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If you are considering installing composite decking somewhere, aside from settling on a color, shape, and size for the decking, you will be faced with another tough decision – do you install the decking using screws or hidden fasteners? While screws are the traditional choice, there are many reasons why hidden fasteners are the wiser selection. Here are the reasons why, as well as how to install composite decking with hidden stainless steel fasteners.
- The Benefits
The main reason why you would want to install composite decking with hidden stainless steel fasteners is for aesthetics. It promises to provide your decking with a cleaner, smoother surface, which obviously looks a lot more attractive. Furthermore, when using hidden stainless steel fasteners, there is no pre-drilling required. This ultimately means that the installation process is faster and more stress- and hassle-free. It also means that you will be able to remove the deck boards effortlessly in the future if required.
- How to
There are a few considerations to keep in mind during the installation process. For starters, it is recommended that you choose a hidden fastening system that allows for topside installation, especially if your deck is going to be placed high off the ground, or very close to the ground. It is also important to buy hidden stainless steel fasteners that have been designed to work with the composite decking that you have selected. Be aware of the board profile of your deck boards. Usually, they will either be square edge or grooved, and this will affect the type of hidden fasteners that you can use.
Finally, if you know that your hidden fasteners will be exposed to elements that may result in corrosion over time, it is essential that you invest in 305-grade or 316-grade hidden stainless steel fasteners to prevent this and safeguard the lifespan of your decking.