So I visit with a potential client last night. He has a screened in porch that he wants to “pretty up”, and what he wants done most and first is to put 3/8 beadbord paneling up for the ceiling. Sounds good. But it got me thinking: because this is the ceiling, and it’s outside, would it be better to nail or screw the panels to the rafters? He wanted finish nails, but I waffled. Maybe I’m over-cautious but I would hate to see that come down someday on someone’s head.
I got to thinking about this because the 4×4 posts that the deck is supported by are not anchored in any way to the concrete footings, and in fact aren’t even centered on the footings, so that would have to be fixed soon. With all the jostling the deck would be subject to, I didn’t want the ceiling to crash.
So nails or screws? If nails, finish or common?
Thanks as usual.