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The Ultimate Guide to Installing TimberTech AZEK Decking in Beverly, MA

In the picturesque city of Beverly, MA, outdoor living spaces are not just extensions of homes but reflections of a homeowner's style and comfort. TimberTech AZEK decking, a leading choice for beauty and durability, offers a perfect solution for transforming outdoor spaces. At D&G Exteriors, we understand the importance of a well-built deck, and this guide aims to provide comprehensive insights into the installation of TimberTech AZEK decking to enhance your Beverly residence.


Essential Tools and Preparations

Before diving into the installation process, ensure you have the necessary tools. TimberTech AZEK decking requires specific tools for a flawless installation:

  • Variable speed cordless drill (avoid impact drivers)

  • Chalk Line and Spacing Tools

  • Tape Measure and Miter Saw

  • Jigsaw and Safety Glasses

  • Carpenter Square

Use the jigsaw for precise cuts around obstacles and a fine-toothed carbide-tipped finish trim blade for optimal cutting results. Remember, safety first - always wear appropriate protective gear​​.


Deck Board Installation: Key Steps

Begin by checking the factory ends of the boards to ensure they're square. Install the deck boards with the embossed side facing up. Here are some crucial steps and tips:

  • Avoid using nails for fastening; instead, opt for recommended screws and fasteners.

  • Never perform cutting or drilling of metal on deck boards to prevent metal shavings embedding into the boards​​.

Handling Color and Temperature Variations

TimberTech AZEK decking mimics natural wood, so expect slight variations in color and grain patterns. Layout the deck boards in various lighting conditions to choose the best appearance​​. Keep in mind that the decking material can get hot in the sun, especially darker shades​​.


Substructure and Air Flow

Ensure a minimum clearance of 1-1/2” in areas with obstructed airflow like roofs and on-grade applications. Never attach deck boards to a floating sub-structure; they must be securely fastened to the building or roof deck using suitable mechanical fasteners​​.


Expansion and Contraction

Be aware of the expansion and contraction of the AZEK Deck/Fascia due to temperature changes. To minimize gapping, use the top-down fastening method, and ensure consistent spacing between boards​​.


Fastening Methods

Use high-quality fasteners like Cortex hidden fasteners, AZEK TOPLoc color-matched deck/fascia fasteners, or high-quality stainless steel screws. Ensure the screws are driven deep enough for optimal holding power. Double joisting or secure double blocking is required at butt joints when using certain hidden fasteners​​.


Stair and Fascia Installation

For stair installation, adhere to local code requirements and use AZEK 1x6 decking attached with Cortex or TOPLoc screws per stringer. Use AZEK 7.25” wide-width deck boards for risers, attaching them every 16” minimum​​.


Finishing your deck with AZEK Fascia adds a polished look. Available in various collections, ensure the grain side of the fascia is installed outward. Use color-matched fasteners or stainless steel screws for attaching fascia​​.


Maintenance and Care

To keep your TimberTech AZEK deck in Beverly looking its best:

  • Remove rust stains with specific cleaners like Krud Kutter.

  • Avoid using rubber-backed mats or other non-porous items on the decking.

  • Be cautious with products like sunblock and insect repellent that may alter the deck’s surface.

  • Do not apply PVC glue or similar products on the decking surface​​.

In Beverly, MA, where quality and aesthetics are paramount, D&G Exteriors takes pride in delivering top-notch decking solutions. By following these guidelines, your TimberTech AZEK deck will not only look stunning but will also last for years, backed by a comprehensive warranty​​. For any specific queries or to get started on your dream deck, contact D&G Exteriors, your trusted partner in Beverly for exceptional outdoor living experiences.

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