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.
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.
Ekodeck screening boards are heavier and more flexible than traditional timber and therefore must be:
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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
|Steel post installation||Pre-drill and countersink (good quality
galvanised screws recommended)
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.
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.
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 :