Trex Decking Clips

When it comes to building a deck, the aesthetics and durability of the decking material are paramount. While traditional face screwing has been a common method for securing deck boards, the innovative Trex decking clips, also known as Trex hidden fasteners, offer a superior alternative that not only enhances the beauty of your deck but also contributes to its longevity.

In this post, we’ll explore the numerous benefits of using Trex decking clips and why they are becoming the preferred choice for homeowners and builders alike.

A Seamless, Screw-Free Surface

Trex Glass Railing
Trex Decking with Trex Clips and Trex Glass Railing

One of the most compelling advantages of Trex decking clips is their ability to create a smooth, screw-free deck surface. Unlike face screwing, where screws are visible and can detract from the overall look of your deck, Trex hidden fasteners are designed to be completely invisible.

They are installed between the deck boards, clipping onto the sides rather than penetrating the top of the wood. This method not only improves the appearance of your deck but also makes it more comfortable and safe for bare feet and children’s play.

Enhanced Durability and Protection

Trex decking clips offer superior durability by evenly distributing stress along the entire length of the board. This prevents the wood from warping or splitting, which is a common issue with face-screwed boards where the screws can create points of stress.

Additionally, by avoiding penetration of the board’s surface, Trex hidden fasteners protect the integrity of the material, reducing the risk of water ingress and related decay. This is particularly important in climates where moisture and temperature fluctuations can severely affect wood.

In the picture below you can see Trex decking being installed with the face screw method. You can see a slight mushrooming around each screw head. You will feel this when you walk on your deck with bare feet. In addition this gives water a spot to collect and pool in each screw head.

We always recommend to our customers to opt for the Trex decking clips opposed to face screwing their Trex deck boards.

Easy Installation and Maintenance

The design of Trex decking clips makes installation quicker and more straightforward compared to traditional screwing methods. The clips are designed for easy alignment and can significantly reduce labor time and costs.

Moreover, if a deck board needs to be replaced or removed for any reason, the hidden fasteners allow for easy disassembly and reassembly without damaging other boards. This feature makes maintenance and repairs far less cumbersome and less costly over time.

Long-Term Cost Effectiveness

While the initial cost of Trex decking clips might be higher than traditional screws, the long-term savings are undeniable. The reduced need for maintenance, coupled with the extended lifespan of your deck boards, means that your investment will pay off in the long run. Furthermore, the added aesthetic appeal and increased durability can enhance the overall value of your home, making it a wise investment for future resale.

Trex Starter Clip

Don’t forget to add the Trex Hideaway® Starter Clips for your deck project. The Trex starter clips are what you use on your first row of you outer perimeter deck board. The clip is fastened to the joist and slides into the groove of the deck board. After that you will use the Trex Hideaway hidden fasteners for the opposing groove and the rest of the deck boards.

Warranty for Approved Trex Fasteners

Using the proper, approved Trex fasteners is crucial not only for the performance and aesthetics of your deck but also for preserving the warranty on your Trex decking. Trex provides specific guidelines on the types of fasteners that should be used to ensure optimal compatibility and performance.

Utilizing non-approved fasteners can potentially void your warranty, leaving you without coverage for any issues that might arise due to improper installation. By choosing approved Trex decking clips, you protect your investment and maintain the warranty’s validity, ensuring that your deck remains covered against defects in material or workmanship.

This peace of mind is invaluable, reinforcing the importance of following manufacturer recommendations to fully benefit from the quality assurance of Trex products.


Switching from traditional face screwing to Trex decking clips is a smart choice for any homeowner looking to enhance the beauty, functionality, and longevity of their deck. With their invisible installation, ease of use, and superior durability, Trex hidden fasteners offer a seamless finish that can dramatically improve the quality and value of your outdoor living space. Invest in Trex decking clips and step into a future of flawless, durable decking that will stand the test of time.

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