Benefits of Hidden Deck Fasteners

In our professional opinion, the best and most attractive way to install your composite decking is with hidden fasteners!

Depending on the type of composite decking board you choose, you are able to use hidden fasteners to ‘soft install’ your decking, resulting in a cleaner, more attractive-looking deck. Composite deck boards with a grooved edge allow hidden fasteners to be placed on either side and then screwed down into the deck’s frame. Meaning deck screws do not have to be drilled into the deck’s body, avoiding damage to the board and ensuring longevity. This is what provides a perfect, clean finish.

Types of Fasteners

There are two types of fasteners available to use when installing a deck; starter fasteners and hidden fasteners.

Starter fasteners are required by nearly all deck installations. This is the metal clip used to install and secure the very first and last deck boards of each run. Its purpose is to provide stability to the outer deck, resulting in the longevity of the deck’s body.

Hidden fasteners are the fasteners that create the gap between each individual board, which are secured and drilled down at each crossover of board and joist. Their purpose is to hold the boards in place across the main body of the deck and come with a whole host of features and benefits, including;

  • Easy installation, either pneumatically or using a drill
  • Available in a variety of sizes for different project types
  • Concealed to preserve the deck’s clean finish
  • Less likely to succumb to damage
  • Less risk for pets, children and feet
  • Built-in spacer provides a uniform gap between each board

Why does there have to be a gap between boards?

DeckPlus’ composite decking requires a gap between each board of 3-5mm in order for the warranty to be satisfied. This is to account for expansion and contraction of the deck boards within a variety of climates. If boards are not installed with an appropriate gap, there is a risk that the deck’s warranty will be void. Hidden fasteners enable you to install your boards with the correct gap in between, avoiding any potential issues with your deck’s warranty.

Here at DeckPlus, our hidden deck fasteners are available in different size options, catering for a variety of projects. Whether you’re looking to install a small deck or a large one, we have the hidden fasteners to match. Visit our decking accessories page today to learn more about the hidden fasteners options that we have available.

You can also find more information and instructions on our hidden deck fasteners within our installation resources. Click below to find out more!

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Over the last several years, we have seen a range of different, eye-catching deck designs created using our collection of composite deck boards. From small decks to large decks and everything in between, we’ve seen it all. But the stand out design that has gained more and more popularity is the raised deck.

Bringing a multidimensional look to any property, this is definitely the design to choose if you want your home to stand out from the crowd. But what design do you choose? What options are out there? Find out here with our raised deck ideas.


Raised Deck Frames

Similar to a house, the foundation of your deck will determine the rest of your deck design decisions. While it may seem like a simple choice, there are in fact a number of options that will impact both the look and feel of your finished deck. You will want to go for designs that will fit well with the overall design of your home, including your deck’s shape and its supports.

When it comes to your deck’s frame, there are two popular choices to choose from; either a rectangular frame or a circular one. A rectangular frame is a traditional design for most raised decks as it provides the most flexibility when it comes to style. As a result of its common shape, it can take on whatever look you choose for your materials and furnishings. A circular frame, however, offers a more unique deck design, With a more compact look, these frames are great for homes that have smaller gardens and outdoor areas and are trying to bring a more contemporary look and feel.

Outdoor Raised Deck Ideas


Raised Deck Stairs

One of the major benefits of having a raised deck is the ability to open the space below. Many homeowners choose to finish their underdeck space with a new patio to create additional outdoor entertainment area. No matter how you choose to use the space, connecting your raised deck with the rest of your garden using a set of matching stairs creates a homogenous and effective design.

Typically, there are two designs to choose from for your deck stairs; a traditional look or a spiral look. The traditional stair design is a huge compliment to classically-designed homes that consist of exposed wooden elements and clean, straight lines. Whereas the spiral stair design is a great choice for those looking to create a modern-styled garden. The main benefit of choosing a spiral stair design over a traditional design is the smaller footprint that it uses, making it the ideal choice for smaller-sized outdoor areas. The mesmerising look also creates a beautiful centrepiece that can be built around.

