Green Plank Composite Products – FAQs

Here, you can find tips and answers to common questions related to Green Plank composite decking, cladding and fencing products such as installation, maintenance, costs, applications, solutions, accessories, usage and more.

  • Your Green Plank Composite Decking, Facade Cladding, Fencing & Railing Questions Answered

    We suggest you first try and find the answer to your question in below FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions for wood plastic composite or WPC products.

  • Are Green Plank composite products really saving me money in the long term?

    Yes, the initial cost of our composite products may be marginally higher than pressure treated wood but cheaper than hardwood. And within a few years your composite decking, cladding or fencing will reclaim the difference. This is because Green Plank natural fibers composite products requires minimal effort to keep them looking great, meaning maintenance costs are low. As the cost of treatments and labor for traditional wooden decking, cladding or fencing increases, our composite products are the perfect cost-effective option.

  • Are Green Plank wood plastic composite products environmentally friendly?

    Yes. Green Plank is the leading brand of environmentally friendly wood plastic composite / natural fibers composite decking, railing, fencing, and cladding system designed to maximize your outdoor living experience. All the ingredients we use are being re-used. Green Plank natural fibers composite products combine the durability of plastic and the strength of wood/rice shell fibers to produce a superior construction product.

    Green Plank WPC / NFC products will not splinter, warp or fade the way wood does, it dramatically reduces the wasteful cycle of repair and replacement and eliminates the frequent application of environmentally harmful paint, sealers and stains.

    Green Plank wood plastic composite or natural fibers composite products are manufactured with recycled wood/rice shell fibers that would otherwise go into landfills. In addition, Green Plank is able to regrind scrap product back into the manufacturing process.

    Green Plank recycles water during the manufacturing process.

    Unlike wood, Green Plank wood plastic composite / natural fibers composite products are a one-time purchase for most homeowners.

    Green Plank wood plastic composites / natural fibers composite do not require painting, staining or sealing.

  • Are Green Plank composite products UV protected?

    Green Plank natural fibers composite products contains UV-inhibited pigment systems that reduces fading. But it may fade over time in strong sunlight. Normally, composite products will get lighter in color tone as they fade.

  • Can Green Plank natural fibers composite decking boards be used to build a dock?

    Yes, Green Plank MARINE™ composite decking can be used as dock planking, jetties, look-outs, leisure areas, promenades, boardwalks, marinas and other commercial or heavy duty projects, but it cannot be used for any structural support members, and it should not be continuously submerged in water. For information about commercial applications, contact Green Plank.
    For details on composite structural support products, please contact Green Plank.

  • Can I fasten Green Plank Composite Decking over an existing deck, balcony or porch?

    Composite decking is intended to be installed directly to the structural joists. DO NOT fasten our composite decking planks to the top of old existing deck planks or balcony and porch floors.

  • Can I use pressure washer for cleaning my composite deck?

    Household pressure washers with spray nozzle may be used to remove stains, ground in dirt, or mold but risks to spray particles of soap on other surfaces. If you choose to use a pressure washer please keep at least a distance of 30cm between the power jet and the deck board surface.

  • Can Green Plank natural fibers composite decking be used around pools and spas?

    Absolutely. Green Plank natural fibers composite decking boards do not absorb water and has been used extensively near pools, spas and in marine environments around the world.

  • Do Green Plank composite decks stain, fade or scratch easily?

    Let’s take these issues in order. First, Green Plank composite decking contains wood, either sawdust or ground wood or rice-shell fibers. That material can absorb liquids such as oil, and the result can be a stain. Even top brands decking can stain if oil, paint, juice or other liquids aren’t quickly cleaned up.

    Composite decking typically fades slightly, if at all, in the first season. After that, the color becomes stable. Though Green Plank is working constantly to improve UV protection in its products to reduce or eliminate fading.

    Finally, composite decking will scratch if heavy objects such as furniture are dragged across it. Even sharp pet claws and sand can cause scratching just like wooden decking. However, the scratches are typically superficial, and with time, they blend. To prevent scratches, pick up deck furniture when moving it, and broom loose dirt off the decking regularly to prevent abrasions to the composite decking.

    Another way to stop furniture from damaging your composite decking floor is to invest in protective cups, mats or pads. Once you’ve bought them, make sure you place them under all table and chair legs which come in contact with your decking floor. The introduction of these protective cups, mats or pads will stop your furnishings from having direct contact with your deck and will help stop your furniture from damaging your decking floor.

