To complement Barwon Timbers extensive range of beautiful decking timbers, our Hardware department carries a wide range of decking screws to suit all situations. Here is a quick guide to help you select the right screw for your next decking job.
Our suggestion for various board widths is as follows. This is a guide only and we recommend visiting our Hardware store to view the range and discuss the best screw for the range of timber species we sell.
|Board width||Screw Gauge||Spacing between boards|
|70mm – 90mm||7-10G||4-6mm|
|90mm – 120mm||10-12g||5-8mm|
There are various finishes available in decking screws depending on the application and environmental conditions.
Galvanising is a standard coating for many building screws. The screws are usually dipped and coated in a sacrificial zinc coating that prevents the screw itself from corroding. Galvanised screws can be a cost effective option in non-marine/non-swimming pool areas and for those who prefer a less bright finish on larger gauge screws.
Synthetic coatings such as Chemshield are another good cost effective option, and less obtrusive for narrower boards. The Chemshield range come in a brown tone specifically designed for decking, with narrower heads as well to suit around 90mm board widths. These screws have been a popular choice for customers maintaining colour in their decks using our coating products rather than letting timber silver off over time. Another coating recently released is the Bremick Revolution B8 coating, guaranteed 4 times stronger than galvanised and rated up to Very Severe Marine conditions. The strong, satin finish coating resists bleeding and the decking range has a screw to suit any board width. Both finishes are compatible with Treated Pine.
Stainless steel still remains a popular choice. We stock both 304 and 316 stainless screws. 304 Stainless Steel is the most popular choice for general environments, providing a wonderfully bright finish for the long term. In severe and marine applications 316 stainless steel is the recommendation to resist tarnish and corrosion which can compromise the integrity of your new deck long term.
Our Hardware team is happy to discuss fixing options with you to find the best screw for your timber decking. Come in, see our range and talk to us!