Garapa Fitting Advice


Fitting Q-Deck Garapa Hardwood Deckboards.

• Fit Q-Deck Garapa over joists set at 600mm centres maximum.
• Leave 8mm gaps between adjacent boards when fitting Q-Deck Garapa. Being a kiln dried hardwood means you have to allow for some expansion of the boards during wetter times of the year.
• It is important to pre-drill pilot holes and countersink before fitting screws to reduce the chance of splitting these timbers, especially near the ends of boards.
• Use a minimum of two 50mm stainless steel screws per board at every joist junction. Use 4.5 x 50mm Q-Deck-Tite Plus Stainless Steel Decking Screws.

Note: Over time the tannin can be washed out of Q-Deck Garapa and so the fabric of a building or associated landscaping products could become stained by mobile tannin. This washing effect is more likely to occur during prolonged heavy rain and be most concentrated in the period just after fitting your Q-Deck Garapa hardwood deck.

Q-Deck Garapa decking boards are not as straight as other decking boards in the Q-Deck range. However any distortion is normally easily corrected when fitting them by applying pressure to bring them back into line. It is natural for surface splits (shakes) to appear on Q-Deck Garapa decking during periods of warm dry weather.

Q-Deck Garapa decking boards are not as straight as other decking boards in the Q-Deck range. However any distortion is normally easily corrected when fitting them by applying pressure to bring them back into line. It is natural for surface splits (shakes) to appear on Q-Deck Garapa decking during periods of warm dry weather.
Garapa Hardwood Decking

Q-Deck® Sustainable Hardwood Decking Boards
Brazillian ash wood with a quality look. Garapa hardwood decking is kiln dried with a warm golden look. A beautiful deck for your garden with a nice radiant feel. Find your nearest stockist of garapa here. Available to buy online and in-store. lyptus Hardwood Decking

Care and Maintenance of Q-Deck Garapa

Like all natural hardwood decking the colouration of Q-Deck Garapa hardwood decking fades over time due to the lightening effect of ultra-violet light (U.V.).

For best results use your new Q-Deck Garapa hardwood deck for 6-8 weeks before:

1. Thoroughly cleaning it with Net-Trol® Wood Cleaner and Colour restorer by Owatrol®.
2. Oiling with Deks Olje D1® Saturating Wood Oil (clear matt finish) by Owatrol®.

It is advisable to repeat this process every 12 months substituting Deks Olje D1® with Textrol® Penetrating Oil by Owatrol®. If however, some colour protection is required, then the use of a pigment coating should be applied to Q-Deck Garapa hardwood decking to slow down the bleaching effect of UV light. Deks Olje D1 Pro® (honey tinted) and pigmented Textrol® are good non-film forming options that preserves the natural appearance of the wood.

If colour protection is required immediately after fitting Q-Deck Garapa hardwood then it is possible to prepare the surface of the decking by first applying Aquanett® (or diluted Prepdeck®), then neutralising with Net-Trol® before finishing with one of the three Owatrol® pigmented coating systems mentioned above.

Regular cleaning of Q-Deck Garapa hardwood with Net-Trol® every 6-12 months is advisable.

If finished with a protective coating then re-application of the coating should take place as and when required but for continually good results it is advisable to re-apply every 12 months.

The tannin content of Q-Deck Garapa hardwood makes it susceptible to staining in contact with iron products or particles and moisture (as cedar and oak is also). If iron/ ferrous staining occurs it can be easily remedied with the application of proprietary wood bleaching products such as Liberon wood bleacher or Net-Trol® wood cleaner and colour restorer by Owatrol®.

Dark staining can also occur if impervious static items, such as plastic furniture are not regularly moved. Otherwise, particularly in the wetter months, rain water can become trapped causing the extractives in the hardwood to migrate to the surface, causing deeply engrained staining that cannot be removed. For higher levels of U.V. protection, use Aquadecks® by Owatrol®, a water based, non-film forming, saturating, matt finish. All the pigmented coating systems mentioned above preserve the natural appearance of the wood and are available in a range of colours. However, the darker the colour the more the natural appearance of the wood is obscured.




    Q-Deck Garapa smooth reversible hardwood
    decking - 21 x 145mm
  • Sustainably sourced. Q-Deck Garapa hardwood decking is supplied FSC® certified as standard.
  • Reversible, smooth all round profile allows you to choose the best face.
  • Kiln dried, so minimal shrinkage.
  • Durable.
  • Very strong, very hard, very tough.
  • Golden yellow appearance with a mix of appealing variable grain that darkens to light brown after exposure to U.V. light.
  • Kiln dried
  • Sustainable PEFC certified hardwood
Please enquire with your Q-Deck retailer to ascertain what lengths are available and if FSC® Chain of Custody is required.
Hardwood Decking, Lyptus.