Installing your Rhino Composite Deck

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Rhino Composite DeckDesigning & Building Your New Deck
When designing your new deck, or renovating an existing structure, plan on finishing your project with Armadillo and Armadillo Lite composite decking. Use standard wood posts and joist runners when constructing the frame, then finish the project with composite decking boards, spindles and posts.

Installation Temperature and Board Gapping
For optimum performance: install at the mean temperature of your geographical area. Composite decking reacts to dramatic changes in weather much like natural materials. Gap end joints should be spaced allowing 1/16″ for every 20 degrees of difference between installation temperature and the hottest average temperature expected. Allow 1/4″ gap between sides of boards allowing for moisture absorption and water drainage. Joist spans should be no more than 16″ on center, the same as recommended for wood construction.

Fastening
We recommend high quality deck screws. Armadillo and Armadillo Lite composite decking lasts and so should your fastener. Use at least a #8, 2 1/4″ or longer deck screw. Pre-drill the diameter of the deck screw through decking to allow for thermal expansion and contraction. Make sure to pre-drill only the deck board and not the stringer or joist. To prevent board ends from splitting, it is important to pre-drill so that you get a complete clearance hole. Make sure the heads of the screws are at least at least 2″ away from the end of the boards; and 1″ from the side of the board.

Cutting Tools
Carbide tipped tools are recommended.

Composite DeckWeathering
Deck areas that have different exposures to the elements, for example, under an overhang or a table would have less exposure, therefore, will show less weathering to neighbouring boards.

Safety Information
As when doing any home improvement project, all safety precautions must be taken when handling materials and tools, including, but not limited to, the use of eye protection, gloves, safety guards on saws, and all power tools. Also, a safe work environment should be maintained which includes children and pets being absent from the construction area.

Handling Information
Composite decking acts very much the same as natural wood. Being heavier in weight, use the same precautions you would when handling natural materials. Store for long periods of time flat, with support every 2 feet. Do not attempt to lift similar volumes of Armadillo and Armadillo Lite composite decking board as if it were wood.

Recycled Product

Recycled material is important. Armadillo and Armadillo Lite composite decking uses approximately 50% recycled wood and 50% recycled plastic. The recycled wood is from recovered shipping pallets and scrap wood from cabinet making operations. The HDPE plastic is from recovered post consumer bottles. These ingredients are then blended with colorant and U.V. stabilizers to make composite decking, the toughest and longest lasting decking material for your building projects.

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