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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 .

Twinson® marries tradition with innovation. split or splinter removing the need for chemical based treatments.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. 3 Wash hands thoroughly after handling Twinson . PRE-PLANNING Although Twinson® decking is significantly easier to clean than solid timber decking. some surface pollutants may still prove troublesome to remove. ENVIRONMENTAL CREDENTIALS By combining wood and PVC. particularly very sticky substances (that harden) such as silicone sealants. • PVC is a well researched and versatile material which is 100% recyclable. particulate dust mask and ear defenders. Q-Deck® Twinson® is made from wood and PVC giving you the advantage of technology whilst still maintaining some natural material and feel. See page 10 showing colours before and after exposure to UV light. 3 Keep children away from the work area until the job ® always wear gloves and eye protection and work in a well ventilated area. See pages 11-13 for cleaning and resistance to staining by contaminants. ® 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 Wear goggles when pressure washing or scrubbing. resins and the sap of trees. • Twinson® is classified as PEFC certified. planing and sanding of Twinson has been completed and tools have been stored safely. ie. 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. the striped appearance is not permanent. * 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. • Great long-term performance. . • Low maintenance and robust. eye protection.utilising the power of nature with the latest achievements of technology.e. ® 3 The cutting. It does not warp. Decks built in highly shaded positions will require more regular maintenance particularly when situated under established trees.

wall). It is advisable to let Twinson® acclimatise on site for at least 24 hours prior to fitting.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 decks larger than 6. 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. for decks that are fitted in the UK there is the potential for Twinson® decking to expand by up to 4mm per lineal metre. available at www. ie. In certain applications a greater expansion gap may be required.co. The Twinson® clips ensure a 6mm gap between boards. For information on timber sub-frame construction please refer to Q-Deck’s ‘Planning & Design’ and ‘Installation’ documents. 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. the physical affects of swelling shouldn’t be noticed.uk or call 0800 849 6339 .0m. allow a 20mm gap when fitting boards length ways on/perpendicular to a solid structure (eg.qualitydecking.0m it is recommended that boards are laid no longer than 3. around newels. Therefore using short lengths of the material minimises the expansion effects. Twinson® can expand in length and also in width (this expansion is absorbed by the clips). As a general rule. Note: The maximum distance between joist centres is 500mm for most applications.

. 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. Central screw. Screw at end. expansion left and right. 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. expansion all to right. 2 (Please refer to points 5 and 6 about how you intend to finish the edge of the deck). ensuring the head is as flush as possible to the starter rail.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. 3 Using the Twinson® fixing brackets and screws (supplied) at every joist junction. Pre-drill a clearance hole with a countersunk recess though the starter rail only. continued over. 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. . To overcome this Twinson® is supplied 15mm oversize in the length to allow for endtrimming on-site (See image below).. Note: The position of the directional ‘pip’ is important when laying subsequent boards. Secure the starter rail to the joist every 500mm using countersunk deck screws. Simply locate the first board within the starter rail ensuring it is the desired way up. 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.

placed at every joist junction or Twinson® F section aluminium profile.. The F section trim is secured to the deck frame using Twinson dome headed screws .P9481. .. Note: Ensure the boards are laid in the same plane by keeping the directional ‘pip’ on the same side. The final board can be secured using a line of sprung Twinson® finishing clips . directional pip 6 If butting boards end to end the brackets can be secured as shown. Diagram shows preferred position of rip cuts. continued over. 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.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. 7 To secure the outer edge to your deck you can finish one of two ways.P2753.

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 with Twinson® Plinth under . face the edge(s) of the deck with either Twinson® plinth or Twinson® F trim or a combination of both.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 6 INSTALLATION GUIDE 8 For an attractive finish. 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® 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.

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

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. . The marking should be on one side of the Terrace plank on the lower lip or flange. 2 Step 2: Place the new Terrace plank in its final resting position. Mark the position of the hook of the P9528 clip. Now shift the plank 60mm in the direction of the adjacent planks. 3 Step 3: Lay the Terrace plank flat by lining up the saw cuts with the hooks of the P9528 clips. 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. Finally shift the Terrace plank 60mm to the correct position.

Step 2: Release the plank that needs to be replaced. 1 2 Step 1: To replace a plank. Step 4: Place the Terrace plank in its final position.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. 4 5 Step 5: Push the plank in its proper position and screw every clip. 3 Step 3: Place the new Terrace plank in the clips. this means there will be a colour difference initially. . the Twinson planks need to acclimatise again. unscrew the clips P9540 on every support beam next to the plank that needs to be replaced. The difference in colour between the new and the old planks will converge much faster. You can accelerate the weathering process by regularly adding moisture to the new plank using water.

