. The Tool Hook Accessory hangs your items in one secure spot to make clutter a thing of the past. Gardening tools, grilling utensils, or even late night flashlights; no more wondering where your things are with Hold It Mate.

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Deck of the Month Winner - January 2018

Jan 10, 2018 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jaclyn

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Congratulations to Joe F. from Moneta, Virgina for winning our first Deck of the Month contest of the 2018 year! He took his falling wooden railing and updated it with the Feeney CableRail System. He updated with new wood posts, and drilled holes into them to run his CableRail through. Joe spaced out his posts and used Intermediate Pickets to stabilize the cable.

Check out what Joe had to say about his project:

"I have a 42' span of deck overlooking a lake. There are 6 - 4x4 posts. I was advised to buy the Feeney cable system - 50'. I ran 8 cables. I had to demo original and that took the most time. Then I redesigned the wood rail using 5/4 6" top. The most challenging part of this work was drilling the 8 holes in each post. You have to get as accurate as possible. I used the median picket I purchased as a template. In retrospect I would suggest a laser light which would give better accuracy of the holes so they line up perfect. All in all I am very pleased with the outcome as it is a night and day difference in our view!"

Joe can now enoy his updated and safe railing overlooking his lake while sporting his new DecksDirect gear!

If you have a photo you would like to submit to our contest, simply post a photo to Instagram including the hashtag #DecksDirect OR submit a photo with a review on the appropriate product page. By doing so, you will be entered to win great prizes from our Deck of the Month Contest!

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OZCO Project Kits

Jan 09, 2018 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Jaclyn

OZCO Project Kits

OZCO Project Kits

OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties are the perfect “icing on the cake” for any outdoor project. They offer creative and innovative ways to anchor, connect, fasten, and finish, while also providing exceptional strength and support. DecksDirect offers easy OZCO Project Kits to make your project even easier. With just one simple click of "Add to Cart", you can add all of the hardware that you'd need to complete a pergola, pavilion, garden arbor, or mailbox post. Although we do not provide the lumber to go with your hardware, you can simply pick that up at your local lumberyard.

IRONWOOD VS. LAREDO SUNSET

The pergola, pavilion, and garden arbor project kits come with either Ironwood or Laredo Sunset hardware. These are the two different styles that OZCO offers in their hardware. They install and function exactly the same. The Ironwood has a flat top-topped striking look, and the Laredo Sunset has more of a rustic rounded top.


PAVILION PROJECT KITS

Bring your outdoor space to the next level with a beautiful pavilion. This 9.5' x 9.5' pavilion is held up by 8" x 8" posts anchored into the ground. 2" x 10" cedar beams frame the stunning structure, while the 4" x 6" cedar boards hold up the roof embellished with OZCO’s attractive exposed hardware.

 

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GARDEN ARBOR PROJECT KITS

Accent your yard with this attractive garden arbor. This garden arbor starts with 4" x 4" posts held in place by the sturdy OZCO post bases. Rail saddles compliment the base and hold up the decorative wood slats. Rafter clips hold up the roof, finishing up your new garden centerpiece.

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PERGOLA PROJECT KITS

A great way to enhance a cedar deck is with an eye-catching pergola. OZCO provides simple project plans for this outdoor living upgrade. The 12' x 16' deck pergola in this project plan begins with 6" x 6" cedar posts anchored firmly to the deck surface with our best-selling Post Base Kits. Cedar 2" x 10"s with 45-degree cuts make attractive beams which you'll anchor to the posts with Post to Beam Bolt Bracket Kits and Timber Bolts. The pergola also features 6" x 6" supports which reinforce the beams. Capping off the pergola are 2" x 6" cedar boards firmly affixed with strong Rafter Clips.

 

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MAILBOX PROJECT KIT

Laredo Sunset Estate Mailbox Post Project Kit

Take your curbside mailbox to the next level with galvanized, powder-coated steel connectors and accent pieces from OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties. Begin with standard cedar lumber, cut and chamfer according to the project specifications, then install the support post using the Ornamental Anchor Kit. Attach tie plates with 1-3/4" Timber Screws to make a sturdy connection between the vertical post and the horizontal wood cross members. Top with mailbox and accents of your choice. DecksDirect currently only offers the mailbox project kit in the Laredo Sunset style.

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OZCO PROJECT KITS

With any of these easy to follow OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties Project Kits, and DecksDirect's completely fast shipping, you can be lounging under your project sooner than you think. Simply add all of the project products to your cart, and you'll be ready to go.

Because we are 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, even if you have just a few simple questions, 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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The DecksDirect Difference

Jan 02, 2018 | Posted in Messages and News By Jaclyn

The DecksDirect Difference

Here at DecksDirect, we are passionate about decks. It's what we do, and we do it well. DecksDirect was founded in 2003 for the do-it-yourselfer and the professional builder. We care about your deck building experience, and want to help you build the best deck for your family or client. Whether you are a new DIY-er or a deck-building pro, we hope to share our passion and knowledge with you.

In order to achieve our mission of helping people build better decks, we rely on The DecksDirect Difference all day, everyday.

  • Real People, Real Service: Behind our fancy website is a team of real people who care about what we do. The team strives to exceed your expectations by providing honest, accurate, and friendly service that our customers can trust.
  • Completely Fast: We know how important your deck project is and we do everything in our power to get it started and finished quickly. From the first time we greet you to the moment we get your order out the door, speed is one of our top priorities.
  • Improving the Deck Experience: At DecksDirect, we see a deck as much more than a few planks of wood in your backyard. It's bigger than the materials you choose or products you buy. Your deck is a lifestyle, and we want to help you feel good about the entire process, from putting the pieces together to making memories on it for years to come.

 

Just like a deck, we know we are only as good as our parts. In order to best serve our customers, we help our team members grow through our core values. From product knowledge sessions to attending fun events, DecksDirect team members are passionate about helping people build better decks, but also know how to have fun. The focus we put on our core values shines through in our work everyday.

  • Experience: Service the customer first
  • Integrity: Do the right thing
  • Lead: It all begins with self
  • Passion: Deliver excellence every day
  • Drive: Maintain an edge above the rest

 

There are tons of ways DecksDirect strives to go above and beyond to provide our customers with the best deck experience possible. Learn more about the team and what we do here.

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