Deck Fasteners

The right hardware for the job

20-year-performance-warranty

Hidden fasteners or face fasteners?

The choice is yours.

Deck Fasteners in Action

When you’re building a deck, little details can make a big difference. Like fasteners. Fiberon Phantom hidden fasteners keep deck boards secure and provide a smooth surface that’s a treat for your eyes as well as your toes. Prefer a more traditional approach? Choose Fiberon Cortex face fasteners. Installed on the decking surface, Cortex fasteners grip tight. And they include color-matched plugs to minimize the hardware’s appearance and ensure a beautiful, flawless finish.

Whether they’re out of sight or on the surface, count on Fiberon deck fasteners for a lasting hold, easy installation, and a look you’re sure to love.

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Hidden Fasteners
Phantom Universal Hidden Fastener




The new Fiberon Phantom ® Universal Hidden Fastener installs easily, helps minimize lateral board movement, and is priced right.

  • Black polypropylene fastener practically disappears between deck boards
  • Pre-inserted screw enables easy “one-touch” installation
  • More affordable than other hidden deck fasteners
  • Carbon steel-coated screw resists rust and corrosion
  • Patented “teeth” help prevent lateral board movement
  • Self-gapping design ensures consistent 3/16” gapping between every board
  • Outperforms leading plastic fastener per independent laboratory testing
  • Screw removes easily to swap out a damaged board
  • Available in boxes of 90 (50 sq. ft. of coverage) and buckets of 900 (500 sq. ft. of coverage) for 16” on-center installations.

Available at stocking dealers. See Technical Information below.

WORKS WITH:

Fiberon Symmetry, Horizon, ProTect Advantage, Good Life, and Veranda Decking (available at Home Depot). Also compatible with most leading composite grooved decking

Phantom GT Hidden Fastener




Phantom EC End Clip


For a smooth deck surface and seamless transition from the indoors to the outdoors, choose Fiberon Phantom GT and Phantom EC (End Clips) Hidden Fasteners.

  • Made from stainless steel with corrosion-resistant coating
  • More "teeth" and sharper curves grip deck boards for a stronger hold to the joist
  • Dual limiting tabs ensure consistent spacing and resist twisting often seen with single tab fasteners
  • Key hole design properly orients and seats the screw for optimal installation
  • Butt Joint Fasteners eliminate the need to double joist or use two fasteners at joints
  • End Clip Fasteners eliminate surface fasteners on the beginning and end boards of the deck
  • Fasteners work with Fiberon Phantom Ballistic Screws (see details below)
  • Available in boxes of 90 (50 sq. ft. of coverage) or buckets of 900 (500 sq. ft. of coverage) for 16" on-center installations
  • End Clip Fasteners are sold separately. Each bag includes 25 clips, 40 screws and driver bit for 25 l/f coverage, 12 in. on-center installations

Available at stocking dealers.. See Technical Information below.

WORKS WITH:

Phantom GT Fasteners work with Symmetry, Horizon, ProTect Advantage, Sanctuary, and Good Life Decking

Phantom EC Fasteners work with all of the decking lines above plus Paramount PVC Decking (see approved fastening systems for Paramount PVC Decking grooved edge interior boards)

Phantom 20EC for Paramount PVC Decking

Designed specifically for use with Paramount PVC perimeter boards, Phantom 20EC (End Clip) Fasteners offer the same superior holding power as the rest of the Phantom Hidden Fasteners collection.

See approved fastening systems for Paramount PVC Decking interior boards.


*Note: For any fastener application that is exposed to salt air, near large bodies of water, swimming pools, or other areas where corrosion is more likely to occur, always use 305-grade or 316-grade stainless steel screws. Choose the best fastener based on the material being fastened and the environmental conditions of the project location.

Face-Fastening Screws
Cortex Face Fasteners




For a traditional face-fastened look, choose Fiberon Cortex screws – the only hidden face fasteners approved for Fiberon decking. Easy to install, Cortex screws work with a special driving tip that automatically places the screw at the precise depth. A color-matched plug minimizes the appearance of hardware. So you get a cleaner, more attractive decking surface.

  • Available in all colors of Fiberon Symmetry, Horizon, Paramount, and ProTect Advantage Decking
  • Not recommended for use with Sanctuary or Good Life Decking
  • All colors available in boxes to cover 100 l/f for 12 in. on-center or 140 l/f for 16 in. on-center joist installation.
  • All Paramount PVC Decking colors are available in tubs to cover 300 sq. ft. (1,050 2-½” screws, 1,200 color-matched plugs and six setting tools)

Available at stocking dealers.. See Technical Information below.

