Stainless Steel Deck Screws
Type 17 Point Coarse Thread Deck Screws in Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel
Stainless steel deck screws with a type 17 point have a bugle flat head and are used for fastening wood and composite deck boards to the main beams or joists. This can be done by face mounting the boards or with the use of hidden deck fasteners. Stainless Steel Deck Screws are an integral part of any deck building project.
Stainless Steel screws are corrosion resistant making them durable and able to withstand exterior installation and weather conditions without losing their quality. These screws feature a type 17 point, which allows for an easy installation in wood and composite deck materials, as well as coarse threads and shoulders to hold the boards together tightly. Screws in this selection feature either a bugle or a trim head with a square or Torx (star) drive to eliminate the stripping effect sometimes experienced with other types of drives, ensuring easy installation.
Stainless Steel Deck Screws are available in Grade 305 or Grade 316 Stainless Steel. For applications that will be exposed to salt water or salt water moisture, such as docks, boardwalks, and other seaside applications, we recommend using 316 Stainless Steel because it has a greater tolerance to the rust and corrosion that salt water can cause.
Stainless Steel Deck Screw Installation Tips:
- Always pre-drill a pilot hole into the wood or composite decking material before installing the screw. This is especially important in hardwoods, and helps to alleviate any problems experienced with wood knots.
- A traditional bar of soap can be used as a lubricant or wax on the threads of the screw to help prevent snapping heads and screw distortion.
- Premium bits should be used when available to prevent cam out and fastener drive stripping.
- Avoid installing into wood knots.
- Slow and Steady Wins the Race - Installing a deck screw with a high RPM creates friction, which creates heat. This can cause distortion or breaking.
- Always use 316 Stainless Steel Screws in applications exposed to salt water. This can include moisture in the air in coastal areas, as well as exposure to salt water itself. 316 Stainless Steel will maintain its corrosion and rust resistance in these harsh deck application environments.