Sep 6, 2012

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Are You Pre-drilling Your Decking?

Are You Pre-drilling Your Decking?

Quit Screwing Around.

Pre-drill your hardwood to avoid breaking screws, or worse, splitting deck boards. Though many companies claim you can install their hidden deck fasteners into hardwood without pre-drilling, you shouldn’t believe them. Here, at DeckWise®, we have tested them all ourselves. Our results found that no matter what type of screws, fasteners and wood you use, pre-drilling produces the best results.

Individuals who do not pre-drill their hardwood risk stripping and breaking the screws. There are many different types of screws, and depending on what they are made of determines their level of durability. High-quality screws, such as stainless steel, are good screws because they are less likely to corrode. However, they tend to be softer, which means they are more likely to bend if the user does not pre-drill. Just the same, screws of a lesser quality are more durable for drilling, but they tend to corrode quickly. This corrosion will cause the decking to become unstable. What’s the solution to such a problem? Pre-drilling. That plus the use of high-quality screws, such as DeckWise® Colormatch Screws, will result in a long-lasting, strong and stable hardwood structure.

You may know, hardwood is the densest natural material you can build with. When it’s installed properly the results can be exquisite. And at DeckWise®, we are all about fasteners for hardwoods. That is why our engineers have created products such as the DeckWise® Hidden Deck Fasteners, the Drill & Drive and the Colormatch Screws. These products help you to properly finish your project in a fraction of the time.

Below are some helpful steps to properly install the DeckWise® Hidden Deck Fasteners, the Drill & Drive and the Colormatch Screws.

  1. Use the Drill & Drive to pre-drill into the deck boards (you don’t need to drill into the framing).
  2. Flip the tip of the Drill & Drive.
  3. Place the clip into position.
  4. Drive in the screw at a 45 degree angle.

After completing those four simple steps you’re done!

For more information on drilling hardwood check-out our website at

Cut Down Your Installation Time!

  1. Thank you, Jacklyn! We’re happy you enjoyed it! We look forward to more feedback from you.

  2. This is very well written and informative.


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