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CleverDeck is great value, easy to install, environmentally sustainable and virtually maintenance free decking.

CleverDeck®

Composite Decking

CleverDeck composite decking is made from recycled polyolefin (plastic from post industrial waste), wood flour (sawdust) and discarded rice husks making it one of the most environmentally friendly composite decking options available.

It also means that CleverDeck is much easier to maintain than timber decking.

CleverDeck® Composite Decking Colours

CleverDeck 138mm wide solid WPC composite decking comes in 5 standard colours; Chocolate, Mahogany, Saltbush, Slate Grey and Walnut. Boards have an indented grain/sanded finish on one side and a plain coarse sanded finish on the other providing a choice of “looks” for the new deck.

The 86mm decking board is only available in the colour Mahogany with the coarse sanded finish on both sides of the board.

You can also choose the CleverDeck composite decking Eco-board in a rough sanded 86mm Mahogany finish without the indented grain. All CleverDeck composite decking boards are available in long 5.4 metre lengths and come with the peace of mind that a 10 year warranty against rotting and white ants/termite attack provides.

Note: The weathered effect occurs over the first 4-12 weeks that your deck is exposed to the elements. Colours shown are a printed representation only. Actual colour samples are available on request.

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CleverDeck® composite decking Finishes

This image to the right shows the coarse sanded finish and the indented grain finish*

* Note The grain pattern on the indented grain finish will typically become less evident over the first 6-8 weeks of the board being laid as the scorch mark at the bottom of the indentation disappears/weathers. Also, the indentation itself can gradually reduce over time.

Cost Calculator

The thought process behind the marketing of CleverDeck composite decking was to build in value so that consumers wanting to make a positive environmental decking choice will not be financially disadvantaged. Our cost calculator will show you that once you factor in the initial and the ongoing maintenance costs of a common timber deck, choosing CleverDeck composite decking will save you money year after year.

CleverDeck® composite decking clip system

CleverDeck composite decking boards come with a standard groove on both edges so that you have the option of using the NewTech deck clip system for an extremely fast (money saving) and completely concealed fix giving your composite decking deck an added touch of class.

Features & Benefits

CleverDeck® vs Timber

CleverDeck composite timber decking has many benefits over traditional timber decking varieties. The table below lists a number of different features of CleverDeck composite timber decking and compares these to the more common hardwood timber species.

Feature/Benefit CleverDeck® Timber Decking
Standard 5.4 metre long lengths standard random lengths
mostly less than 4 metre
Made from 100% recycled cellulose and plastic
Resistant to Termites/White Ants
Suitable for a 450mm joist span
Fully finished and ready to install
Very low maintenance
No knot holes or splinters
No cupping or warping
No splitting or twisting
5 designer colours
10 year warranty
Easy installation
Standard concealed fix
Slip resistant
Double sided choice of finishes
No sap runs or tannin leaching
Won't rot
Low water absorption
Solid dense material applies to most hardwood timber species
CleverDeck®

Specifications

Board Size:

Width Thickness Length Weight per length
86mm 23mm 5400mm 12.7-13.5 kg
138mm 23mm 5400mm 20.5 -22 kg

 

Mechanical Properties

Test Test Method Results
Water absorption % ASTM D1037-06a 0.31%
Coefficient of thermal expansion mm/mm/deg C ASTM D6341-10 5.6 x 10 -5
Impact Resistance ASTM D4495-00 (2005) >89J
Density g/cm3 ASTM D792-08 1.25- 1.30
Slip CSIRO slip test R11
Fire AS1530.3
  • Ignitability - 14
  • Spread of flame - 2
  • Heat evolved - 3
  • Smoke developed - 4

Colours:

Width Walnut Saltbush Mahogany Slate Grey Chocolate
86mm
138mm
CleverDeck®

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CleverDeck decking made of?

CleverDeck is made from a combination of cellulose material ( wood flour & rice husks) and recycled polyethylene (industrial waste) making it a virtually 100% recycled material. The main ingredients are combined with colour pigments, UV inhibitors, anti mould agents and fillers to deliver a very low maintenance alternative to the rainforest timbers, typically used for outdoor decking in Australia.

