Composite decking for architects

Millboard composite decking for architects: Our decking combines the natural beauty of real timber with the high performance of our unique wood-free material. Millboard is non-porous, which means high resistance to algae growth and excellent anti-slip properties.

What does Millboard composite decking look like?

Its appearance is the most realistic wood effect decking product in the world! (More importantly perhaps, it looks nothing like plastic). It is an alternative to wood and yet contains no wood or plastic.

What is our composite decking it made from?

Millboard is made from Polyurethane resin (not plastic) with mineral stone flour commonly referred to as Resin, mineral composite (RMC). It also contains glass fibres to give extra exceptional strength. Other ingredients are high quality colour pigmentation and high-tech ultraviolet light inhibitors for durability and lasting beauty.

What sort of spans should I use between Joists?

400mm centres for residential applications, 300mm centres for commercial and public realm applications. Millboard decking will cantilever over the end of a joist by a maximum of 50mm.

Can you screw fix Millboard like you can with wood?

Yes, it will fix down with screws just like wood will, but without the possibility of splitting. We only Warrant the use of our Millboard ‘Durafix’ screws as these are the only screw that give a satisfactory hidden ‘Lost Head’ effect.

Can you use normal wood working tools?

Absolutely, no specialist wood working equipment is needed, you can even saw it by hand. As with all products that create dust when working with them we recommend, dust bags on saws and dust masks to be used in the control of dust. Gloves should also be worn.

Can the Millboard composite decking system be used on a flat roof?

Yes is the easy answer, determine what method of construction has been used for solid wood or concrete slab roofs with a mineral finish. Use our ring supports or joist shoes to position the joists where slope of roof is gentle enough to not be a concern. For a single ply membrane roof use our adjustable self-levelling head pedestal systems to spread the load preventing any point loading, both products will raise the joists above any standing water, prolonging their life while also acting to reduce sound transfer. Both products encourage the free flow of water on the roof membrane.

Will composite decking fade over time?

Millboard has a very high resistance to fading, this is because it contains no wood fibres which typically fade and leave tannins.

Can I butt joint composite board ends tight to the next decking board?

You can do because the expansion and contraction is minimal, the butt joints should be positioned in conjunction with recommendations contained in the installation guide. A maximum of 2 butt joints before a gap of 2-3mm is desired.

How will saltwater effect Millboard composite decking?

Millboard is suited to saltwater environments. Salt water will have no known ill effects on Millboard decking and if need be Millboard can live submerged.

Can you use composite decking for load bearing applications (i.e. structural)?

It is not recommended to use Millboard in structural applications; Millboard decking would need to be fixed to a structural frame, either made of timber or ‘Plas-Pro’ recycled plastic.

Can you paint / stain it?

There’s no need! Millboard is designed as an ultra-low maintenance product and paints and stains will not adhere permanently to the surface of the Millboard in most cases. Clients choose the colour they desire based on the knowledge they won’t have to coat it to keep its colour.

Can you bend Millboard composite decking?

Millboard decking boards won’t bend across their width, but curves can be created by using the flexible edging profiles and fascias.

Are Millboard composite decking products environmentally friendly?

Yes. Because Millboard decking will not splinter, warp or fade in the way wood does, it dramatically reduces the wasteful life cycle of repair and replacement and eliminates the frequent application of environmentally harmful paint, sealers or stains. Millboard decking boards are manufactured with polyurethane resin which can typically last longer than timber, up to 35-40 years (subject to environment). Timber is typically 10-15 years. This avoids unnecessary replacement, which would use up resources on a broader scale. In addition, the manufacturing process of rigid polyurethane resin uses a lot lower energy expenditure (2-6 Mj/Kg) than thermoplastic process (6-29Mj/Kg), thus reducing potential emissions.

Polyurethane has an Ozone Depletion

Rating (ODR) = 0. Global warming

Potential (GWP) = 0.

Unlike wood, Millboard decking is a one-time purchase for most homeowners, with a 25-year Limited residential warranty.

How does the price of composite decking compare to softwood decking?

Initially, it is more expensive than softwood decking, but similar in price to a high quality hardwood. What you must remember is that the subframe material and installation are comparable to traditional decking so the labour cost remains similar. Also due to the reduced maintenance requirement, the life cycle cost of Millboard is considerably less than that of softwood decking. It is a much superior quality material to softwood and it is uniform, whereas softwood decking may be warped, contains knots and is inconsistent in density. It’s the perfect alternative decking product.

