Whether you’re a DIY weekend warrior or a large-scale commercial tradesperson, our concealed fastening system Quickfix makes installing your Ekodeck quick, easy and efficient.
Our 6mm Quickfix system comes with all the clips and screws needed to install your decking. The three clips in your Quickfix kit are:
Standard clips automatically space your boards apart, setting a consistent gap whilst anchoring your boards to the subframe. They are designed in a way to hold the boards down but allow them to slide along the clip as they expand and contract.
Locking clips pin your boards in place, which stops them from shifting or coming out of alignment as they expand and contract. Don’t forget to install these! We recommend placing one locking clip in the centre of each board.
These are used for a range of applications – they can be used to start your deck from a wall and installing our Designer Series Edge Boards. They are also very handy when it comes to stairs and fascia boards because the clips are hidden, allowing for the deck to continue its hidden screw look instead of seeing a screw.
Generally, we recommend starting from the outside edge of your deck and working your way back to your house. This ensures you have a full board on the most noticeable edge of your deck.
To begin, install your Edge Board. This process will slightly differ depending on which Ekodeck style of board you have chosen.
If using Ekodeck+ Classic, check out our how-to video showing how to make your Edge Board here.
If using Ekodeck+ Designer Series, we have Edge Boards available. You can tell the Designer Series Edge Boards from their distinctive groove underneath the board. This groove is where the C-Clips get installed. Install C-Clips and push your Edge Board into position, check out our video here for more information.
No two decks are the same however – so it might bode better to start from your house depending on your layout or access. If this is the case, install C-Clips in a straight line (a string line is recommended for this) then push your first board into position.
With your first board/Edge Board installed, you can start installing the rest of your deck using Quickfix clips.
Start off by placing a Locking Clip in the groove of the board, nearest to the centre. Screw down slightly to hold the clip in place.
Next, you can insert Standard Clips in the groove of the board on every remaining joist, screwing down slightly to hold the clips in place.
Push your next board into position and continue to install clips as outlined above.
Once you have installed 6-10 boards, ensure your deck is square by measuring out from your first board at both ends. You can now continue to screw down all the screws until they seat firmly in the clips. Ensure your Locking Clip is sufficiently tightened but be sure not to over-tighten the screws in your Standard Clips, they just need to seat firmly in the clip.
Repeat this process until you reach the end of your deck – if you had started from the outside edge of your deck, you should have your last board finishing up against your house. More often than not you will have to rip this board down to be the right size. This can easily be done using a circular saw.
When it comes to fixing the last side of the last board on your deck, you won’t be able to use a clip because the clip won’t fit or there won’t be a groove in the board. In this instance we recommend predrilling an oversize clearance hole, countersinking and fastening using a 10g stainless steel screw at every joist. Whilst the desire to maintain a 100% concealed look on your deck might seem overwhelming, we do not recommend the use of adhesive or other means to fasten the last edge of your decking down – for a more inconspicuous finish you can find colour-coded screws from a local fastening supplier.