• To avoid the common problems associated with traditionally-constructed decks, consider building yours by using a hidden bracket system. Photo: Deckmaster Fine Decks (2013)

  • With hidden brackets, deck boards are attached and reinforced from beneath. Photo: Deckmaster Fine Decks (2013)

  • The end result is a deck that is safer, more comfortable and better looking than the average. Photo: Deckmaster Fine Decks (2013)

Weston Leavens is Owner of Deckmaster Fine Decks. To reach Weston Leavens call (707) 902-3955.
The Benefits of Hidden Brackets

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.

Weston Leavens is a 25-year veteran of the decking industry and owner of Deckmaster Fine Decks, a Diamond Certified company since 2009. He can be reached at (707) 902-3955 or by email.

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