Building your deck, using nails to attach your decking together, is the most dangerous thing you can do during construction. When you hear about deck collapses, most of the time the collapse is due to the fact that the deck was attached using only nails. You definitely do not want this to happen to you.
When wood retains moisture, the decking expands and contracts. This expansion and contraction can actually push the nails up and out of the wood, making the security of the fastener degrade over time. Whenever you are building, or repairing, a deck ALWAYS use screws or lag bolts. These fasteners actually have little teeth that grab onto the decking, making the fastener more secure. It’s also highly recommended that you use galvanized hardware, this type of hardware is designed to resist moisture.
You might be concerned with the look of screws, especially on your deck surface. Tigerwood Hardwood Plugs are exactly what you need! These plugs are milled to cover holes left by these unsightly screws. They are tapered at 1º, which provides you with an easy application, and the best part is that they can be used on your stairs, railings, and any other hardwood project you may have on your deck! They provide you with a seamless and uniform look!
If you are unsure about the safety and stability of your deck, or unsure of the construction process, call a local licensed contractor to provide you with the right service. Do not take on more than you can handle, and it’s important that you obtain all of the proper permits from the building department before you begin your project!