What is DECKO
RUBICAB’s DECKO Eco Composite Wood (ECW) is engineered to be a long-lasting and low-maintenance alternative to traditional timber for outdoor lifestyle applications. It’s made from hardwood particles, recycled plastic, and other additives which are bonded together to develop a dense, non-perishable wood substitute. It looks and feels like a natural wood but unlike real wood, ECW does not rot and does not attract mould, even in wet environments such as pool areas.
DECKO ECW is weather, stain, termite, and UV resistant. It is scratch-proof unless done deliberately, does not split, is lightweight, and practically maintenance free. It will never require oiling, staining or painting so no harsh chemicals are necessary over it’s lifetime.
We have a stylish earthy colour range to choose from and offer four different types of surface – wood grain, brushed, reeded, or wood stamped. All the boards are developed to closely mimic a natural timber look and you can decide which one is most suitable for your home style and lifestyle.
DECKO boards are manufactured by a machined extrusion process which ensures complete product consistency in terms of colour, shape and finish. The natural material feel is so authentic you won’t tell the difference even in bare feet.
RUBICAB decks are built by laying DECKO ECW boards on aluminium frames rather than setting the boards directly on soil or timber frames as is often done. We use aluminium for deck frame construction for its many benefits including relative lightness, strength, ease of workability and absence of rust issues. Our frames provide extra protection for the boards especially in wet conditions and prevent them from bending or moving. DECKO boards are ideal for using around swimming pools and spas, etc. With the unique hidden fastener system, the decking has the ability to flex and prevents the boards from warping, splitting or tearing away and it creates a smooth and safe surface for barefoot walking.
DECKO Eco-Composite Wood
Eco-Composite Wood (ECW) or Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) can apply to any product that contains wood with a thermoset and/or thermoplastic.
Wood-plastic composites are still relatively new materials in the long history of utilising natural timber as a building material. The most common use of WPCs is in outdoor deck floors, but it’s also used for railings, fences, landscaping timbers, cladding, commercial projects such as park benches and boardwalks as well as indoor furniture. Wood-plastic composites were first introduced into the decking market in the early 1990s. The main reason behind development of this evolutionary innovation was to create a more environmentally friendly and durable material requiring less maintenance than solid wood treated with preservatives.
RUBICAB DECKO brand ECW is comprised of approximately 55% hardwood chips, 35% grade A recycled HDPE plastic and 10% anti- oxidation and bonding elements to enable extensive longevity of the composite wood. We only use recycled materials which reduces deforestation and improves our environment by saving thousands of tonnes of landfill every year.
Hardwood is selected for its excellent durability and strength properties. It is reduced to fine particles and thoroughly mixed with heated thermoplastic resin to produce ECW.
What to Look for When Purchasing Composite Wood Products
Composition: The type of timber and plastic used in composite wood products is very important.
The wood fibre type in composite wood also plays an important role. DECKO boards utilise 55% recycled hardwood and 45% recycled plastics and bonding agents.
DECKO boards are manufactured via an extrusion process, whereby all the materials are combined, heated and extruded to the desired board profile.
Colours: Most suppliers offer more than one colour and some more than five. Nearly all suppliers offer a brushed and reeded surface for their products.
Water absorption rate: Because of the nature of wood fibre, it is important that a decking board’s water absorption rate is known. Different applications will obviously necessitate different needs in terms of water absorption. The rates supplied are generally full submersion over 24 hours.
Thermal Expansion Coefficient: It is important to understand how much the boards will move, especially under Australian summer conditions. Usually it’s ‘linear expansion ratings’, which measures the change in length of the board at temperature fluctuations and therefore affects everything from board spacing to joist positioning.
Different boards require different installation methods and an important thing to look out for in the installation instructions are the materials’ expansion co-efficient.
Some boards will expand and contract as much as 1mm with every four-degree Celsius fluctuation in temperature. In this case, special screws and fixing systems are used and spacing between boards and abutting walls are larger.
The boards can be laid straight on the dirt or on the aluminium frames that are light and easy to work with. By using the aluminium structure the boards are getting extra protection, ventilation and drainage. It also prevents the boards from cupping, moving and bending.
Non-Slip Rating: For safety reasons, especially in around the pool areas or in the uncovered areas, the non-slip rate information can affect the decision making process and choosing the the best boards for walking on without any safety hazards.
Warranty: All the warranties are based on residential or commercial applications. Comparison of different warranty policies can be very useful, as the longer the warranty policy is the better outcome you will have with your project in long term.