Building a deck? How to choose the right fasteners

A deck can boost the aesthetic appeal of the exterior portion of your home, adding to its curb appeal and increasing its overall value should you decide to sell in the future. A deck also increases the square footage of your living space, giving you more room to enjoy several activities, like relaxing, enjoying meals with loved ones, and appreciating your yard's beauty. 

There are many important decisions to make when it comes to building your deck from scratch. One of those decisions is choosing the right fasteners. 

Nails vs. screws

You will need a wide variety of nails if you use them in the construction of your deck. For example, you might require common nails, spiral nails, and/or finishing or casing nails. Most decking experts will recommend that you opt for screws, and decking screws, in particular, instead. Decking screws are self-sinking and usually feature a special coating to protect against corrosion. If possible, try to buy decking screws that can be machined with a square head as these tend to drive more securely for improved longevity. 

Invisible deck fastening systems

Some homeowners strive to avoid the look of visible nails and screws on the surface of their deck. In this instance, they would go in search of invisible deck fastening systems. The reality is that these systems generally mean an extended installation time frame; however, they provide the cleanest, most aesthetically pleasing final result. 

Heavy-duty screws and bolts

The lag screw or bolt is the king of heavy-duty fasteners, hence the reason why many homeowners turn to these fasteners when looking for maximum durability. You should always use them when securing ledger boards to walls and joists to posts. Just remember to place a washer underneath the head of the lag screw to prevent it from gradually sinking into the wood. 

Another viable option for enhanced durability is the carriage bolt. It works similarly to the lag screw and requires a washer underneath the nut. 

Ultimately, deciding which fasteners to use when constructing your deck will depend on your budget and personal preferences. Regardless of the decision that you make, look no further than Marsh Fasteners for nails, screws, deck screws, and washers. Contact us today! 

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