Installation Instructions

 

These guidelines are only recommendations and we accept no liability for any installations undertaken directly by the consumer. Always ensure you seek assistance where required from a qualified relevant professional who can provide an appropriate documented technical assessment of your project prior to installation of our products. 

DECKO composite wood is NOT recommended to be used as a structural material in any situation.

Use of nail guns or glues aren’t required or recommended for the installation of DECKO boards and use of these materials for installation will automatically void your warranty.

It is very important to allow adequate ventilation and drainage under the decked area. If you are trying to avoid weed growth, you can use a weed mat or other landscape fabric covering the area under the deck.

You should always fully check the condition of the existing deck frame if you decide to use it as a base for your new DECKO deck. We recommend replacing joists that have any signs of rotting or instability.

Ideally it’s better to use the same composite material for the entire deck structure. In certain cases old frames used have started to rot or have been infested with termites and the deck has needed to be rebuilt again. Therefore, we strongly recommend replacing all old structures of the deck by using the same composite material or our tailored aluminium framing. It’s proven to significantly increase the longevity and value of the deck.

Safety First

You should always wear appropriate protective clothing and safety equipment while working on your RUBICAB project. It is recommended that safety boots, long sleeves and gloves are worn. Safety glasses and a dust respirator with a dust filter which meets the AS/NZS 1715 and AS/NZS 1716 standards are necessary to avoid inhaling the dust generated when cutting your boards and reduce the risk of injury from flying wood particles.

Handling & Care of DECKO Boards

Please store DECKO boards in a cool, dry and shaded area, away from direct sunlight.  The boards should be completely flat and not lying directly on the ground to avoid possible damage. Also, the span of any two joists shouldn’t be larger then 40cm in case of storing on joists to prevent the boards from bending.

Although DECKO boards are considered a non-hazardous material, there are certain precautions that should be taken.

Skin contact: If skin or hair contact occurs with the dust, wash with soap and water. If swelling, redness, blistering or irritation occurs seek medical assistance.

Eye contact: If dust enters the eyes, wash out immediately with water. In all cases of eye contamination, it is a sensible precaution to seek medical advice.

One of the best features of RUBICAB products and solutions is that installation is simple and quick without the need to purchase any special tools to complete the job.

Unlike timber or other materials, DECKO composite boards are fitted with our hidden invisi-clip system that joins the boards together precisely with a simple and quick click movement, ensuring the desired 4-5 mm spacing. Installation is a simple, quick and effective process resulting in a clean, professional looking low maintenance deck.

Installation

  • DECKO boards must be always fixed by our specifically designed invisi-clip system.
  • As with natural timber composite wood decking tends to expand and contract, depending on the weather and moisture content. You should allow for expansion and contraction particularly if your deck will be exposed to direct sunlight. Please allow 5mm each side of your deck and ensure your ABS clips are not over-tapped in.
  • Also allow a 5mm gap between the building and the deck to accommodate possible expansion of the boards if the deck is connected to the house.
  • Ensure the perfectly straight direction of the first board as the rest of the boards will follow the same angle.
  • Space the joists, allowing for 1-2mm underhang on each of the long sides. Note the joists we supply should only be used on levelled road base or concrete.
  • Ensure you stagger the joists for strength. It’s recommended that the joists are 350mm apart for commercial applications and 400-500mm apart for residential. The smaller the distance between the boards the less flex there is and more strength.
  • Pre-drill and fix the joists in place.
  • Create a jig on the drop saw to ensure that each board is cut accurately.
  • Begin with the first board and screw the drill into the groove in the joists to hold the first board in place.
  • Place the invisi-clips firmly in the groove, secure with the screw into the joist, drilling into the v-grooved centre and fasten.
  • Tap the boards with a rubber mallet if they are not straight, ensure 0.5-1.5 mm underhang at all times.
  • Continue with the next board until the span is complete.
  • Add the right angle decorative cap, pre-drill, countersink and screw both sides.