WORKS WITH:

Fiberon Symmetry, Horizon, ProTect Advantage Decking.

  • Warranty

    Phantom Hidden Fasteners are backed by a 20-year limited residential warranty and a 5-year limited commercial warranty. For details, see complete warranty information.

    Fiberon approved fasteners are designed to accommodate normal dimensional changes without material fracture or change in holding capability and are recommended for installation of Fiberon decking products. Any use of unapproved fasteners, including biscuits or nails, may lead to product failure and void the product warranty. Always refer to Fiberon installation instructions for details.

  • Technical Information

    Phantom Universal Hidden Fasteners

    • Black HDPE fastener includes a pre-inserted carbon steel-coated screw with a trademarked specialty coating designed to ensure proper coverage and corrosion protection. This four-step coating process exceeds the standards set forth in ASTM A153 “Standard Specification for Zinc Coating (Hot-Dip) on Iron and Steel Hardware.
    • Exceeds 1500-hour ASTM B-117 Salt Spray Test.
    • Available in boxes of 90 pre-inserted screws with T-15 star-head drive (50 sq. ft. of coverage) for 16” on-center installations.
    • Also available in buckets of 900 pre-inserted screws with T-15 star-head drive (500 sq. ft.) for 16" on-center installations.
    • Use Fiberon Phantom EC (End Clips) Hidden Fasteners to eliminate surface fasteners on the beginning and end boards of the deck.
    • Phantom EC (End Clip) Fasteners are sold separately. Each bag includes 25 clips, 40 screws and driver bit for 25 l/f coverage, 12 in. on-center installations.

    Phantom GT and Phantom EC Hidden Fasteners

    • Made from stainless steel with an anti-corrosive e-coating (an electronically applied paint coating that provides superior coverage, adhesion, and corrosion resistance)
    • Available in boxes of 90 (50 sq. ft. of coverage) or buckets of 900 (500 sq. ft.) for 16" on-center installations
    • End Clip Fasteners are sold separately. Each bag includes 25 clips, 40 screws and driver bit for 25 l/f coverage, 12 in. on-center installations

    Phantom Ballistic Screws

    • Fiberon Phantom Ballistic Screws with driver bits are available in 900 count buckets
    • Ballistic NailScrew Driver Kit includes driver, swivel hose fitting, belt hook, safety glasses, allen wrenches and oil

    Fiberon Cortex® Screws for Hidden Face-Fastening

    • Available in all colors of Fiberon Paramount, Symmetry, Horizon, and ProTect Advantage Decking products
    • Not recommended for use with Good Life or Sanctuary decking
    • All colors available in boxes to cover 100 l/f for 12 in. on-center or 140 l/f for 16 in. on-center joist installation.
    • Box includes 224 2-½” screws, 300 color-matched plugs and two setting tools.
    • All Paramount PVC Decking colors are available in tubs to cover 300 sq. ft. (1,050 2-½” screws, 1,200 color-matched plugs and six setting tools)

    Fiberon-approved fasteners are designed to accommodate normal dimensional changes without material fracture or change in holding capability and are recommended for installation of Fiberon decking products. Any use of unapproved fasteners, including biscuits or nails, may lead to product failure and void the product warranty.

    *Note: For any fastener application that is exposed to salt air, near large bodies of water, swimming pools, or other areas where corrosion is more likely to occur, always use 305-grade or 316-grade stainless steel screws. Choose the best fastener based on the material being fastened and the environmental conditions of the project location.

  • FAQs
    Can Fiberon Phantom Hidden Deck Fasteners be used with decking other than Fiberon?

    Phantom Fasteners are for use with most composite decking products. Non-grooved composite decking boards can be grooved** with a slot cutting bit to accommodate the Phantom Fastener. Recommended bits are:

    • UFO, PN: The Groover
    • Woodstock International, PN: DC1098
    • Bosch, PN: 85530M
    • Sears, PN: SPM215190769
    • Sears, PN: SPM215190779
    • Grizzly Industrial, PN: C1098

    **Cutting grooves or slots into deck boards may void the manufacturer's warranty. Fiberon does not warrant or guarantee your warranty will remain valid.

    What is the difference between Phantom Universal Hidden Fasteners and Phantom GT Hidden Fasteners?

