Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 17
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by deckreview Worked great for me
I was worried about these based on the other reviews and comments about how most the screws break and the bit strips. For me everything worked perfectly. My deck was 10 x 20 so I used 4 boxes and not a single problem, no broke screws, no stripped heads. I just kept in mind that the screws are stainless, that being said it is a weaker metal than standard screws. I started the screws with my drill on torque setting 2 to drive the screw head about an 1/8" to being flush, then after the next row was fastened the same way my helper stood on the boards and I drove the screws home with a 1/4 ratchet. Notice I did not try to draw the board down with the screw and did not use my battery driver to start the screws, of course both of those ways would have snapped screws.
I did order the generic brand of these that were advertised to be designed for Trex but I found the spacer part was too short so it would give the proper 1/4" spacing but would leave a gap between the bottom of the fastener and the joist. For the money the Trex were only about $2.00 more but in the end they are worth it.
April 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BobbyD Great if you do one thing first.
These work well and give you the proper spacing for the decking. They work on the off brand grooved decking as well. In order for them to be truly hidden though you need to done one thing first. Buy some black duct tape, I bought the animal type. Put that down on all your stringers first. The black fasteners are then hard to see, plus it prevents the boards from rotting. Composite board will hold water between them and your joists. The stringers are rot resistant, not rot proof. This way they are rot proof and will last a life time. A few of these will not properly grip and you will need to put a longer deck screw through this but out of the over 1,000 I just put in this happened maybe 10 times. Some people will tell you it gives you s large gap, it is the required gap that it gives you and the gap will be consistent throughout your deck. It is very time consuming but you will not have any visible fasteners. These cost a bit but give you a great looking deck. Another good thing about these fasteners is that if you ever have to replace a board it is easily done. All you have to do is loosen the fasteners on both sides of the board and slide it out, then slide the new board in. No other hidden fastener system will allow you to do this. The board can be completely in the middle the deck.
May 3, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by NeoCowboy Worked well with Armadillo brand decking
I purchased Armadillo brand decking at an auction and found that no one around here carries it so I was stuck having to get another type of deck clip. The decking I have was grooved and I was worried these wouldn't work because they seamed loose but after installing a 12x12 deck everything seems to be fine. My wife isn't thrilled with the gap because you can see through it but I figured it will help keep water from pooling. Also my deck is a dark red color so the black actually looks better than the bare lumber.
Since I wasn't using Trex I don't know if I can hold this against the product but the starters did not hold the first board tight so I had to screw them on the face next to the wall.
I did have one screw break and two strip, but not to the point of not being able to tighten them but I was using a DeWalt 14.4v impact driver without a clutch, I was just being careful that I didn't drive them after bottoming out.
October 13, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by AXP Not so hidden
I used these fasteners with Trex decking. They do the job fine but the gap is wider than I liked and the fasteners and screws are plainly visible from above. I pulled up the section and re installed with the more expensive metal clips. They worked great and pull the boards tight due to the angle of the screw.
September 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wildcatmike Looks great and faster to install than standard deck screws!
I installed 4 boxes of these with Trex Transcend on a new deck that I built. I didn't have a single screw break or strip. I'm not sure why others have had that problem, but it wasn't a problem for me. I installed them using a Ridgid 18v drill/driver on the "1" setting, which is the slower of the two settings.
I would definitely recommend planing or shimming your joists to get them level. I had one spot where a low joist pulled down too hard on the board and it snapped the plastic bracket. I shimmed that one spot, and never had the problem again.
As for visibility between the board gaps, I covered my joists with Vycor Deck Protector tape, which is black, so the fasteners blend in well. Hopefully it will also prevent joist rot for a very long time.
May 16, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BvilleBound Soft screws? Stainless steel is the reason
A number of reviewers complained about how soft the screws are, how they strip out easily, the heads break off, etc. This is not a problem with the Trex product --- it is the weakness of stainless steel, which is always softer than the standard steel used in most screws. You will encounter the same issue with every small head stainless screw.
The toughness of the wood in your deck joists is a key factor, e.g. PT lumber that has aged and hardened. To prevent stripping / breaking, you may need to pre-drill a hole for each screw. We often have to take this extra step when we install new decking on an older deck, or PVC trim -- which also use stainless screws with a small head.
July 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Curmudgeon10 Excellent Result, But Considerable Time Required
I just finished redecking my 550 sq foot deck with Trex Transcend and these fasteners. If you are trying to use these to speed through a production job as a contractor, and/or use high speed/high torque tools to fasten, these are NOT for you. On the other hand, as a DIYer with a lot of time to complete my job, I found that with care and attention to detail, the finished product looked outstanding. I used a cordless drill driver set on a lower speed to drive the screws, and found the major problem to be due to operator error in not keeping the #1 square drive bit firmly seated in the screw head. The threads were aggressive, and without much pressure, one could seat the screws reliably.
My only complaint was that for a plastic item, I thought the price was about 10-15% high.
August 25, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by GMoney STOP, DONT BUY
Bought four boxes of these Trex Hidden Fasteners for my 16ft composite decking and thought this design looked great and appeared easy to use. I began installing my third Trex fastener and the screw broke in half with minimal torx. After I installed about 15 of these, I went to install my next board and my previous boards all came loose and I quickly discovered every fastener I just installed, popped loose and I was back at ground zero again. I also noticed that the screw head is highly visible when the boards are pressed together which I wasn't excited about. I literally ran back to Home Depot and returned these pieces of garbage. I ended up buying the metal Fasten Master clips from Lowes. WOW, those clips are amazing and really holds the decking tight. My deck looks even better than I thought. Hope this post helps and I hope Trex learns something from other companies design.
July 23, 2014