Should I Use Stainless Steel Screws for Decking?

Date Posted:

June 14, 2022

Post Author:

Marsh Fasteners

Last Updated on September 20, 2022 by Marsh Fasteners

Wondering if you should use stainless steel screws for decking? Blame it on the heat of summertime in Palm Beach County!

Whether it is going to be a gathering place to entertain friends and family or a quiet place to hang out and relax, a deck is a great addition to your home. While there are countless design options and decorating schemes, one thing all decks require is sound construction. Often, the immediate leap is to envisage sturdy foundations and ponder decking material. But have you given the fasteners any thought?

How to Choose Your Decking Fasteners

The size of your deck should not have any bearing on your choice of fasteners – provided the deck is correctly built from the start. But if you are at all worried about the stability of the framework or the spacing of the supports, stainless steel fasteners offer exceptional strength. The same recommendation applies to decks built high off the ground.

Because stainless steel screws are not hardened but innately tough, they can absorb the hygroscopic movement of decking timber.

When tackling outdoor projects, one of the most important considerations is how to prevent your deck from deteriorating. Being exposed to the elements – baking sun, salty sea air, humidity, and tropical storms – all contribute to its demise.

Stainless steel screws are made rust-resistant by their naturally occurring protective layer of chromium oxide. A4 stainless steel deck screws are made of unhardened acid-proof steel with the highest corrosivity class C5. They are the best choice not only for decking beside pools and jetties, but also in coastal areas.

Stainless Steel Decking Screw Installation Notes

To ensure a professional result, take note of these guidelines:

  • Stainless steel screw heads are easy to accidentally strip. Take it slow, and once the screw is in place, leave it there. Do not remove and reinstall screws.
  • Use stainless steel driver bits to prevent extraneous rust from the bit getting onto the screw when installed.
  • Be careful not to sink the screws too far into the decking materials. Doing so creates mini reservoirs where water will accumulate.

To fully enjoy the versatility, beauty, and joy of your outdoor space, make sure that the best quality materials are used. Get in touch with the experts at Marsh Fasteners for advice about stainless steel screws for decking.