Some key topics come up when considering decking for a project LIKE.…..

Material Choice

Appearance

Budget

Location

2020 Decking Trends

These are all important and each one deserves serious consideration.

  • We receive many compliments on our Deck-Max decking and the top of the list is the customer comment   “Love the Look and Love the finish” – this is a simple clear and brilliant outcome for us to hear from our customers.
  • Choice of material is as simple – choose decking it has a few key points
    • Colour of material is the most important
      • Then the colour is simply determined by the material as follows
        • Grey / pink colour will be Spotted Gum or Iron bark and this is the most expensive
        • Red / brown will be Merbau this is mid range high quality
        • Light brown / honey colour will be Bamboo – excellent value for product
        • Composite – in 2 set colours this will be the best by price
      • As you can see the colour you choose will equal price / budget.
      • Your final decision is how big your deck area is – this then sets the budget by colour and size of the deck.
    • Once this is established you have further considerations:
      • When you order normal decking it will be often irregular in size by varying width, twisted and inconsistent moisture content and often not kiln dried.
      • You can fix with a nail gun – and you know the outcome of that – cracked and slipt boards and within a year the nails will be popping out.
      • Even if you screw through the surface it will still crack and split
      • THE OUTCOME is if you use old fashioned nails or screws into the surface the total investment is damaged by the cracking and splitting.

Option

For best possible protection of investment use the Deck-Max grooved decking as the fixing method. It never penetrates the board and the surface of the deck has NO visible screws or nails.

      • EASY to refurbish and clean and re coat.
      • Often forgotten is the waste allowance that builders or DIY customer forget is they allow from 10% to 15% waste this is money down the drain. Say for an average 30 sq.m. deck it is over $500.00 wasted.
      • With the Patented end match decking by Deck-Max this is a mere 2% allowance or less.
      • LABOUR – labour is saved because you do not need to measure and cut every piece of timber to join on a joist
    • OUTCOME – less waste – fast install. The Deck-Max system delivers a superior product for long life and similar price to the old screw or nailed deck.
    • PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT by choosing this Deck-Max deck in these fantastic materials.

Note

Product Failure is a problem that requires some key points raised;

  • Hardwood – hardwood that is installed green, not at correct ambient moisture content, holes not predrilled for fixing, Butt joint fixing, cracking and splitting where the surface fix is located.
    • Decking purchased at auction should be screened for any of the topics noted in this section, as our experience suggests there are traps for the consumer when items are bought at auction.
  • Bamboo – strand woven decking has major failing from water absorption, moisture content, poor manufacture, coatings, mould, failure to test to Australian standards. Look at all remedial options for some of these issues – like how to clean mould and what coatings to use.
  • Composite – Manufacturer’s poor quality control of ingredients, failure to test to Australian standards, incorrect joist spacing, incorrect screw sold with decking. Always listen to the recommendations for 100% of the install – if you are not sure just ask.

Problems

  • Twisting & Cupping of decking boards – Hardwood & Pine
    • Probable causes
      • Poor fixings
      • Too close to ground creating an in balance between the underside of the board and the surface of the boards.
      • Spiral grain
      • Poor maintenance – as Decking Oils assist in keeping and protecting the decking
  • Lifting of fixings
    • Twisting of boards can lift some fixings like nails. The force is extreme when hardwood wants to move – this reinforces that fixing will play a large roll in minimising twisting and liftin g of fixings.
  • Performance between timber species and decking materials
  • Expansion and contraction
  • Surface checking
  • Coating performances
  • Decay & durability