How to Install Composite Decking?
When installing composite decking yourself, it is extremely important to follow the installation guidelines provided by the manufacturers. This is mainly due to thermal expansion and contraction that composite decking experiences as a part plastic plastics product.
Composite decking will expand and shrink from summer to winter as it cools and heats up. The correct spacing must be provided to allow movement throughout the year and lifespan of your composite decking. A 6 mm gap side to side and butt to butt is the standard spacing, however, it is important to check with the manufacturer’s installation guides to double check.
Upon installation, one thing to note before starting your install is to open your boards up and allow them to settle to the climate for at least 24 hours.
If storing the boards please ensure the boards are flat, covered and supported at 50 cm intervals.
Ensure you have enough materials to cover your new decking project. This is a common error due to incorrect measurements or not creating a detailed plan.
We also recommend adding at least 5% wastage onto your calculation or measurements. Add at least 15% extra materials for diagonal areas due to higher wastage.