If you have been using Trex decking in your outdoor space, then you know how stunning the finished product can look. However, deck boards eventually wear out, curled, or even become damaged, leaving your deck looking old and weather-beaten. Replacing deck boards can seem like a daunting task. But with hidden fasteners, the process is quite straightforward. In this article, we’ll take you through a step-by-step guide on how to replace Trex deck boards with hidden fasteners.
What are Hidden Fasteners?
When installing a deck, deck fasteners are usually used to attach deck boards to the joists. While traditional deck fasteners rely on exposed screws, nails, or clips, which leave visible holes and marks on the surface of the deck boards, hidden fasteners, on the other hand, use a clipping mechanism that attaches the deck boards to the joists, leaving no visible fasteners.
Materials You’ll Need:
● New trex deck boards
● Hidden fasteners
● Tape measure
● Straight edge
● Table saw
● Deck screws
● Safety glasses
Step-by-step Guide on How to Replace Trex Deck Board with Hidden Fasteners
Step 1: Remove the Old Deck Board
With your safety glasses on, remove the old deck board by unscrewing the screws, nails, or clips that are used to attach them to the joists. Once you have removed the old board, inspect the surface of the joists for any damages or debris.
Step 2: Measure the Gap
Using the tape measure, measure the gap between the two joists and mark the center of each joist as accurately as possible.
Step 3: Cut the Deck Board
Using a table saw, cut a new Trex deck board to the length that fits the gap you have measured earlier. Then, mark the center of the board with a straight line.
Step 4: Align the Hidden Fasteners
Align the first hidden fastener with the center of the board, making sure it is perpendicular to the board's edge.
Step 5: Insert the Hidden Fastener
Using the drill, install the first hidden fastener by screwing it to the board with the deck screws provided in the fastener’s package.
Step 6: Insert the Second Hidden Fastener
Next, align the second hidden fastener with the center of the board’s opposite end and insert it into the board. As before, use deck screws to secure it to the board.
Step 7: Install the Trex Board
With both hidden fasteners in place, you can now install the board using the clips to attach them to the joists. Repeat this process until you have replaced all the damaged, curled, or old trex boards.
Replacing Trex deck boards with hidden fasteners is a practical and straightforward task as long as you have the right materials and tools. Follow this guide above, and you will have a stunning new deck board in no time. Happy renovating!.