Wednesday, August 13
I've been doing a lot of research on deck fasteners. There's basically 2 ways to fasten your deck boards.... traditional top down screwing them in... or the newer trend, hidden deck fasteners. Both have their pros and cons.
The pro is it is the strongest way. The con is they are unsightly if not done in a "design", and eventually that's where the (wood) decking starts to rot.
Hidden Deck Fasteners
The new trend for decking is hidden fasteners, esp for composite board. It's more about ascetics than anything. Personally, I just don't feel like looking at screws, if I don't have too.
There are many different types of fasteners out there. Today I ordered 2 different brands. We're using Invisi-Fast for the main deck because they're made for running the decking on a diagonal. It's made out of the same material as safety googles and supposedly easy to install.... or so we'll find out :)
The 2nd is one that can be screwed to the board then flipped over and screwed in to the joist. It has to be done that way for the lower levels cause we won't be able to fit the cordless drill underneath due to the deck height.