A hidden deck fastening system that adds to both aesthetics and functionality in decking.
CAMO* hidden deck-fastening system easily and affordably attaches treated timber, hardwood, pine, composite or PVC deckboards directly to the substructure, creating a deck that is free of surface face screws. CAMO is a brand within FloorworX, and according to Steven Suntup of FloorworX it is the only commercial, hidden deck-fastening system available on the market in South Africa. The patented system includes CAMO Hidden Fasteners and CAMO Marksman* tools, together enabling a side-angle entry into the deck-board allowing the screws to be hidden, and securing the deck-board to the joist, thus eliminating board movement.
“CAMO ensures that no pre-drilling is required, as all the screws are self-drilling, with its top feature probably being the fact that no screws are visible on the face of the board,” he highlights. “As such, a deck can be sanded when requiring any form of maintenance, which prevents a sanding machine’s rubber from being damaged by surface screws. The only time pre-drilling may be required is possibly on very hard timbers at the joist, and this is achieved using the CAMO jig. It should also be noted that individual boards can be screwed out and screwed in at any time and for whatever reason.”
The CAMO screw has a reverse rake tip that removes deck material as it bores, allowing the screw to penetrate the board without splitting and allowing for maximum holding power. Furthermore, CAMO’s unique trim head design allows for a less visible point of entry, and a star drive offers more points of contact for better wear performance and reduced bit slippage.
Steven goes on to say that another unique and innovative feature regarding CAMO is in the coating of the screw. “Two types of screws are available, namely inland and coastal screws,” he says. “Both types are three-times polycoated, with the coastal screws made of stainless steel to prevent rusting. CAMO is also available in a narrow- and a wide-board jig. Narrow boards measure from 80mm wide up to 123mm, while wide-board jigs measure between 127mm to 147mm. This adds to a variety in width sizes and enables clients to opt for more customised decks.”
When purchasing the product, Steven advises installers to contact FloorworX for any information or advice regarding its use after purchase. He concludes by offering the following advice: “A grey deck that hasn’t been treated is a very popular choice at the moment, however, when opting for this choice, especially in inland areas, users should be aware of the fact that surface checking (cracking) will occur. This is completely normal, for exterior timber as the exposed area’s dry faster than the centre of the deck-boards creating fine cracks. This is acceptable as long as no through cracks are visible, which will usually start at the end of the board. If there is a through crack in a deck-board, it will have to be replaced.
*CAMO and Marksman products are registered trademarks