FAQ

General
Decking
Cladding


General

How regularly do I have to maintain my Elements wood products?
Basically like anything in life the more you put in the more you get out!  At minimum, Elements wood products should be cleaned at least every 12 months with soapy water, a brush and water.

These are natural wood products, so some surface discoloration or mould and mildew may occur due to environmental conditions and exposure.

Heavier discoloration or mould growth can be removed with Elements Rejuvenator or other similar oxygenating cleaner.

If coated, then the coating should be re-applied once it begins to fail, depending on the aspect to the weather recoat cycle may be as short as 12 months in the case of decking or up to 5 years in the case of cladding.

Will the colour stay the same?
No. If left uncoated outside, the wood will eventually fade to a light grey colour. By applying a pigmented coating on a regular basis, colour can be maintained.

How do I know how much product I will need?
The first step is to draw up a basic sketch, can calculate the total square meters of area you wish to cover. Then you can use our calculator tool to find out quantity required. Easy.

Is it ok to leave my elements wood product with out coating?
In the case of decking, yes you can, but the wood will fade to grey and will have a higher chance of cracking and warping. We always recommend application of a penetrating oil all sides prior to fixing and then regular reapplication thereafter as required. For cladding we generally require application of a coating periodically to ensure performance in service.

What is the difference between gross size versus finish size? And how do I know what the finished size is?
Ok you’re getting technical now. The gross size eg 100×40 is the size that the timber comes out of the sawmill at. The finished size eg 90×32 is the cross sectional dimension after the timber has been machined. We generally will advise you of the finished size if the timber has been machined. Comprende amigo?

What type of wood are elements products made from?
New Zealand plantation grown radiata pine and douglas fir – and only best quality material is selected for our products.

Are elements wood products sustainable and are they eco-friendly?
Are they what! Elements products are made from natural wood from well managed plantations. This type of wood is quite honestly one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly materials you can buy. As it grows a tree absorbs vast amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. After the tree has reached maturity it slows down it’s CO2 absorption however. At this stage we harvest the tree and manufacture it into a durable Elements wood product.

During the life time of the product, one and a half new trees have been grown in the original tree’s place. This makes the product a carbon negative and truly self-sustaining building material. See our renewable page for more info.

Where do elements wood products come from?
Elements wood products are proudly 100% New Zealand made. The raw timber comes from plantation forests and manufacturing takes place predominantly in the central part of New Zealand’s North Island. Good on ya mate.

Are elements wood products safe for me and my family?
Yes. Elements wood products have been made to the lowest toxicity levels we can find using available accepted methods and technology, But it’s our self appointed mission to make them safer. For your reference have created a safety factor that gives you direction as the level of safety in each of our products.

Where can I buy elements wood products and how much does it cost?
If you are in New Zealand, you can buy product through our elements wood store . If you’re outside of New Zealand please contact us for the nearest distributor.

How much does the product weigh?
Generally speaking Elements kiln dried product weighs 450 kg/ m3. You do the sums. Or use our calculator tool.

How do I convert Lineal metres to m3 and vice versa?
Probably too technical but here we go on some examples:
1 Lm of 100×25 decking = 1 Lm x 0.1m x 0.025m = 0.0025m3
1m3 of 150×25 cladding = 1 m3 ÷ 0.15m ÷ 0.025m = 266.66 Lm

Remember, you always have to use the gross dimension in these calculations (not the finished dimension). Or use just our calculator tool. That’ll probably be easier.

Can I view the product before purchase?
Yes of course. If you’re in Auckland, you can visit our head office/ show room in Parnell, other wise we can send you an architectural sample. If you live out side of New Zealand please contact us for your nearest distributor’s details.

Can I order custom profiles?
Yes this is possible, depending on order volumes and may be subject to additional charges. Remember, we are at your service.

How do I dispose of elements wood products at end of life?
Abodo is one of the first companies in New Zealand to have an end of life disposal solution for their (and others) wood waste. Simply contact us and we’ll organise a disposal bin to take away the wood to where it will be processed and burnt as carbon-neutral fuel source, reducing the consumption of fossil fuels (North Island, NZ residents only).