What is the CleverDeck warranty?

CleverDeck comes with a 10 year warranty against rotting or attack from termites or white ants.

What lengths is CleverDeck sold in?

CleverDeck comes in standard 5.4 metre lengths.

Can CleverDeck be painted or stained?

Yes, CleverDeck decking can be painted or stained with the appropriate materials however the product has been designed to offer a low maintenance solution with long lasting colour pigments and UV protection. The colour will initially weather slightly over the first 4-12 weeks of installation while the colour “beds in” and enhances the overall look of your deck. If you decide to change the colour of your decking you must check with your paint supplier to ensure that the material chosen is compatible with the decking. You may be required to apply a primer or prep coat prior to painting or staining your deck in order to achieve a reasonable level of adherence. Your warranty may be affected if an incompatible paint/lacquer/stain is applied to CleverDeck.

What colours is CleverDeck available in?

The standard colours are Walnut, Slate Grey, Saltbush, Mahogany & Chocolate. We recommend that wherever possible you purchase all of the boards required for your project from one batch in order to avoid any possible colour variation that may occur between different manufacturing runs.

How strong is CleverDeck?

CleverDeck is produced using a proprietary blend of plastic and cellulose fibre materials. The formulation has been designed and tested to meet the demands of a residential deck when installed in accordance with the fixing recommendations. For further information regarding design and performance characteristics refer to our technical specifications.

How hot will the surface of CleverDeck become when exposed to continual direct sunlight and how does this compare with timber?

CleverDeck will heat up at a similar rate to timber when exposed to direct sunlight. Darker colours will retain more surface heat (up to 25 degrees Celsius).

Does CleverDeck burn?

CleverDeck will burn like most timbers. The product can be specially made with fire retardant chemicals added to the formulation in order to improve its fire rating.

Is CleverDeck stain and chemical resistant?

CleverDeck is produced with a non chemical reactive polymer base and has an extremely high level of moisture resistance. However any chemical/liquid spills should be washed off immediately to avoid the potential of any staining of the cellulose material that will occur over time if the spill is allowed to remain on the decking surface. Fat, wine and other food stuffs may stain the deck if left to soak in over time. We recommend cleaning with a strong detergent or Handy Andy or a mild bleach solution. Care should be taken to ensure that bleaching of the colour pigment in CleverDeck does not occur (refer to Care & Maintenance for more information).

Will the colour in CleverDeck fade over time?

The colour in CleverDeck decking runs right through the board. CleverDeck is made with Ultra-Violet inhibitors that help protect the colour pigments used in the product from fading from continual exposure to UV radiation. The colour will soften over the first 4-12 weeks that your deck is exposed to the elements. This is a natural bedding in process caused through the lightening of the cellulose fibre in the formulation. Once the initial colour weathering has taken place the lightened shade will be maintained over many years.

Does CleverDeck last longer than a timber deck?

CleverDeck comes with a 10 year warranty against rotting and termite damage. The special polymers used in the formulation of CleverDeck will ensure that you enjoy years of low maintenance use unlike some timbers that will rot and deteriorate after only a few years if not properly maintained.

Does CleverDeck cost more than a timber deck?

CleverDeck is supplied in a fully finished condition unlike hardwood decking timbers. When you consider the cost of cleaning and staining your timber deck and the ongoing maintenance associated with annual staining etc. CleverDeck should save you a considerable amount of time and money over the many years of its useful life compared with high maintenance timber. We have put together a cost comparison calculator to help you compare costs between CleverDeck and Merbau timber.

Will the colour in CleverDeck fade over time?

The colour in CleverDeck decking runs right through the board. CleverDeck is made with Ultra-Violet inhibitors that help protect the colour pigments used in the product from fading from continual exposure to UV radiation. The colour will soften over the first 4-12 weeks that your deck is exposed to the elements. This is a natural bedding in process caused through the lightening of the cellulose fibre in the formulation. Once the initial colour weathering has taken place the lightened shade will be maintained over many years.

