Sometimes selecting a new deck can be a lot like buying a new car for Seattle area homeowners. There is a wide variety of options to choose from and many of the local lumber yards only carry a few of the options, making cross product comparisons challenging. Some of the manufacturers of synthetic decking products offer several grades within the same product line. Once you have selected a product, you then must consider the various fastening methods, including hidden fasteners or exposed screws.
Having installed a wide variety of hardwood and synthetic decking products over the years using all types of fastening methods, it is clear to this contractor that some products are significantly better suited to certain applications. Be sure to consult a deck installation expert in addition to the salespeople at your local building supply retailer. When you pick the right product for your deck and install it using industry best practices you will enjoy a beautiful outdoor living space for many years like this lucky Seattle homeowner, whose deck we recently completed. (Please note the handrail installation details required that it be installed following completion of the deck.)!