4 Ways to Install Trex Decking for a Perfect Outdoor Space

Trex decking is a popular choice for outdoor spaces, thanks to its durability and aesthetic appeal. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or a professional installer, there are several methods to install Trex decking to suit your needs and preferences. Here’s a guide to four common installation methods, including recommendations for fasteners to ensure a secure and visually pleasing result.

1. Face Screwing with Visible Screw Heads

One of the most straightforward methods of installing Trex decking is face screwing. This involves driving screws directly through the top surface of the deck boards and into the joists below. While this method is simple and cost-effective, it leaves the screw heads visible on the surface of the deck.

Recommended Fasteners: For a clean and consistent appearance, we recommend using Deckwise Colormatch composite deck screws. These screws are designed to blend seamlessly with your Trex decking, providing a neat finish while offering the strength and corrosion resistance needed for outdoor applications. These screws are available in 5 color choices to match the most popular colors of composite decking.

2. Trex Hideaway Hidden Fasteners

For those who prefer a cleaner look without visible screw heads, Trex offers its own brand of hidden fasteners called Trex Hideaway. These fasteners are designed to fit into the grooves of Trex decking boards, securing them to the joists while remaining out of sight. This method provides a smooth, uninterrupted surface that enhances the beauty of your deck.

Manufacturer’s Recommended Method: Trex Hideaway hidden fasteners are the manufacturer’s recommended choice for achieving a sleek, professional finish on your Trex deck.

3. CAMO EDGE Clip – A Faster and Stronger Alternative

If you’re looking for a hidden fastening solution that combines speed and strength, consider the CAMO EDGE Clip. This innovative system is designed for easy installation and provides a secure hold that pulls the deck boards tightly together.

Why Choose CAMO EDGE Clip: Unlike traditional hidden fasteners, the CAMO EDGE Clip system allows for faster installation, making it a great choice for both DIYers and professionals. Additionally, its strong design ensures a long-lasting, squeak-free deck.

4. Cortex Hidden Plug System

Another popular option for hidden fastening is the Cortex hidden plug system. This method involves using screws that are then covered with color-matched plugs, making them virtually invisible. The Cortex system offers a clean, smooth surface while providing the strength and stability needed for a durable deck.

Benefits of the Cortex System: The Cortex hidden plug system allows for the beauty of your Trex decking to shine without any visible screw heads, creating a seamless look that’s both elegant and functional.


When it comes to installing Trex decking, there are several methods to choose from, each with its own advantages. Whether you prefer the simplicity of face screwing with Deckwise Colormatch composite deck screws, the hidden elegance of Trex Hideaway fasteners, the speed and strength of the CAMO EDGE Clip system, or the seamless finish of the Cortex hidden plug system, there’s an installation method that’s right for your project. Choose the one that best suits your needs and enjoy a beautiful, long-lasting outdoor space.

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