Fastener makers have been quick to respond to innovation in the decking market, creating products that are easier to install and that produce holes that are harder to spot. These fasteners also can be used with many decking materials, and they stand up better to corrosion.
National Nail’s CAMO hidden fastener system can be used with treated lumber, hardwoods, composites, and PVC to secure solid or grooved boards directly to the joist using a side-angle entry. The line’s Marksman Pro tool comes in three models and uses dual screw guides to position the company’s stainless steel or coated fasteners at 1/16- or 3/16-inch spacing.
Starborn’s zinc-plated and epoxy-coated stainless steel Deckfast fastener can be used to attach PVC, composite, and hardwood boards to steel or aluminum substructures, a capability the company says it’s the first to bring to market. The screws come in gray, green, red, and tan and lengths of 1?1/4 to 6 inches. The company also launched the color-matched CAP-TOR xd deck screw for capped and composite boards with two thread patterns that feature a tri-lobe shank and acute thread angle.
Grip-Rite’s PrimeGuard MAX fastener line includes deck screws designed for composite and pressure-treated boards. The screws come in translucent 1- or 5-pound tubs and larger containers for bigger projects, all with reclosable lids and bilingual labels.
DSV decking screws from Simpson Strong-Tie feature a No. 10 shank diameter that withstands wood boards’ expansion and contraction. They sport different thread designs on the lower end (to pierce the wood and move through it quickly) and upper shank (to pull down the deck board tightly).
The structural steel base of USP’s Gold Coat joist hanger is coated with thermally bonded galvanized zinc and an organic polymer to cut the corrosion rate by more than half when compared with standard galvanized products. The gold color also helps the connector blend with wood boards.
Simpson Strong-Tie’s DTT2Z connector with a pro-prietary corrosion-resistant coating ties the rail post to the joist. It complies with new rules for laterally connecting decks to a house.
Private Label Growth
Decking manufacturers are viewing private-label fasteners as a way to sell a complete decking package.
Kleer Lumber (Circle 56), Deceuninck (Circle 57), and TimberTech (Circle 58) partnered with FastenMaster’s Cortex brand on a range of products including stainless steel clips and color-matched plugs.
The new agreements add to a growing list of manufacturer pairings with FastenMaster that include Trex (Circle 60), AZEK (Circle 61), and WOLF (Circle 62).
FastenMaster’s exterior applications product manager, Anthony DiSanto, says his company has seen an upick in private-label agreements. “Many deck board manufacturers jumped onboard this year,” he says, citing an increase in market demand for complete hidden fastening systems.