In New Zealand timber decking is traditionally fastened with face fixings, either nails or screws which are inserted at a 90 degree angle. It’s a way of building that’s been commonplace for decades, and one we’re all familiar with.
But it’s a methodology that has its flaws. Aesthetically, rows of visible nail heads or screws detract from the natural beauty of the timber, and because water is able to run down the fixings and penetrate the timber, even the most durable timber will cup and move over time resulting in split timber and nail pop-ups.
Addressing the issues of aesthetics and timber durability lead to the creation of nail-free decking systems which have been the dominant decking solution in the USA for decades.
The Shadow Deck Nail Free Timber Decking System was launched in New Zealand eight years ago and has attracted significant attention for its various innovations. It’s also the only BRANZ approved nail-free decking system in the country.