SEBASTOPOL – If you’re in the market for a new deck, you may find yourself overwhelmed with choices, as material options range from composites and synthetics to hardwoods and softwoods. However, an equally important factor to consider is how you want to attach the deck boards to your structure.
Many deck builders are still nailing or screwing decks together from the top down, which can cause several problems down the road. Besides being unsightly, protruding nails and screws can be a tripping hazard. In addition, water can penetrate the nail and screw holes and cause premature rot, which shortens the deck’s lifespan.
A good way to avoid these kinds of issues is to use a hidden bracket system. With hidden brackets, joists are attached beneath the deck boards, which allows the builder to insert the screws on the deck’s underside. The end result is a clean, unblemished deck surface that’s as safe and durable as it is aesthetically pleasing.