Raised Deck Stairs


Raised Deck Handrails and Balustrades

Another important thing to think about when adding a raised deck to your property is the safety element that you’d like to implement. This is a vital and necessary component of your raised deck as it will be, of course, raised above the ground and you’ll need sufficient measures in place to ensure any guests, family members, friends and yourself are protected when on the deck. The great thing about this, however, is that you have a choice of products to choose from, all of which offer their own unique style. Perfect for a variety of outdoor designs!

This first option at your disposal is a glass balustrade system. This is a glass panel system that covers the entire outer edge of your raised deck, providing a clear, classy element of safety. The wonderful thing about these systems is that you have several design options to choose from. Pick one with a handrail, without a handrail, a frameless or cable system. All of which adds a finishing touch to your garden that completes the look of your raised deck.

A second option that you can choose is a composite rail, the perfect way to complement a composite deck! Available from chosen suppliers in a variety of colours and materials, composite rails offer homeowners a sturdy yet stylish dimension to their garden.  

Raised Deck Balustrade


And there you have it - raised deck ideas to inspire your next outdoor deck design. If you're planning on using composite decking for your raised deck, be sure to order your FREE deck samples from DeckPlus. For more information on our collection of deck boards, please don't hesitate to contact a member of our team today. Alternatively, if you're ready to get started on your raised deck project right away, browse our composite decking & place your order through our website!

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Composite decking has seen a surge of unwavering popularity over the last two decades, gracing many gardens across the UK and beyond – and with good reason.

Aesthetically stylish, reassuringly durable and consistently impressive, composite decking never fails to leave a lasting impression on homeowners and on-lookers alike.

That being said, the decking world isn’t immune to fashion trends; what’s in vogue in outdoor design can have a strong influence on the direction of industry as a whole.

To help you stay ahead of the curve in terms of keeping your garden up to date with contemporary design, we’ve outlined a few of the biggest things to expect from deck trends in 2020.


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Decking Trends for 2020

With the momentum of composite decking showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, anyone looking to invest in composite decking for their home won’t be left with buyer’s remorse.

However, if you’re looking to keep your decking area in vogue and looking as stylish as possible, there are a few fashionable decking trends 2020 has in store that you may want to keep in mind…


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Natural Wood

Contemporary colours have ruled the roost in the decking world over the last several years, with cool greys and dark stormy colours a common sight.

However, it appears that the cyclical nature of the outdoor design will see natural wood colours make a welcome comeback as what’s old becomes new once again.

Ranging from the classic appeal of dark teak and walnut decking to the lighter appeal of cedar and tigerwood shades, the organic appeal of authentic wood is simply timeless.


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Decking Lights

An influential factor in interior and exterior design alike, effective lighting has the ability to make a good deck great and a great deck simply outstanding.

For the ultimate in seamless uplighting, the illuminating qualities of our built-in deck lights provide fashion and function with its stylish radiance.

Blending practicality with performance, these lights sit within the boards themselves to provide a level finish that’s tidy, clean and clutter-free.


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Designer Flair

While a typical linear decking design will never fail to get the job done, 2020 looks set to see a rise in creativity when it comes to configuration and deck design.

Where standard striped decking may have been a foregone conclusion in the past, expect to see an increase in more artistic methods, such as diamond inserts and picture framing.

You could even mix and match with a multidirectional patchwork design or incorporate opposing directions with a dividing board in the centre. The possibilities are endless!


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Cable Railing

Glass balustrades have been hogging all the attention in the last couple of years due to their unique blend of style and transparency; however, they also require continued maintenance to stay clean.

Conversely, cable railings offer all the benefits of balustrades with minimal upkeep, making them a popular choice for those looking to create a stylish decking border that also includes uncompromised visual freedom.

For raised decking areas and decked out balconies, a protective border is a must-have purchase and they don’t come any better than the low-maintenance, high-visibility of cable railing.


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Finally, a garden trend that looks set to carry through from 2019 is the unique all-in-one tactic of garden zoning.

Essentially creating a “best of both worlds” scenario, zoning is – as the name suggest – the process of splitting your garden into distinct sections or zones.

