Why We Chose Glass Filled Nylon 6/6
In our last article we discussed many of the great physical attributes of the ExoDek QuickClip. One question you may still be asking yourself is: "What is it made of?" Nova has the answers and wants to make sure you understand what the material is and why it is the right choice for hidden fasteners used in decking installations.
What in the World is Glass Filled Nylon 6/6?
Let's get down to some of the nitty-gritty details. Polyamide 6/6 (PA 66), also known as Nylon 6/6, is a thermoplastic that can be used for many different applications. These applications can include, gun stocks, tennis strings, and even car parts.
Pure Nylon 6/6, without glass fill, has excellent mechanical performance qualities such as high toughness (balance of high strength and high ductility), high resistance to abrasion, high resistance to fatigue, and high impact resistance. When glass fill is added, which is essentially extremely fine glass powder, the material only gets better. It increases performance in terms of stiffness and strength as well as increases heat resistance and chemical resistance.
How Does Nylon 6/6 Perform Outside?
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The Launch of Nova's Newest Innovative Technology
When it comes to hidden fasteners for hardwood decking, there is a prominent hole in the market that Nova USA Wood has filled. The ExoDek QuickClip is Nova's newest patented technology that is designed to work perfectly alongside hardwood and its unique properties.
As we've learned, there's no way to prevent your deck boards from reacting to the environmental moisture and expanding and contracting. With that being said, it means you have to work with the expansion - not against it, while maintaining your decks overall integrity. Nova USA Wood has done just that.
Installation Efficiency = Longer Lasting Deck Boards
The ExoDek QuickClip is designed for grooved hardwood decking to be fastened with a single screw. The clips wings firmly grab onto deck board between the grooves to keep the board in place. The deck boards do not have to be drilled through with this design, as the screw is instead driven through the top through the guide hole and secured into the deck frame joist.                                                                       ...
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Truly Beautiful Hardwood Decking
Hardwood is one of the most versatile materials available and used for many applications where both resilience and beauty are desired. One of the most widely used and appreciated applications is hardwood decking. When it comes to decking, truly nothing compares to the feeling of stepping out on a real hardwood deck. It's warm, it's rich in color, it's truly stunning and its more environmentally friendly than any other "alternative" options out there.
Stop Trying To Flatter Me, You Ugly Composite Deck
Many people have unsuccessfully tried to mimic the look and feeling of hardwood with plastics and composites, but to no avail. The truth is, nature continues to do it best. You know how they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? In this case, the attempt at imitation is just insulting.
Yes, Hardwood Deck Boards Do Expand And Shrink
Since hardwood is a natural and organic material, it comes with some unique qualities that you must work with not against. One of these qualities is hardwood's physical reactions to the amount of moisture in its environment. As moisture in the environment increases, hardwood expands tangentially to the ring growth, and conversely, as environmental moisture decreases, the hardwood shrinks tangentially to ring growth. A typical deck board can expand up to 1/4" across its width. Expansion in the other directions (radial and longitudinal) are mostly negligible to that of its width.
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Bring Natural Elements into Your Interior Design
We often camp, hike or explore the outdoors as a way to feel calm and centered in our busy lives. It's not everyday we have time to make it outdoors, but there is a close second. By bringing nature indoors through design, that wonderful feeling can be obtained without leaving your home or office!
Lower Your Blood Pressure, Increase Your Concentration, Reduce Stress - All with Wood!!
In a recent article by Wood for Good, Oliver Heath, founder of Oliver Heath Designs, is interviewed about Biophilic interior design principles. "Research shows that using wood in interior finishes can have a stress-reducing affect similar to nature such as reduced blood pressure, heart rate, stress and pain perception and improvement in emotional states. Employees in workplaces with less than 20% wooden work surfaces are far less satisfied with their working life and physical workplace compared to those with a high proportion of wood (more than 60% visibility of wood). In those places with more than 60% timber, physical workplace satisfaction increased from 47% to 81% and optimism about future increased from 44% to 61%. The ability to concentrate also increases from 65% to 83%. And we see this evidence across nearly every sector, evidence that demonstrates this use of timber."
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ExoShield: Tips, Tricks and FAQs
We receive many questions regarding the proper application practices of our ExoShield wood stain, so we thought it would be best if we answered many of the questions we've received in a comprehensive blog article.
First and foremost, we want to thank everyone who's purchased Nova's ExoShield wood stain and hope that you find the following information helpful.
There are several components that can affect the results when using ExoShield, but if you follow our advice below, you should be left with a beautiful and long-lasting result.
What's the best weather for applying ExoShield and how long after a rain should I wait to apply?
As many people know, dry weather is necessary for applying an exterior stain, but it's not as simple as just waiting for a single day of sunshine. It's important that the wood itself is also dry, so we only recommend applying ExoShield when it hasn't rained for 2-3 days and won't be raining for an additional 1-2 days after applying ExoShield. Ideal temperatures for staining are 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit or 10-30 degrees Celsius.
When staining in lower temperatures or high humidity it's important to note that ExoShield can take longer to dry, so you'll want to ensure there will be at least 48 hours of dry weather after applying. Likewise, in hotter temperatures ExoShield can dry faster. When applying ExoShield in hotter temperatures, we recommend wiping excess oil after only 10-15 minutes.
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