So far, so good
Have had Inex boards (in Bal FZ area) on steel joists/bearers down for 7 months replacing old timber and so far, no problems - but read on.
Used Spa n Deck and provided you don't lose wet edge or over-brush adjacent boards it worked well and looks great. We used a pad and a piece of aluminium strip to stop getting colour on adjacent boards. Being translucent, each coat darkens the colour. Most people think it's timber!
Of concern is a slimy, clear material which drops from the deck after rain on to the car parked under the deck and a tiled pat...
OK But how to coat it? and zero support !
I needed Fire Zone rated decking boards BAL-FZ - Inex met the requirement. They only recommended Flood Spa-n-deck to coat it.
Inex is a cement Composite. Heavy and hard on tools but it does not burn.
I contacted their 'technical support' and was told to email. The return email was cut-and-past and did not answer the question. A 2nd email was sent and I was advised (by Australian on the end of the phone) "You can send it, but it is unlikely to be answered. At least that was true.
The coating was not water proof and varies in colour. The har...dware store said it was not suitable (where as INEX recommended it) The most suitable coating seems to be Berger Jet Dry, but when contacting them they say they "have no recommendation". Checking forums, Jet Dry has about 2:1 votes against it. So whilst Inex does the job of being fireproof, they appear to have zero support network - How do I coat it ?
Questions & Answers
I built an 80 sq m deck with inex decking about 18 months ago. It looks great, but unfortunately l've had 2 incidents recently where the decking just snapped. Not a good look on the shins... The build complied with the specs in every way. Is this a common occurance?
I have not experienced that problem, although the builder did (very wisely) suggest doubling up the joists as the old deck was 'springy'.
It certainly feels a lot better to walk on and considering the additional weight of Inex (40% I recall) it sounds prudent.
Maybe that should be a recommendation of the Inex suppliers.
Thanks JAD, but as l built the deck according to Ubiq specs, I wouldn't expect to have to improve on those specs. That's like saying everyone who builds a house should install double the amount of framing. I can see what you mean, but specs are specs, I'm not a structural engineer to improve them. The fact that the broken planks has happened twice now, just scares me...
Please advise me where did you purchase UBIQ materials I was not able to contact their office in Gladsville and their showroom in Auburn is closed as well
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