HYPERION PRODUCT CARE
Hyperion products will provide years of outdoor living pleasure with the proper installation and care.
For care and maintenance of our other products, please refer to one of the below FAQs:
- Material should be covered until it is ready to be installed to maintain a clean surface (use non-translucent material if stored outside)
- All products should be stored flat and level, supported above the ground at every 500mm interval starting at the board ends
- Battons used to separate and support any decking material should be spaced no more than 500mm apart
- Stack units with banding and bottom supports aligned
- Pallets of decking boards should not be stacked more than 4 pallets or 3m in height
While composites are highly durable, to ensure their lasting beauty, please follow these important guidelines when moving and working with Hyperion products:
- All materials should be placed and not dumped when unloading
- When removing boards from a unit, lift the boards and set them down, do not slide boards against each other when moving them
- Carry decking boards on the edge for better support
- During construction, do not slide or drag any equipment across the boards
- The surface of the boards should be kept free of construction material and waste to prevent damage to the boards
Hyperion products are low maintenance, however with a little cleaning you can help keep your outside space looking beautiful for longer. Please note that the Pioneer range composite boards are made from a combination of recycled plastic and wood flour. When new there may be some residual tannins (oils) in the wood flour component of your boards. This tannin will leach out of the board the first few times that the boards are wet and will appear as a water stain after the board has dried. This water (tannin) stain can be removed by washing with water if required otherwise it will disappear after the board has been wet/dried several times.
There will be initial lightening of all uncapped composite products, as the product naturally weathers over the first 8-10 weeks including a reduction in the wood grain, after which they are relatively colour stable. Frontier decking is capped and will thus not fade. To read more about composite fade please click here.
With the proper safety precautions Hyperion products can be washed with either soapy water and a soft bristled brush or with a power washer (recommended max. 1500psi pressure). You should ensure to spray in the direction of the grain of the boards and use a fan tip nozzle (min. 6 inches from surface) along with the proper cleaning product.
Dirt & Grime
Maintaining a clean, dry surface is the best method for combating dirt, grime and mildew build up. As well as periodic cleaning, ensure that water drains effectively from your deck with appropriate drainage slope and gaps between boards.
When your deck appears clean, it is still important to prevent build-up of pollen and debris. Even though Hyperion products are formulated to inhibit mildew growth and staining, mildew stains can occur where moisture and dirt or pollen is present.
Many stains can be cleaned with soap or household de-greasing agent and warm water. Scrub and soak the affected area as soon as the stain occurs to ensure best results, then rinse off with warm water.
For more stubborn stains we recommend using a composite specific cleaner for more effective stain removal.
Only with very set stains, you may want to use coarse sandpaper (60-80 grit) and sand lightly (Pioneer range products only), always in the direction of the grain of the product. Cleaned or sanded areas may lighten, which can require 8-10 weeks exposure to the sun to match the remaining product, depending on location and specific application.
Due to the wood content, composite products, like any wood-based product, may experience a naturally occurring process called Extractive Bleeding (known as tea staining). This process can cause a temporary discoloration that will fade with time.
Scrapes & Scratches
Take care when moving plant pots and furniture, etc around your deck, use protective feet pads where necessary. Surface scratches and abrasions will fade after weathering. However, scrape and scratch marks can be eliminated by using a wire brush or coarse sandpaper (60-80 grit). Simply brush/ sand in the direction of the grain on the product until the mark has gone. The treated area will weather back in approximately 8-10 weeks. Take care if treating wood grain patterned board, not to remove the grain effect.
Painting & Staining
EnviroBuild does not guarantee or recommend anything applied to Hyperion products, however it is still possible for Hyperion products to be to painted or stained.
Wait until the product has completed its weathering process and ensure you have a clean and dry surface prior to applying any paint or stain. Always apply products in accordance with the manufacturer’s application instructions.
In rare occasions you may notice static discharges occurring when walking over your deck area, this can be caused by contact created from insulating shoes rubbing against the insulating surface of the plastic composite deck boards. Usual air humidity levels prevent general static build up, however with dryer, dusty or windy conditions, humidity levels can reduce enough to cause static build up. Over the longer term static build up should naturally reduce with plastic composite boards, however in the short term you can help reduce build up either by introducing plants (for increased environmental humidity levels) or in severe cases using a super concentrated anti-static solution as supplied by Elcom.
To use this solution you need apply it to the deck surface generously by spraying, wiping, dipping or transfer roller coating. Having a similar viscosity to water, for high production applications mechanically apply solution by implementing fine-mist sprayers or foam rollers. The product can also be manually sprayed using a trigger sprayer at 8-12” from desired surface. An anti-static floor cleaner can also be used if you want to clean your deck regularly.