2019 Outdoor Pictorial Buyers’ Guide: Decking Fasteners & Tools

by Kacey Larsen

Deckorators offers two types of fasteners: the Deckorators Stowaway Hidden Fastener and Deckorators Pro Fastening System. Securing deck boards to joists with a single stainless steel, color-matched screw, the Stowaway Hidden Fastener comes preloaded and creates a virtually fastener-free deck surface. The Pro Fastening System includes a Pro Plug System, a plug fastening system for composite decking and fascia fastening system. Visit deckorators.com or call (800) 332-5724 for more information.

An easy-to-install hidden fastening system, DuraLife StepClip (shown) works with all the company’s grooved decking products. Featuring 1 5/8-in. wide and 23-in. long polypropylene interlocking strips that accommodate four deck boards each, the system protects deck joists, spaces the boards evenly and achieves a seamless look. Also available is the DuraLife Fastenator hidden fastening clip system that uses 2-in. wide polypropylene clips with preloaded stainless steel screws. Visit duralifedecking.com or call (800) 866-8101 for more information.

Fiberon ArmorGuard Hidden Fasteners are designed for the exact geometry of the company’s ArmorGuard Grooved Decking. Each Fastener Kit includes 96 pieces, butt and start/stop fasteners, screws and drive bits; meanwhile, the Fastener Pro Bucket delivers 960 pieces and all corresponding components. The company also has the Phantom Universal Hidden Fastener as well as Phantom GT and EC Hidden Fasteners for use with its other decking lines. Visit fiberondecking.com or call (704) 463-7120 for more information.

The MiTek ProSeries line of fasteners provides high-grade, code-compliant structural fasteners. Ideal for wood-to-wood and metal-to-wood connections, MiTek Hex Head structural wood screws are available in lengths from 1 ½ to 8 in. An alternative to traditional lag screws, MiTek Washer Head structural wood screws offer a low profile following installation. The general-purpose MiTek Bugle Head screws (shown) allow the head to be driven flush or countersunk. Visit mitek-us.com or call (800) 325-8075 for more information.

National Nail’s CAMO brand offers a one-stop resource for tools, guides and deck screws. The CAMO Edge Fastening system creates a fastener-free surface, while EdgeClip and EdgeXClip work with grooved boards. To ease deck board installation speed and flexibility, the CAMO Drive tool (shown) helps install any type of decking using EdgeClips, Edge screws or face screws from a standing position. Visit camofasteners.com or call (800) 968-6245 for more information.

Nova USA Wood Products introduces its Nova ExoDek QuickClip as a resilient clip system that accommodates the expansion and contraction typical in hardwood decking. Made entirely from spring steel with a magni coating to ensure its longevity, the hidden clip system comes in two sizes to fit two thicknesses of decking materials. Visit novausawood.com or call (503) 419-6407 for more information.

The Zuri Grooved Board from Royal Building Products features a hidden fastener application with prethreaded screws—316 Torx head stainless steel pre-
assembled into the clip—for fast installation. Its design hides the screw head inside the groove of the next deck board, and is available in  3/32-in. standard spacing and 3/16-in. wide spacing for high-debris areas. Visit
zuri.royalbuildingproducts.com or call (800) 232-5690 for more information.

The Simpson Strong-Tie Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution is comprised of the DCU Composite screw, DCU screw plugs and an Auto-Set Driver bit. With this Hidden Deck-Fastening System, the Auto-Set Driver bit drives DCU Composite screws to the proper depth for inserting the DCU screw plugs. Because the screw plugs are made from major composite and PVC board manufacturers, screw heads become next to invisible. Visit strongtie.com/deckcenter or call (800) 999-5099 for more information.

Two types of composite deck fasteners are available to use with TAMKO Envision decking. The Envision Composite Deck Screws are color-matched to the deck boards and come in stainless steel or hardened carbon steel. Fitting the grooved construction of the Envision deck boards, the EverClip Hidden Fastener (shown) comes pre-assembled and fits below the walking surface of the deck to achieve a clean appearance. Visit envisiondecking.com or call (417) 624-6644 for more information.

Among TimberTech’s fastening solutions are the SIDELoc, Cortex Fasteners, CONCEALoc, FUSIONLoc and the TOPLoc Fascia Fastening System. The SIDELoc hidden fastener system (shown) provides a fastener-free surface by pulling the board to the joist from the side of the board. With its color- matched look, the TOPLoc fascia fastening system delivers everything needed to secure deck boards and also comes in a pack with the TOPLoc Fascia drill bit. Visit timbertech.com or call (877) 275-2935 for more information.

All Trex decking lines come with a hidden fastener installation option. When using grooved-edge deck boards, the Hideaway Hidden Fastener System installs between deck boards, fastening them to the joists with no visible screw heads on the walking surface. Also available are the company’s Universal Fastener, Start Clip and Connector Clip, Groove Cutter, Gun Pail and the Trex Elevations Deck Clips. Visit trex.com or call (800) 289-8739 for more information.

TurboClip from Avon Plastics is a universal hidden deck clip that works with all major brand composite decking boards, including its sister brand Armadillo Deck. Aiming to cut deck board installation time, a TurboClip stick—offered in a ¼-in. Standard Gap or 3/16-in. Narrow Gap clips—includes 16 universal hidden deck slips plus one grip clip at the end to avoid wasting deck clips. Visit turboclipusa.com or call (320) 243-7318 for more information.

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