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. Image of P9524 connected using P9495/96 P9495/96 P9532 P9533 P9534 P9535 Image of P9486 Clip and Screw . 500mm to the solid surface. It must be fully supported along it’s length and fixed every max. Twinson clip P9486 is used with this profile. it can span up to a maximum of 1200mm between supports. When the length of the supporting framework exceeds 2. 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 is designed for use on low profile decks over uneven solid surface such as a patio or concrete slab.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. P9524 structural aluminium profile can be used as floating framework as an alternative to traditional timber joists and on roof terraces. For example. Twinson clip P9486 is used with this profile. P9522 must be fixed every max. P9533. 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 P9532.0m you need to install extra support beams in the direction of the Twinson boards. Twinson clip P9486 is used with this profile. 500mm. P9534 or P9535.

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 .

New 522 Walnut New 505 Turf Brown New 502 Liquorice Black New . The deckboards are reversible being reeded on one side and grooved on the other. 50% WOOD 50% PVC All are available to order.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. 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. new or aged in situation. 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 .

Consult the list below if marks have not disappeared or dried immediately.then rinse with large quantities of water. then rinse with large quantities of water Burns Lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper. using water. 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. fruit juice. For food marks (such as ketchup. using water. Scrub well with a diluted bleach solution. SPECIAL CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS Remember that any marks should be removed as soon as possible. This will help remove manufacturing dust that is often still present at this stage. a mild cleaning product. 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. It is always best to remove any dirt or marks as soon as possible.then rinse with large quantities of water. Note: It is not dye leaching from the material. if necessary. The use of a pressure washer (***) is recommended to remove stubborn residues. wine. Hot drinks . mild cleaner and a sponge. animal and other fats & oils Product Butter. a steel brush or steel wool (**). soup. Stubborn food residues Sugar-containing soft drinks Scrub well with a diluted bleach solution.then rinse with large quantities of water. 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. Scrub well with a diluted bleach solution. In most cases your Twinson® deck can be cleaned with a pressure washer combined with. The use of a pressure washer (***) is recommended to remove stubborn residues. Leave to act for a few minutes. When cleaning the material for the first time it is normal to witness coloured dust on any cleaning materials. any mild cleaning product and a sponge.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. Generic name Vegetable. coffee) scrub well with diluted bleach solution then rinse well with water. The use of a pressure washer (***) is recommended to remove stubborn residues. cola.

a steel brush or steel wool (**). a steel brush or steel wool (**). This minor difference will be rectified after no more than 12 weeks by which time the colour will be uniform. 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. (***) Pressure washer (max. Lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper. Remove paint with a filling knife and lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper.. min. Lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper. they may dry on the surface. a steel brush or steel wool (**). They typically fade or disappear after exposure to outside conditions (sun and water).If this treatment is unsuccessful. Always use the water jet in the direction of the grooves. 100 bar. a steel brush or steel wool (**). avoiding any turning movements. a steel brush or steel wool (**).. Note: This must be set on single stream setting and not on multi stream . Acids Lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper. 30cm distance) combined where needed with a mild cleaning product.TWINSON® COMPOSITE DECKING SYSTEM BY Q-DECK® PA G E 14 INSTALLATION GUIDE SPECIAL CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS CONTINUED. Repeated treatment with Twinson® O CLEAN. Sand in the direction of the grooves to prevent unnecessary damage to the surface. remove material with a filling knife and lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper. Bases Paint Hardened materials (*) (**) If certain marks have not been removed immediately for any reason. then rinse with large quantities of water Lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper. a steel brush or steel wool (**). By removing the upper layer the original colour as established at installation is acquired.

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. • 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.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.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.

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. However the initial raising of a complaint should be directed to the authorised retailer from where the goods were purchased.021 mm/m ºC 1 84 +/. insects or soft rotting micro-fungi. a copy or scan of the original invoice. • Any other foreign substances that are not listed in this document.2-0. The complaint should be made in writing/e-mail and must include proof of purchase ie.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) 0.6% 0. 25-34 ‘high’ and 0-24 ‘very high’ potential for slip. Twinson® products shall not split.2 ºC *59 USRV *Where a value of above 45 rates a product as having a ‘low’ potential for slip in wet conditions. such as mould. 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.45Kg/m 13 J/m2 120 N/mm 6000 +/. splinter or suffer structural damage as a sole and direct consequence of termites. algae. Twinson® products shall not break. Hoppings cannot be held responsible for product failure due to improper installation or failure to abide by Hoppings fitting instructions. abuse. 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. 25 Year Warranty For a period of twenty-five (25) years from the date of original purchase. The warranties are wholesaler/manufacturer to consumer/buyer warranties. . neglect or improper storage or handling. LIMITATIONS For a period of ten (10) years from the date of original purchase. This warranty applies to the use of products in normal residential use. Value of 35-44 ‘moderate’. WHAT’S NOT COVERED This warranty does not provide protection against misuse. It also excludes the discolouration/staining of the products due to: • Air borne pollutants. leaf litter and any deposits from plants and trees.