DuraLife is introducing a new hidden fastening system, called Step-Clip, at the R|D|J 2017 show in Nashville at the end of October. Step-Clips are 1 5/8-inch-wide by 23-inch-long polypropylene interlocking strips that are laid across the top of the joists. Because the clips can be installed with a pneumatic roofing nailer, the company says that the system can reduce decking installation time by up to 50%. The strips can accommodate four deck boards each; once the strips are fastened to the joists, the decking is installed by inserting one edge, then stepping on the other edge to lock it into place. If a deck board becomes damaged later, it can be cut out and replaced without the removal of any fasteners.

Currently, Step-Clip is designed to work only with DuraLife grooved deck boards, but the company says that it has patented similar versions of the clip for use with other leading decking brands, with plans to introduce them in the near future. Step-Clip will be packaged in boxes of 25 and 75 strips, and will be available with or without roofing nail coils through lumberyards and other retail building distributor channels starting in early November. Pricing for the clips has not yet been announced, but a company spokesman said that the cost will be consistent with other hidden fastening systems on the market. duralifedecking.com