US20070289249A1 - L-shape slotted deck board and hidden fastener system - Google Patents

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US20070289249A1
US20070289249A1 US11/763,056 US76305607A US2007289249A1 US 20070289249 A1 US20070289249 A1 US 20070289249A1 US 76305607 A US76305607 A US 76305607A US 2007289249 A1 US2007289249 A1 US 2007289249A1
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    • E04F2015/021Separate elements for fastening to an underlayer with load-supporting elongated furring elements between the flooring elements and the underlayer with additional fastening elements between furring elements and flooring elements fixed by means of hooking means on the back side of the flooring elements
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An L-shape slotted deck board and hidden fastener system includes a decking board or plank and a hidden-type fastener device. The plank includes two generally L-shaped slots formed on a planar underside or bottom of the plank, which provide the construction member with two underside, inwards-facing shoulders or lips. The fastener is a clip-like member that includes a flat body portion and two “wing” portions on opposite edges of the body. Each wing includes a sidewall portion perpendicular to the body, as well as a lip portion attached to the sidewall and bent down inwards toward the body. The wings are complementary in shape to the slots, such that the lip and sidewall portions of the wing “hook around” the inwards-facing shoulder of the L-shaped slot. The fastener holds adjacent planks together by hooking around the planks' laterally adjacent, oppositely facing slots/shoulders.

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  • This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/804,999, filed Jun. 16, 2006, hereby incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.
  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention relates to a deck fastener for securing deck boards together and to a supporting member and, more particularly, to a fastener for securing slotted planks or deck boards to an underlying support member.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • Composite deck boards or planks have become increasingly common as a replacement or alternative to traditional wood planks for outside decking or the like. Composite boards are made of a combination of materials usually including a polymer matrix material and one or more reinforcement materials such as wood fibers, with the polymer matrix surrounding and supporting the wood fiber reinforcement material. The reinforcement material provides strength, workability, and dimensional stability, while the polymer matrix material provides low-maintenance characteristics, durability (especially in terms of color longevity), and splinter-free wear.
  • Composite deck boards may be fastened to underlying support members in the same manner as traditional wood planking, e.g., by driving a fastener down through the body of the deck board. Despite improved mechanical qualities, however, composite boards are still subject to possible splitting. Moreover, users prefer not to have fasteners protruding above the decking surface, as may be unsightly and/or create a hazard. For example, conventional nails, even if countersunk in the first instance, have a tendency to work themselves above the decking surface over time as the planking contracts and expands due to changing weather conditions. Accordingly, various systems have been proposed for securing deck boards together and to underlying supports in a “hidden” manner, e.g., the fasteners do not protrude above the decking surface.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • According to an embodiment of the present invention, an L-shape slotted deck board and hidden fastener system includes at least one construction member (e.g., decking board or plank) and a hidden-type fastener device. The construction member includes two generally L-shaped slots formed on an underside or bottom of the construction member and extending longitudinally along and proximate each long edge of the construction member. In effect, the slots provide the construction member with two underside, inwards-facing shoulders or lips. The fastener is a clip-like member that includes a flat body portion and two “wing” portions on opposite edges of the body portion. Each wing includes a sidewall portion perpendicular to the body, as well as a lip portion attached to the sidewall and bent slightly down inwards toward the body. The wings are complementary in shape to the slots, such that the wings can be maneuvered to engage the slots, e.g., the lip and sidewall portions of the wing “hook around” the inwards-facing shoulder of the L-shaped slot. The fastener holds adjacent construction members together by hooking around the construction members' laterally adjacent, oppositely facing slots/shoulders.