What material is used for the sub structure?

The cheapest option (applicable to free draining, relatively dry conditions only) is to use treated softwood. The softwood sub structure will obviously decay over time, and may not last as long as Millboard could do. Alternatively we also supply our non-rotting Plas-Pro recycled plastic sub structure system, which is far superior and useful in damp conditions or areas with low air circulation.

Does composite decking become slippery when wet?

Millboard decking has achieved the highest accreditation for slip resistant composite decking in the world! As it is resistant to hosting algae growth and has a textured ‘Lastane’ surface material it is naturally low-slip.

Is there a hidden fixing system?

Yes, the Durafix screws Millboard supplies are made to sink into the surface of the boards and the surface material covers back over leaving only a small, virtually indistinguishable hole

How easy is composite decking to clean?

Once the decking has been installed and after the initial ‘after installation’ clean down there will be very little maintenance required. As the surface is non porous dirt, food and drink spillages do not become absorbed, unlike timber. The simplest way to clean the deck itself if it is really needed is to use soapy water and a brush. It can be cleaned down with a power washer, on low power, if required but this should never really be needed.

View the complete Millboard Collection here or Dowload the Architectural Guide here.

Composite decking fascias and edgings – complete the look

Composite decking fascias edging: Because the finer details matter, our fascia and edgings collection discreetly works with your choice of Millboard, ensuring the final look is seamless. Available as standard or ultra-flexible to suit your space, they compliment every colour of Millboard, so that your outdoor space flows as one.

Composite decking fascias edging: Complete the Millboard look with our composite edging and fascias collection. It’s the perfect finishing touch, designed to resist high wear points and complement your Millboard. Available in seven colours in either bullnose or square edging.

Our fascia collection works perfectly for areas with multiple levels and steps. Every space is unique, which is why our fascias are available in a variety of colour options to help you create the perfect look.

If your project has a curved surface area, they are also designed to fit the contours of any space. The edge trims come in a variety of colours which can be used to match the decking boards, or used as a contrast for design features. Choose Bullnose edging for a subtle look or square edge for added interest and to work perfectly with our textured designs. Millboard edging provides every space an elegant, framed look.

Bullnose & Square Edging
Size: 50 x 3200 x 33mm

Find out more.

How to VIDEO – Installing Millboard Esterno with a Pedestal

How to install Esterno Porcelain Flooring: Here is the latest in our ‘How to’ videos. This time, we are focusing on installing Millboard Esterno with a pedestal.

Take a look and see for yourself the Millboard way.

Esterno does not run the risk of material delamination as it is a single solid material bond. Esterno reduces weight and thickness when compared to standard paving.

For more details on Esterno Porcelain Flooring, click here.

 

Millboard Accessories – Composite decking pedestals

Millboard Composite Decking Pedestals

With Millboard composite decking pedestals, it’s not just the composite decking boards that are premium and sought after, it’s also our distinct range of essential additions to ensure the perfect fit and performance for your outdoor space.

Our adjustable pedestals are ideal for composite podium decks and terraces. Their smart design allows pipe work and services to be laid beneath Millboard, while also improving breathability and preventing rot. The weight of the joists is spread evenly, creating a sturdy support, and they’re available in incremental adjustable sizes from 300 up to 600mm tall, giving you complete control of the height of the area.

Number per m2*
Residential 5.0
Commercial 8.0

* Approx number – quantities may vary according to project design

 

Performance, maintenance and durability. Specifiers and clients should consider the effect of short, medium and longer term values. Not only the initial price, but also the cost of ongoing maintenance, liability for safety, accessibility and residual aesthetic value in the project going forward.

Millboard launch in new Chelsea location!

You are invited to come and experience the beauty of Millboard Premium Outdoor Flooring in a new display location at The Chelsea Gardener, SW3. Millboard has teamed up with David Salisbury Outdoor Rooms to create a stunning customer area that showcases a splendid orangery surrounded by the Millboard Collection of wood-free composite decking and the launch takes place next week.

When: Tuesday 25th April from 4pm to 8pm for Architects and Designers only
Or: Wednesday 26th for all Trade, Architects and End Consumers, from 10am to 5pm
Where: Inside The Chelsea Gardener, 125 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NR

Please note visits after 26th will need to be by appointment booking only.

