When designing a 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.
For grooved composite decking, we recommend high-quality deck screws and TurboClip deck clip fasteners. For solid composite decking, pre-drill your Armadillo composite decking with a hole the diameter of the deck screw to allow for thermal expansion and contraction. Make sure to pre-drill only the deck board and not the stringer or joist. It is important to pre-drill so that you get a complete clearance hole and to prevent board ends from splitting. 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.
Cutting Tools for Composite Decking
Carbide tipped tools are recommended.
Weathering of Composite Decks
Deck areas that have different exposures to the elements, for example, under an overhang or a table would have less exposure, and therefore will show less weathering to neighboring boards.