The Importance of Stainless Steel Hardware for Decking Projects
Do I Really Need Stainless?
You are planning on having a seaside deck installed. You may even be building it yourself. Have you wondered if stainless steel fasteners are the way to go?
While it can be tempting to skimp on the fastener quality to meet your budget, don't even think about it. The fact is, there are many risks associated with using improper hardware.
Not convinced? Here are 3 reasons to go stainless.
1. Financial: Want to save money on fasteners?
For deck projects, we tend to spend our budget on the deck boards and labor. That leaves the fasteners as an obvious place to cut corners.
Have you considered that stainless steel fasteners extend the longevity of your deck? They reduce the need for future repairs and maintenance, saving you money in the long run.
When you review your project budget, think long term to get the accurate cost.
Who invited rust?
Let's fast forward a season or two into the future. You have been happily enjoying your deck. Then you spot it. There's unsightly rusting and streaking around the fastener heads.
Rust and corrosion don't wait for an invitation. Rusting fasteners look terrible and cause structural problems. Use the right materials and prevent headaches later on.
Of course it's safe!
Although we may take it for granted, we depend on our decks to be safe. When decks fail and collapse, it often results in personal injuries (or worse). While there are many causes, fastener and connector failure is a significant contributor.
What causes these failures? Simpson Strong-Tie®
, an industry leader in structural connectors, cites improper construction, corrosion, damage and lack of maintenance as contributing factors. Decks should be safe and built to last by being professionally planned and constructed to code requirements. You should maintain and regularly inspect your deck, at least annually, for any potential developing problems. Keep in mind that the life expectancy of the average wood deck is 10-15 years. Serious issues may be discovered and corrected through regular inspection.
By using stainless steel connectors and fasteners you will maximize the aesthetics and structural integrity for many years to come. For siding, decking and other projects exposed to saltwater conditions, including de-icing salts, always use marine grade type 316 stainless steel.
Is stainless the way to go? You bet! For a safe, beautiful and long lasting deck your whole family can enjoy, you can't go wrong with stainless!