Choosing between Cortex Plug and Clip System for a deck project

Plug System

You are ready to build a new deck or recover your existing deck with Composite deck. That is so exciting because composite material has come along way since the first generations.

But now you have some more choices and options, like railings, lights, trim, custom benches/shelves/storage, etc. You can also choose how the decking is installed. Two popular choices are: Cortex Hidden Fastening System or the clip system with grooved boards.

A hidden fastener system is a fast, and easy way to hide deck screw heads when replacing a deck board. It creates a clean and smooth look for your deck.

How do you know which one will be best for you though? Let us look at some pros and cons and hopefully that will help you decide.

Cortex Hidden Fastening System
A screw and plug system.

The hidden fastener system is almost impossible to strip out.
Is strong.
It has matching plugs so there are no holes visible in the deck boards.
Available in most of the popular manufactures and colors.
Blends in with the deck boards, can hardly see it unless looking for it.
Easier to remove and replace a single board if necessary, over the clip system.

It requires a special bit and special screws.
Not available for all decking products.
If you are looking you will notice the plugs.

Clip System with Grooved Boards.
Also known as Concealoc, a clip system is typically used in pre-grooved deck boards.

Stainless steel screws.
Approved for saltwater applications and chemically treated lumber.
Helps reduced wood splitting, wood rot and board cupping.
Comes with a 25-year warranty.
Can be combined with the Cortex system for a completely fastener-free surface.
Available for use with many major brands of decking.

You will still need another fastener system for certain areas of the deck, or for intricate designs, and stairs.
Harder to replace a single board if needed than with the Cortex system.
You need a special slot cutter for the installation of the stainless-steel screw.
If looking hard you will be able to see it.

A composite deck has lots of features and will look great for a long time allowing you to enjoy your outdoor living space free of worry from splinters and lots of maintenance. Deciding how you want it installed is just another great benefit option.

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Our team has been working with families like yours for over 60 years. And it is important to use that everyone works together to create the best possible remodeling experience. We never want to see someone regret the choice they made because they did not have all their options.

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