Sometimes there are things in life that seem great in theory, but end up as anything but in actuality. Sure, the concept of a flying tank (for example), seems like a no-brainer…until you realize that it takes someone with no brains to try and actually turn it into reality. Likewise, the portable record player, cigarette umbrella and phone-answering robot were not objects that got their inventors mentioned in the same sentence as Benjamin Franklin, Sir Isaac Newton or Thomas Edison. As they say, there are times when great men stumble onto an ingenious concept and change the world; and then there are times where they realize there may be a reason why nobody has ever invented, say, solar-powered vacuum cleaners. So what does it take to turn an innovative concept into a successful endeavor?
Now let’s change the topic ever so slightly. After looking at that unsightly mountain of kindling you call a deck for far too often than you have cared to, you’ve decided to make the leap; you are ready for a new deck, an improved deck, a deck that has neighbors poking their heads over their fences to try and catch a glimpse of it. You have come up with the perfect design (hopefully with The Deck Store’s help!), selected your materials, shopped for add-ons and are now ready to go. Concrete and sonotube has been laid for your footings, the frame for your new masterpiece has been sturdily constructed, and it is now time for the cherry on your sundae: your surface decking material. Just like selecting the material itself, there are countless ways with which to connect your decking to its framing. The traditional method of screwing them into place gives you strength and stability, but leaves you with unsightly screw holes (which can become potential areas of rot later down the line). If you opt for a clip system to hold your boards in place, screw holes are no longer an issue…but you may have to groove boards or purchase specific systems that match your decking, which at times can get pricey. Lucky for you the good people at SHADOE® TRACK have already thought all of this out for you, and have devised a solution that bridges the gap between both worlds.