The News on Screws

As decking materials have evolved, so too have the fasteners that hold them together.

  1. 1970s: Steel hand-driven nails. Tended to pop up after one season, causing stubbed toes and, in extreme cases, failure of the deck itself.
  2. Late 1980s: Stainless steel deck screws. Resist rust and hold securely.
  3. Mid 1990s: Hidden fastening systems. Plastic ovals slip into slots in the decking and are screwed to the joists.
  4. 2002: Double-threaded screws. Prevent the mushrooming associated with composite decking.
  5. 2003: Super-strong fasteners with torque-resistant heads that won't strip like a normal screw. Suited for dense, hardwood decking.

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