Installing Trex Hidden Fasteners: A Step-by-Step Guide
Trex is a well-known brand for composite decking material that’s both durable and eco-friendly. One of the features that make Trex decking stand out is its hidden fastener system. Unlike traditional decks where nails and screws are visible, Trex’s hidden fasteners improve the aesthetics of the deck by concealing screws and avoiding ugly discoloration. This guide will outline the steps you need to take to install Trex’s hidden fasteners for a seamless-looking deck.
Things You’ll Need
Before you start, it’s important to gather your tools and materials. Here’s what you need:
- A drill/screw gun
- Trex hidden fasteners
- Trex deck boards
- A hammer
- A pair of pliers
- A chalk line
Step 1: Plan the Layout
The first step is to plan the layout of the decking boards. Decide on the direction and pattern of your deck boards. Lay your boards down and mark where the fasteners will go. Keep a spacing of 16 inches for the boards and eight inches from the decking board edges.
Step 2: Install the Start/Stop Clips
Once you’ve laid out the boards, you need to secure the start/stop clips at the edge boards. These clips are the first and last fastener clip that attaches the board to the joist. Insert the clips into the grooves of the boards, at the sides where you want to fasten.
Step 3: Install the Hidden Fasteners
To install the hidden fasteners, slide each clip into the groove from the side. The fasteners are inserted into the slots applying some pressure. The clips should be perpendicular to the boards because they have a “leg” that’s attached to the joist opposite the board. Align the fastener screws with the pre-drilled holes and drill them in. Do this to each clip to lock the board into place.
Step 4: Install the Next Board
After securing the first board to the joist, it’s time to attach the second board. Slide the board into the fasteners and use a hammer to eliminate any gaps between boards. The next board should be installed perpendicular to the first, starting with a start clip on each end.
Step 5: Repeat the Process
Repeat the process of installing hidden fasteners and boards. It’s important to maintain a staggered pattern for boards over eight feet long to give them added support. Continue installing boards, making sure they’re level and spaced correctly.
Now that you know how to install Trex hidden fasteners, here are some additional tips to make the process smooth and easy:
- Ensure the deck frame or joist is sturdy enough to hold the boards and provide support.
- Don’t over-tighten the screws; this could cause warping.
- When using a chalk line, make sure it’s taut and straight to ensure straight lines.
- Use a slow speed setting on your drill to avoid splitting the board.
- Always have an extra set of clips and fasteners in case you run out.
Installing Trex’s hidden fasteners is a simple and easy way to achieve a seamless, clean-looking deck. With the right tools, materials and techniques, you’ll be able to create your deck in no time. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional installer if you’re unsure or have any questions during the process..