Hidden fastening systems all suffer from the weaknesses of increased complexity. All the various clips, brackets and other hardware are all subject to corrosion, improper installation and structural failure. This fact can be frustrating for homeowners and contractors alike as they plan construction of new or renovation of existing decks.
FastenMaster has risen above the rest with the Cortex Concealed Fastening System. Cortex is the fastest, easiest way to conceal the heads of your deck screws on market-leading deck board types. Set the screw, set the plug, and you’re all set…you won’t even need to caulk, sand or paint!
Cortex offers a strong connection between the deck board and the joist and can conceal fasteners across the entire deck: first and last board, perimeter, and stairs. Available for popular decking brands, including Trex, TimberTech, Azek and EverGrain, the Cortex Hidden Fastener plugs are made from OEM manufacturer decking boards to ensure a proper color match. Each box of Cortex includes everything you need: screws, set plugs and setting tools; and can be easily installed with a standard drill.
Cortex’s simplicity is its strength. Nothing can beat the simplicity and strength of a through the deck board screw. Once the plug is installed, the screw is hidden and sealed off from the elements. When installed according to the instructions, these plugs are difficult if not impossible to find. End result: Your deck is strong and perfectly consistent in appearance. Now that’s a job well done.