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4 Things To Know When Installing Composite Decking

Trex composite deck boards are engineered to resist staining, scratching, and fading – and to eliminate time-consuming maintenance – so you’ll never have to step foot in the stain aisle again.

What better match for Trex composite decking than Trex Hideaway hidden deck fasteners? These hidden fasteners install easily between deck boards, fastening them to joists with no visible deck screw heads on the surface. What’s more, Trex Hideaway hidden deck fasteners create precise and consistent spacing between boards, for an elegant finish that blends flawlessly with your exterior décor and braves the elements right alongside you.

So, with your Trex composite decking and Trex Hideaway hidden deck fasteners in hand, before you get started on your next favourite room (your new deck!), let’s look at four things you need to prepare when installing composite decking:

#1: Check Your Joist Spacing

When installing Trex composite decking, you can have no more than 40 centimetres on-centre joist spacing. While Trex composite decking has a host of incredible benefits, composite deck boards have no structural value, so if you have 61-centimetre on-centre joists, the composite decking will sag between the joists, causing a bouncy, saggy, unstable floor. With proper joist spacing, you’ll ensure your new deck looks and feels beautiful, solid, and sound.

#2: Use the Right Fasteners

This unique decking material requires fasteners designed specifically for composite decking. The best complement to Trex composite decking is Trex Hideaway hidden deck fasteners. Trex Hideaway hidden deck fasteners are universal for all Trex composite decking, incredibly durable, and an elegant upgrade from traditional stainless steel deck screws for a modern, gorgeous finish, ensuring a perfect match with your new decking.So, with your Trex composite decking and Trex Hideaway hidden deck fasteners in hand, before you get started on your next favourite room (your new deck!), let’s look at four things you need to prepare when installing composite decking:

#3: Build Yourself Some Outriggers

When installing your composite decking, do yourself a favour by toe-screwing some outriggers to the deck band. This will allow you to lay each board in, to mark the posts all the way down the deck. Composite decking is heavy and flexible, so with outriggers installed, the board will have a comfortable place to sit while you mark and cut it along the posts.

#4: Use an Oscillating Saw for Perfect Corners

Finally, for perfect outside corners, use an oscillating saw. Where two boards meet at each outside corner, use an oscillating saw to go straight up the face of one board, allowing for a perfect cut at the same angle as the other board, thus achieving a perfect fit.

 

It’s no surprise you’ve chosen composite decking to complete your backyard oasis, and Trex is one of the best in the game for its high-performance, low-maintenance, eco-friendly collection of products. Matched with Trex Hideaway hidden deck fasteners for their durability, beauty, and ease of use, you’ll be catching a breeze on that lounger in no time.