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  • The present invention will be better understood from reading the following description of non-limiting embodiments, with reference to the attached drawings, wherein below:
  • FIGS. 1A and 1B are perspective and side elevation detail views, respectively, of a construction member with L-shaped fastener slots, according to an embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIGS. 2A-2D are top plan, front side elevation, perspective, and end elevation views, respectively, of a hidden-type fastener for use with the construction members shown in FIGS. 1A and 1B;
  • FIGS. 3A-3G are side elevation views showing the construction members and fasteners in use; and
  • FIGS. 4A and 4B are side elevation views of an alternative embodiment of the hidden-type fastener.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • The present invention relates to an L-shape slotted deck board and hidden fastener system 10, which includes decking boards, planks, or other construction members 12 a, 12 b (referred to hereinafter as “deck boards”) and a hidden-type deck board fastener device 14. Typically, for constructing a deck or similar structure, a number of deck boards 12 a, 12 b and fasteners 14 will be used. In particular, the fastener 14 (“fastener means”) is used for connecting (i) a first L-shape slotted deck board 12 a to an underlying support member or joist 16 and (ii) a second L-shape slotted deck board 12 b to the first deck board 12 a in an adjacent or lateral manner. In other words, the fastener 14 is used, in effect, to connect two deck boards to one another and both deck boards to an underlying support, in a manner in which the fastener 14 lies hidden below the upper plane of the decking when secured in place.
  • In one embodiment of the present invention, each deck board 12 a, 12 b is a generally rectangular, generally planar member having an elongate body 18, first and second lateral ends 20 a, 20 b (e.g., the ends are perpendicular to a longitudinal axis 22 of the board), left and right longitudinal sides or side walls 24 a, 24 b (e.g., the sides are parallel to the longitudinal axis of the deck board), and top and bottom longitudinal sides 26 a, 26 b. The deck boards 12 a, 12 b may be made of a polymer, composite, wood, or another material suitable for decking. The bottom side 26 b of the deck board 12 a, 12 b (also referred to herein as the underside of the deck board) has two generally parallel, longitudinal grooves or slots 28 a, 28 b formed therein. The slots 28 a, 28 b are located proximate the left and right sides 24 a, 24 b of the deck board, respectively, and face in opposite directions. Each slot 28 a, 28 b is generally L- or J-shaped, and includes a trough-like portion 36 that opens out to the deck board bottom 26 b and a rectangular extension groove 38 extending along one side of the “bottom” of the trough in the direction of the respective side wall 24 a, 24 b. (As shown, the top and bottom of the extension groove 38 are generally parallel to the top and bottom sides 26 a, 26 b of the deck board, while the side of the extension groove is generally parallel to the left and right sides 24 a, 24 b of the deck board.) The side 40 of the trough portion 36 opposite the extension groove 38 may be curved, e.g., provided with a radius of curvature. In effect, the slots 28 a, 28 b provide the deck board 12 a, 12 b with two inwards-facing shoulders 42 a, 42 b (“shoulder means”), opposite each of which lies the curved trough wall 40. The bottom portions 44 of each shoulder 42 a, 42 b may be offset by a small longitudinal distance “X” from the remainder of the bottom side/surface 26 b of the deck board (e.g., the bottom side 26 b and bottom shoulder portions 44 define parallel planes offset by a slight amount such as 0.036″), to accommodate the thickness of the fastener 14. (Here, “longitudinal” refers to a distance along an axis lying perpendicular to the bottom surface plane.)
  • The slots 28 a, 28 b may be formed through extrusion or molding of the deck boards, or by cutting or machining operations or the like, according to standard manufacturing methods. The slots 28 a, 28 b may extend from end 20 a to end 20 b, or they may terminate before the ends 20 a, 20 b, including a possible staggered arrangement. Typically, both slots 28 a, 28 b will be dimensioned the same, e.g., the deck boards will be generally bilaterally symmetric. The length and width of the deck boards 12 a, 12 b may vary.
