When designing your new deck, or renovating an existing structure, plan on finishing your project with Armadillo composite decking. Use standard wood posts and joist runners when constructing the frame, then finish the project with Armadillo composite decking boards. Remember, Armadillo composite decking is only designed for use as a deck board.
We recommend high quality deck screws and Armadillo deck clip fasteners. Pre-drill the diameter of the deck screw through Armadillo composite decking to allow for thermal expansion and contraction. Make sure to pre-drill only the deck board and not the stringer or joist. To prevent board ends from splitting, it is important to pre-drill so that you get a complete clearance hole. Make sure the heads of the screws are at least at least 1″ away from the end of the boards; and 1″ from the side of the board.
Carbide tipped tools are recommended.
Deck areas that have different exposures to the elements, for example, under an overhang or a table would have less exposure, therefore, will show less weathering to neighboring boards.