    Fiberon Phantom universal Fasteners are high-quality HDPE material with a carbon steel-coated screw that has been pre-inserted for faster, easier installations. The Phantom universal fastener provides superior lateral movement control when tested against the leading competitor’s plastic fastener. It installs with one touch and ensures consistent 3/16” gapping between boards. Plus, plastic fasteners are less expensive to manufacture than metal fasteners, so the cost savings is passed along to the customer.

    The Fiberon Phantom GT Hidden Fastener is made from stainless steel with a corrosion-resistant coating. It has more “teeth” and dual limiting tabs to ensure consistent board spacing and eliminate the twisting that often occurs with single tab fasteners. The Phantom GT fastener is a good choice for contractors and DIYers who prefer a traditional metal fastener.

    Can I use hidden fasteners on Paramount decking?

    Paramount Decking is available in both square edge and grooved deck boards. The following are approved fastening systems for Paramount Decking, a capped cellular PVC deck board.

    Hidden Face Fastening and Face Fastening Installations – Square Edge Boards

    Fiberon Cortex Screws are the only approved hidden face fasteners recommended for Paramount decking. Fiberon Cortex screws are available in all colors of Paramount Decking. For non-hidden face fastener installations, approved surface fastening is accomplished with a minimum #8 x 2 ½” composite deck screw with an ACQ corrosion-resistant coating or stainless steel. For all face fastening installations, install perpendicular to the deck surface, not at an angle. Position screws no closer than 1/2" from board edges or board ends, using two screws in every joist.

    Hidden Fastening Installations – Grooved Boards

    Fiberon recommends the Tiger Claw TC-G® hidden fastener in combination with Fiberon Cortex Fasteners as the only approved system for installing hidden fasteners in grooved Fiberon Paramount deck boards.

    Tiger Claw TC-G Hidden Fasteners

    The TC-G side hidden fastener installed with an impact-driver creates a tighter connection to the joist, alleviating potential sound caused by the boards moving against the joist. Maximum residential joist spacing is 16” on-center for perpendicular-to-joist applications. With all side hidden fasteners, use a minimum of one Cortex surface hidden fastener positioned in the center of each board to mitigate potential sound and to ensure the boards stay positioned during normal thermal expansion and contraction of the deck boards.

    Other Considerations

    • Spacing the deck joists at 12’” on-center will increase stiffness and mitigate sound potential. Maximum residential joist spacing is 16” on-center for perpendicular-to-joist applications.
    • Self-adhesive Joist Tape: Regardless of the method of fastening, using self-adhesive joist tape will help reduce potential sound caused by boards moving against the joist, and is designed to protect the joists from premature weather-related deterioration.

    See the technical bulletin for installation instructions for Paramount grooved decking.

    What type of surface fasteners are recommended for Good Life Decking?

    We recommend 2.5-inch #8 or #10 stainless steel or composite screws for surface-fastening Good Life Decking. Do not use Cortex fasteners, or any other fastener with a plug. Here’s why: Good Life Decking has a scalloped bottom. The scallops are located on the underside of where you would insert the screw. Because those areas are naturally thinner, the screw does not have sufficient material to grab. This results in a less secure installation and a far greater risk of cracking over time due to pressure/vibrations.

    Can I install Fiberon decking with another manufacturer’s hidden deck fasteners?

    Only Fiberon Phantom hidden deck fasteners are recommended for use when installing Fiberon decking. (Note: hidden fasteners will only work with grooved edge boards, not square end boards.) Using another manufacturer’s product will void your warranty, and may result in an unsatisfactory installation. Trex Universal Clips, for example, do not hold the boards securely during thermal expansion and contraction caused by temperature swings. Consequently, you could experience significant end-gapping issues.

    Always read and follow Fiberon decking installation instructions to ensure correct installation and keep your warranty coverage intact.

    How many hidden deck fasteners will I need for my specific deck size?

    Use the following chart to determine the number of Fiberon Phantom Universal or Phantom GT Hidden Fasteners you will need for these popular deck sizes.

    Deck Size(square feet)
    100 200 300 400 500
    Joist spacing on center Number of fasteners needed
    12” 210 441 672 882 1113
    16” 175 336 512 672 848
    24” 110 231 352 462 583
    Are Fiberon fasteners compatible with other decking brands?

    Fiberon Phantom universal plastic hidden fasteners are compatible with most leading decking brands. All other Fiberon fasteners are designed specifically for use with Fiberon decking products. In fact, using a non-approved fastener will void your warranty, so ensure you are using the right fastener prior to beginning your deck project.

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