How to Fasten Deck Boards

Most houses are adorned with deck flooring simply to join the area that falls between the garden and the home entrance or sometimes it is just the way to extend the living areas in the house. For this purpose different types of woods are used but all of these woods are either wood treated or are composite. However both of these have their own merits and demerits. But as far as fastening of deck boards is concerned then composite wood is cumbersome and requires an effort.

Fastening the deck boards with the joists is also done in a number of ways. In the past the most commonly used method for fastening the deck boards was with the help of nails. But since the nails can pull out very quickly and give a withered appearance so the nails are no more a good option to fasten the deck boards when other sophisticated ways are available. Today fastening deck boards with deck screws is the commonly used way because with screws the deck boards are firmly fixed with the framing joists for longer duration as compared to the nails. Also these screws come in different colors including tan, red, brown or green that camouflage in the deck boards colors.

Things Required:

– Deck Screws
– Drill Machine
– Composite Deck Boards kit


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    Firstly make sure that your composite decking is properly cut according to the length.

  • 2

    Then take a piece of composite decking and put it on the beam or joist and make sure that the piece of decking is aligned with the edge.

  • 3

    Next take the drill machine and bore two holes with it at the point of each crossing joist. Make sure that the hole you drill is about 1 ½" to 2" in depth.

  • 4

    Once you are done making the holes, the next step is to insert the screws into the holes that you have just drilled. Once you insert the screws tighten them with the drill machine and check to make sure that these are also holding the joists below.

  • 5

    After that take the other piece of your composite decking and put it along side the first piece of decking that you have just joined with the joists.

  • 6

    Keep on joining the pieces of the composite decking with the joist in the same manner till all the pieces are joined together.

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