A great feature of composite products is that you can have a great performing deck without the need for staining, oiling or painting plus the deck will continue to last without rot, cracks or splinters. However, wood/plastic composite products are wood-based & will only look their best if given some degree of care.
The amount of care & attention required on your deck will most likely be directly proportional to the local environment of the deck. For instance, an area surrounded by heavy foliage or prone to lots of dust will of course require more attention than a very open area without trees.
Tip: if you have a BBQ on your deck, a good practice is to have a “splat mat" or "drop board” under the BBQ to catch fat spills rather than have them fall on to the deck.
ModWood will undergo some colour change when exposed to the elements and this will primarily happen during the first couple of months.
When deciding which side of the ModWood decking boards to use you should refer to "Brushed vs Smooth - Pro's and Con's" section below.
Water stain marks can show on ModWood boards. We have seen two types of water stains; both of which will generally disappear with exposure to a reasonable soaking of rain and general weathering; both of which can be cleaned fairly quickly with an application of dilute "Intergrain Reviva".
Water stains from wood tannins will occur in the early life of your deck as the natural tannins come out of the wood fibres at the surface of the ModWood. This will happen in the early weeks of your deck, and will depend on how exposed to the elements your deck is before the weathering process is complete. Water stains from water pooling or dripping can happen with ModWood just like it can with many other materials/surfaces such as timber flooring, glass, laminated tables etc. The visibility of the stain will be governed by factors such as how dirty the deck is and how quickly the water dries from the water pooling. Clean as mentioned above.
ModWood can show scuffs and scratches, especially when new, & especially on the "smooth surface". By rubbing on light decking oil with a clean rag the marks will be less noticeable eg FeastWatson Natural decking oil. Exposure to the weather will see the board revert to its natural colour, thus hiding scuff and scratch marks. The "brushed" (lighter side) finish available in decking boards provides a more textured "timber-like" finish & does not easily show scuffs & scratches. This is recommended if the product is intended for use under 100% shade (for example decks under full cover). The brushed finish can be wire-brushed or sanded with coarse sandpaper to remove scratches. The area you brush will quickly fade out & hide your repair.
It is strongly recommended that all furniture on a ModWood deck has protective feet e.g. rubber stoppers applied to the legs to help prevent scuffing or scratching of the deck surface.
During the weathering process Silver Gum may show some discolouration & this initial colour shift is a result of the wood fibres undergoing natural bleaching by the sun’s ultra violet rays. This is quite normal & occurs with all of ModWood's colours, however it is more noticeable with the lighter colours. Once the boards have completed this weathering process (typically 2-3 months after installation) the colour will revert to its final silver/ grey colour.
Most people do not use any coatings on ModWood, however it can be painted or stained at a later date should this be desired. Contact our office for information & advice.
Trials have shown that it is possible to remove graffiti paint with application of paint removal stripper. Please refer to directions as stated on product.
A slower-working long-term environmentally friendly solution is applying a product known as “Wet and Forget” – this works well but takes several months to take full effect.
We occasionally see instances of mould growing on a deck. This is generally due to air-borne spores landing on the deck in an environment that promotes mould growth. A "quick fix" for this is via the use of Intergrain Reviva (follow the directions on the pack).