There can be downsides, including the need to learn a new system and more steps to the overall process, however using hidden fasteners for composite decking can be highly beneficial. First, it creates a stronger joist connection, especially when using the TigerClaw clips. This prevents boards from listing or warping, and reduces the chances of splits.
Hiding screw heads not only creates a better appearance; it can also enhance safety. To properly install these fasteners, the screw needs to be driven far enough so there is room for the cap. A proper installation results in a smooth surface with no protrusions that could become a safety issue.
Although the system requires adjustment, once installers understand how to secure these fasteners, the process can be much faster. Compared to other systems, the installation of FastenMaster hidden fasteners can be as much as five times faster.
These fasteners also provide a long-term solution that won’t degrade over time. Using quality-tested materials and innovative designs, they will result in a deck that lasts for decades.