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If you want to install composite decking, you should know that installing them is not hard if you know how to.

This is because composite decking makers are producing beautiful decking boards in such a way that DIY’s can master the process easily. 

That composite decking can be easily installed does not mean that you don’t have to know anything about the installation process.

There are some parts of the process that require a little technical proficiency. What this means is that you have to do some calculations to install your composite decking.

Also, you should be able to handle a hammer and saw because you might have to cut the decks into size.

In addition to that, you should know how to use a drilling machine in case you are using the surface installation method.

If you are using the hidden fasteners method, you need to master how to clip the decking to the joists. 

When you have knowledge of all these processes, then installing the decking won’t be hard.

This article explains the process in detail to give you the knowledge you need when installing your decking.

Building the Frame

Building the frame or structure that you will lay your decks on is one of the processes that require a skill.

You must understand the process so that installing the decks will not be hard.

The process starts with measuring the length and breadth of the space that you will set the woods that will serve as the foundation for the structure. 

The tools you will need here are measuring tape and chalk or anything you can use to mark the site.

After marking where you will put the foundation, you can proceed to dig.

Then you should mix mortar and place it in the hole you dug so that the woods that serve as the foundation will be held firmly to the ground. 

When the mortar is dry, you can attach the planks that will serve as the joists to the pillars.

This also requires some calculation because the joist must be space some 16 inches apart.

Also, you must lay the planks so that it will be straight to the wall of your house. That is, it must be perpendicular to your house. 

Fixing and Clipping

Clipping composite decking is another process that requires skill. It is because you have to arrange the composite decking in order to achieve the best result.

In the preceding heading, it was mentioned that you have to lay the joists so that they will be perpendicular to the house. 

You have to do this so that the decking will be laid parallel to the house. It is a reasonable technique to set the decks parallel to your house.

When you have laid the decks, you can begin to fix them with clips and screws. 

You must know how to handle a drilling machine to pre-drill the hole you will put the screw in when fixing the clips.

Also, you must know the different types of clips and know where you should put them.

clips to install outdoor decking

A starter clip, for example, should be used on the first deck, while a T-clip should be used to hold down the other decks. 

Cutting the Decks

When you lay the decks on the joists, the decks might extend beyond the place you want to put them.

You might have to cut the decks so that they will not extend beyond the frame. For you to do this, you must be able to use a saw. 

If you have a saw, all you have to do is mark the spot that you want to cut away and start hacking the deck.

Aside from cutting the decks, you might have to cut the wood that you will use as a pillar for the foundation.

Covering the Edges

Covering the edge of your decks requires some skill.

If you are using the picture frame method to cover the edges, you must incorporate the design when building the frame.

It requires detailed planning, and you must structure the frame well. 

Also, if you are using the fascia method, you must not raise the outer board that you use to conceal the edges above the decking.

It is important if you want dirt to be swept away from the deck effortlessly.

Conclusion

How hard is it to install composite decking? Installing your composite decking is not hard if you have some installation knowledge. You should be able to use the tools that you will utilize in installing the decks.