As a homeowner, the prospect of owning a deck can be very appealing. Having a deck means that you can enjoy the outdoors, and even enjoy the fresh air. It also gives you a panoramic view of your home’s surroundings. This makes it an ideal addition for people who have excellent environments, such as when your home is on a hilltop or close to a forest or lake.
If you are interested in setting up the deck, one of the major issues you have to consider is the safety and longevity of the deck. The last thing you want to worry about having the deck cost you too much in maintenance, or falling apart when you are relaxing on it. To avoid this, you would need to make sure that all the components used in building the deck are in good condition. For instance, the wood used should be of a species that can withstand the rigors of outdoor use, and should be treated as such. The other aspect you need to pay attention to would be the fasteners you use for the process.
A few basic tips
A common mistake that most people make when choosing fasteners for decking is going for the generic types. Using products that are not meant for this use such as steel socket head cap screws or aluminum socket set screws may not be ideal. They may be difficult to use, and some may not have the aesthetic qualities you want out of the fasteners. To this end, you should always buy fasteners that are meant for decking, such as the Torx deck screws. These have a combination of qualities that make them ideal for this type of use, including resistance to corrosion and ease of installation.
In addition to that, you should also assemble all the equipment you need for the fastening beforehand. Using the right equipment will reduce the rate of fastener damage, and will also make the process faster and cheaper.
Nails vs. screws
The other issue you may have to deal with is making a decision on whether to use nails or screws to fasten the deck. In many cases, you will find that Torx deck screws have several advantages over regular nails, making them the better option. For one, these screws are usually more precise, which is essential if you want the end result to be visually appealing. In addition to that, they are also less likely to split the wood. When putting screws in place, they tend to hold the wood together, and also reduce the risk of crack formation.
In addition to that, the Torx deck screws are less likely to be damaged by the elements, such as too much moisture. This is because they are specifically designed for outdoor use.
In summary, if you are thinking of building a deck either on your own or by contracting someone else to do it for you, you should insist on using Torx deck screws. As has been proven above, they have numerous benefits and are the best options for such a project.
Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.