    Some of our customers have used small/medium grit sandpaper to treat minor scratches or scuff marks. If the stains have set on planks, you may also want to use a fine sandpaper and sand lightly followed by a wire brush to re-grain the decking. Always follow the wood grain finish of the plank. The sanded area will weather back in approximately 8-10 weeks but can very depending on location and specific application.

  • Do decks require building permits or planning permission?

    In most communities, a building permit is required to build a deck. The main reason is to ensure the safety of anyone who uses the structure. There have been many unfortunate instances in which decks, stairs or railings that were built with poor design or materials have collapsed, causing injury or death. Most commonly in such cases, the required deck permit was not obtained. When a deck building permit isn’t obtained and something goes wrong, the homeowner is subject to civil and criminal penalties. It makes sense to obtain planning permission from the local building department, so the deck can be inspected as a means of protecting you and others.

  • Do Green Plank natural fibers composite boards, trims, planks or joists require pre-drilling ?

    It is necessary to pre-drill and countersink before screwing the trims, joists and decking boards (with conventional installation).

  • Do I need special tools to install Green Plank Composite Decking?

    Green Plank composite products can be cut, drilled, and fastened using conventional tools. For your safety, remember to wear safety glasses and protective clothing.

  • Does Green Plank natural fibers composite decking rot?

    Composite decking such as Green Plank decking is very resistant to rot because of the plastic content. Initial cost is more for composite decking, but it requires less maintenance and will give you more years of service, in most cases.

  • Does decking have a good return on investment (ROI)?

    Green Plank composite decks increase your home value and are therefore a good investment, especially when the deck is attractively designed to blend with the home’s architecture and it is properly built for safety and performance.

    Statistics gathered from real estate agents show that decks add value to the house, and up to 80 percent of the cost of a deck can be recouped at sale, if the deck is well-maintained. In short, decks have good ROI.

  • Does Green Plank composite decking get hot in summer?

    Any material will become warm to the touch on hot summer days. Green Plank composites will heat up at a similar rate to natural timber; ie. hotter than grass, but not as hot as paving, metal or concrete.

  • How do composite boards make movements ?

    Wooden or Composite Decking boards, all move, but in different directions and for different reasons. Composites decking expands more in length, while wooden decking expands across its width. Composite decking moves mostly because of heat, while wood decking moves as its moisture content changes. Both types of movement are functions of nature and aren’t easily overcome.

    Composite decking, cladding or fencing boards change size with temperature, shrink as the temperature drops and expand as it increases. The change happens at a uniform rate that doesn’t depend on direction, except that it’s noticed more over the length simply because the boards are longer than they are wide. In cold weather, miter joints in composite tend to gap. In hot weather, the pressure from expanding boards may tighten the miter joints, or wedge them open.

    Wood acts differently. As its moisture content changes, wood expands or shrinks across the width of the board. This causes the miter joint to open at the toe (the pointy end of the cut) or the heel (the not-so-pointy end of the cut). Which part of the miter joint will open is related directly to the moisture content of the boards when they are installed. A wet board will dry out, causing the heel to open up. A dry board will expand as it takes on moisture, causing the toe to open up.

  • How do I clean and maintain Green Plank wood composite decking?

    All exterior surfaces collect dirt, dust and contaminants. It is necessary to clean them periodically to keep them looking good. Green Plank® wood composites are low-maintenance products, not no-maintenance products.

    Periodic cleaning of Green Plank® composite products are suggested, even if they appear clean, it is important to prevent the build-up of pollen/debris that can cause mold.

    We recommend a basic cleaning with a composite deck cleaner or combination of soap (dishwashing detergent) , hot water and a soft bristle brush. After cleaning rinse thoroughly. If unsure about the product being used to clean/ remove stains from your deck, it is recommended that you test a small area in an inconspicuous place to determine if the product will cause any unwanted discoloration.

    Hose off the entire deck with a garden hose and not with a pressure washer. The pressure washer will spray particles of soap on other surfaces, possibly causing staining. Using a garden hose is a better practice to gently rinse off homemade cleaner and get rid of all water spots.

  • How do weather cycles affect Green Plank Decking and Railing during installation?