Alternatively the products can be burnt in an approved furnace to release embodies energy or dumped in an approved landfill- but that’s last resort please.

Are Abodo Wood products classified as “Green Wood” products? Absolutely. Abodo products are classified as sustainable building materials – and generally attract points under most green building standards, such as  New Zealand Green Building Council, Australian Green Building Counil and US Green Building Coucnil (LEED)

How do I know Abodo products are really sustainable wood products? Abodo Wood products are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified – ensuring that wood products really are from sustainable sources . You are able to check these details on ww.fsc.org, or email us and we will send you the relevant certifications.

How can I support or give feed back to Abodo Wood?
We love customer feed back.
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Send us an email or call us direct contact.

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Decking

How do I install and fix elements decking timber?
Elements kiln dried decking timber requires allowance for expansion when it gets wet, therefore a larger than normal gap needs to be left between boards- leave 10mm for 140mm wide boards and 6mm for 90mm and 115mm wide boards.

We recommend fixing the boards with two 60mm stainless steel screws per joist in all cases such as the elements deck screw. Stainless steel ring shank deck nails may also be used for 90mm wide boards only. Elements decking is nice and easy to fix into – pre drilling is not required in most cases.

Joist centres should be at maximium 450mm for 21mm thick boards and maximum 550mm for 28mm thick boards. We recommended coating the wood all sides with oil and recoating regularly as required thereafter. Refer to our installationpage for more info.

Is there a maintenance requirement for elements decking timber?
Basically like anything in life the more you put in the more you get out! At minimum, Elements wood products should be cleaned at least every 12 months with soapy water, a brush and water.

These are natural wood products, so some surface discoloration or mould and mildew may occur due to environmental conditions and exposure.

Heavier discoloration or mould growth can be removed with Elements Rejuvenator or other similar oxygenating cleaner.
If coated, then the coating should be re-applied once it begins to fade or stop water beading, depending on the aspect to the weather recoat cycle may be 12-18 months.

How often do I have to recoat my elements pre-finished decking timber?
After a exposure to the weather and foot traffic, the coating will start to fade and tracking marks may start to appear in heavy traffic areas, The coating should be re-applied once it begins to show signs of wear or water stops beading from the surface. Depending on the aspect to the weather recoat cycle may be 12-18 months. Love your deck and it’ll love you right back.

What is the slip resistance of elements decking timber?
This depends on if you install the profiled face up or smooth face up. The profiled face will provide greater slip resistance perpendicular to the deck board edges, however will not be any different in the parallel direction. The smooth face with not provide a great deal of slip resistance, though it will be easier to clean in service, therefore it will be easier to prevent build up of slippery dirt and mould.

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Cladding

How do I install and fix elements timber cladding?
Cladding is bit more technical than decking, so always consult with a professional before starting your project or better still get a trained installer to do the job.

Elements cladding may be face fixed or secret fixed depending on the profile shape. Stainless steel ring shank nails or self drilling stainless steel countersunk screws should be used in all cases. Generally we recommend to fix boards onto a drained cavity system to allow good airflow and optimum weather protection.

All profiles requires a minimum 2mm expansion gap to be left between boards, You need to ensure all cut ends must are resealed with penetrating oil or sealer. Boards should be coated all sides and recoated regularly as required thereafter.

Refer to elements cladding page for more details.

Are there accessories available for the timber cladding?
Yes. For most profiles, we offer various corner, flashing, fascia and finishing profiles to match the cladding boards. Using these accessories will ensure optimal performance of the cladding system in service.

How often do I have to recoat my elements pre-finished timber cladding?
After a exposure to the weather the coating will start to fade and tracking marks may start to appear in heavy traffic areas, The coating should be re-applied once it begins to show signs of wear or water stops beading from the surface. Depending on the aspect to the weather recoat cycle may be 12-18 months. Love your cladding and it’ll love you right back.

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