Decking can transform an outdoor space into a beautiful area for relaxation and entertainment. If you’re considering an upgrade, TimberTech offers a wide range of high-quality, low-maintenance composite decking products. This blog post will guide you through the process of installing TimberTech decking.
What You’ll Need:
- TimberTech Composite Deck Boards
- Concealoc Hidden Fasteners or TOPLoc Face Fasteners
- Composite deck screws
- Saw (Miter Saw/Circular Saw)
- Tape measure
- Chalk line
- Safety Glasses and Gloves
Step 1: Prepare Your Work Area
Before you begin, ensure you have a stable, well-structured base for your deck. This might be a concrete pad, a wooden deck substructure, or another suitable foundation. Clear the area of debris and make sure it’s level.
Step 2: Install Starter Boards
The first step in installing your TimberTech decking is to lay the starter board. This board will be installed perpendicular to the joists, and its outer edge should be flush with the outside face of the rim joist. Secure the starter board with TOPLoc Face Fasteners.
Step 3: Concealoc or TOPLoc Fasteners Installation
To keep your deck surface free of visible screw holes, use the Concealoc hidden fastener system. Slide the fastener into the grooved edge of the deck board, then secure the fastener into the joist. Alternatively, if you’re using the TOPLoc Face Fastening system, screws should be installed at a 45° angle in the board surface and driven down until they’re flush with the surface.
Step 4: Installing Deck Boards
Now, you’re ready to install the main deck boards. Measure and cut the boards to the required length. Install each deck board onto the joists by sliding the grooved edge into the previously installed Concealoc fastener. Then, install another fastener to the other side of the board, securing it to the joist. Repeat this process for each deck board. Ensure to leave a gap for expansion and contraction if specified by TimberTech’s installation guide.
Step 5: Finishing the Deck
After all deck boards are installed, you’ll need to install the “picture framing” boards. These are the boards that go around the perimeter of the deck. They should be fastened to the joists with TOPLoc Face Fasteners. Once you’ve installed these, your deck is complete.
Step 6: Post Installation Care
Once your deck is installed, ensure you keep it looking its best with regular cleaning. Sweep away debris and clean with a composite deck cleaner twice a year.
Remember, safety is paramount, always take necessary precautions while using power tools. Also, before beginning any decking project, check local building codes and regulations, and always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Installing your TimberTech decking can be a rewarding DIY project. But, if you feel this task is beyond your DIY capabilities, it’s best to hire a professional. Happy deck building!