If you would like to join us you can RSVP here.

Esterno – specialist outdoor porcelain paving solution

For outdoor sophistication, style and reliability Esterno external porcelain paving can be the perfect choice.

Esterno is a consistent single material blend porcelain stoneware tile, it is perfectly squared and rectified with 20mm thickness and 600 x 600mm.

So why choose porcelain outdoor flooring tiles?

 

Porcelain is fired at higher temperatures than traditional ceramic tiles which means that the finish is even harder and the material is denser than other types of ceramics, providing a finish that can last a lifetime. Esterno porcelain tiles are non-porous and extremely easy to maintain and keep hygenically clean.

The high density of porcelain means it is less likely to absorb moisture and can withstand fluctuating outdoor temperatures. Esterno does not run the risk of material delamination as it is a single solid material bond. Esterno reduces weight and thickness when compared to standard paving.

Esterno is a specialised outdoor porcelain paving solution for balconies, roof terraces, patios, walkways and swimming pool areas. Our products are designed for easy installation with stunning and effective results that you would expect from all of Millboard’s high quality products.

Esterno offers flooring solutions for both commercial and residential applications and can even be installed in four different ways to suit all project requirements; achieving perfectly level floor surfaces.

Inspire, select, build, enjoy. It’s your Millboard

Millboard 2017 Brochure

Millboard 2017 Brochure: Premium wood-free outdoor flooring brochure is now available. The lifestyle-inspired new brochure captures the endless possibilities that Millboard can bring to outside living. The Millboard collection has a choice of styles, finishes and colours that have been expertly pieced together, telling the story via beautiful end-user location photography.

 

Millboard can transform any outdoor space with minimal effort, creating a lavish outdoor living room or entertaining space to share with family and friends, or just a relaxation space, this unique wood-free composite can lend itself to a myriad of applications.

Millboard is focused on continued sustainability and they have become the first premium outdoor flooring company in the world to have their carbon footprint independently verified.

Download the new Millboard Brochure or request a copy here.

Frosty Millboard?

With all of the recent frost and in some parts of the UK snow, you may be wondering the best way to keep your Millboard frost-free. It’s very simple, all you need is a good sprinkling of table salt and your deck will be the envy of the frosty landscape surrounding it.

 

 

Are you sitting comfortably? Let the Millboard story begin

The world’s finest resin, composite outdoor flooring company Millboard has launched a video that guides you through their processes from design to the R&D that goes into the manufacturing of their premium boards.

Millboard®, has launched a video that encapsulates the very essence of the company, their values and heritage. Based in Warwickshire, the British family-run business employs over 120 dedicated people who have helped to shape the Millboard brand for over 20 years.

At Millboard, creating exceptionally crafted products is personal. Two generations of the Douglass family keep a watchful eye over every aspect of Millboard R&D and production, their skills honed over many years. To create a composite design with the beauty of real wood, they searched far and wide for the finest hardwood from which to mould the Millboard collection.

Millboard Director, Jerry Douglass, handpicks each timber personally, sifting through hundreds of specimens until he finds the winning combination of characterful grain and perfectly imperfect knots. The 100-year-old oak used to create our bestselling, beautifully age-worn Weathered collection was found in the rural countryside and originates from the floor of a French railway carriage. We were granted special permission to borrow and mould from them, before returning these rare finds to their owner. (more…)

Complete the look with our fascias & edgings

Because the finer details matter, the Millboard fascia & edigings collection discreetly works with your choice of Millboard, ensuring the final look is seamless. Available as standard or ultra-flexible to suit your space, they are available to match every colour of Millboard, so that your outdoor space flows as one and every inch has the distinctive Millboard look and feel.

Our Fascia collection works perfectly for areas with multiple levels and steps. Every space is unique, which is why our fascias are available in a variety of colour options to help you create the perfect look.

If your project  has a curved surface area, they are also designed to fit the contours of any space. Millboard edging trim must be fixed at 300mm intervals along its length while easing the profile around the bend. The edge trims come in 7 colours which can be used to match the decking boards, or used as a contrast for design or to assistance partially sighted persons on applications open to public usage.

Choose Bullnose for a subtle look or Square Edge for added interest and to work perfectly with our textured designs. Millboard Edging lends every space an elegant, framed look.

Bullnose & Square Edge edging
Size: 50 x 3200 x 33mm

You  can download a brochure here.