  • The fastener 14 includes a thin, flat, generally rectangular body portion 50 and two connection lips or “wings” 52 a, 52 b. The underside of the body portion 50 (opposite the wings 52 a, 52 b) defines a planar underside of the fastener. Each wing 52 a, 52 b includes a rectangular-shaped sidewall 54 a, 54 b and a rectangular-shaped lip portion 56 a, 56 b. The wing sidewalls 54 a, 54 b are attached to respective side edges 58 a, 58 b of the body portion 50, and lie generally perpendicular to the body portion, on the same side of the body portion (e.g., the sidewalls 54 a, 54 b extend in the same direction). The sidewalls 54 a, 54 b define the left and right boundaries of the fastener. The lip portions 56 a, 56 b are attached to the top edges of the wing sidewalls 54 a, 54 b at an angle A=81.50° (or thereabouts), such that the lip portions 56 a, 56 b each generally face inwards and inclined down towards the body portion 50 by a non-0° angle “B”=(90° A). (Typical values for B range between 5° and 25°, i.e., corresponding to an angle A between 85° and 65°.) The body 50 includes two centrally located openings 60 a, 60 b for passing connectors, such as screws 62 a, 62 b.
  • As explained in more detail below, the fastener 14 is complementary in shape to the L-shape slots 28 a, 28 b. The height of the wing sidewalls 54 a, 54 b generally corresponds to the height of the flat side 64 of the trough 36 (e.g., the side closest to the left or right sides 24 a, 24 b and generally parallel thereto), and the wing lip portions 56 a, 56 b are dimensioned to fit in the extension groove 38. The openings 60 a, 60 b are spaced apart from the wings by a distance such that the shoulders 42 a, 42 b fit in the space between the openings 60, 60 b and wings, as shown in FIG. 3F. As also shown in FIG. 3F, the distance separating the wings 52 a, 52 b, as established by the width of the body portion 50, is such that when two deck boards are positioned laterally together, the oppositely facing shoulders 42 a, 42 b of the adjacent deck boards fit in the space between the openings and wings, with a predefined lateral space “F” lying between the deck boards.
  • The fastener 14 may be made of metal or some other suitably strong and durable material, using standard manufacturing methods. For example, the fastener may be formed by stamping an appropriately shaped flat piece of metal or other material (e.g., the piece would be generally rectangular), and then bending the ends of the piece in a compound manner to form the wings 52 a, 52 b. In this manner, the wings would be integral with the body portion 50.
  • In use, with reference to FIGS. 3A-3F, a deck board 12 a is held in place against an underlying support member 16, e.g., joist. As noted above, the deck board 12 a is a generally rectangular, elongated construction member having the L-shape slots 28 a, 28 b formed on a planar underside thereof. The deck board may be used as decking, e.g., a number of the deck boards are placed across the support members to form a deck. Before placing the deck board 12 a against the support 16, the “left” wing 52 a of a fastener 14 is maneuvered into the slot 28 b, such that the outer edge of the lip portion 56 a lies in the extension groove 38. In this position, the wing 52 a effectively “curls around” the shoulder 42 b, while the rest of the fastener 14 lies extended outwards and away from the sidewall 24 b of the deck board, as shown in FIG. 3A. The trough-like opening 36 and curved wall 40 of the slot 28 b provide clearance for the wing sidewall 54 a, for facilitating movement of the lip 56 a into the extension groove 38.
  • After the fastener 14 is placed in the slot 28 b, the deck board 12 a is placed against the support 16 as shown in FIG. 3B. A screw or other connector 62 a is inserted through the opening 60 a and is secured in place down into the support member 16, as indicated by arrow D. Because the fastener lip 56 a is bent downwards slightly, the weight of the deck board 12 a (and/or the action of the connector 62 a in securing the fastener to the support 16) causes the lip 56 a to flex upwards slightly in the direction given by arrow B. This in turns causes the lip 56 a to exert a downwards force in the direction of arrow C against the bottom surface of the extension groove 38 (e.g., against the shoulder 42 b). This helps to hold the deck board 12 a securely in place.
  • Once the first connector 62 a has been driven into place, a second deck board 12 b is maneuvered over the “right” wing 54 b of the fastener 14, as shown in FIG. 3C. Typically, the deck board 12 b will be oriented at an angle for positioning the leading edge of the lip 56 b in the extension groove 38 of the slot 28 a, as shown in FIG. 3D. Allowing the second deck board 12 b to drop into place against the support 16 causes the lip 56 a to flex upwards slightly, as shown in FIG. 3E, holding the second deck board 12 b in place. Subsequently, a second connector 62 b is driven down through the second connector opening 60 b, as indicated by the arrow E. This process is repeated for successive lateral deck boards to complete a section of decking. As should be appreciated, before attaching the second deck board 12 b over the right wing 52 b, fasteners 14 may first be disposed in the second deck board's right hand slot 28 b. Also, it may be the case that a plurality of fasteners 14 are used between each successive pair of deck boards, in a spaced apart manner down the length of the deck boards. See FIG. 3G.
