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Composite Decking

Composite Decking

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MODWOOD DECKING

Product
Size
QTY
88 x 23
88 x 23
137 x 23
137 x 23
88 x 23
88 x 23
137 x 23
137 x 23
88 x 23
88 x 23
137 x 23
137 x 23
88 x 23
88 x 23
137 x 23
137 x 23

MODWOOD SCREENING

Product
Size
QTY
68 x 17
68 x 17
68 x 17
68 x 17

MODWOOD DECKING & SCREENING

Product
Size
QTY
40PCS
40PCS
40PCS
40PCS

A great feature of composite products is that you can have a great performing deck without the need for staining, oiling or painting plus the deck will continue to last without rot, cracks or splinters. However, wood/plastic composite products are wood-based & will only look their best if given some degree of care.

The amount of care & attention required on your deck will most likely be directly proportional to the local environment of the deck. For instance, an area surrounded by heavy foliage or prone to lots of dust will of course require more attention than a very open area without trees.

Download a copy of ModWood's Decking Care & Maintenance Flyer or read below:

JOB SITE STORAGE & HANDLING

  • ModWood packs should be stored in a dry, flat area under roof & off the ground.
  • Loose boards should be stored on its edge in a dry, flat area under roof & off the ground.
  • Failure to keep packs dry in storage can lead to the growth of mould spores on boards.
  • When moving product, ModWood should be carried on its edge. Please note ModWood is a finished product so care during moving & construction should be taken.

GENERAL CLEANING

  • A simple sweep of the deck area will generally prevent build-up of dirt & grime (or even leaves) that can lead to unwanted marks, stains & mould on your deck. Gaps between the boards should also be cleared of debris should this occur. As with timber, the longer your deck is dirty, the more work it will take to get it clean again.
  • A wash with something like "sugar soap" or "sard wonder soap" solutions generally removes most dirt & grime.
  • A more vigorous product for removal of heavy stains is "Intergrain Reviva" - simply follow the directions on the pack. Please note, Reviva will lighten the pigment colour of the decking boards - follow the instructions as stated on packaging exactly.
  • For oil-based stains such as BBQ fat or sunscreen lotion, a dilution of degreaser such as "Kenco" works very well. Again, please note, Kenco will lighten the pigment colour of the decking boards - follow the instructions as stated on packaging exactly.

Tip: if you have a BBQ on your deck, a good practice is to have a “splat mat" or "drop board” under the BBQ to catch fat spills rather than have them fall on to the deck.

FADING / COLOUR SOFTENING

ModWood will undergo some colour change when exposed to the elements and this will primarily happen during the first couple of months.

When deciding which side of the ModWood decking boards to use you should refer to "Brushed vs Smooth - Pro's and Con's" section below.

WATER MARKS

Water stain marks can show on ModWood boards. We have seen two types of water stains; both of which will generally disappear with exposure to a reasonable soaking of rain and general weathering; both of which can be cleaned fairly quickly with an application of dilute "Intergrain Reviva".

Water stains from wood tannins will occur in the early life of your deck as the natural tannins come out of the wood fibres at the surface of the ModWood. This will happen in the early weeks of your deck, and will depend on how exposed to the elements your deck is before the weathering process is complete. Water stains from water pooling or dripping can happen with ModWood just like it can with many other materials/surfaces such as timber flooring, glass, laminated tables etc. The visibility of the stain will be governed by factors such as how dirty the deck is and how quickly the water dries from the water pooling. Clean as mentioned above.

  • A wash with Intergrain Reviva often assists in eliminating such marks.

TREATING SCUFFS & SCRATCHES

ModWood can show scuffs and scratches, especially when new, & especially on the "smooth surface". By rubbing on light decking oil with a clean rag the marks will be less noticeable eg FeastWatson Natural decking oil. Exposure to the weather will see the board revert to its natural colour, thus hiding scuff and scratch marks. The "brushed" (lighter side) finish available in decking boards provides a more textured "timber-like" finish & does not easily show scuffs & scratches. This is recommended if the product is intended for use under 100% shade (for example decks under full cover). The brushed finish can be wire-brushed or sanded with coarse sandpaper to remove scratches. The area you brush will quickly fade out & hide your repair.

It is strongly recommended that all furniture on a ModWood deck has protective feet e.g. rubber stoppers applied to the legs to help prevent scuffing or scratching of the deck surface.

SILVER GUM WEATHERING

During the weathering process Silver Gum may show some discolouration & this initial colour shift is a result of the wood fibres undergoing natural bleaching by the sun’s ultra violet rays. This is quite normal & occurs with all of ModWood's colours, however it is more noticeable with the lighter colours. Once the boards have completed this weathering process (typically 2-3 months after installation) the colour will revert to its final silver/ grey colour.

BRUSHED VS SMOOTH FINISH - PRO'S & CON'S

Brushed Pro's

  • A more “timber-like” surface feel
  • Does not show scratches easily
  • More suitable for decks under roof
  • Heavy scratches can be wire - brushed out
  • Surface temperature of brushed feels cooler than smooth
  • Better non-slip feel in wet areas (e.g. around pools)
  • Will appear lighter in initial colour
  • A more durable finish
  • Can more easily take paint or stain
  • Extremely little colour shift/fade over time - apart from embossing lines fading

Brushed Con's

  • Susceptible to "fatty" stains due to the exposed wood fibre.
  • Will pick up dirt/stains/mould more easily due to exposed wood fibres
    However these can be cleaned.

Smooth Pro's

  • More “plastic” at the surface gives better resistance to dirt & grime (stays cleaner)
  • A more solid colour

Smooth Con's

  • Will show a degree of fade over the first few months
  • Smoother surface feels a bit more “plastic”
  • Surface temperature will get hotter - especially when new
  • Smoother surface not quite as good for grip
  • Cannot simply give a wire-brushing “touch-up” for scratches
  • Needs to be well weathered before paint or stain will adhere properly

SURFACE COATINGS

Most people do not use any coatings on ModWood, however it can be painted or stained at a later date should this be desired. Contact our office for information & advice.

GRAFFITI PAINT REMOVAL

Trials have shown that it is possible to remove graffiti paint with application of paint removal stripper. Please refer to directions as stated on product.

MOULD

A slower-working long-term environmentally friendly solution is applying a product known as “Wet and Forget” – this works well but takes several months to take full effect.

We occasionally see instances of mould growing on a deck. This is generally due to air-borne spores landing on the deck in an environment that promotes mould growth. A "quick fix" for this is via the use of Intergrain Reviva (follow the directions on the pack).

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