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Deck of the Month Winner - November 2017

Nov 07, 2017 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jaclyn Kueny

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Textured Face Mount Aluminum Balusters by DekPro and Premium Cast Flat Top Post Cap by Dekor
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Premium Cast Flat Top Post Cap by Dekor
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Fortress Accents Post Base Trim Cover
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Textured Face Mount Aluminum Balusters by DekPro

Congratulations to Gene from Kansas for winning our Deck of the Month contest for November! Gene can now enjoy his amazing back yard while relaxing on his new deck! He used Textured Face Mount Aluminum Balusters by DekPro. To complement his railing, Gene also used the Premium Cast Flat Top Post Cap by Dekor and the Post Base Trim Cover by Fortress Accents. Congrats Gene, we hope you enjoy your new DecksDirect swag!

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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Fortress AL13 Aluminum Panel Railing System

Jul 20, 2017 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Devin Crawford-Tufts

Fortress AL13 Aluminum Deck Railing System

Fortress AL13 Aluminum Panel Railing System

For the look of steel in a lightweight aluminum panelized system, Fortress AL13 Aluminum Railing is your go to. This high-quality aluminum railing is an excellent choice for patios, porches, and decks alike. The finishes in this railing system match perfectly with Fortress Accents' Deck Lighting components and offer the choice to add a decorative top rail for a distinctive touch.

Fortress AL13 Aluminum Deck Railing System

 

Key Features

 

  • Durable, Lightweight Aluminum
  • Customizable Top Rail
  • Glass Infill Options Available
  • Three Color Options (Gloss Black, Gloss White, & Black Sand)

 

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The Basics


 

The Fortress AL13 Railing System is a simple 4-part railing system with the option to add additional accessories and decorative additions. Our AL13 Aluminum Rail Installation Guide will help you install your railing correct the first time.

 

Fortress AL13 Aluminum Deck Railing System Componenets

 

 

Step 1 - AL13 Aluminum Post

AL13 Aluminum Post by FortressThe AL13 Aluminum Post by Fortress is a 3 x 3 inch aluminum post with a solid welded base. These posts are available in a 39-1/2 inch and 45-1/2 inch heights and three powder-coated finishes, Gloss Black, Gloss White, and Black Sand. Each AL13 aluminum post purchase includes the post, one post base cover, and one base plate barrier (placed between post base and deck surface)

 

 

 

Step 2 - Post Cap

Flat Pyramid Post Cap by Fortress AccentsStep 2 is where you will make a decision on what style of post cap you want to use. In order to stay within the Fortress line of products, DecksDirect offers the Flat Pyramid Post Cap by Fortress Accents and the AL13 Aluminum Post Cap by Fortress. Both of these post caps are available in the same color finishes as the rest of the Fortress AL13 products and will also fit the 3 x 3 inch AL13 aluminum post. Both of these post caps include two set screws and an allen wrench for installation. DecksDirect also has a wide variety of post caps in different material types in both lit and unlit varieties, so definitely feel free to go with something completely your own as well.

 

 

Step 3 - AL13 Traditional Prefabricated Aluminum Panels

AL13 Traditinoal Prefabricated Aluminum PanelNow you decide if you want to use the AL13 Traditional Prefabricated Aluminum Panel by Fortress for level railing, the AL13 Traditional Adjustable Aluminum Stair Panel by Fortress for stair railing, or both if you're installing both level and stair railing. Both level and stair railings are available in gloss black, gloss white, and black sand with rail height choices of 34-inches or 40-inches. With level railing, you have the choice of 6-foot or 8-foot railing lengths (nominal - on center measurements) but with stair railing, you only have the option for 8-foot sections.

 

 

 

Step 4A - AL13 Evolve External Rail Bracket

AL13 Evolve External Rail Bracket by FortressStep 4 is where you will decide the style of railing bracket you want to use with your railing system. The AL13 Evolve External Rail Brackets are available in packs of four in your choice of three different colors, gloss black, black sand, or gloss white. Each pack includes the four brackets, eight 2-1/2-inch wood screws, and twelve 3/4-inch thread cutting metal screws. You also have the choice of a standard bracket, adjustable stair bracket (up/down) that accommodates 0-45°, or angle brackets that accommodate angles from 0° to 45°.

 

 

 

Step 4B - AL13 Evolve Internal Rail Bracket

AL13 Evolve External Rail Bracket by FortressThe AL13 Evolve Internal Rail Bracket by Fortress is the simplest way to install level sections of AL13 rail panels. Just like the AL13 evolve external rail brackets above, the internal rail brackets are available in gloss black, gloss white, and black sand and come in packs of four. The internal rail brackets only include the one bracket and are only for use with level, straight AL13 rail panels.

 

 

 

 


Customizations & Additional Options


 

The Fortress AL13 Aluminum Panel Railing System has a few additional customization options that are available.

