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How to finish Ekodeck+ Flame Fighter boards

man routing Ekodeck composite decking board

Just like our Designer Series boards, the Ekodeck Flame Fighter decking boards are capped with a DurashellTM coating but have fire-retardant additives to give the boards a certified BAL-29 bushfire rating (AS1530.8.1).

 

Unlike the Designer Series range, we do not have a pre-made Edge Boards for the Flame Fighter boards. As such, it is necessary to rework the boards in a way to give you a clean finish and high-end look.

 

In this article, we take you through the materials needed and steps you will need to take in order to create your own Flame Fighter edge board.

 

The Tools and Materials You Will Need:

  • Ekodeck Flame Fighter boards
  • Router
  • Drop sheet
  • Pencil/marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill driver
  • Screws
  • Angle brackets
  • Drill bits
  • Work platform
  • Steel or aluminium edging (optional)

 

How to Create your Own Flame Fighter Edge Board:

 

To create your own Flame Fighter edge board, you’ll need to route out the edge of the fascia, as well as the leading edge of the decking boards, so they can lock together cleanly.

 

flame fighter composite decking edging

 

It is recommended that in order to properly achieve this finished look, you picture frame your Flame Fighter deck (like the image below).

 

picture frame composite decking

 

Step 1: Before starting, we recommend laying a drop sheet down to collect any shavings from routing the board.

 

man laying drop sheet composite decking

 

Step 2: Once that is done, clamp the board in place, allowing enough room for your router to pass. You are now ready to route your board.

 

Step 3: To start, route out the leading edge of your decking board, 15mm x 7mm. If you have multiple steps, edge boards or fascias, route out all similar boards at the one time, to avoid changing the router settings more than necessary.

 

man measuring router composite decking

 

Step 4: Now you can route out the fascia board, 15mm x 15mm.

 

man measuring router composite decking

 

Step 5: Once you have routed out your first fascia board, check it aligns properly with your decking board. If it does, continue routing the rest of your fascia boards.

 

man holding composite decking edging

 

Step 6: You are now ready to install your picture framing and fascia boards. We recommend installing the fascia boards first, either using right-angled brackets, or by face fixing.

 

Top Tip: lay your fascia board in place and mark the location of the joists to make it easier to work with.

 

composite decking fascia

 

If using angle brackets, predrill the board and fix it in place using 20mm long screws, making sure not to over-tighten them.

 

composite decking angle bracket

 

You can then secure the leading edge of your board, also using angle brackets. Fasten the bracket securely into the joist, and then you are all done!

 

man laying edging composite decking

 

Alternatively, you can affix either steel or aluminium edging along your boards, instead of routing the edges.

 

aluminium edging composite decking

 

Want to Learn More?

We hope this article helped give you some clarity on how to finish your Ekodeck Flame Fighter Boards.

 

If you need further assistance, check out our how-to video to see the process in action. Alternatively, you can reach us at info@ekodeck.com.au or call on (03) 9639 7774.