General Decking FAQ
What is the significance of using HDPE to make Fiberon decking?
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) provides superior physical and mechanical performance as compared to mixed density resins. HDPE resins are typically found in more rigid products like drinking cups and food packaging. The use of HDPE results in a decking board that is stiffer, more durable and much harder than other decks made with inferior grades of plastic.
What makes one Fiberon deck board different from the others?
We organize our decking lines into Good/Better/Best categories. Every Fiberon deck board offers lasting durability, easy maintenance, and a great warranty. The big differences come down to the aesthetics (the color, streaking, and grain patterns); the cap layer (the protective cover that provides stain and fade resistance, among other things); and the price. Visit the comparison guide to learn about the differences between each line.
What does the term "multi-chromatic" mean?
Multi-chromatic is a term used to describe the varied light and dark streaking on sometimes found on composite decking. By adding different colors at precise moments during the manufacturing process, we can create a more nuanced color palette on a single board. Fiberon products are developed with a proprietary process that injects more vibrant hues into the board to create the rich, natural color variation found in real wood such as cedar, redwood, and ipe.
How do I remove the label adhesive from my Fiberon deck boards?
When you remove the labels that come standard on our deck boards, there may be some adhesive left behind. We recommend WD40, denatured alcohol or PVC pipe cleaning liquid as the most effective means of removing this adhesive. Traditional deck cleaner or power washing may not remove the adhesive completely.
I accidentally chipped a piece of my deck board. Is there a way to repair it?
While Fiberon decking is resilient, some outside sources can damage it. Certain minor issues can be fixed with a brass bristle brush or heat gun. Or, with our reversible Concordia Decking, you may opt to remove the chipped board, flip it over, and re-install it.
If you’re not sure what the best course of action is for your particular situation, we recommend contacting our Technical Services staff via email.
What types of welcome or grill mats are recommended for PVC and PE composite decking?
We recommend colorfast woven mats or polypropylene mats on PVC and PE Composite Decking. Avoid the use of rubber, latex or vinyl products on PVC or PE Composite Decking, as a reaction could occur resulting in discoloration under the rubber, latex or vinyl product.
What can I use to melt ice and snow on my deck without damaging it?
The best thing for removing ice and snow is a calcium chloride-based “ice-melt” or rock salt. If you’re unsure about what type of ice-melt you’re looking for, search for a product that has the phrases, “safe for concrete”, “safe for flagstone”, and “will not kill grass” in its description. Do not use ice melt with an added colorant. The dyes can stain your composite decking. Never use sand on Fiberon Decking. Sand abrasion can grind into the decking and permanently damage the surface.
Do Fiberon deck boards meet California fire code requirements for WUI (Wildland Urban Interface) zones?
Fiberon offers both PVC and PE composite decking that has been tested and approved for use in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) zones. For more information about each decking line’s testing and ratings, please see our Fire-Rated Decking Guide.
To search listings at the Office of the California State Fire Marshal, visit: http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/licensinglistings/licenselisting_bml_searchcotest.php
Can I power wash Fiberon decking products?
Skilled professionals may use a pressure washer with wide fan tips, at low pressures under 3,000 psi and at safe distances, 12" above deck. In the wrong hands, your composite deck could be damaged. Exercise extreme caution. Improper use could lead to damage of the surface and void your warranty coverage.
Will heat from cooking grills or fire pits harm Fiberon decking?
Fire features and fire pits are popular in outdoor living environments. Fire can damage many building products, including Fiberon decking. Improperly installed fire features and fire pits can cause damage to the surface of Fiberon decking via direct exposure to the flame or excessive radiated heat. Proper caution should be taken when designing, installing and using these features to ensure damage does not result.
What if my decking gets scratched?
In the same way that wood decking materials can get marred or gouged, the surface of composite decking can also be scratched. If scratches do occur, we recommend allowing normal wear marks to disappear gradually.
Will salt water hurt Fiberon products?
Salt water splash has not been found to be detrimental.
Is Fiberon decking slippery when wet?
Slip resistance testing under ASTM methods conducted by Fiberon on capped decking products met or exceeded the recommendations of OSHA. An average of both dry and wet conditions was used in the testing evaluation and resulted in Coefficient of Friction (COF) averages of .50 or higher. All capped decking products manufactured by Fiberon have a micro-texture pattern in the surface embossing to increase slip resistance. Fiberon Paramount Decking has a high slip resistance when tested according to ASTM F 1679 with a dry/wet rating of .85/.82.
Although there are specified ASTM methods of measuring slip resistance, there is currently no building code requirement for minimum slip resistance. Methods used to test the relationship of the foot to the surface material measure the slip resistance to lateral movement caused by contact between two surfaces. Slip-resistance tests that are correctly performed under different consensus standards may produce different results. Variables that affect slip resistance include, shoe tread, stride, speed of stride, debris on surface, amount of moisture present and weight.
What’s the difference between the Good Life Weekender Collection and Escapes Collection?
The Good Life Weekender Collection resembles traditional painted deck boards. The colors are mono-chromatic, solid shades. The Good Life Escapes Collection features streaks of color, giving the boards a look that mimics tropical hardwoods. All colors have a protective outer layer on three sides and solid composite core.
What makes Good Life Decking different from your other decking lines?
Good Life Decking has a scalloped bottom. All our other deck boards have a flat bottom. The scalloped design requires less decking material. Consequently, the boards are priced comparably to pressure-treated lumber – making this a smart choice when budget is a top consideration. Like our other decking lines, Good Life is available in multi-chromatic and solid colors. There’s a durable cap layer for stain and fade resistance, and solid composite construction to prevent splintering, cracking, insect infestation, and decay.