 

Step 5A - AL13 Accent Top Panel

AL13 Accent Top Panel by FortressFortress' AL13 Accent Top Panels are a fantastic way to accessorize your AL13 panel. You have your choice of four top rail styles - the colonial flat accent top to add an architectural design, the ring top, circle top, or 3 rail accent. The ring top, circle top, and 3 rail accent top panel require 45-1/2 inch posts, 34-inch rail panel height, and the AL13 Evolve Large External Rail Brackets for Accent Panels. This would make your total installed railing height 42-1/2 inches (This includes a 3-1/2 inch space between deck surface and bottom edge of bottom rail).

 

 

Step 5A - AL13 Evolve Large External Rail Brackets For Accent Panels

AL13 Evolve Large External Rail Bracket for Accent PanelsAL13 Evolve Large External Rail Brackets for Accent Panels are what connects your accent top panel and prefabricated aluminum panel to your post. Installing a top accent panel is not possible without these brackets. These brackets come in four packs and only include the bracket with purchase.

 

 

 

 

Step 5B - AL13 Cap Rail Clip

AL13 Cap Rail Clip by FortressIn order to incorporate a wood or composite top cap rail into your aluminum railing system, you will need the AL13 Cap Rail Clip by Fortress. Installation is fast and easy as each purchase includes four rail clips and eight color-matched installation screws. You need one clip for every four feet in order to ensure a secure installation. These cap rail clips are available in gloss black, black sand, and gloss white.

 

 

 

 

Step 6A - AL13 Support Block

AL13 Support Block by FortressIf you're worried that your railing won't have enough support or if you notice your railing is sagging then we recommend purchasing the AL13 Support Blocks by Fortress.They're available in the same finishes as the rest of the AL13 system and include one support block and four installation screws.

 

 

 

 

Step 6B - AL13 Aluminum Gate Uprights

AL13 Aluminum Gate UprightsLast but not least are the AL13 Aluminum Gate Uprights. They allow you to create a custom-sized gate, for a distinctive addition to your AL13 railing. All you need to do is install the uprights on each side of a cut-down AL13 prefabricated panel. Every purchase includes two uprights and the self-tapping screws that are needed in order to attach the panel. These gate uprights are available in the same colors as the rest of the AL13 system. Keep in mind that your Gate Hardware is sold separately.

 

 

 

The Fortress AL13 Aluminum Deck Railing System is an excellent choice for high-quality aluminum deck railing. To make things even better, DecksDirect is offering free shipping on Fortress AL13 purchases of $999 or more (up to a $199 value!). If you would like us to get you a quote for your AL13 railing project just head on over to our Get A Quote page and fill out our simple form. 

Our team strives to exceed your expectations by providing honest, accurate, and friendly service. Because we are the nation’s largest online retailer of deck accessories, you can trust that nearly all items will ship the same business day if the order is placed by 3:30 p.m. CST, Monday through 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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Fortress Cable Railing Panel System

Jul 15, 2015 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Ronya

Fortress Vertical Cable Railing

Fortress Cable Railing Panel System

It's finally here! The Vertical Cable Railing Panel System from Fortress is the first of its kind to be introduced into the cable railing market. It's great for those looking for a convenient railing option. Vertical railing panels combine the ease of a panel system with the style of cable and the durability of steel. The panels are pre-assembled with Fortress Iron and 316 marine grade stainless steel cables. You don't need to cut cable, install fittings, or use any special tools. You can choose between installing iron accent top rails or deck board cap rails to tie the railing into the beauty of your deck. We have set up a step-by-step guide on our website to walk you through this new system. Preserve your view with the new Fortress Vertical Cable Railing System. 

 

Fortress Vertical Cable Railing

Vertical Cable Railing details

  • Color: Black Sand
  • Rail Heights: 34" and 40"
  • Rail Lengths: 6 and 8ft
  • Cable Size: 1/8"

 

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Round Baluster Comparison

Sep 17, 2014 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Angelene

Round Baluster Comparison

At Decks Direct we strive to offer a wide variety of options to fit different styles and budgets. The time-honored round aluminum baluster is one of our best sellers, but what's the difference? They can vary by length, color, price among other features. Check out this handy comparison chart below featuring our current selection of round deck balusters.

  Decks Direct Round Aluminum Balusters
DecksDirect Round Aluminum Baluster
Deckorators Classic Round Aluminum Balusters
Classic Round Aluminum Baluster by DecKorators
Round Aluminum Balusters by Solutions
Round Aluminum Baluster by Solutions
Vintage Series Round Balusters by Fortress Iron
Vintage Series Round Baluster by Fortress Iron
Deckorators Classic Round Aluminum Balusters Premium Finish
Premium Finish Round Aluminum Baluster by DecKorators
Traditions Round Balusters
Traditions Round Balusters
Starting Price* $17.99 $18.99 $20.99 $19.99 $26.99 $57.99
Colors • Gloss Black

