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High-End Deck Building Demands the Strength of Face Fastening for Reliable, Long-Term Results

Edison, NJ, April 13, 2013 --( Alain Bagagem began learning his craft as an eight-year-old working with his father to build and renovate homes throughout New Jersey. More than 20 years later, Alain Bagagem Contracting, Inc. of Wall Township, NJ is responsible for building everything from 3,500 sq. ft. luxury estates to high-end kitchen redesigns, decking, roofing and additions.

Recently, these services included the replacement of a 270 sq. ft. cedar deck with a 600 sq. ft. Ipe deck in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. “The existing deck was already warped when we first moved in,” offers Marc McKinley, the home’s owner. “So, we were not only interested in greatly increasing our outdoor living space with a high-end look for entertaining, we were concerned about safety.”

For fastening the Ipe deck boards, Bagagem selected the SMART-BIT® PRO PLUG® System due to its ability to install perfect and consistent wood plugs in half the time of other plugging methods. Designed by Starborn Industries to combine the proven strength of face screwing with the aesthetics of hidden fasteners, the system includes the PRO PLUG Tool for Wood and PRO-PLUG Plug & Fastener Kits, making it the ideal solution for perfectly installing plugs in more than 20 species of wood used in both decking and flooring applications.

“Time is money and while most customers love the finished look of plugged holes, they’re reluctant to pay for the added time and energy it takes to do it correctly,” explains Bagagem. “With the Pro Plug System, it only takes about 20 seconds to drill and plug each hole, which in the end can greatly reduce the overall time to plug an entire deck. It is also incredibly easy to use since it includes everything you need.”

The process begins with the Pro Plug Tool, which pre-drills and counter-bores the Ipe deck boards. Next is the installation of the stainless steel fasteners, which are included in the plug and fastener kits. Once the screw is installed, the Pro Plug Glue Nozzle (also included in the plug and fastener kits) is used to coat the sides of the hole. Finally, Bagagem inserts the plug and then sands and seals the deck surface to provide “an even, finished look that doesn’t reveal screw heads.”

“The only people that enjoy the results of the SMART-BIT PRO PLUG System for Wood more than me are the customers,” says Bagagem. “The system provides beautiful aesthetics in less than half the time it takes to do plugging the traditional way, which means I can also charge less for the same great finish. Plus, face-down screwing is the only way to go for long-term strength and durability. This is an ideal system for combining high-end professional looks with the integrity that every exterior structure in this area requires.”

“We couldn’t be happier with the finished product,” adds McKinley. “It looks like a finished wood floor without the screw heads. The plugs blend so well with the deck boards, you can’t even see them.”

Please visit for more information on the SMART-BIT® PRO PLUG® System for Wood or contact Starborn Industries at 800-596-7747.

About the Company
Starborn Industries, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of fasteners and related products for the building industry. Founded in 1961, Starborn is a premium supplier of fasteners in the deck building, construction and woodworking fields. Starborn products include the Headcote®, Smart-Bit®, Pro Plug®, Cap-Tor® and Deckfast® brands. These products are distributed throughout the US, as well as internationally through distributors and dealers servicing Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.

More information on Starborn’s complete line of deck fastening products is available online: Headcote® Stainless Steel Screws with Color Coated Heads (, Smart-Bit® Pre-drilling and Countersinking Tool (, Smart-Bit® Pro Plug® System for Wood (, and Cap-Tor® Screws for Capstock and Composite Decking ( For online purchases, users can also visit, or
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