TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM

ISSUE 7 FEBRUARY 2014

50% WOOD 50% PVC
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TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 1 INSTALLATION GUIDE Contents INTRODUCTION ENVIRONMENTAL CREDENTIALS PRE-PLANNING SAFETY FIRST FITTING OVERVIEW FITTING GUIDE (TO TIMBER SUBFRAME) FITTING GUIDE (TO TWINSON® GROUND BATTEN) PLANK REMOVAL/REPLACEMENT TWINSON® ALUMINIUM SUB-FRAME COMPONENTS TWINSON® COMPONENTS AND PRODUCT NUMBERS TWINSON® COLOUR SWATCH INFORMATION CLEANING OVERVIEW SPECIAL CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS CHEMICAL RESISTANCE OF TWINSON® TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION WARRANTY 2 2 2 2 3 4-6 7 8-9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 16 .

planing and sanding of Twinson has been completed and tools have been stored safely. Q-Deck® Twinson® is made from wood and PVC giving you the advantage of technology whilst still maintaining some natural material and feel. ENVIRONMENTAL CREDENTIALS By combining wood and PVC. • Great long-term performance. ® may produce large quantities of dust and create a lot of noise so we strongly recommend that personnel carrying out these tasks wear suitable Personal Protective Equipment including gloves. 3 Wash hands thoroughly after handling Twinson . particulate dust mask and ear defenders. split or splinter removing the need for chemical based treatments.e. PRE-PLANNING Although Twinson® decking is significantly easier to clean than solid timber decking. the striped appearance is not permanent. See page 10 showing colours before and after exposure to UV light.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 2 INSTALLATION GUIDE INTRODUCTION 3 When handling and processing Twinson SAFETY FIRST 50% WOOD 50% PVC A hollow core composite decking system. It does not warp.utilising the power of nature with the latest achievements of technology. ie. ® 3 The cutting. Twinson® marries tradition with innovation. some surface pollutants may still prove troublesome to remove. 3 Wear goggles when pressure washing or scrubbing. • PVC is a well researched and versatile material which is 100% recyclable. * The grooved side of Twinson boards appears striped (the base of the groove is a darker shade initially) when new but becomes one uniform shade of colour after exposure to ultra-violet light i. resins and the sap of trees. See pages 11-13 for cleaning and resistance to staining by contaminants. If you are looking for a more uniform and *colourfast look that is easy to clean and a low maintenance then Q-Deck® Twinson® is a great alternative. Decks built in highly shaded positions will require more regular maintenance particularly when situated under established trees. . eye protection. particularly very sticky substances (that harden) such as silicone sealants. • Low maintenance and robust. 3 Keep children away from the work area until the job ® always wear gloves and eye protection and work in a well ventilated area. • Twinson® is classified as PEFC certified.

Note: The maximum distance between joist centres is 500mm for most applications. Therefore using short lengths of the material minimises the expansion effects. around newels. In certain applications a greater expansion gap may be required. allow a 20mm gap when fitting boards length ways on/perpendicular to a solid structure (eg. available at www.uk or call 0800 849 6339 .PA G E 3 INSTALLATION GUIDE FITTING OVERVIEW Q-Deck® Twinson® decking can be fitted to a standard timber deck sub-frame and a selection of aluminium Twinson® components (see page 8). It is advisable to maintain this expansion gap between joints such as mitres. For flat and uniform surfaces (but for roof terraces only where you can fix the support beam) the Twinson® ground batten is an alternative option. the physical affects of swelling shouldn’t be noticed. ie. for decks that are fitted in the UK there is the potential for Twinson® decking to expand by up to 4mm per lineal metre.co. wall). In summary Twinson® changes in size over time and as long as the product is properly installed to allow for expansion and to ensure it drains (and therefore dries) sufficiently quickly after rain. For information on timber sub-frame construction please refer to Q-Deck’s ‘Planning & Design’ and ‘Installation’ documents. For decks larger than 6. Twinson® can expand in length and also in width (this expansion is absorbed by the clips).0m it is recommended that boards are laid no longer than 3. As a general rule.0m.qualitydecking. It is advisable to let Twinson® acclimatise on site for at least 24 hours prior to fitting. The Twinson® clips ensure a 6mm gap between boards.