  • Although the connectors 62 a, 62 b are shown driven into the support at an angle, the connectors 62 a, 62 b could instead be driven straight into the support and generally flush against the fastener 14, e.g., the openings 60 a, 60 b may be slightly tapered for countersinking purposes.
  • The relative dimensions and spacing of the deck boards, fasteners, slots 28 a, 28 b, and wings 52 a, 52 b dictate the distance “F” (FIG. 3E) between successive deck boards once the deck boards are secured in place. The distance F can be selected by adjusting these parameters at the manufacturing stage. Typically, F will be selected based on aesthetic considerations, to allow enough room for passage of the connectors 62 a, 62 b, and to allow for material expansion/contraction.
  • Although the fastener 14 is shown as having two openings 60 a, 60 b, one opening could instead be provided without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Also, more generally speaking, two openings 60 a, 60 b are more typically provided for functional symmetry (e.g., a fastener can be driven through the body portion close to a deck board shoulder regardless of which wing is engaged with the shoulder), and not necessarily because two connectors are intended to be driven into the support member. In many applications, a single connector may be sufficient for attaching the fastener to the underlying support. Additionally, in another embodiment, the fastener is provided without a connector aperture. In such a case, a connector aperture is in effect machined or otherwise provided in the field by either driving a connector directly through the body portion (e.g., the connector forms the aperture as it is driven through the body) or by pre-forming a connector aperture (e.g., using a drill) and then driving a connector through the newly pre-formed aperture.
  • Although the fastener 14 is shown as having generally perpendicular/angled wall members, the fastener could instead be “rounded” or C-shaped, without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. See, for example, the fastener 70 with C-shaped wings shown in FIGS. 4A and 4B (not to scale). Additionally, provided the fastener and slots are complementary in shape for “hooking” the fastener wings around the deck board slots/shoulders, the particular shape and configuration of the slots and wings may vary.
  • As used herein, the term “generally” refers to the element in question conforming to the stated characteristic except for manufacturing tolerances, e.g., which would not affect the manner in which the L-shape slotted deck board and hidden fastener system operates as described herein.
  • As suggested above, an embodiment of the present invention may be characterized as a construction member fastening system that includes fastener means 14, 70 and first and second elongate construction members 12 a, 12 b each having an underside and at least one slot 12 a, 12 b formed in the underside, where the slot(s) defines a shoulder means 42 a, 42 b for engaging the fastener means. The fastener means is complementary to the shoulder means for engaging the shoulder means of both construction members and for securing the construction members to each other and to a support member that underlies and abuts the construction members.
  • Since certain changes may be made in the above-described L-shape slotted deck board and hidden fastener system, without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention herein involved, it is intended that all of the subject matter of the above description or shown in the accompanying drawings shall be interpreted merely as examples illustrating the inventive concept herein and shall not be construed as limiting the invention.

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1. A system for securing construction members to an underlying support, said system comprising:
an elongate construction member having an underside and a side wall, said underside including a generally planar bottom surface and an inwards facing shoulder, wherein the shoulder is defined by a slot formed in the underside of the construction member proximate to the side wall; and
a fastener for securing the construction member to an underlying support, said fastener comprising:
a generally flat body portion having at least one connector aperture and left and right, generally parallel side edges; and
left and right wings attached to the left and right side edges of the body portion, respectively, each of said wings extending up from a top surface of the body portion and having a lip portion extending inwards towards a center of the body portion, wherein the wings are complementary in shape to the shoulder of the construction member for engagement therewith.
2. The system of claim 1 wherein for each of said wings, the lip portion is angled down towards the top surface of the body portion by a non zero-degree angle, said lip portion flexing upwards when the wing is engaged with the construction member shoulder and the construction member is placed against the underlying support.
