Below are the pros and cons of using the different faces.
Brushed (lighter coloured face).
- Must be used for decks fully or partially under roof/cover **
- A more durable finish; suitable under roof/cover & fully exposed areas.
- A more uniform appeal when under cover
- Does not show scratches as easily
- A more “timber-like” surface feel
- Better non-slip feel in wet areas (e.g. around pools)
- Heavy scratches may be sanded or wire-brushed out
- Less colour shift/fade over time - apart from embossing lines fading
- Surface temperature of brushed feels cooler than the smooth
- Can more easily take oil based paint or decking stain
- Susceptible to “fatty” stains due to the exposed wood fibre
- Will pick up dirt/stains/mould more easily due to wood fibres exposed (these can usually be cleaned)
Smooth (darker coloured face)
- More “plastic” at the surface gives better resistance to dirt and grime (stays cleaner)
- A more solid colour
- For fully exposed deck areas only **
- Less uniform appeal if installed under roof/cover
- Smoother surface may feel a bit more plastic
- Surface temperature will get hotter; especially when new
- Smoother surface not quite as good for grip (88mm board)
- Cannot simply give a wire-brushing “touch-up” for scratches
- Will show a higher degree of fade over the first few months
- Needs to be well weathered before paint or stain will adhere properly
** For areas partially under roof/cover, the brushed / lighter side must face up. For fully exposed areas; either face can be used..