When it comes to constructing a terrace, it is always best to use a product designed for outdoor use. Galvanized frame nails are the most reliable option as they won't rust and will provide optimal performance. However, if you don't want to use these, you can opt for a platform installation gun or a fastener that can screw in faster. Frame connectors are also essential for strengthening the joints between the frame elements.
In the past, nails and screws were used to join frame elements together, but most building codes now require hardware for frames. To give your terrace a solid and durable base, here are some tips for choosing the best fastening option:
- Use wooden dowels to hide the screws if you don't want to use expensive hidden fasteners or deck clips.
- If you want to use hidden fasteners, make sure they are compatible with your decking material.
- For exotic hardwood decks, deck clips are the best option as they provide a secure connection.