Replacing Rotting house/deck trim with pvc. Nailer?

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Old 05-25-20, 03:58 PM
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Replacing Rotting house/deck trim with pvc. Nailer?

I have several areas of my deck and house where the pine trim is rotting. The areas are prone to moisture (no sun, base of deck near ground, etc.). I live in the northeast so the seasons can be fairly extreme. Iím thinking that replacing these areas with pvc trim would make the most sense. Other similarly low maintenance/long lasting options? I realize pvc is more expensive.

Also, should I use a siding coil nailer or can I get by with an 18 gauge galvanized brad given the expansion/contraction?
 
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Old 05-25-20, 04:02 PM
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I use white head, trim head screws.
 
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Old 05-25-20, 04:13 PM
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Composite deck screws work well. Set the heads just below the surface then fill.
 
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I too prefer screws. Nails of any type seem to work loose with the expansion & contraction. Also, don't go stingy on fasteners. PVC must be held flat against it's will on hot summer days. I've seen it pop the heads off nails when not enough were used. And more fasteners helps it better resist buckling on hot days.
 
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