If you want to build a new deck or install new decking to renovate an existing one, there are many choices of modern materials. Depending on the type of material and look you want, you may want to consider using different fastening systems, such as a hidden screw system for exotic hardwoods or plugs for a smooth surface. Here are some of the choices to consider with different decking materials and fastening systems:
1. Adding Deck Bracing And Using Screws With Composites
Today, you have the choice of many different types of composite lumbers when you install a new deck. These are affordable decking materials that are made out of recycled plastics and sawmill waste. The composite lumber can also provide a little structural support, which is why you may want to add additional bracing to your deck. This type of decking is usually best to fasten with screws, which will show on the surface of the decking. There are some newer composite products that have special hidden fastener systems.
2. Recessed Screws With Plugs For Conventional Treated Materials
Conventional treated pine materials are the conventional solution for decking. These materials can be fastened with a ring-shanked nail that has rings on it to prevent the nail from coming loose. A better option that you may want to consider is using a recessed bit to drill holes for screws and putting plugs in the holes, which will give you a smooth deck finish. You can also use special screw guns to fasten decking quickly, but this will leave the heads of screws visible.
3. Hidden Fastener Systems For Exotic Hardwoods And Other Materials
If you are planning on using tropical hardwoods or other materials, you may not want to have the decking marred by exposed nails and screw heads or plugs. An alternative to these fasteners is a biscuit fastening system for a tight fit. You can also do this with hidden fastener systems that are similar. The problem with these systems is that they do not provide structural support, so you will want to add bracing to ensure that your deck has structural strength.
These are some of the fastening systems that you may want to consider when using different types of decking materials. If you are ready to start installing new surfaces on your decks, contact custom home builders and talk with them about some of these options for materials and fastening systems.