ModWood XTREME GUARD
ModWood XTREME GUARD® new colour Charwood now available.
A great feature of wood composite products is that you can have a great performing deck without the need for staining, oiling or painting etc, and the deck will continue to last without rotting, cracking or splinters. However, wood plastic composite products being wood-based and 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, 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 etc…
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 or Smooth - Pro's and Con's"
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; they can be cleaned fairly quickly with water-diluted Deck Protect Composite Clean:
A wash with Deck Protect Composite Clean often assists in eliminating such marks and for those areas where water stain marks are an ongoing issue it should be possible to apply the Deck Protect Composite Sealer to minimise the effect of water stain marks.
Mould colonies can develop on any outdoor area; this is generally due to air-borne spores landing in an environment that promotes mould growth. A slower-working, long-term and environmentally friendly solution is applying a product such as “Wet and Forget” – this works well but takes several months to take full effect.
A "quick fix" for this natural occurrence is the use of Deck Protect Composite Clean or SoSafe ESR pH Boosted NOTE: In all circumstances, Refer to the packaging for directions and usages.....
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Image of 4 year old 88mm Silver Gum Decking
Important- the brushed surface does not easily show scuffs and scratches. This side must be installed facing up if the area is 100% or has partially shade/cover. The smooth face can be installed where the deck is fully exposed to the weather.
ModWood is a finished product-take care! To learn more about what can be done to repair please read Treating Scuffs and Scratches.
Tip – 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.
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 and occurs with all of our colours, however it is more noticeable with the lighter colours. Once the boards have completed the weathering process, typically 2 - 3 months after installation; the colour will revert to its final silver/ grey colour.
Below are the pros and cons of using the different faces.
** For areas partially under roof/cover, the brushed / lighter side must face up. For fully exposed areas; either face can be used..
Most people do not use any coatings on ModWood, however it can be painted or stained at a later date should this be desired. Deck Protect Composite Refresh is a rejuvenating stain and it is available in the ModWood colours.
In all circumstances you must follow instructions as stated on the packaging.
Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions and then contact our office for information/advice.
For those areas where anti-slip/improved grip is critical Deck Protect Composite Traction is a product that can be applied.
It is P4 compliant (AS/NZS 4586-2013) and a grit additive for P5 requirements is also available.
Refer to the packaging for directions and usages.
Trials have shown that it is possible to remove graffiti paint with application of Deck Protect Composite Strip.
Refer to the packaging for directions and usages.
It is best to avoid coloured chalks that are used in construction as most coloured chalks are permanent! Best alternative is white chalk (Irwin Strait-Line Dust Off) or baby powder:
Static electricity is an everyday phenomenon. A build-up of an electrostatic charge is possible when walking over ModWood XTG decking when wearing synthetic shoe sole material. If you touch metal, water, or another person when your body is highly charged, the charge is discharged quickly as the material is highly conductive. In this case you may feel a shock. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is especially problematic in dry, windy climatic conditions and low relative humidity. To minimise the effect of ESD by installing an anti-static mat.
Many surfaces can be affected by pets doing their business where they should not. There are several products available through supermarkets and hardware outlets to assist. Some clients have had success with “urine free” and “pet loo” products.
Laying a mat over decking boards for extended periods may be problematic if the boards under the mat cannot ventilate and dry out.
This may result in board surface bubbling and/or splitting if the boards are unable to fully dry out.
When placing a mat over the deck boards you are protecting those boards from UV. You will find when moving the mat for maintenance i.e. cleaning that those boards will be of a darker colour compared to the surrounding boards.
To minimise this occurring try to move the mat if possible so the boards do receive exposure to UV.
By using the brushed side up (lighter colour side) of the Natural Grain Collection this will make this less of an issue.
Care and Maintenance Hard Copy.