Trex Hideaway Steel vs. Plastic – A Comparison


Trex Hideaway Plastic Fastener

Trex Hideaway Plastic Fastener

Trex Hideaway Steel Fastener

Trex Hideaway Steel Fastener

First, a little history…

Last year, Trex introduced the Hideaway hidden deck fastener for Trex pre-grooved decking. Created from stainless steel, the fastener was very popular with deck builders.

This year Trex has introduced another Hideaway fastener for their pre-grooved decking. Created with hardened plastic we expect this fastener to be popular as well.

We’ve received many questions from customers asking about the difference between the two. We’re providing the chart below to help answer some of these questions.

Characteristic Trex Hideaway Steel Fastener Trex Hideaway Plastic Fastener
Manufacturer Tiger Claw Trex
Installation One pass – The fastener is placed into the deck board and secured with a screw using a cordless drill or the Tiger Claw Installation Gun. Two pass – The fastener is inserted into one side of the deck board and partially screwed down. After the deck board is installed on the other side of the fastener, a second pass is made and the the fastener is completely tightened.
Screws Included Yes Yes
Deck Face Screws Required None – teeth on the fastener securely grab the fastener restricting vertical and lateral movement TBD – the fastener is based on a “biscuit” concept that has been around for quite some time. In the past, a criticism of this design has been lateral movement of the deck board due to material shrinkage. The solution to this problem has been to install deck screws at the end of each board to limit the lateral movement. Because this fastener is new, we don’t have any feedback on this issue. We will update this post as we receive feedback.
Compatibility with Installation Tools Yes – compatible with the Tiger Claw pneumatic installation gun – more here about compatibility No
Screw Depth in Joist 1 5/8″ at 45 degrees (35 degrees with installation gun) 1″ at 90 degrees
Technical Support (877) 873-25298 a.m. – 7 p.m., 7 days/week (800) BUY-TREX
Fastener Cost More expensive but has reduced installation (labor) time Less expensive but has additional installation (labor) time
Warranty Commercial – 25 years
Residential – 25 years
Commercial – 10 years
Residential – 25 years

What’s Our Take?

We think both fasteners will prove to be an excellent option.  The plastic fastener will make sense for the homeowner installing their own deck who is on a tighter budget and where labor time is not a consideration.

The steel fastener will continue to be popular with contractors because of the labor savings, longer commercial warranty and it’s compatibility with the pneumatic installation gun.

You can buy both Trex fasteners on our website here.

To learn more about selecting the right hidden fasteners for your specific needs, call us toll-free at 888-349-4660 or send an e-mail to customerservice@diyhomecenter.com. As always, feel free to leave your comments below.

The Tiger Jaw


Fresh off the debut of the Tiger Claw Installation Gun, Tiger Claw has introduced the Tiger Jaw installation tool.

On occasion we hear from DIY homeowners that the ‘pound-in’ variety of Tiger Claw fasteners can be tricky to install, especially the first couple of boards. The Tiger Jaw makes installing the fasteners simple and painless. The Tiger Jaw is compatible with the TC-3S, TC-4S, and ProClip. The Tiger Jaw comes with a lifetime warranty. If your Tiger Jaw ever breaks, simply send it into Tiger Claw for replacement.

If you’re a contractor doing a lot of installing with Tiger Claw fasteners, then the Tiger Jaw is the proverbial “no-brainer”. You will get your money back from the first job you use it on in labor savings alone.

Feedback from both homeowners and contractors who have used the tool have been VERY positive. If you have any questions about the Tiger Jaw, leave us a comment below.

For a demonstration of how the Tiger Jaw works, check out the video below (use the speaker button on the player to mute the music — there is no voice over).

You can buy the Tiger Jaw here