3. The system of claim 1 wherein:
the fastener body portion is generally rectangular; and
each wing further comprises a generally rectangular, generally flat side wall attached to a respective one of said left and right edges of the body portion, said wing side wall lying generally perpendicular to the body portion and extending up from the top surface of the body portion, and said wing side wall having a top edge lying generally parallel to said left and right edges of the body portion, wherein the lip portion of the wing is attached to the top edge of the wing side wall.
4. The system of claim 3 wherein the wing lip portions are generally flat and generally rectangular.
5. The system of claim 3 wherein for each of said wings, the wing lip portion is angled down towards the top surface of the body portion by a non zero-degree angle, said lip portion flexing upwards when the wing is engaged with the construction member shoulder and the construction member is placed against the underlying support.
6. The system of claim 1 wherein the slot is generally L- or J-shaped in lateral cross section.
7. The system of claim 6 wherein the slot comprises:
a first, rounded slot side wall portion extending up from the bottom surface of the construction member;
a flat slot top surface portion extending from an end of the rounded side wall portion towards the side wall of the construction member, said slot top surface portion being generally parallel to the bottom surface of the construction member;
an extension groove extending from the slot top surface portion towards the construction member side wall, said extension groove being generally rectangular in lateral cross section and having top and bottom surfaces generally parallel to the construction member bottom surface and a side wall generally parallel to the construction member side wall; and
a second, generally flat slot side wall portion extending from an end of the bottom surface of the extension groove towards the bottom surface of the construction member, said second slot side wall portion being generally parallel to the construction member side wall.
8. The system of claim 7 wherein:
the construction member bottom surface includes at least first and second generally planar sections, said first planar section of the construction member bottom extending from an end of the second, flat side wall portion of the slot to the side wall of the construction member, and said second planar section of the construction member bottom extending from an end of the first, rounded side wall portion of the slot towards an edge of the construction member opposite the side wall of the construction member; and
the first and second planar sections of the construction member bottom surface are generally parallel, and are spaced longitudinally apart from one another by a non-zero distance, said first planar section lying closer to a top surface of the construction member than the second planar section by said non-zero distance.
9. The system of claim 1 wherein:
the fastener body portion is generally rectangular, and each wing of the fastener further comprises a generally rectangular, generally flat side wall attached to a respective one of said left and right edges of the body portion, said wing side wall lying generally perpendicular to the body portion and extending up from the top surface of the body portion, and said wing side wall having a top edge lying generally parallel to said left and right edges of the body portion, wherein the lip portion of the wing is generally flat and rectangular and attached to the top edge of the wing side wall, said lip portion being angled down towards the top surface of the body portion by a non zero-degree angle;
the construction member slot is generally L- or J-shaped in cross section and comprises: a first, rounded slot side wall portion extending up from the bottom surface of the construction member; a flat slot top surface extending from an end of the rounded portion towards the side wall of the construction member, said slot top surface being generally parallel to the bottom surface of the construction member; an extension groove extending from the slot top surface towards the construction member side wall, said extension groove being generally rectangular in lateral cross section and having top and bottom surfaces generally parallel to the construction member bottom surface and an extension groove side wall oriented generally parallel to the construction member side wall; and a second, generally flat slot side wall portion extending from an end of the bottom surface of the extension groove towards the bottom surface of the construction member, said second side wall portion of the slot being generally parallel to the construction member side wall; and
each of said fastener wings, in conjunction with the fastener body portion, is configured to hook around the construction member shoulder for engagement therewith, with the wing lip portion extending into the slot extension groove, the wing side wall extending generally along and parallel to the second, generally flat side wall portion of the slot, and the fastener body portion extending along a bottom of the shoulder and generally outwards from and perpendicular to the construction member side wall.