• Gloss Black
• Matte Black
• White
• Bronze

• Gloss Black
• Bronze
• Hammered Bronze
• Clay
• Rust
• Green
• White
• Gloss Black
• Black Sand
• Antique Bronze
• Oil Rubbed Bronze
• Matte Gray
• Matte White
• Weathered Brown
• Antique Metal Black
• Oil Rubbed Bronze
• Dark Copper Vein
• Hammered White
Sizes 26" & 29" 26", 29", 32" & 36" 26", 29", 32" & 36" 26" & 32" 26" & 32" 27" & 32"
Pack Size 10 Pack 10 Pack & 100 Pack (Black only) 10 Pack & 100 Packs (certain colors and lengths) 10 Pack 10 Pack 10 Pack
Material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Warranty Limited Lifetime Limited Lifetime Limited Lifetime 25-year Limited Limited Lifetime 30-year Limited
Free Shipping Yes, on orders of $99 or more Yes, on orders of $99 or more Yes, on orders of $99 or more Yes, on orders of $99 or more Yes, on orders of $99 or more Yes, on orders of $99 or more
Availability Guaranteed to ship same day Guaranteed to ship same day Typically ships same day Typically ships same day Typically ships same day Typically ships same day
Other No pretty packaging Matching Solar Baluster Light available Baluster ends coated, best option for use with no connector Matching Basket Baluster available Premium colors Balusters are 7/8" diameter
Made in the USA

 

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*Reflects starting price on 1/29/16. Prices may vary depending on size and color. Prices are subject to change.

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Fortress AL13 Rails in Black Sand

Fortress AL13 Aluminum Railing in Black Sand

The Fortress Al13 Aluminum Railing system is now available in 3 premium finishes, including the new textured black sand. This system is easily customized with Accent Top Rails and Fortress LED Accent Lighting. Installation is effortless using the streamlined NEW Phantom Bracket.

Fortress AL13 Aluminum Railing 

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Fortress FE26 Gate Uprights

Jul 26, 2013 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Angelene

Fortress FE26 Gate Uprights

When paired with a Fortress FE26 Iron Panel, these Gate Uprights create a completely custom gate up to 48" wide. Each Gate Upright set includes 2 uprights, 2 pressed dome caps and the self-tapping screws needed to attach the panel securely to the uprights. Gate Uprights are available to match Fortress FE26 Iron Panel in Gloss Black, Black Sand and Antique Bronze. (Note: The FE26 Panel and Gate hardware are sold separately.)

Fortress FE26 Iron Gate Uprights

Fe26 Gate Uprights

  • Why We Love It: We love Fortress Iron Railing, the Gate Uprights add to an already amazing line of products.
  • Why It's Unique: You can create a gate any width up to 48" wide. 
  • Why You'll Love It: The Gate Uprights make creating a custome gate a simple DIY project.

 

Fortress FE26 Gate Uprights 

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Fortress FE26 Fascia Posts and Brackets

Jul 05, 2013 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Angelene

Fortress FE26 Facia Mount Post

Fortress Fascia Mount Post And Bracket

You asked for it and Fortress answered. The Fortess FE26 Fascia Mount Posts and Brackets allow you to install Fortress Railing to the outside of your deck. The 2" post is available in both 49" and 55" in 3 premium Fortress colors; Gloss Black, Black Sand and Antique Bronze. Brackets are configured for either straight, inside corner or outside corner.

    • Why We Love It: They match the Fortress Railing perfectly, allowing for even more railing configurations.
    • Why It's Unique: These posts and brackets are made from powder-coated steel. Their durability and finish isunparalleled to similar products on the market today.
    • Why You'll Love It: You want to use every square foot of deck space, fascia-mounted posts allow you to do so.

 

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New in Fortress LED Lighting Options

The Fortress Company expanded their newly created Fortress Accents line of LED deck lighting, post caps and accessories, to include a LED Glow ring as well as a Premium Transformer.

LED Glow Ring by Fortress Accents

LED Glow Ring by Fortress Accents

Take the Flat Pyramid Post Cap by Fortress Accents from ordinary to extraordinary by simply adding the LED Glow Ring during installation. This lighting component fits perfectly within the Fortress post cap and casts a warm light in four directions to create the perfect ambiance for your deck, patio or fence. A quick tip to save money and create visual appeal: Try alternating lit and un-lit post caps on every other post. This stylish LED light features a long-lasting waterproof LED that uses 80% less energy than a traditional incandescent fixture.

Note: this is the lighting component only, Flat Pyramid Post Cap by Fortress Accents are sold separately.

Fortress Accent LED Glow Ring 

 

 

Premium LED DC Transformer by Fortress Accents

Premium LED DC Transformer by Fortress Accents

Control your Fortress Accents LED lights with ease using this Premium 40 Watt Transformer by Fortress Accents. As the latest and greatest addition to the Fortress lineup, it has a built-in photocell to automatically turn your lights on at dusk and off at dawn. The photocell can be bypassed to manually operate the lights for one to nine hours using the built-in timer, and a remote control is included to adjust the brightness of the lights from up to ten yards away. This DC transformer is suitable for wet locations and comes with a two-year warranty.

Premium LED DC Transformer by Fortress Accents 

 

 

 

Fortress Accents was created by The Fortress Company, a national brand that is known for quality and innovation. These new LED lights are no exception. This complete line of products includes: Vertical LED Post Light, Universal LED Light, Surface Mount Recessed LED Light, LED Cap Light Module, Flat Pyramid Post Cap, and two LED Transformers. All Fortress Accents LED lights use a unique, built-in thermal management system which ensures that the LED will have a long life with a consistent color temperature.

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