    Green Plank natural fibers composite products performs well in changing weather conditions. During installation, it will contract only slightly in cold weather but does expand in hot weather. We recommend that you let the material acclimate on the job site for 48 hours prior to installation. Follow the spacing guidelines in the Installation Guide to accommodate any expansion and contraction.

  • How long is the warranty on Green Plank composite products?

    Details about our warranty can be found under customer service section of this website.

  • How much space is needed to ensure proper ventilation underneath a Green Plank composite deck?

    A clear, 50mm space between the bottom edge of the joists and grade is recommended to ensure adequate ventilation.

  • How much will decking boards move throughout the year?

    Whether decking boards shrinks or swells depends on the material used to build the deck. Wood that isn’t pressure treated will definitely expand and contract when wet. When it dries, the wood will shrink. These cycles will eventually cause wood decking to warp and crack. This is even true of cedar decking and redwood decking as it ages.

    Composite decking doesn’t absorb moisture, but it does expand and contract in the length with the temperature variation.

    It’s important to read our installation guide before installing Green Plank composite decking material. When it gets warm, it expands more than wood along its length but less across its width. The longer the decking board, the greater its expansion and the more you have to account for this when building your deck. Check the product’s end-gap chart (head-to-head), which describes the space needed between the ends of two decking boards with the length of each board, the temperature during installation, and the highest ambient temperature you expect in the deck area. For example, a 5 meters long composite deck board installed at 10 degrees Celsius could expand by as much as 3 mm on each end of the board, so you’ll need minimum 6 mm gap between the ends of two decking boards.

  • How should Green Plank composite products be stored?

    If you intend to store Green Plank composite products prior to construction, products should be stored indoors under cover to maintain a clean surface. If items are to be stored outside should be properly sheltered to prevent direct interference from sunlight, rain, moisture etc. The product must be close stacked in the shade, clear of the ground on levelled bearers (300mm), they should be stored on a level surface such as a concrete floor. Products need to be stored in a manner that prevents sagging and permits free air circulation.

  • How strong is Green Plank composites ?

    Green Plank composite products have been designed and engineered to meet the most tough demands. Contact our team if you have a unique application and we will advise of the suitability.

  • How will saltwater effect Green Plank wood plastic composite products?

    Saltwater climates are a perfect application for Green Plank wood plastic composite products. Salt water will have no bad effects on Green Plank wood plastic composite products.

  • I see that both sides of the decking board can be used, is it so?

    Yes, most of the Green Plank® composite decking profiles have beautiful designs on both sides providing you freedom of choice. Green Plank composite deck offers a slip resistant, warm, barefoot-friendly surface, free of dangerous nail pops or splinters.

  • Is composite deck expensive than wood deck ?

    The initial cost of a composite deck tends to be more. Although, composite decks require less maintenance over the decks full life span, this makes them more cost effective over time. Unlike composite decks, the cost of constructing a natural wood deck tends to be less expensive. Although, wood decks do require a greater maintenance routine to assure a full life span of the deck. Wood decks are less cost effective over time, due to maintenance.

  • Is composite decking child friendly?

    Yes. Our composite decking has excellent anti-slip qualities and all fixings are concealed, making our boards child and bare foot friendly.

  • Is Green Plank composite decking slippery when wet?

    Green Plank composite decking is proven to provide a great slip-resistant surface when wet and dry. Thanks to its machined textural and brushed finish, Green Plank decking boards are slip resistant.

  • Should I purchase all of my decking material at one time?

    Yes, we recommend purchasing all required decking material at once, because manufacturing runs can produce slightly different colors. Like most composites, individual Green Plank decking boards will vary in color, due to natural variations in wood fibers and polymers. Our warranty does not cover color variation; therefore, we suggest purchasing extra material in case you need to replace or repair boards in the future.

  • What are the advantages of Wood Composite Decking comparing traditional wooden decking ?

    Thanks to its many good attributes Wood Plastic Composites or WPC enriches your terrace or pathways for a very long time. Its beautiful, even look, which is very low on maintenance, makes it special. You can even forget about having to paint it. Feel the comfort with our WPC products: • bare-foot friendly and splinter-free • permanently beautiful with elegant natural wood look • non-slippery, even when wet.

  • What colors do Green Plank wood composite products come in?

    There are various colors available. Please refer to each product range for its available colors. Special colors can be purchased if the quantity required is over a certain amount: for further information, please contact us.

