How To Build An Eva-Lasting Deck
As experts in bamboo composite building materials, Eva-Last take the hassle and headache out of building and maintaining a beautiful and durable deck.
The company’s comprehensive range of board profiles and accessories are easy to install and maintain without the need for constant upkeep.
To confidently construct a deck that lasts, follow these five easy steps advised by Eva-Last:
Step 1: Match the deck to the spec
- • environmental conditions such as seasonal temperature fluctuations and prevailing weather conditions (sunny or shady, wet or dry, fire hazards),
- • footfall or traffic for load specifications (maximum spans specified by range),
- • safety features including slip resistance, • maintenance requirements,
- • durability qualities like stain, fade and biodegradation resistance,
- • warranty on offer or required.
Eva-Last’s wide selection of bamboo composite decking ranges, including Pioneer, Apex, Infinity and Eva-Tech – are engineered to be an effective alternative to timber, recreating the tones and textures of natural timber but with advanced capabilities and functionality, all while being a more environmentally friendly option, backed by up to a 30-year warranty.
Step 2: Erect a quality sub-structure
- • Check the technical specifications and supporting documentation to ensure the desired product meets the different load-bearing capacities and spans demanded by building by-laws for your specific site, and meets the decking manufacturers recommendations.
- • Ensure the frame has proper spacing between the struts for your particular product.
- • Support all boards along cut edges.
- • Use double joists at all butt joins to ensure both board edges are supported.
- • Use noggins between joists where breaker boards are used. Ensure the spans between noggins are not greater than the maximum centre-to-centre span specified for your particular range.
Step 3: Calculate the expansion and contraction gaps
Step 4: Work from the outside in
- • Begin from the outside edge of the deck working towards the building.
- • Add extra blocking to the sides of your frame if you are “picture framing” your deck for extra support on the edges.
- • Using a square-edged profile board as the first starter board, measure the recommended distance from the edge of the board with a set square or fascia board to allow sufficient overhang for fastening. This overhang should not exceed 25mm.
- • If picture framing the deck, cut the first board at 45 degrees on one end for the join, again allowing for sufficient overhang up to 25mm. Face-fasten the square edged board twice with colour-matched Hulk fasteners on each joist at least 30mm from the edge. Screws should be fixed perpendicular to the board and flush with the surface. Refer to the installation guide for different specification on each range of bamboo composite decking on www.eva-last.com.
- • To begin on the second row inside your frame: Ensure you’ve allowed proper spacing for the expansion gap between the boards before you fasten the first row of fasteners along the second plank. Then switch to the hidden Hulk or Chain fasteners on the opposite side.
- • The Hulk or Chain fasteners fit easily into the grooves of the board. Secure the hidden Hulk or Chain fasteners, providing a firm grip. Simply slide the next board into the edge of the clip for a fastener free look with perfect gaps.
- • Repeat until the last board closest to the building which may need ripping to size.
- • When you get close to the building, measure the distance from the last deck board to the edge of the building. The last board should not be ripped to less than 60mm wide with at least one fast fastener on every joist along the edge, closest to the building.
Step 5: Add the finishing touches
- • Cut fascia between 35 and 45 degrees for continuous joints, and for corner fascia, cut 45 degrees.
- • Drive two screws every 300mm along the fascia and no more than 38mm from the start and finish of the edges.
With the right product and partner, you can rest easy knowing that you’re backed by industry leading warranties and installation guidelines that can be as easy as 1-2-3.