How and why the Gold and Diamond range Deck Planks are different from each other:
If you’re looking for composite decking, it’s essential to understand the differences between the Gold and Diamond Range Deck Planks from Fishers Decking & Flooring.
Gold Range Deck Planks – All composite deck planks are porous, which means they can absorb stains. Although these planks are maintenance-free, they may become stained if something like red wine or oil spills on them. The longer you leave the stain, the harder it is to remove. The Gold Range deck plank has a narrow groove finish that conceals scratches and scuffs. It comes with a 15-year guarantee and requires regular maintenance.
Diamond Range Deck Planks –
These planks are capped or wrapped in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, which makes them stain- and moisture-resistant. The protective wrap around the composite profile is similar to wrapping a car. This feature makes it easy to clean, and the planks have a wood grain wrap finish that lasts for years without requiring additional maintenance. The Diamond Range deck plank comes with a 25-year guarantee and is competitively priced.
Fishers Decking & Flooring’s Diamond Range deck plank features a protective wrap that goes all the way around the plank, ensuring maximum protection from stains and moisture. Overall, the Diamond Range deck plank is a better investment for those who want low-maintenance, long-lasting decking.
Why Fishers Decking & Flooring’s Diamond Range deck planks are an industry leader:
Fishers Decking & Flooring’s Diamond Range deck planks are industry leaders, and for a good reason. These planks are co-extruded and capped, making them moisture-free, which is a critical feature for any deck plank. However, not all co-extruded planks are wrapped around the entire plank. Some only have protection on the top of the plank, leaving the rest vulnerable to moisture damage.
At Fishers Decking & Flooring, we understand that complete moisture resistance is essential, which is why our Diamond Range planks are wrapped around the entire plank. This feature makes them completely moisture-resistant, ensuring that your deck stays looking good for years. Additionally, we offer the most competitive pricing in the industry for these high-quality planks, making them an excellent investment for anyone looking for long-lasting, low-maintenance decking. Choose Fishers Decking & Flooring Diamond Range for a moisture-resistant, long-lasting deck that won’t break the bank.
How the two ranges differ in dimensions:
Gold Range Deck Planks – this plank is 135 mm wide and 21 mm thick on the outside (see plank dimensions and shape on images below) at the flat section. Importantly, when the plank is measured from end to end (taking out the back recesses) the plank is 11 mm thick at this section.
Diamond Range Deck Planks – this plank is 140 mm wide and 22 mm thick on the outside (see plank dimensions and shape on images below) at the flat section.
Importantly, when the plank is measured from end to end (taking out the back recesses) the plank is 15 mm thick at this section.
However, It is important to take note that both the Gold and Diamond ranges will function the same and outlast their guarantees. Below are some suggestions to assist in making an informed decision.
Things to consider when making a decision on which range to choose:
When deciding which range of deck planks to choose, there are several important factors to consider. Firstly, consider whether the project is residential or commercial, as this can affect the level of durability needed. If the area will have high foot traffic, it may be best to choose a more durable option.
Another factor to consider is whether the area is prone to spills and stains from food and drink. If so, a moisture-resistant option may be preferred. Of course, budget is also an important consideration when making any purchasing decision.
In terms of aesthetics, consider whether a narrow groove finish or a wood grain finish is preferred. Both options have their own unique look and feel.
To help make the decision easier, it’s recommended to request samples from the supplier. At Fishers Decking & Flooring, samples are available for collection or can be couriered nationally, subject to project size. Taking the time to see, touch and feel the product can help make the decision process smoother and more informed.
Have you been quoted on clips and screws?
Ensure that, when you ask any company for pricing on composite decking, you get a square metre price that includes the clips and screws. One must be sure that the required clips and screws have been quoted for. This is something we deal with daily. When compared with completely inclusive quotes from our competitors, our prices remain impressively cost-effective.
Clips and screws from various companies will add between R70 and R110 (ex VAT) to the quoted square metre price of the deck planks. So, the price without the clips and screws is not an apples-for-apples comparison. Fishers Decking & Flooring will always include clips and screws in our pricing, unless otherwise instructed by the client.
What is our point?
The point is that you cannot install the deck planks without the clips. And, while you could buy the screws elsewhere, the risk of using the wrong screw with our clip could mean a negative impact on your guarantee. What’s more, Fishers Decking & Flooring offers a fantastic price on our screws; it would be hard to beat our costs.
When it comes to composite deck plank clips
Fishers Decking & Flooring’s standard clip is a black plastic Teflon clip. Although we very seldom sell stainless steel clips, we can supply them, if required.
While our standard clip is black Teflon, we also have a narrow-gap stainless steel clip. This clip is usually used in more specific applications. For example, in the product image of this narrow-gap clip, one can see a tented bush camp, where they have internally used the narrow-gap stainless steel clip with silicone to create a sealed composite floor. Externally, they have used the standard black Teflon clip.
- Standard black Teflon clip = 5 mm gap between the deck planks
- Narrow-gap stainless steel clip = 2 mm gap between the deck planks
Never use another company’s clips with Fishers Decking & Flooring’s deck planks as that could affect the guarantee.
When comparing Fishers Decking & Flooring pricing with other companies
Fishers Decking & Flooring has completely phased out cavity planks, which were once the only available option and sold by everyone. However, cavity planks are now considered first-generation deck planks and are outdated due to advancements in technology. Since 2013, composite products, particularly decking, have undergone significant evolution. Fishers Decking & Flooring has kept up with the changes and now offers third- and fourth-generation deck planks.
Fishers Decking & Flooring prides itself on providing top-quality products that have been available in South Africa since approximately 2011. While many brands may appear similar, they are not comparable to the quality of Fishers Decking & Flooring products.
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