10. The system of claim 9 wherein:
the construction member bottom includes at least first and second generally planar sections, said first planar section of the construction member bottom extending from an end of the second, flat side wall portion of the slot to the side wall of the construction member, and said second planar section of the construction member bottom extending from an end of the first, rounded side wall portion of the slot towards an edge of the construction member opposite the side wall of the construction member; and
the first and second planar sections of the construction member bottom are generally parallel, and are spaced longitudinally apart from one another by a non-zero distance, said first planar section lying closer to a top surface of the construction member than the second planar section by said non-zero distance, wherein the non-zero distance corresponds to a thickness of the fastener body portion for said fastener body portion to lie between the construction member shoulder and the underlying support when the construction member is positioned against the underlying support with the second planar section of the construction member abutting the underlying support.
11. A fastener comprising:
a generally flat body portion having at least one connector aperture and left and right, generally parallel side edges; and
left and right wings attached to the left and right side edges of the body portion, respectively, each of said wings extending up from a top surface of the body portion and having a lip portion extending inwards toward a center of the body portion, wherein the wings are adapted in size and shape for engagement with an inwards-facing shoulder provided in the bottom surface of a construction member, for securing the construction member to a support member that underlies and abuts the construction member, by engaging one of said wings with the shoulder and driving a connector through the connector aperture into the underlying support member.
12. The fastener of claim 11 wherein the lip portions of the fastener wings are angled down towards the top surface of the body portion by a non zero-degree angle, said lip portions flexing upwards away from the body portion when the wings are engaged with the construction member shoulder and the construction member is placed against the underlying support.
13. The fastener of claim 11 wherein:
the fastener body portion is generally rectangular; and
each wing further comprises a generally rectangular, generally flat side wall attached to one of said left and right edges of the body portion, said side wall lying generally perpendicular to the body portion and extending up from the top surface of the body portion, and said side wall having a top edge lying generally parallel to said left and right edges of the body portion, wherein the lip portion of the wing is attached to the top edge of the side wall.
14. The fastener of claim 13 wherein the wings are generally flat and generally rectangular.
15. The fastener of claim 13 wherein the lip portions of the fastener wings are angled down towards the top surface of the body portion by a non zero-degree angle, said lip portions flexing upwards when the wings are engaged with the construction member shoulder and the construction member is placed against the underlying support.
16. A construction member fastening system comprising:
fastener means; and
first and second elongate construction members each having an underside and a slot formed in the underside, said slot defining shoulder means for engaging the fastener means;
wherein the fastener means is complementary to the shoulder means for engaging the shoulder means of both construction members and for securing the construction members to each other and to a support member that underlies and abuts the construction members.
17. A deck comprising:
a support member;
first and second elongate deck boards each having a generally flat top surface, a generally flat bottom surface generally parallel to the top surface, and at least one slot formed in the bottom surface, said slot defining an inwards-facing shoulder, wherein the deck boards lie laterally adjacent to one another and against the support member, with at least a portion of the bottom surfaces of the deck boards abutting the support member and the inwards-facing shoulders of the deck boards lying laterally adjacent to one another but facing in opposite directions;
a hidden-type fastener securing the deck boards to each other and to the support member, said fastener comprising: a generally flat body portion having a connector aperture; and first and second wings attached to opposite edges of the body portion, each of said wings extending up from a top surface of the body portion and having a lip portion extending inwards towards a center of the body portion, wherein the wings are complementary in shape to the deck board shoulders for engagement therewith, with the first wing of the fastener engaging the shoulder of the first deck board and the second wing of the fastener engaging the shoulder of the second deck board; and
a connector extending down through the connector aperture and into the support member.
18. The deck of claim 17 wherein the fastener defines a non-zero lateral distance between the deck boards.
19. The deck of claim 17 wherein the lip portions of the fastener wings exert a downwards force against the shoulders, thereby pressing the deck boards against the support member.
20. The deck of claim 17 wherein:
the fastener body portion is generally rectangular; and
each wing further comprises a generally rectangular, generally flat side wall attached to the body portion, said side wall lying generally perpendicular to the body portion and extending up from the top surface of the body portion, and said side wall having a top edge lying generally parallel to a side edge of the body portion where the side wall is attached, wherein the lip portion of the wing is attached to the top edge of the side wall.
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