How to Install and Attach Trex Composite Decking

Choosing Trex composite decking for your new deck build or Springtime deck renovation is a brilliant way to create a long-lasting and gorgeous outdoor space for your home. With rich, dramatic colors available and a strong blend of recycled plastic and organic wood fibers as the material, Trex deck boards can upgrade a deck, porch, or patio while building a safer, more secure place for family and friends to gather.

An added bonus to the gorgeous looks of Trex decking is that there is a wide range of installation options to make installation and attachment of your composite deck boards easier than ever! From Hidden Deck Fasteners and color-coordinating Composite Deck Screws to Deck Plug systems; there's definitely an option that's ideal for your deck design and deck board layout.

Trex Decking Screws and Fasteners


The Trex Hideaway Starter Clip creates a solid, lasting hold for your perimeter and staircase deck boards Trex Hideaway Starter Clips allow for a smooth decking installation process from start to finish. Specially engineered and designed to be used with grooved Trex decking, the Trex Hideaway Starter Clips attach your perimeter deck boards quickly without any screws or deck fasteners appearing across the entire deck surface. The ideal piece for attaching your first board, last board, fascia hangs, and staircase planks, the Trex Hideaway Starter Clips are made from coated stainless steel for a lasting hold.

The Trex Hideaway Hidden Fastener Clips are stainless steel deck fasteners to secure your grooved deck boards in place

Trex Stainless Steel Hideaway Hidden Fasteners are designed exclusively to be used with grooved Trex deck boards, Trex Hideaway Steel Fasteners securely attach your composite decking to your deck joists via the grooved channels in the deck boards. These hidden deck fasteners give a strong decking hold with zero damage to the boards themselves. Creating a uniform 1/4 inch deck board spacing, Trex Hideaway Steel Deck Fasteners delivers a smooth deck surface and are crafted from corrosion-resistant stainless steel making it perfect for any climate or region.

The Trex Universal Hidden Fastener Clips attaches directly to the deck joist below

Trex Hideaway Universal Hidden Fastener are created to be used with Trex grooved deck boards, Trex Hideaway Universal Fasteners set themselves into the grooved edges of two composite deck boards and installs directly into the joist below via a corrosion-resistant stainless steel screw. Crafted from glass-filled nylon and including a stainless steel screw, the Trex Universal Deck Fasteners automatically create a 1/4 inch board spacing for a consistent look across your deck space.

TrapEase 3 Composite Deck Screws in Trex decking finishes to make the most out of your backyard deck

FastenMaster TrapEase 3 Screws feature a painted screw head in perfectly color-coordinating shades to blend in seamlessly with your Trex composite deck boards. The TrapEase 3 Deck Screw also features an innovative thread design which removes the deck board material as it cuts through, creating a tight board to joist connection without cracking or mushrooming. An innovative and convenient installation guide is included with each 350 piece box of the TrapEase 3 Trex Deck Screws for a straightforward setup perfect for any builder from DIY-er to a professional contractor.

Color-coordinating plugs cover the head of the deck fasteners in the Starborn plugs for Trex system

Trex Decking Plugs are a deck fastening option that combines the incredible strength of face-fastening deck screws with the concealed quality of hidden deck clips. Choose from the complete Cortex Concealed system by FastenMaster, purchase the complete Starborn Pro Plug system, or mix and match with your existing products by buying the Starborn Trex Plugs separately.


The more you know, the better your deck and backyard projects will be! Whether you're looking at a brand new start or a fresh end-of-season deck renovation, give our deck designers a call at 1-844-299-6565 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com. Our deck experts will help you get the information, products, and tools you need for a gorgeous deck that you created and designed!