Can you screw Fiberon decking?

All brands of Fiberon decking may be surface-fastened. Use only screws designed for composite decking. Avoid using plain, galvanized surface fasteners. Do not use traditional bugle-head screws.

What size are Cortex screws?

Cortex Trim comes available in two fastener lengths 2” and 2-3/4″.

Do Trex fasteners work with Fiberon?

Fiberon Phantom universal plastic hidden fasteners are compatible with most leading decking brands. All other Fiberon fasteners are designed specifically for use with Fiberon decking products….Are Fiberon fasteners compatible with other decking brands?

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What screws do you use for composite decking?

If you opt for composite deck screws, be sure to use stainless steel screws that will not rust or corrode. Select a minimum size of #8 x 2.5 in.

How do you finish the ends of Fiberon decking?

Composite decking ends can be finished by picture framing, raised fascia board, painting the ends, attaching decking veneer, composite nosing strips, vinyl stair nosing cove, composite corner trim or plastic end caps. In short composite decking, ends must be hidden or blended into the look of the decking boards.

Does Fiberon decking expand?

All decking materials whether wood, composite or metal, will undergo some degree of linear expansion with the changes of weather and season.

What are Cortex screws?

The Cortex Hidden Fastening System is the fastest, easiest way to hide fasteners in composite, capstock, and PVC decking boards. Cortex offers a strong connection between the deck board and joist. It hides fasteners across the entire deck, first and last board, perimeter and stairs.

How much space do you need between Fiberon deck boards?

For Fiberon decking, recommended end-to-end gaps range from 1/32 inch to 1/4 inch depending on the temperature during installation. For side gaps, the recommendation is 3/16 inch, with 1/4 inch between the outside board and a permanent structure.

Do you stagger composite deck boards?

Composite decking should not be staggered on a deck. Staggered decking requires butt joints, but composite decking expands and contracts with temperature changes making butt joints unsightly. It is better to design a composite deck with intentional design elements to avoid staggering boards for a wider composite deck.

Do I need special screws for composite decking?

You can screw or nail composite decking boards just like wood ones. Three-inch decking screws are the best fastener choice; they sink a secure distance into the joists and won’t back out like nails. There’s little danger of splitting the boards when driving them, so you don’t need to pre-drill.

What are cortex Hidden Face fasteners?

This is actually a system consisting of a Cortex screw and a color-matched plug made from Fiberon decking material. Because the plug minimizes the appearance of hardware on the decking, this approach is known as “hidden face-fastening.” Cortex hidden face fasteners work as follows:

Why won’t my cortex screw grab the cortex screw on Fiberon?

It has to do with the board’s design. Good Life Decking has a scalloped bottom while other Fiberon boards have a flat bottom. The scalloped design has advantages; however, it does not provide sufficient material for the Cortex screw to grab.

What Screws do you use for Fiberon decking?

Cap-Tor xd screws are color matched to Fiberon decking. Available for PE and PVC deck boards. Epoxy-coated carbon steel (T-20 Star bit included). 305 Grade Stainless Steel version also available (T-20 Star bit included). (Part #: SCREW CTBRD BIT sold separately).

How many fasteners can I install on one cortex setting tool?

Stronger bit material and industrial grade felt will enable you to install 350 fasteners on one Cortex Setting Tool. Cortex is available in a 100 lineal foot package, a 100 square foot package and a 300 square foot package.