Unlike our Ekodeck Classic boards, the Designer Series decking boards are capped with a DurashellTM coating, which means to create a clean, finished edge, a different process is required.
In this article, we take you through the materials needed and steps you will need to take in order to perfectly finish your new Designer Series deck!
To create your own Designer Series 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.
It is recommended that in order to properly achieve this finished look, you picture frame your Designer Series deck (like the image below).
Step 1: Before starting, we recommend laying a drop sheet down to collect any shavings from routing the board.
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.
Step 4: Now you can route out the fascia board, 15mm x 15mm.
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.
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.
If using angle brackets, predrill the board and fix it in place using 20mm long screws, making sure not to over-tighten them.
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!
Alternatively, you can affix either steel or aluminium edging along your boards, instead of routing the edges.
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We hope this article helped give you some clarity on how to finish your Ekodeck Designer Series Boards.