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RADIATA DECKING GUIDE

RADIATA DECKING COMES IN DIFFERENT GRADES

When you see lots of different newspaper ads for decking at widely varying prices, its hard to know what’s what and whether you’re comparing “apples with apples.”

HERE’S A HANDY CHECKLIST TO HELP:

CLEARS

Clears will give you the best possible finished appearance. All board faces are generally totally clear of defects. Also known as No 1 Clears or Ultra grade.

No 2 CLEARS

The boards are mostly clear of defects and are usually clean on one face and two edges. Also known as No 1 & 2 Clears or Premium grade.

DRESSING GRADE

A high-grade board where some character is visible, for example a distinctive grain pattern, bark/resin pockets or knots. Also known as No 1, Standard, Select grade, and/or Classic grade.

MERCH & BETTER

The next step down from Dressing grade with a greater degree of character. Also known as No 1 Grade.

MERCH GRADE

Suitable for applications where appearance is not important. May include inter-grown knots, some loose knots, holes and pith content. Also known as Regular grade.

UTILITY GRADE

The cheapest grade of decking timber, usually available on an as is where is basis. May contain any number or combination of defects provided the board holds together during normal handling. Also known as Industrial grade.

Note: Radiata decking is often advertised as H3 treated. This is not strictly correct. The correct treatment level for decking is H3.2

(H3 has been discontinued and H3.1 is not suitable for decking).

Also be aware that there may be variations in the shape of the machined profile and dimensions available. Not all merchants will stock the same machined profiles of decking timber.

If in doubt, check with the specialist staff at your local ITM.

FREE GUIDES ON SUSTAINABLE BUILDING & MINIMISING WASTE

Sustainable building, green building or eco building is simply using resources (materials, energy, water and air) in smarter, more efficient ways so we can build homes that are affordable, warmer, healthier, cheaper to run and better for the environment and future generations.

Below you will find a number of useful resources on sustainable building to assist both building professionals and homeowners. We highly recommend you obtain a copy of our building guides on Sustainable Building and How to Minimise Construction Waste available from your local store.

ITM BUILDING GUIDE: SUSTAINABLE BUILDING

Produced in association with BRANZ to provide builders and homeowners with practical, common sense information on energy and water efficiency, air quality and selecting more sustainable building materials. Click here to view a PDF copy (file size 3.5mb). Hard copies are available from in store.

 

ITM BUILDING GUIDE: HOW TO MINIMISE CONSTRUCTION WASTE

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