Hidden Deck Fasteners
Hidden deck fasteners are a great way to create a fastener free surface on you composite decking, PVC, softwoods, hardwoods and more. Hidden decking fasteners are available from a variety of trusted brands and price-points. Below are a few of the hidden fastener types available at DecksDirect and the differences between them.
Metal Hidden Deck Fasteners or Metal Clips
Metal Clips are completely hidden fasteners that provide strength and durability. The most popular brands are TigerClaw, TimberTech CONCEALoc, and Trex Hideaway.
Tiger Claw offers a large variety of hidden fasteners that work in composites, softwoods, and hardwoods.
TimberTech CONCEALoc If you don't have grooved boards, there's a Router Bit Available. There's also an L-Bracket available for the beginning and end boards.
Trex Hideaway Stainless Steel Fasteners are made for Trex grooved boards. If you don't have grooved boards, there's a Groove Cutter Available. There's also a start/stop clip available for the starting and end boards.
With TimberTech and Trex keep in mind warranty in place by using manufacturer-specific fasteners in your composite decking.
Synthetic Hidden Deck Fasteners or Synthetic Clips
Synthetic Hidden Fasteners can be a great option. They generally are light weight which means they cost less to ship. They are just as strong as many similar metal fastening systems. They work well near salt water and won't fade or warp.
Trex makes the Hideaway Universal Hidden Fastener System that works with all Trex grooved boards. This clip is designed specifically to meet increased ease and speed of assembly and is approximately 40% stronger than traditional stainless steel fasteners.
The Ipe Clip from DeckWise offers options for both air-dried lumber and kiln dried lumber. Although this clip is made from Polyethylene it features a stainless steel insert for extra strength.
Camo Hidden Fasteners
CAMO Hidden Deck Fastener system utilizes a specially-designed tool to diagonally fasten the boards to the joists using self-boring screws. This is a great choice for the cost contentious shopper and works great with softwoods but can also be used in composites and hardwoods.
Plug Hidden Fastener Systems
Plug systems from Starborn and FastenMaster come in a variety of types to match your hardwood, PVC or composite decking while covering and protecting the installation screw heads. Although this method can be time-consuming, it yields great results.