Choosing to use Lumberock® Premium Decking is the first and easiest step on the road to owning the deck or dock of your dreams. Before you begin your plastic lumber project, carefully read our installation guidelines for a better end-result.
Plan & Design
You probably have hundreds of great ideas for the perfect deck to match your home, and you probably have just as many questions. Which color will you choose? Will you have an elevated deck or a ground-level deck? Will it be attached to your home or will it be freestanding? How will you accessorize the space?
Start your project by taking the time to choose a design that meets your needs while comfortably fitting into your surroundings. Gather inspiration for your project by browsing pictures and magazines, then practically apply those ideas to a design that complements your outdoor space using books, computer software or your own expertise. Be sure to consider accessories such as lighting, benches, stairs and railings, as all of these elements will affect the overall look and feel of the deck.
Once you've finalized the design, visit your local municipal office for information regarding building codes and regulations, zoning restrictions, permits and inspections. We also recommend having your design reviewed by a licensed architect, engineer or local building official before you begin installation.
Gather Your Materials
Try to estimate the amount of lumber you will need in advance based on the total square footage of your deck and the length of the boards you plan to use. Remember that more scrap will be generated for boards cut at an angle, and take into account the small amount of thermal expansion that may occur using our Expansion/Contraction Table.
Also, while we make every effort to consistently match the color of our boards between manufacturing runs, slight color variations may occur due to the plastic materials available at the time of the run. To avoid a potential problem, we recommend ordering additional boards.
Let the Building Begin!
When you're ready to begin construction, use our Installation Instructions to determine proper joist spacing, gapping and fastening. No special tools are required to install Lumberock®. You can cut, drill and router the boards using the same carpentry tools you would if working with wood. Some common deck-building tools include:
- Cordless Driver
- Chalk Line
- Carpentert's Pencil
- Tape Measure
- Jig Saw
- Carpenter Square
- Spacing Tools
- Circular Saw
- Safety Glasses
Remember to wear proper clothing and safety equipment.
Lumberock® is not to be used for structural purposes, such as off-the-ground deck framing or load-bearing support posts. It may, however, be used as a base on a flat surface such as a cement patio. Given the right conditions, Lumberock® can build up static electricity. We use static eliminators in our manufacturing process to help dissipate the built-up charge that develops during the extrusion process, however, just like with carpet, the potential remains for further build-up of static electricity. We have found that hosing down your deck with a combination of Simple Green cleaner and water will help reduce static electric build-up. Finally, our Installation Instructions are intended as guidelines, not precise building plans. Each project is unique in its construction, design and environment. The method and means of installation are the responsibility of the installer.