There is a common expression used in everyday language: the “nuts and bolts” of some specific thing. This is an expression which refers to the basic components or innermost workings of that thing. Your choice of stainless steel nuts and bolts, literally, determines the quality and structural integrity of your deck.
Whatever you have and use regularly, from your bed to your vehicle and other mechanical and electrical appliance, is structurally sound because it is held in place by the right type and quality of stainless steel bolts, nuts and/or screws. Nowhere is this truer than for those building decks. The choice of hardware will determine how durable and structurally secure the deck is.
Screws better than nails
Any smart builder or contractor will tell you that using stainless steel screws to build you deck is much better than using deck nails, which is why screws are a little pricier than nails. This is because the screws will hold wood together much longer when compared to nails, which provide a starting point for the wood pieces to crack, split, warp or get damaged.
As you’re building your deck, it’s important to determine whether or not the deck will be in a place that is exposed to adverse weather conditions on a regular basis. In the decking industry, galvanized screws and marine fasteners are better choices, since they have been treated to make them resistant to water damage.
Some contractors prefer to use stainless steel threaded rod, nuts, bolts or screws which feature extra water-proofing coating, usually epoxy or ceramic. They choose this type of hardware since the life of the screw is extended even further, which in turn extends the life of the deck. In addition, the extra coating provides additional support by preventing the screws from sliding out of place in time.
Building a deck is a time, resource and labour-intensive process, but with proper understanding of your deck project’s use, you will be able to make the best hardware choices resulting in a structure that will hold its own for years to come.
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