Ekodeck Screening


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Installation Safety

Before You Install

Construction

It is the sole responsibility of the homeowner, contractor or installer to determine the specific requirements, effectiveness, suitability and safety in regards to any application or use of Ekodeck Screening products.
Ekodeck Screening is not designed to be a freestanding product.

Ekodeck Screening must never be:

Safety

Always use proper protective clothing and safety equipment when cutting, drilling and installing. Protection of the eyes, nose and mouth from dust particles is especially important when cutting and drilling in confined spaces.

Storage-and-handling

Storage and handling

Ekodeck screening boards are heavier and more flexible than traditional timber and therefore must be:

  • Laid flat especially during transportation and never at an angle.
  • Never be dropped or ‘dumped’ when unloading.
  • Stored on a flat, dry surface and at least 100mm off the ground.
  • Supported at least every 600mm on a level plane.
  • Always be carried on their side edges for better support.
  • Covered until it is time to use them for installation.

Installation

Pre-drill-and-countersink

Pre-Drill And Countersink

Ekodeck Screening is like a hardwood, you must pre-drill and screw. Nailing is not recommended. Install with 1 fastener at each post provided that 2 fasteners are installed at each end and on butt joins. Maximum centre-to-centre post spacing is 900mm and ideally the screening should be installed over a minimum of 3 continuous spans.

Cutting

For best results, use carbide tipped blades. When using a drop saw we recommend a 10″ (254mm) blade with 60-80 teeth or 7¼” (184mm) blade with 60-80 teeth for cutting.

Fixing to Timber


8g x 50mm/60mm stainless steel screws. Pre-drill pilot holes that are at least the size of the screw shank. In warmer climates you may need to pre-drill holes slightly larger than the diameter of the screw to allow for increased movement caused by expansion and contraction.When pre-drilling minimise the amount of joist penetration. This will make the screw bite more into the timber and better secure the fastener.Avoid over-tightening.

Fixing to Steel


Pre-drill and countersink and the size of the pilot hole should be slightly larger than the diameter of the screw thread. We recommend the use of a high quality galvanised screw when going into steel. Avoid over-tightening.

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Gaps & Spans

Specification (mm)
Maximum residential centre-to-centre post spacing 900
Minimum ground clearance 50
Minimum side-to-side gap 6
Min end-to-end gap (butt join) 2
Minimum gap from side and end edge to solid structures 3
Minimum distance from side edge for fastening 15
Minimum distance from end edge for fastening 15-20
Timber post installation Pre-drill and countersink (good quality stainless steel
screws recommended)
Steel post installation Pre-drill and countersink (good quality
galvanised screws recommended)

Expansion and Contraction

Generally, in warmer months, or installing in the heat of the day, you may need to close the end-to-end (butt join) gap to allow the boards to contract. The converse is true on cold days – you may need to add more of a gap to allow for expansion.
Ideally, allow the screening a few days to acclimatise to the site conditions before installing.

Ventilation

The gaps and spans table is provided to facilitate optimum airflow.
Avoid the tendency to create a wall by sitting the screening boards on top of each other. The screening boards must have adequate airflow to allow them to expand and contract naturally.

Installation with Screen Up


Screen Up is an aluminium channel system that allows you to easily install Ekodeck Screening, providing a clean look both from the face and the back of your screening area.
For installation guidelines, view the video :