Best Hidden Deck Fasteners: Top Picks and Tips

Cortex Collated Deck Install Plugs

Nav­i­gat­ing the world of deck con­struc­tion can be over­whelm­ing, espe­cial­ly when it comes to select­ing the right hid­den deck fas­ten­ers. They are cru­cial com­po­nents that play a vital role in the dura­bil­i­ty and visu­al appeal of a deck. This guide aims to shed light on the top hid­den deck fas­ten­ers that are specif­i­cal­ly designed for dif­fer­ent deck­ing materials. 

It will also pro­vide valu­able insights on instal­la­tion and main­te­nance to empow­er pros to make well-informed deci­sions for their deck­ing projects.

The Evolution of Deck Fasteners: From Visible to Invisible

In the past, nails and screws were com­mon­ly used for deck con­struc­tion. They are afford­able, easy to install, and serve their pur­pose well. How­ev­er, their vis­i­ble nature did­n’t con­tribute to the deck­’s appear­ance. Though qual­i­ty screws are still used, hid­den deck fas­ten­ers have emerged as an alter­na­tive solu­tion. These types of fas­ten­ers are not only visu­al­ly appeal­ing, but they also pro­vide a stronger con­nec­tion between the frame and the deck boards.

The tran­si­tion from vis­i­ble to invis­i­ble fas­ten­ers shows the indus­try’s ded­i­ca­tion to improv­ing the aes­thet­ics and struc­tur­al integri­ty of deck con­struc­tion. Hid­den deck fas­ten­ers are the unsung heroes that pro­vide a sleek, screw-free sur­face while pro­vid­ing strong support.

Types of Hidden Deck Fasteners

There are sev­er­al types of hid­den deck fas­ten­ers, each with its own fea­tures, ben­e­fits, and best use cas­es. Choos­ing the right one for your deck involves under­stand­ing the spe­cif­ic needs of your project and the deck­ing mate­r­i­al you plan to use.

Screw and Plug Systems 

Screw and plug sys­tems involve dri­ving a screw through a deck board into the joist and cov­er­ing it with a plug, which hides the screw from sight. 

The hid­den plugs are often made direct­ly from the same mate­r­i­al as the board itself, hid­ing the fas­ten­er from sight.

Innovative Clip Systems for Modern Decking

Clip sys­tems have rev­o­lu­tion­ized deck con­struc­tion. They are typ­i­cal­ly small, met­al or plas­tic fas­ten­ers that clip to the grooves on the sides of the deck boards to pro­vide a hid­den fas­ten­ing solution.

Choosing the Right Hidden Fasteners

FM pros

When choos­ing the right hid­den fas­ten­ers, there are sev­er­al fac­tors to con­sid­er. The type of deck­ing mate­r­i­al is cru­cial – dif­fer­ent fas­ten­ers may be need­ed for hard­woods com­pared to com­pos­ite or PVC deck­ing. The deck­’s design, includ­ing com­plex angles or curved boards, can also influ­ence the choice of fasteners.

Top Picks for Hidden Deck Fasteners

The best hid­den deck fas­ten­ers offer inno­v­a­tive solu­tions that excel in both form and function.

Fasteners Suitable for Composite Wood Decking

FastenMaster Cortex System

Cortex Deck

Ide­al for com­pos­ite wood deck­ing, the Fas­ten­Mas­ter Cor­tex Sys­tem involves screws dri­ven below the deck sur­face using the TORX® ttap® dri­ve sys­tem allow­ing for supe­ri­or bit engage­ment and a sta­ble, wob­ble-free instal­la­tion expe­ri­ence. The screws are then cov­ered with plugs that come on a col­lat­ed strip with pre-aligned grains, sav­ing time as opposed to using loose plugs. These plugs are made out of the same mate­r­i­al as the lead­ing brands of deck boards to ensure that the hid­den deck fas­ten­ers remain cov­ered and unnoticeable.

FastenMaster Tiger Claw TC‑G Hidden Fasteners

Tiger Claw Slide 2

Fas­ten­Mas­ter Tiger Claw TC‑G Hid­den Fas­ten­ers are com­pat­i­ble with near­ly all grooved deck­ing boards includ­ing from man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Trex, Fiberon, Veran­da, and more. In addi­tion to being strong and durable, they are guar­an­teed to last for the life of the project.

Enhance and Strengthen Your Deck with FastenMaster Hidden Fastening Solutions

Enhance the dura­bil­i­ty and beau­ty of your deck with Fas­ten­Mas­ter hid­den deck fas­ten­ers. From the pre­ci­sion of Tiger Claw TC‑G Hid­den Fas­ten­ers for com­pos­ite deck­ing to the sim­plic­i­ty of the Cor­tex Sys­tem, our solu­tions are not just about con­ceal­ment, but also about ensur­ing last­ing quality. 

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