Installing Trex Decking with Hidden Fasteners: A Step-by-Step Guide
Trex decking is an eco-friendly, low-maintenance alternative to traditional decking materials like wood. However, installing Trex decking can be tricky, especially when it comes to using hidden fasteners. Hidden fasteners are clips that attach the decking boards between the joists, creating a clean, screw-free surface. In this article, we’ll show you how to install Trex decking with hidden fasteners in five easy steps.
Step 1: Choose the Right Hidden Fasteners
There are several types of hidden fasteners available for Trex decking. Make sure to choose the one that matches your decking type and size. Trex offers two categories of hidden fasteners: Universal and Hideaway. The Universal fasteners work with all Trex decking profiles and come in packs of 90 and 900. The Hideaway fasteners are only compatible with specific Trex decking profiles and are available in packs of 90 and 360.
Step 2: Prepare the Joists
Before installing the decking, make sure the joists are clean, level, and properly spaced. The recommended joist spacing for Trex decking is 16 inches on center for residential applications and 12 inches on center for commercial applications. Use a chalk line to mark the center of each joist, so you know where to place the hidden fasteners.
Step 3: Install the Hidden Fasteners
Start at the edge of the deck and work inward. Install the first board, making sure it is flush with the outer edge of the deck. The first board is known as the starter board or the edge board. Secure the starter board to the joists using two screws per joist. After securing the starter board, slide the first hidden fastener into the groove of the board. The black strip should be facing up. Screw the fastener into the joist using the pre-drilled holes. Repeat this process for every joist.
Step 4: Install the Decking Boards
Continue installing the decking boards, making sure each board is flush with the previous one. With the boards in place, slide each hidden fastener into the groove of each board. The black strip should be facing up. Screw each fastener into the joist using the pre-drilled holes. Make sure to use a spacer tool to create a consistent gap between the boards.
Step 5: Finish the Decking
After installing all the decking boards, trim the edges using a saw. Install the final board, making sure it is flush with the edge of the deck. Secure the final board to the joists using two screws per joist. Install fascia boards and skirting around the perimeter of the deck, if desired. Finally, wipe the deck clean using a deck cleaner and a soft-bristle brush.
Installing Trex decking with hidden fasteners can be a great way to create a clean, screw-free surface for your deck. Make sure to choose the right hidden fasteners, prepare the joists, install the fasteners properly, install the decking boards, and finish the deck to create a beautiful and long-lasting surface. With these steps, your Trex decking project will be a success..