Deco FAQ's

DecoWood can be applied to any aluminium or steel product. DecoWood is most commonly used for aluminium windows, doors, cladding, decking, fences, gates, louvre windows, aluminium plantation shutters and steel garage doors.

DECO Australia has its own range of building products that come with the DecoWood finish: DecoDeck, DecoClad, DecoSlat, and DecoBatten

DecoWood is a powder coated finish that is baked on to the surface of the aluminium. It is not a stuck-on film and cannot rub or peel off.

The metal is first treated, then coated with Super Durable powder. A photographic image of the woodgrain is then transferred into the powder coating and baked on.

Unlike timber, DecoWood never needs painting or staining. However just like any other powder coated aluminium, DecoWood should be cleaned every six months. The effects of UV-light, pollution, dirt, grime and salt deposits can all accumulate on your powder coated surface over time. Regular maintenance will extend the effective life of powder coating and protect the warranty requirements.

To clean your DecoWood:
1. Carefully remove any loose deposits with a wet sponge.
2. Use a cloth and a mild household detergent solution to remove dust, salt and other deposits.
3. Rinse off with fresh water.

Avoid using detergents that recommend the use of gloves when handling them. In areas where pollutants are more prevalent, especially coastal or industrial regions, cleaning should be carried out more frequently (i.e. every three months).

The DecoWood finish is a thicker coating than standard powder coating, and like standard powder coating scratching is not a significant issue. It is also more difficult to scratch than timber.

In the unlikely event of damage to the DecoWood finish, treatments are available depending on the severity of the scratch. A surface scratch can simply be polished out as you would do with a scratch on your car.

Deeper scratches can also be remedied using colour-matched touch up paints.

All materials will change colour when exposed to UV light – the paint finish on your car, the clothes on your line, and so on.

When it comes to DecoWood, the extent of colour change is influenced by factors such as the colour itself, the aspect, the design of the structure and the environment.

However, DecoWood changes colour within the allowable limits set by the relevant International and Australian standards, and DECO Australia warrants the finish accordingly.

DecoWood is a premium product and therefore often has a higher upfront cost than timber and standard powder coating. However, there are significant long-term savings made with DecoWood over the life of the product.

First, you save the time and cost of ongoing timber maintenance, such as sanding and staining. Second, many products in the DECO Australia range are easy DIY projects, providing you with the opportunity to save on installation costs. Finally, aluminium's proven durability means that it will need to be replaced less frequently.

DecoWood is a Super Durable powder coating and can therefore be used directly next to salt water.

No, DecoWood can only be applied to new products.

A number of different textures are available to suit your preference and project requirements. The standard texture has a natural, woodgrain feel, but alternatives include:
- Satin
- Gloss
- Matte
- Anti-slip (limited colour range)
- Anti-graffiti

DecoWood offers a 12-year warranty with conditions as set out in the Australian Standard (AS3715). The warranty covers peeling, flaking, chipping, change of colour (within the allowable limits) and gloss level. View finish warranty details here.

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