DIY Decking FAQs
GreenClaimed® & BamDeck® Composite Decking FAQs
Q. What is GreenClaimed® Composite made of?
A. GreenClaimed® comes from a proprietary formulation of 50% reclaimed hardwood from local cabinet shops, and 50% recycled HDPE plastics such as detergent bottles and milk cartons. Combined with the tough exterior of our ProFormance360™ Shield technology, this decking product offers a new strong option in the world of decking products.
Q. What is BamDeck® Composite made of?
A. BamDeck® comes from a proprietary formulation of 60% reclaimed bamboo fibers and 40% recycled HDPE plastics such as detergent bottles and milk cartons. The combination of ultra strong bamboo fibers and ultra long lasting durable plastics give rise to a new hybrid material unparalleled in strength, durability and aesthetic appeal.
Q. What is HDPE?
A. High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is one of the most commonly used plastics and typically found in more rigid products like milk gallons, cups and water bottles. It’s strength acts as a barrier against moisture and resists insects, rot and other chemicals. While being easily recyclable and free from harmful emissions, the use of HDPE results in a decking boards that are stronger, ultra-durable and more sustainable than non-HDPE plastics.
Q. How do I clean and maintain my Deck?
A. GreenClaimed® and BamDeck® is designed to withstand daily wear and tear of outdoor living but we do recommend cleaning your deck at least twice each year to remove pollen, organic debris, dirt or stains. A broom or sweeper will work better than a hose and is a much greener cleaning method. If you find accumulated dirt or grime, use soap and water and a scrub brush and simply rinse off with water. Additional information can be found on our Care & Maintenance download.
Q. How do I build a deck?
A: Every deck will have its own unique requirements, however our Build a Deck video has lots of good information that can be applied to any deck design.
Q. Can I power wash GreenClaimed® or BamDeck®?
A: It is recommended that only professionals use a pressure washer with wide fan tips, at low pressures (under 1,500 psi at least 12″ above the deck surface). If done improperly extreme concentrated high pressure will damage any composite deck material. Exercise caution and check with a professional as improper use could lead to damage a loss of your warranty coverage.
Q. Does GreenClaimed® require sealing?
A: All board ends, including ripped/exposed deck board cores need to be sealed using MoistureLockout™ End Board Sealer for full warranty coverage. Sealer must be applied thick enough to exposed area to provide even coat. Proof of purchase must accompany any warranty claims filed for excessive swelling/cracking of board ends.
Q. Does Bamdeck® require sealing?
A: Sealants are not required or recommended, BamDeck’s unique composition is resistant to rot, mold, stains and will not fade or bloat.
Q. Is Infnity™ and BamDeck® slippery when wet?
A: Our decking textured surfaces provide excellent grip and is some of the most slip resistant decks on the market.
Q. Will salt-water hurt GreenClaimed® or BamDeck®?
A: Salt-water has not been shown to affect GreenClaimed® or BamDeck® products.
Q. What if my BamDeck® gets scratched?
A: Just as wood-decking materials can get marred or gouged, the surface of composite decking can also be scratched. BamDeck’s solid homogenous material is ultra-durable and very hard to notice normal wear and tear and looks great for many many years.
Q. Will heat from grills or fire pits harm BamDeck®?
A: Not usually, but some dripping grease can stain so it is recommended to put a mat underneath your grill to protect your investment. Improperly installed fire features and fire pits can cause damage to BamDeck® decking via direct exposure to the flame or excessive radiated heat. Please exercise proper caution when designing, installing and using fire features.
Q. How much ventilation is required under a deck?
A: Make sure there is adequate and unobstructed airflow under the deck to prevent excessive water absorption. Improve drainage or grade flat areas where standing water may gather. For decks with limited ventilation, six inches of clear ventilation is required.
Q. Can I put Infnity™ or BamDeck® directly on a concrete patio?
A: All decking products should ideally maintain a minimum of 6″ (15 cm) between the bottom of the deck substructure/joists and the ground. The deck design must allow unrestricted airflow under at least half of its perimeter to permit adequate ventilation.