Pre-drill a clearance hole with a countersunk recess though the starter rail only. Central screw. 3 Using the Twinson® fixing brackets and screws (supplied) at every joist junction. Screw at end. These screws can either be positioned at the centre of each board to allow expansion in either direction or at one end of each board to ensure expansion is in one direction. Note: The position of the directional ‘pip’ is important when laying subsequent boards. expansion left and right. Simply locate the first board within the starter rail ensuring it is the desired way up.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 4 INSTALLATION GUIDE FITTING GUIDE (TO TIMBER SUB-FRAME) 1 Fit the aluminium Twinson® starter rail to the joists adjoining the house or wall ensuring it is parallel to it. continued over. 2 (Please refer to points 5 and 6 about how you intend to finish the edge of the deck). . expansion all to right. ensuring the head is as flush as possible to the starter rail. Secure the starter rail to the joist every 500mm using countersunk deck screws. To overcome this Twinson® is supplied 15mm oversize in the length to allow for endtrimming on-site (See image below). fix the first board on the opposite edge ensuring lateral pressure is applied (the use of a rubber headed mallet is ideal) to the board and bracket for a tight fit. Note: As a result of the heavy brushing process during manufacture one end of the board is always rubbed away slightly not giving a clean square edge in the thickness. 4 Boards now need to be prevented from shifting by fitting a screw (spare fixing clip screws) into the side of each board in one place only...

Diagram shows preferred position of rip cuts. The final board can be secured using a line of sprung Twinson® finishing clips . If the overall deck size means that less than a whole board width is required on the outer edge then the final Twinson® board(s) will need rip cutting to the desired width.P2753. placed at every joist junction or Twinson® F section aluminium profile. directional pip 6 If butting boards end to end the brackets can be secured as shown... The F section trim is secured to the deck frame using Twinson dome headed screws . Note: Ensure the boards are laid in the same plane by keeping the directional ‘pip’ on the same side.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 5 INSTALLATION GUIDE 5 Repeat the process for the subsequent boards ensuring they are tight to the fixing brackets. . continued over.P9481. 7 To secure the outer edge to your deck you can finish one of two ways.

Twinson® Plinth (suitable after using sprung finishing clips P9481) When fitting Twinson® plinth to the subframe use Twinson® dome headed screws P2753 and always create 7mm oversize slots at 300mm intervals to allow for movement of the plinth due to expansion.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 6 INSTALLATION GUIDE 8 For an attractive finish. Twinson® F Section with Twinson® Plinth under . These are very simply kept in place with the retaining clips provided but take care to orientate them correctly as they have both a grooved and reeded edge. Twinson® F Section 9 Alternatively to cover the cut ends of Twinson® boards instead of creating a fascia use the Twinson® end caps to ‘plug’ the hollow ends of each Twinson® board. face the edge(s) of the deck with either Twinson® plinth or Twinson® F trim or a combination of both.

P9552 must be fixed every max. However each Twinson® ground element must not be fitted tight to one another (for expansion reasons) and should be secured firmly.6. points 1 . 500mm to the foundation with tapping screws or screw and plug.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 7 INSTALLATION GUIDE FITTING GUIDE (TO TWINSON GROUND BATTEN) Twinson® ground batten (6. using Twinson® P2753 screws. Points to note about Twinson® ground batten: • It is non-structural (See Span Guidance diagram vi). (See diagram iv below). (See diagram v). If this is not possible it must be ‘packed’ off the oversite to enable water to drain away freely. (iv) (vi) Span Guidance (v) 10 mm/m . It can prove useful to create low profile ‘patio’ style decks or for decks on existing flat roofs but the surface it is being laid on must be even and free draining.0m lengths available to order) is not suited to most deck applications in the UK. • It swells just like Twinson® decking so allowances have to be made for this. (See diagram vi). Follow the same fitting procedure. • Ideally they should always be laid parallel to the direction of drainage.9 on pages 4 . to the oversite using oversized (in relation the thickness of the fixing) pilot holes.

TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 8 INSTALLATION GUIDE PLANK REMOVAL/REPLACEMENT REPLACING A DAMAGED TWINSON BOARD P9555 FIXED WITH CLIP P9528 1 Step 1: Cut the Terrace plank to be replaced into two pieces along its length so it can be easily released. 2 Step 2: Place the new Terrace plank in its final resting position. Finally shift the Terrace plank 60mm to the correct position. The marking should be on one side of the Terrace plank on the lower lip or flange. . 3 Step 3: Lay the Terrace plank flat by lining up the saw cuts with the hooks of the P9528 clips. Now shift the plank 60mm in the direction of the adjacent planks. Remove the new Terrace plank and cut away the lip of the new plank where you have marked so the new Terrace plank can slide over the hook of the P9528 clip. Mark the position of the hook of the P9528 clip.

4 5 Step 5: Push the plank in its proper position and screw every clip. Step 2: Release the plank that needs to be replaced. 1 2 Step 1: To replace a plank. . 3 Step 3: Place the new Terrace plank in the clips.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 9 INSTALLATION GUIDE PLANK REMOVAL/REPLACEMENT REPLACING A DAMAGED TWINSON BOARD P9555 FIXED WITH CLIP P9540 After replacing a plank. unscrew the clips P9540 on every support beam next to the plank that needs to be replaced. this means there will be a colour difference initially. You can accelerate the weathering process by regularly adding moisture to the new plank using water. The difference in colour between the new and the old planks will converge much faster. the Twinson planks need to acclimatise again. Step 4: Place the Terrace plank in its final position.

P9533. P9524 structural aluminium profile can be used as floating framework as an alternative to traditional timber joists and on roof terraces. P9534 or P9535. It must be fully supported along it’s length and fixed every max. When the length of the supporting framework exceeds 2. It is designed for use on low profile decks over uneven solid surface such as a patio or concrete slab. P9524 is connected to itself to create a framework using Twinson joining bracket and Twinson screw P9495/96 and can be supported by Twinson adjustable support pads P9532. For example.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 10 INSTALLATION GUIDE TWINSON ALUMINIUM SUB-FRAME COMPONENTS Ask for the manufacturers full installation guide before planning a deck using these components by calling us on 0800 8496339. Twinson clip P9486 is used with this profile. Image of P9524 connected using P9495/96 P9495/96 P9532 P9533 P9534 P9535 Image of P9486 Clip and Screw . Twinson clip P9486 is used with this profile. 500mm. 500mm to the solid surface. P9522 must be fixed every max. Twinson clip P9486 is used with this profile.0m you need to install extra support beams in the direction of the Twinson boards. STRUCTURAL Image of P9524 NON-STRUCTURAL P9523 non structural aluminium profile for use as an Image of P9523 alternative to Twinson ground batten P9552 or on top of standard timber joists. P9522 non structural aluminium profile for use as an alternative to P9523 as it can span up to a maximum of 500mm between Image of P9522 supports/packers. it can span up to a maximum of 1200mm between supports.

TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 11 INSTALLATION GUIDE TWINSON ® COMPONENTS AND PRODUCT NUMBERS Twinson® Deckboard Accessories P 9555 Substructure Clips Finishing .