This not only allows you to designate specific areas to a particular purpose or activity, it also allows you to incorporate multiple materials should you wish to mix-up your flooring design.


Deck Into 2020

With many of our composite decking ranges offering a hefty 30-year guarantee (like our EasyClean Legacy, EasyClean Tropical and Reliaboard ranges), decking out your outside space is an investment that could quite literally last a generation!

As such, you’re going to want to get it right the first time. Luckily, with the top-quality decking available at DeckPlus, our products never fail to impress and opting for a deck from us will set you on the right path to a designer deck that looks great in 2020 and beyond.


For more decking inspiration or additional information on the deck trends 2020 is likely to bring, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 028 8756 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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With Christmas on the horizon and winter well on its way, keeping your outdoor living space protected and primed for the impending onslaught of cold weather is a concern for many homeowners across the UK.

Luckily, for those blessed with composite decking, no such worries are necessary. In fact, composite decking is more than up for the challenge, tailor-made to fight off the cold and withstand the bitter chill that winter brings.


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Decking Dangers in Wintertime

Typical softwood and hardwood decking are both prone to water absorption, creating a slippery surface that poses many hazards as a result.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, this water can then freeze during the sub-zero temperatures of the wintertime, turning your domestic decking area into a residential ice rink.

Worse still, any water that does get into the wood cracks will expand as it freezes, which can ultimately cause your boards to crack and break, especially if they’re not properly sealed.

Fortunately, any unsteady feelings can be given the slip with confidence if you make the smart choice and opt for composite decking,


Why Choose Composite Decking for Winter

Composite decking is made from a combination of natural hardwood and composite materials, making for a top-quality product that’s highly resistant to the demands of the outdoors.

Moisture-resistant with an extremely low absorption rate, our composite deck boards are made for traction, even in the wintertime, eradicating fears of ice surface water freezing over.

With its protective polymer sleeve, capped composite decking is particularly water-resistant with an even lower absorption rate than traditional composite decking.

Perhaps best of all, neither uncapped of capped composite decking require any treatment or sealing to maintain their winterproof qualities, both providing a reliable surface underfoot that lasts year after year.


Composite Decking in the Snow

Even in the event of snowy weather, composite decking is a fantastic surface that’s built to withstand the frosty cold.

Extremely hard-wearing, you can even fend of the snow and ice by using rock salt or calcium chloride without fears of damaging the decking surface beneath when the snow/ice melts.

Meanwhile, if you do wish to remove any bulk of snow, this can be done using conventional shovelling methods; however, it’s advisable to opt for a plastic shovel to avoid damaging the boards.


For more information on winterproof decking and why composite decking is the perfect surface to withstand the cold, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 028 8756 or get touch online by clicking the button below.

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This customer was looking to add a contemporary deck design to their existing seaside property, with the aim of using a high-quality yet affordable decking product for the task at hand.

Searching online for reputable composite decking supplier, the customer soon discovered DeckPlus. After reading positive reviews, they decided that DeckPlus was the supplier for them.

From there, the customer perused our wide range of composite decking in search of a dynamic design. Modern, stylish and reasonably priced, the FutureDek Silver Birch ticked all the boxes

Soon enough, it was settled: the deck had been purchased, the job had been booked in and it had been made official.

Once on-site, our team of installers set about making this dream deck a reality, wasting little time in getting to work.

In no time at all, the deck was installed, leaving the customer with a stunning, new composite decking area to enjoy the seaside ambience and maritime views in style.




FutureDek Silver Birch Composite Decking

With its natural wood-look design, textured finish and realistic two-tone aesthetic, the FutureDek Silver Birch provides a wonderfully modern take on a classic design.

Its hollow composition also makes it both eco-friendly and budget-friendly, while its composite nature ensures robust durability for a long-lasting effect.

Resistant to stains, fading and abrasions, FutureDek Silver Birch composite decking is built to last and certainly lives up to its name – fundamentally designed to maintain its looks long into the future.




For more information on our wide range of composite decking options – including the FutureDek Silver Birch used in this project – why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 028 8756 and you too could turn your decking dreams into a reality today!

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