IRO Architectural Timber Decking is an exclusive range of decking that combines the ancient Japanese method “Yakisugi” which sees the timber being charred with the latest and best timber technology. IRO’s water repellent, self-cleaning surface ensures that any dust or dirt is simply washed away. Depending on how the decking is used and which colourway is chosen, IRO Timber Decking can add a modern or traditional appeal thanks to the charring method. Coated with a coloured wood cream, any liquids will pearl off the decking creating beautiful visuals as well as helping to maintain and extend the life of the decking.
IRO Architectural Timber Decking is DeckMark- and CladMark-certified.
Below we outline the 7-step process which our IRO Deck Boards have undergone to create their unique look:
Kiln Drying – lowers the moisture content down to 18-22% to provide initial stability and structure to the wood
Profiling – moulder machines are used to create a spotless surface finish, whilst stress relief grooves are profiled on the underside to minimise the risk of cracks or fractures in the timber
Charring – fire treatment enhances the natural woodgrain of the timber, creating colour contrast between the early and late wood as well as protecting against rot and weathering
Brushing – wire brushes are used to scrape away surface fibres to expose the natural dark grains beneath, which provides the wood with an identity and adds a unique surface finish
Pressure Treatment – infused with preservatives, this pressure treatment protects the wood from rot and enhances its properties to prepare the wood for its intended deployments
Kilning – secondary kilning removes any residue of surface moisture and creates an optimum bond for the IRO cream
Coating – this final process gives the wood its exclusive and striking colours to shine through, as well as providing enhanced UV-stability and water repellent properties which sweeps water off the surface
For specification or trade enquiries, please contact our technical team on 01376 503869 or email@example.com for advice, project quotes, product and specification advice, technical information, design and installation guidance and CPD seminars.
What size boards are best for decking?
IRO Timber Decking Boards are 145mm (approx. 6”) wide which is the ideal size board for decking in most cases for longevity, strength and appearance, as well as coverage and labour costs. Smaller, four-inch-wide material takes longer to install, creates more gaps and requires more fasteners. Larger, eight-inch-wide boards should also be avoided as they generally will not last as long.
Should you nail or screw deck boards?
We recommend using decking screws with our IRO Timber Decking, Habitat+ Composite Decking and URBAN Composite Decking. Screws have a better tensile strength than nails and will be less likely to pop out. Screws are also recommended for the subframe timber.
Is decking cheaper than paving?
Yes. Decking is generally more affordable and quicker to install than paving. Particularly with our IRO Timber Decking, these boards require little-to-no maintenance and will last for a long time when used with the wood cream.
How do you lay decking on soil?
Decking should be construction to be a free draining, well ventilated structure. Cover the area with a geotextile membrane, add 40-50mm gravel on top and then create the subframe to the deck. Read our IRO Decking Installation Guidelines.