Material Guide


When evaluating deck fasteners, it is essential to consider the type of decking material and climate conditions. Different materials may necessitate specific fasteners for optimal performance, while certain fasteners may offer better resistance to corrosion or be more suitable for extreme weather conditions.

Fastener Material


Deck fasteners are essential components used in the construction of decks. These fasteners play a crucial role in securing the deck boards to the underlying structure, ensuring stability and durability. They come in various forms, including screws, nails, clips, and hidden fastening systems. The choice of deck fasteners depends on factors such as the type of decking material, climate conditions, and desired aesthetic appeal.

Face Screw Fasteners

These fasteners are commonly used in decking projects where the boards are not pre-grooved for hidden fasteners. Face screw deck fasteners are available in a variety of materials, including stainless steel, coated steel, and composite materials.

Concealed Edge Fasteners

Concealed edge deck fasteners, also known as hidden deck fasteners, are innovative and efficient solutions for securing deck boards without the need for visible screws or nails. These fasteners are designed to be installed on the sides of the deck boards, ensuring a clean and seamless appearance while also providing a secure and durable connection.

Hidden Plug Fasteners

These fasteners provide a sleek and seamless look to the deck surface, without the unsightly appearance of screws or nails. Hidden plug deck fasteners are a type of hidden fastener that use plugs to cover the screw holes, creating a smooth and uniform surface.

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Everything you need to know about fasteners.

To remove a Cortex plug we recommend using a trim screw. Drive the screw through the plug until it bottoms out when it reaches the head of the Cortex screw. Then wiggle the plug out.

Proper spacing information based on you application and local code requirements can be found in each product’s technical bulletin.

Camo fasteners work with Composite, Cedar, Treated, PVC and Hardwood decking. The CAMO 1-7/8 inch Fasteners are compatible with 5/4″ decking.

If a CAMO Marksman tool is stuck on the deck board, it is typically because the CAMO fastener is not fully driven into the joist. Don’t try to pull and remove the tool because you may break it. Rather, remove the screw by reversing the drill and backing it out or continue to force the screw into the deck board. Driving the screw in the rest of the way is the recommended method. Once driven in, remove the tool and continue with your project.

Try Starborn DeckMatch to find the best color-matched screws and plugs for decks and trim. The deck plug & screw color selector helps match popular deck boards or trim boards.


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Price Ratings

Renewit’s price ratings are intended to provide customers an indication of a material cost in comparison to other materials within a material group. The number of “$” symbols indicates the relative price of materials.

Note: Materials with 2 dollar signs do not necessarily cost twice as much as those with 1 dollar sign.

Price Ratings Breakdown:


The most budget-friendly options suitable for those seeking the least expensive materials. 

Value Plus

Moderately priced materials that strike a balance between affordability and quality. Customers can expect a wider range of options at this price level.


Higher-end materials that offer superior quality, durability, and visual appeal.


Top-of-the-line and materials associated with the highest quality, exceptional durability, and most expensive.