When a timber decking or cladding project does not go to plan, the Timber Decking and Cladding Association experts often get called to review the issue, mediate between parties and advise on the best resolution. From this specialist work, the association states that fixings problems are often at play; a simple issue that can be costly to rectify.
"Poor specification is resulting in the use of nails and screws that are not suitable for outdoor use. Certain timber species warrant stainless steel fixings due to their density and inherent properties - yet this is being overlooked", says Janet Sycamore, Director of Operations at the TDCA.
The long, hot summer is providing testing conditions and if corners have been cut, the hot conditions will surely expose them.
If a board becomes detached from the wall or substructure, something is wrong. The fixings used must be correctly specified and placed at specific intervals to properly secure the timber. Only then will they perform their function.
Unsightly black stains are often a tell-tale sign that incorrect fixings have been used. The effect is very damaging to the aesthetic and not easy to eradicate. Neither the architect nor the customer will be satisfied with the deterioration of the finish.