1. attach deck board brackets to the joists. fasten brackets along the full length of each joist on alternating sides of the joist. use tin snips to cut pieces to length, if necessary. 2. connect to the decking to the brackets. decking must be fastened to the brackets with screws driven from below.
how to install composite decking begin laying the decking boards along the side of the building to which the deck will attach. make the boards parallel to the rim joist on the opposite side of the deck install hidden fasteners to secure the other edges of the boards. tap the boards of the next
traditional deck installation relies on pre-drilled holes and visible screws to fasten the decking material to the joists below. hidden clips or fasteners eliminate this visibility issue and allow builders to create smooth, blemish-free decks. but are hidden clips the best solution for your wood or composite deck?
composite decking handles much like wood, although you can't sand it. it accepts screws and nails, but the best way to attach it to the deck frame is to use a hidden fastener system. to do so, you need boards with grooves into which to hook the fasteners.
it gave a very nice look, but this is a slow way to fasten decking. david lombardo, american deck, baltimore, md. i prefer to use trapease ii screws on most composites from an installation and cost perspective and the matching stainless steel trim screws on softer composites pvc from installation, appearance, and cost higher perspectives, says lombardo.
the only practical way to resist this force with 4×4 wood posts is to with specialized steel framing connectors. both simpson strong tie and usp now make connectors designed for this application. the connectors fasten to a deck joist or joist blocking with heavy ¼ x 1½-in. wood screws and bolt through the post with a ½-in. diameter
the connectors fasten to a deck joist or joist blocking with heavy ¼ x 1½-in. wood screws and bolt through the post with a ½-in. diameter through-bolts or threaded rods. simpsons dtt2z connector, shown here, and usps similar dtb-tz, are designed to meet guardrail safety codes.
corrosion-resistant screws are the preferred way to fasten pressure treated decking because they will not corrode or loosen over time. start the installation by securing each board with a few screws to keep them in place. the majority of fastening will be done once all of the boards are tacked down.