Apricot Brown Riverstone Grey Bark Brown Hazelnut Brown Liquorice Black Walnut Turf Brown Aged Aged Aged Aged Please note: Colour samples are reproductions only and can deviate from the actual products.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 12 INSTALLATION GUIDE TWINSON COLOUR SWATCH INFORMATION Screw Options: The Twinson® range comes in 8 unique colours. new or aged in situation. 50% WOOD 50% PVC All are available to order. New 522 Walnut New 505 Turf Brown New 502 Liquorice Black New . New New 506 Apricot Brown Aged 509 Riverstone Grey Aged New 503 Hazelnut Brown Aged New 504 Bark Brown Aged If uncertain please request a sample as we cannot be held responsible for incorrect colour choice/specification . The deckboards are reversible being reeded on one side and grooved on the other.

fruit juice. using water. soup. The use of a pressure washer (***) is recommended to remove stubborn residues. The use of a pressure washer (***) is recommended to remove stubborn residues. wine. mild cleaner and a sponge. Scrub well with a diluted bleach solution. animal and other fats & oils Product Butter.then rinse with large quantities of water. a steel brush or steel wool (**). Milk Yoghurt Olive oil Salad oil Fondue oil Mayonnaise Cocktail sauce Frying oil Sun cream Lubricant Motor oil Petrol Heating oil Cigarettes Charcoal Ketchup Tomato puree Spaghetti sauce Red wine Fruit Instant soup Coca cola Fruit juice Soft drinks Coffee Tea Special cleaning instructions if not removed immediately (*) Spray Twinson® O CLEAN on the mark and rub if desired. SPECIAL CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS Remember that any marks should be removed as soon as possible. A regular fitter of Twinson decking swears by the use of CIF foam cleaner for the removal of general grime and to re-invigorate the look of the surface from time to time. Hot drinks . For food marks (such as ketchup. a mild cleaning product. Leave to act for a few minutes.then rinse with large quantities of water. cola. In most cases your Twinson® deck can be cleaned with a pressure washer combined with. Scrub well with a diluted bleach solution. The use of a pressure washer (***) is recommended to remove stubborn residues. As a result of the heavy brushing process in the manufacture of Twinson a lot of dust is created and a certain amount of the dust stays on the product. Stubborn food residues Sugar-containing soft drinks Scrub well with a diluted bleach solution. Note: It is not dye leaching from the material. then rinse with large quantities of water Burns Lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper. When cleaning the material for the first time it is normal to witness coloured dust on any cleaning materials.then rinse with large quantities of water.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 13 INSTALLATION GUIDE CLEANING OVERVIEW After your Twinson deck has been finished it is advisable to give it a quick wash down with water. any mild cleaning product and a sponge. This will help remove manufacturing dust that is often still present at this stage. It is always best to remove any dirt or marks as soon as possible. coffee) scrub well with diluted bleach solution then rinse well with water. Generic name Vegetable. if necessary. using water. Consult the list below if marks have not disappeared or dried immediately.

This minor difference will be rectified after no more than 12 weeks by which time the colour will be uniform. they may dry on the surface. Repeated treatment with Twinson® O CLEAN.. Bases Paint Hardened materials (*) (**) If certain marks have not been removed immediately for any reason. They typically fade or disappear after exposure to outside conditions (sun and water). Remove paint with a filling knife and lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper.If this treatment is unsuccessful. 30cm distance) combined where needed with a mild cleaning product. Lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper. (***) Pressure washer (max. then rinse with large quantities of water Lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper. avoiding any turning movements. Sand in the direction of the grooves to prevent unnecessary damage to the surface. Acids Lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper. Lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper. 100 bar. Always use the water jet in the direction of the grooves. a steel brush or steel wool (**)..TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 14 INSTALLATION GUIDE SPECIAL CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS CONTINUED. a steel brush or steel wool (**). a steel brush or steel wool (**). min. a steel brush or steel wool (**). Note: This must be set on single stream setting and not on multi stream . By removing the upper layer the original colour as established at installation is acquired. remove material with a filling knife and lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper. Generic name Special cleaning products Product Cement cleaner Deceuninck cleanup Graffiti cleaner O CLEAN Organic solvents Acetone MeCl MEK Trichloroethylene Isopropanol Tetrahydrofuran Diethyl ether Sulphuric acid Nitric acid Caustic soda Ammonia Water-based Synthetic Silicone Glue Candle wax Resins/Tree sap Special cleaning instructions if not removed immediately (*) Scrub well with a diluted bleach solution. a steel brush or steel wool (**). a steel brush or steel wool (**).