  • What if I don’t know exactly which product is right for my needs?

    The best thing is to contact us directly, either by email or give us a call during our business hours. One of our sales representatives will help you determine what products best suit your requirements.

  • What is Composite Decking?

    Green Plank wood-plastic composite / natural fibers composite decking, cladding, fencing and railings are made of a material that is a mixture of natural fibers (wood, rice-shell), plastic, and some type of toxic free binding agent. These ingredients are put together to form a material that is denser, stronger, and heavier than wood alone, a wood-plastic composite.

  • What is Green Plank composites made of?

    Our composite products are free from formaldehyde and completely non-toxic. They combine the best features of wood and polyethylene plastics, making it an ideal choice for outdoor use.
    Green Plank composite products are made from a homogeneous combination of natural materials – wood and plastic fibers. A special combination of 63% reclaimed hard woods, almost 27% recycled plastics and 10% additives such as stabilising resins, pigments, etc. No toxic element! In total Green Plank composites contains 90% recycled materials, hence saving the environment.

  • What is the benefits of NOVOFENCE™ composite fencing over a traditional wooden fencing ?

    Traditional wooden fencing will last but will age quickly, within a few years traditional wooden fencing tends to show signs of wear and tear and aging. This is particularly apt for the Nordic region where regular wet weather can cause damage to wood left outside. This can be remedied by using sealing treatments and regular maintenance but is time consuming and can be costly. Our composite fencing has a 25 year warranty so you can relax in the knowledge that your composite fencing has been made to last and enjoy.

    One of the biggest factors in the choice of NOVOFENCE™ composite fencing vs. wood is the budget. Since wooden fences are initially cheaper than composite wood fences.

    Wooden fence, you’ll need to maintain and even repair or replace areas of the wood that have rotted. You’ve got to stain and paint the wood in a finish that will withstand the elements. In most climates you’ll have to do this annually to preserve the life of the fence, but in harsh nordic climate it’ll have to be done more frequently. Green Plank composite fencing consists of all the benefits of fencing and none of the disadvantages of wooden fencing such as, it is eco-friendly, splinter-free, won’t rot and long lasting.

    Maintenance is the key influencing factor in why people choose Green Plank NOVOFENCE™ composite fencing – you don’t need to look after it aside from the occasional hose down!

    Green Plank NOVOFENCE™ composite fence isn’t affected by insect populations and it’s weather resistant. Most of the dirt is easily removed with a high powered washer or just water. Mold or smoke stains can simply be removed with a cleanser.

  • What is WPC stands for ?

    WPC is the abbreviation for ‘Wood Polymer Composite’ and is a combined material that has been used for more than 30 years now, especially in outside areas, and has been produced and used in North America and Europe. It is made of a combination of natural fillers with plastic.

  • What kind of fasteners should be used with Green Plank Composite Decking?

    Only approved HidLoc™ hidden decking fasteners can be used with Green Plank wood composite decking.

  • What span should I use between joists/supports?

    Depending on the decking board chosen and application use, Green Plank recommends a 250mm – 600mm maximum span between centres on decking installations. Please refer to our installation instructions for correct figures. Same as for facade cladding, we recommend having batons at 400mm – 600mm centres for a traditional horizontal or vertical formation. More information can be found in our installation manuals.

  • What type of glue can be used with Green Plank composites?

    Glue is a supplemental adhesive and should never replace fasteners, especially in structural applications. One may use heavy-duty construction adhesive, but we strongly recommend testing it on a small portion of your deck before using the adhesive throughout your entire application.

  • Will chlorine or other swimming pool chemicals damage Green Plank Decking and Railing?

    While we have not conducted formal testing, we do not know of damaging effects from standard pool chemicals.

  • Will Green Plank composites last longer than traditional pressure treated wood ?

    With recommended care and cleaning, Green Plank composite products will provide years of enjoyment in comparison to pressure treated wood which is subject to rot and deterioration after a few years.

  • Will the color of Green Plank Composite Decking/Balustrade/Cladding/Fencing change over time?

    Any product made with Wood Plastic Composite materials exposed to the weather will fade during the early months, thereafter it will remain stable. As our composite wood is a man-made recycle product, color variations are to be expected. Our warranty does not cover color fade, discoloration or water marks, stains on our products. On deliveries color variations may occur in different batches.

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