In building your new deck or patio, ensuring the best materials for the project will be your priority. While deciding between a composite and wood decking material might be easy, choosing for the right fasteners to be used in your deck could be confusing because there are wide options of fasteners for decking you need to consider. So how will you know which of those will be the best to use for your project? Which of these fasteners could withstand the elements, movement and moisture?  Fasteners are the one that hold your patio or deck together, this is also the part of a deck that frequently fails. Check these different screws and nails and what work best in building your deck. 


Types of Nails for Decks 

Nails are available in many size and shape. Choosing for the right nail will depend on the plans you have for your project. They are sized by the diameter of the head and the length of its shaft. There are also types of nails in addition to the size. 

  • Common nails- it has thick shank and large heads, often used for deck framing for they hold well but they are hard to drive because they tend to split the wood. 
  •  Box nails–Thinner shank than common nails but same in size, reduced the splitting chance of wood 
  • Spiral nails– Grip wood fibers, they are difficult to remove. 
  • Finishing nails– Small, barrel heads with slender shank and used most often for trimming work  
  • Casing nails– Larger type of finishing nails 

Stainless steel nails are best for decking because of their resistance to rust with a mild discoloration to wood like cedar however it is more expensive than other types of nails. Galvanized nails are more often used in building decks as it is more economical in term of price but still provide decent corrosion resistance. There are also aluminum deck nails, this type of nail is much softer and is easy to bend that will corrode when it come in contact with copper preservatives that is used in pressure-treated woods. For that reason, it is not recommended in

Types of Screws for Decks 

Like nails, screws come in many sizes and styles also. They are easier to drive into wood than nails and have stronger holding power as long as screw is drive correctly. They are also easier to remove compared to nails and not damaging the wood. But when it comes to deck building, some people are not using it for one reason, that the screw heads could accumulate small amount of water. However, screws are much better choice than nails in screwing deck boards as it doesn’t creep out of holes like nails do over time. The thread of the screw also helps it to stay attached even after years of weight and contact. 

Decking screws are different from other screws as they are being coated to resist corrosion, tapered, self-sinking and extremely sharp but stainless-steel screws has the highest level in terms of corrosion resistance but is more expensive. However, a small extra cost will be worth it to avoid serious injury or decaying deck. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *