Can Your Composite Decking Be Exposed To The Elements?
Is Your Composite Decking In Any Way Harmful For Children?
No. EVODEK® composite products are non-toxic and don’t contain any harmful substances. Besides, they are child-friendly thanks to their features of non-splintering, stain resistance, slip-resistance, and weather-resistance. Nothing is more important than your children’s safety. You want to do all that you can to protect them, even if they are more accident-prone at their young ages.
EVODEK® composite decking won’t rot, or collect mildew or mold which may affect the durability of the deck and put both you and your children in danger. EVODEK® composite decking will not splinter, 100% safe when you walk on the surface.
With EVODEK® composite decking, your puddles will not lead to slips, falls, and subsequent injuries, especially if your young ones like to chase after one another. EVODEK® composite material comes with grooves or simulated wood grain to reduce the chances of losing your footing. While kids should still follow the no-running rule, they won’t be so much at risk with any deck.
Can Your WPC Products Be Used In Salty Environments, For Example Near The Ocean?
Yes, Salt does not damage EVODEK® composite decking under normal circumstances. In fact, we suggest our customers use rock salt to melt ice on the decking. The salt has little drying effect on the decking. This makes composite decking especially convenient if you live near saltwater. While composite decking is susceptible to abrasive substances, salt, which can often serve as a scouring powder, is not coarse enough to damage composite decking. Regardless, don’t rub or press salt into composite decking.
Does Your Composite Decking Expand?
As temperatures fluctuate, composite deck boards will naturally experience thermal expansion and contraction. That’s why the board ends should never be installed tight against one another. There should always be a slight gap. How much of a gap? That will depend upon air temperature at the time of installation (Read this to learn more). For areas that are subject to significant temperature swings, we recommend installing your deck boards using surface fasteners. First, ensure that the deck boards are aligned properly. Then, install a fastener in the middle of each board length to prevent shifting during thermal expansion and contraction.
Do Your Composites Perform Well In A Harsh Heat/Cold Environment?
Yes! EVODEK® composite decking and cladding are engineered to hold up under various weather conditions almost anywhere on Earth. In fact, we have EVODEK® deck boards and wall cladding installed around the world from warm or hot climates including East Asia, the American southeast and southwest, Latin America, the Middle East, and Hawaii as well as cold climates from North America (including the northern US, Alaska, and Canada), northern Asia, and throughout Europe, including Scandinavia.
What Are The Advantages Of Using HDPE To Make Decking?
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) provides superior physical and mechanical performance as compared to mixed or low-density resins(LDPE or LLDPE). HDPE resins are typically found in more rigid products like drinking cups and food packaging. The use of HDPE results in a decking board that is stiffer, more durable, and much harder than other decks made with inferior grades of plastic.
Are Your WPC Decking Slippery When Wet?
EVODEK® decking products have undergone the Pendulum Slip Resistance Test by the standard of BS 7976-2. EVODEK® 3D Wood Grain decking has better slip resistance by virtue of the embossed pattern. The decking with the grooved pattern, likewise, is also highly resistant to slip, thanks to its grooves on the surface. Any surface can be slippery when wet. There is currently no building code requirement for minimum slip resistance. Slip-resistance tests that are correctly performed under different consensus standards may produce different results. Variables that affect slip resistance include shoe tread, stride, speed of stride, debris on the surface, amount of moisture present, and weight. EVODEK®’s polyethylene coating can be slippery when wet, just like wood, so caution is advised.
Will Your Decking Get Mold On It?
EVODEK® decking is engineered to be highly resistant to mold and other damage from moisture. In rare cases and depending on environmental conditions (temperature, moisture in the air, etc.), mold and mildew could appear on any outdoor surface. If mold occurs on the surface, it can be easily removed with a 1-to-4 mixture of bleach and water.
Are Your WPC Products Environmentally Friendly?
Yes, we’re committed to offering sustainable products and doing the right thing for the environment. EVODEK® WPC products are made from reclaimed wood flours and recycled plastics, what’s more, they do not require frequent application of environmentally harmful paint, sealers, or stains.
Is Your Decking Scratch-Resistant?
EVODEK® composite decking is engineered to be scratch-resistant when properly used and maintained. However, it is not scratch-proof. It may be scratched by dragging furniture or other items across the deck surface or by dropping items with sharp edges (like tools, etc.) onto the deck. We recommend using furniture protectors under the legs of furniture placed on the decking. Nylon furniture pads or glides are recommended for tables, chairs, or other items that may be moved or re-positioned frequently on your deck.
Can I Put Your Decking Over A Concrete Floor?
Yes, you can put EVODEK® decking over a concrete floor with EVODEK® composite or metal joists. But do not install decking directly to an existing or solid surface. The deck design must allow adequate and unobstructed air flow under the deck, and water must be able to flow away from under the deck.
Can Your Product Be Used In Bushfire-Prone Areas?
EVODEK® composite material is made of wood flour and plastic. As an alternative to natural wood, it can be used wherever the natural wood is suitable. But neither wood plastic composite nor natural wood is bushfire proof.
What Is The Maximum Joist Spacing For Your Decking?
Joist spacing requirements vary according to the product type you’ve chosen. You are advised to follow our Installation Instructions and local building codes.
How Do Varying Weather Conditions Affect Your Decking During Installation?
EVODEK® composite decking performs well in varying weather conditions, having the lowest thermal movement among all wood-alternative decking. During installation, EVODEK® decking will contract only slightly in cold weather. In hot weather, it expands. We recommend that the material is on the job site 48 hours prior to installation to acclimate. Follow the installation instructions on spacing guidelines to ensure proper room for expansion and contraction.
Is Ventilation Required Under A Deck?
Yes. It is very important that there be adequate and unobstructed air flow under the deck to prevent excessive water absorption. Improve drainage or grade flat areas where standing water may gather. For decks with limited ventilation, 1 inch of clear ventilation is required.
How Much Gap Should I Leave For Expansion Or Contraction When Installing?
As temperatures fluctuate, composite deck boards will naturally experience thermal expansion and contraction. There should always be a gap between the butt ends of the boards to allow for expansion and contraction and a gap between the edges of the boards for water runoff. For more information, refer to EVODEK® Deck Installation Instructions.
Can I Use A Nail Gun To Install Your Composite Decking?
No. We do not recommend using nails or nailers, but using screws when installing composite decking. The material is very dense and getting nails to penetrate to a proper depth without bending can be a challenge. We recommend that all holes be predrilled to help reduce mushrooming, and avoid splitting. When using nails or nailers, the concern is that the ends would not be predrilled and possibly lead to cracking and splitting.
What Kind Of Blade Can Be Used To Cut Your Composite Boards?
Any standard woodworking blades will work well with our composite boards.
Can I Install Multiple Colors Of The Same Product Together?
Yes. EVODEK® composite products with multiple colors are physically identical, they can be mix-installed together, to create a unique and interesting look for your outdoor space.
How Do I Finish A Cut Edge To Match The Color Of My Decking?
We provide L-corner or bullnose boards in the same color tone to match the color of your decking. In other applications, a solid color-matched stain or paint may also be used to coat the cut ends of the deck boards.
How Can I Prevent Mold From Growing On My Deck?
To minimize mold on the decking, clean the deck periodically with at least twice a year . In some situations, you may need to repeat the cleaning process multiple times until you are no longer able to see any “shadows” of the spots on your deck while it is wet. You would also want to apply a mold inhibitor to retard future growth.
What If My Decking Gets Scratched?
In the same way that wood decking materials can get scratched, the surface of composite decking can also be scratched. EVODEK® composite products are of superior scratch resistance, but not scratch proof. If scratches do occur, we recommend allowing normal wear marks to disappear gradually.
Do I Need To Place Something On Furniture Legs To Protect My Decking From Scratches?
Yes. We recommend to use protective plastic, rubber, or felt leg pads on furniture and other items to help protect the surface of your deck. EVODEK® composite decking is scratch-resistant, but these easy extra steps can provide additional protection.
Can I Use Salt To Melt Ice On My Decking?
Most products with calcium chloride or rock salt can be used to melt ice and snow on EVODEK® composite decking. These products may leave a white residue which can be cleaned by brushing with mild soapy water. Care should be taken when removing snow or ice from your deck to avoid damaging the deck surface. We recommend to use plastic shovels, instead of metal or shar edged tools. Do not use ice melt with an added colorant, for the dyes can stain your composite decking. Never use sand on EVODEK® composite decking, because sand abrasion can grind into the decking and permanently damage the surface.
How Do I Clean My Deck?
For general cleaning, sweeping with broom, or jack washing with mild soap water works. For pollen, organic debris, dirt or stains, mild household detergent dilluted with water is recommended. Always keep your deck from chemicals.
Dose Your Decking Need Regular Maintenance?
EVODEK® composite decking is designed for a low-maintenance experience. But to keep your deck to look great, you are advised to clean your deck at least twice a year by jack wash with mild soap and water.
Is Your Product Stain-Resistant?
All EVODEK® composite products are stain-resistant with warranty (see EVODEK® warranty for details). Most stains commonly encountered such as mustard and ketchup will wash away easily within 7 days. More stubborn stains can be washed off with the mild cleaner.
Is Your Decking Maintenance-Free?
EVODEK® decking requires far lower maintenance than wood decking, but does require some maintenance to keep it looking good throughout the years, much like washing your car. So a periodic cleaning with a jack wash and soap water is recommended, which is necessary to maintain the beauty of your deck.