Tips For Determining Wooden Deck Installation

Ask yourself the following...

Do I want to drill holes in my deck?

Is my deck real wood or a synthetic product?

  • YES.  Real wood can be bolted and screwed into. Click HERE to use bolts and click HERE to use lag screws. 
  • NO. Synthetic material requires a call to the manufacturer to ask if the product is sturdy enough to bolt or screw into?  Here are some come decking companies:TREX (1-800-289-8739)    AZEK/TimberTech (1-877-275-2935)    Fiberon (1-800-573-8841)        NewTechWood (1- 866 728 5273)

Can I get underneath my deck to attach the nuts to the bolts?

Do I want to span the string lights over a 25' foot section on my deck?

Am I using heavy duty string lights as shown in this picture? Or am I going to use IYN String Lights?


  • If you're using heavy duty string lights you'll need to bolt the stands to the deck.
  • If you're using thin gauge string lights you'll have the option of using lag screws or tank stands.