Dreft) Coffee Fruit juice Coca cola Drinking chocolate Chalk Isobetadine Silicone oil (=a silicone based lubricant) Fuel oil (diesel & petrol) Lubricants based on petrol derived products (liquid & solid) Cement Synthetic thinner Graffiti cleaner Less resistant to Butter Milk Sun cream Vinegar Red wine Ketchup Candle wax Cement cleaner Not resistant to Silicone (= a silicone based sealant) Resin/Tree sap Acrylic paint Synthetic paint Shoe polish Felt-tip Deceuninck cleanup Lipstick PVC glue Strong acids Strong bases Acetone .g. • Is not resistant to: This product leaves marks on the material that remain clearly visible Resistant to Floor soap + water Concentrated bleach solution (chlorinated water) Concentrated ammonia Road salt (for icy roads) Weed killer household product used to clean windows (e. • Is resistant to: This product leaves no permanent mark on the material or the stain disappears in a short space of time after outside exposure.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 15 INSTALLATION GUIDE CHEMICAL RESISTANCE OF TWINSON ® MATERIAL Twinson® material has been extensively tested on a large number of products that it may come into contact with during its application.g.Instanet) White spirit chlorinated water used in swimming pools dish washing detergents (e. • Is less resistant to: This product leaves a light mark on the material.

leaf litter and any deposits from plants and trees. Value of 35-44 ‘moderate’. It also excludes the discolouration/staining of the products due to: • Air borne pollutants.021 mm/m ºC 1 84 +/. WHAT’S NOT COVERED This warranty does not provide protection against misuse.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 16 INSTALLATION GUIDE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION Density Weight Impact resistance Brinell hardness 3000N Flexural E-Modulus Bending Strength Water absorption 24hrs Linear expansion Durability class Vicat softening point ‘Wet’ slip resistance tested 1410Kg/m3 2. The warranties are wholesaler/manufacturer to consumer/buyer warranties.10% N/mm 38 N/mm 2 2 2 (EN477) (EN1534) (EN310) (EN310) (EN317) (ISO 11359-2) (EN350) (EN ISO 306/B50) (EN 1339 annex 1) 0.2-0. However the initial raising of a complaint should be directed to the authorised retailer from where the goods were purchased. insects or soft rotting micro-fungi. 25 Year Warranty For a period of twenty-five (25) years from the date of original purchase.6% 0. neglect or improper storage or handling. • Any other foreign substances that are not listed in this document. such as mould. 25-34 ‘high’ and 0-24 ‘very high’ potential for slip. The complaint should be made in writing/e-mail and must include proof of purchase ie. LIMITATIONS For a period of ten (10) years from the date of original purchase.45Kg/m 13 J/m2 120 N/mm 6000 +/. However this warranty explicitly excludes occurrences where the break occurs or may have occurred as a consequence of impact loads or poor design/construction methods. Twinson® products shall not split. a copy or scan of the original invoice. This warranty applies to the use of products in normal residential use.2 ºC *59 USRV *Where a value of above 45 rates a product as having a ‘low’ potential for slip in wet conditions. abuse. Hoppings cannot be held responsible for product failure due to improper installation or failure to abide by Hoppings fitting instructions. algae. splinter or suffer structural damage as a sole and direct consequence of termites. . Contact Hoppings Softwood Products on 01992 578877 if you require a warranty for a deck that is to be created in a commercial type situation. Twinson® products shall not break.