How do I work with and fix CleverDeck?

CleverDeck can be worked with normal wood working tools. It can fixed using NewTech Deck Clips providing a very appealing concealed fix finish or it can be screwed to joists by drilling directly through the face of the board, refer to fixing instructions for more information.

What joist spacing is required to fix CleverDeck?

CleverDeck will span a maximum of 450mm between joist spacings in domestic installations when installed at 90 degrees to the joist. Generally speaking the closer the joist spacing the better the deck will perform. Therefore better performance will be achieved if you reduce your joist spacing to 400mm and even better performance will be achieved with joist spacings of 300mm. For further information and angled installations refer to the detailed chart shown under fixing instructions.

Can CleverDeck be used as a structural component in a deck?

No, CleverDeck is designed for use as decking and is a “non-structural” material.

Is CleverDeck slippery when wet?

No, CleverDeck is machined to give it a non slip indented grain finish after it is extruded so that it provides an excellent slip resistant surface in either wet or dry conditions.

Does CleverDeck expand and contract as it heats and cools?

Yes, CleverDeck like most materials will expand as it heats and contract as it cools. Boards generally expand in length with very little change to their width. Boards will increase or decrease in length up to 2 mm per metre over a 40 degree Celsius temperature change. Your decking design should allow for this and we recommend that long lengths of decking are not butt joined to each other. The preferred method of installing long lengths of decking would be to use a breaker board between the long boards running at 90 degrees. Refer to our fixing instructions for more information.

Is CleverDeck mould resistant?

Yes, CleverDeck has an anti-fungal solution added in to the formulation that stops mould spores growing on its surface. Keeping your CleverDeck free of dirt and other contaminants will ensure that mould does not grow on your deck.

What are the environmental credentials of CleverDeck?

CleverDeck is primarily made from discarded rice husks, wood flour (sawdust) and recycled plastic HDPE (industrial waste) making it an excellent environmental product in its own right. These products can be classed as 100% recycled. A small amount of colour pigment, UV inhibitor and other chemicals are added to the recycled products in order to produce the high quality final product. When you consider that by choosing CleverDeck you are not using Merbau or any other rainforest timber it makes your decision even more environmentally sound!

Can CleverDeck be used near the sea or around swimming pools?

CleverDeck has a very low moisture absorption rate and is impervious to the effects of salt air and salt water. As such it is highly suitable for use in coastal areas and around pools, spas and water features. Care should be taken to avoid spilling any highly corrosive swimming pool chemicals on CleverDeck. Any spills should be cleaned up and washed off immediately.

Is CleverDeck scratch resistant?

CleverDeck is produced to a level of hardness that makes it suitable for the general traffic use required of a domestic/residential deck. The product is supplied with a machined, indented finish that absorbs most minor scratches. Larger scratches caused by dragging heavy objects over the deck may be difficult to remove so we recommend that any outdoor furniture is fitted with appropriate protection under the legs/feet to avoid any major scratching from moving tables and chairs over the deck. Most scratches can be removed by light sanding however care should be taken to ensure that the indented grain is not damaged in the process.

How do I clean and look after my CleverDeck?

CleverDeck requires only occasional cleaning in order to keep the surface free of dirt and general grime. We recommend normal sweeping and cleaning of your deck at regular intervals. Periodic cleaning with a mild detergent or household cleaner will help to keep the surface in top condition and will greatly reduce the potential of any mould growth forming on dirt or food scraps left to build up on the deck. Refer to our Care & Maintenance recommendations for more information.

Care & Maintenance

CleverDeck composite decking is virtually maintenance free, needing only periodic cleaning to keep it looking great, however, just like timber it can scratch and stain so please read the following notes.

Fixing Guidelines

Composite decking has unique characteristics and requires specific fixing requirements that differ from timber. We strongly recommend that these guidelines are read thoroughly before commencing the design and construction of a deck using CleverDeck composite decking.

Cost Calculator

Our cost calculator will show you that once you factor in the initial and the ongoing maintenance costs of a common timber deck, choosing CleverDeck composite decking will save you money year after year.