Choosing Stainless Screws
Building a deck made to last requires the right type of fasteners. Screws are commonly used to secure deck boards, while nails are most often used for attaching joists to the framing. When choosing deck screws, it's important to make sure they're made of material that is corrosion-resistant. This is especially important when working with cedar and pressure-treated lumber. Our recommendation is stainless steel.
Benefits of Stainless Steel Deck Screws
Stainless steel deck screws offer resistance to rust and corrosion. This is particularly important when building outdoors, by pools, or in coastal areas that are exposed to water, salts, and chemicals. Stainless screws are able to withstand exposure to moisture, humidity, salt, and other conditions that typically cause corrosion or rust to occur.
Stainless steel deck screws provide the strength and durability required to maintain a secure hold that lasts the life of a deck. When building a new deck or dock, it's best to start out with reliable fasteners to ensure its longevity and safety. Saving in the short term by using low-quality fasteners isn't worth the risk of having decking loosen, warp, or develop other damage over time. Today more and more building codes are requiring stainless steel screws and fasteners for coastal applications.
Stainless screws will be aesthetically pleasing over the long term and may also outlive the life of the deck. If you need to replace a board, it may be removed seamlessly. This can make repairs and maintenance easier to handle.
Types of Stainless for Decking Screws
Our stainless steel deck screws are available in type 305 and type 316 Stainless Steel. Type 305SS is suitable for most applications and will provide excellent corrosion resistance under the majority of outdoor conditions. However, it is not recommended for saltwater exposure.
Type 316 stainless steel is a nickel-chromium austenitic grade of stainless steel with 2-3% molybdenum. It is more suitable when building in harsh environments, such as marine and coastal areas where chlorine or saltwater are present.
Both grades of stainless screws can be used in various decking materials, including cedar, hardwoods and pressure-treated lumber.
Other Applications for Stainless Screws
Our stainless screws have a wide variety of applications. They can be used for other wood structures, including docks and framing. They also provide the durability and corrosion resistance needed for outdoor wood structures, especially in coastal or marine locations. The beauty of stainless screws is put on display when used in outdoor furniture pieces like adirondack chairs and porch swings that often adorn seaside residences. With a wide variety of screws to choose from, there is an option for every application.