SHERA Floor Planks for the Perfect Decking Application
Nature Provides the Ingredients
Using water, sand, cement and cellulose fibres, combined with SHERA's unique autocloave treatment during the curing process, the end result is a very strong and durable fibre cement composite material, extremely light weight for it's strength!
Results That Rock!
The perfect alternative to traditional wood decking, SHERA Floor Plank is easy to maintain, tough, rot and fire resistant. SHERA Floor Plank is a unique fibre cement composite consisting of natural fibres bonded tightly in a high-grade silicate structure. The result is a material that is highly durable, flexible, water resistant, fire proof, resistant to insects and chemical corrosion. SHERA Floor Planks can be used in all kinds of interior and exterior decking applications in a wide variety of building types.
A Range of Colours and Textures
SHERA Floor Planks come in pre-primed format allowing you to paint in situ in your preferred colour.
Convenient for special applications and customised structures and appearances.
Wood Colours and Textures
SHERA Floor Planks also come in four wood colours as well as straight grain or cassia surface profiles.
|Cassia Texture||Straight Grain Texture|
SHERA Pre-Primed Floor Planks
SHERA Pre-Primed Floor Planks come in different widths, wood texture surface and grooved format.
Availability of SHERA Decking in Pre-Primed Format
SHERA Colour Through Floor Planks
SHERA Floor Plank comes in three metre (3m) length and four different colour-through wood colours.
|Brown Wenge||Golden Sand Teak|
|Tropical Oak||Brown Cheznut|
Availability of Decking in Coloured Format
Fire Resistant Decking Material
SHERA Floor Plank is an A2-s1,d0 building material, which means it is fire resistant to A2 standards and does not produce smoke or droplets when exposed to fire. SHERA Floor planks are suitable for use in building applications where fire regulations require A2 rated decking materials, for example:
• Exterior wall balconies
• Exterior decking
• Roof top decking
• Public space decking
Installation of SHERA Decking
SHERA Floor Planks are the perfect material for exterior decking on both timber & steel frames in applications such as pool areas, balconies, exterior terraces, sun decks, elevated platforms or any other kind of external decking on residential, commercial or recreational buildings.
Supporting Frame Structures
TIMBER FRAME STRUCTURES
Frame timber should be hardwood.
Frames should meet standard decking construction requirements.
The recommended sizing of timber joists are listed below.
STEEL FRAME STRUCTURES
Steel used should meet normal construction standards and be securely connected to the steel beams to prevent loosening of screws when subjected to heavy loads.
The recommended sizes of steel joists are listed below.
Load Bearing Data
SHERA Floor Plank is designed to be installed correctly using the appropriate frame materials and used with ‘normal’ levels of uniform loads. Typical load bearing data can be seen below.
If you are not sure of the potential weight loads we recommend a narrower joist spacing.
The underlying structure or groundworks should have sufficient gradient to ensure drainage of water. A gap of 1mm should be left between the floor planks to ensure drainage of surface water.
In areas that will experience high/prolonged rainfall or on decking that will be exposed to mud or animals, we recommend regular cleaning to avoid blockage and aid effective drainage.
|Pre-drill SHERA Floor Planks 6-7 mm deep using an 8mm drill bit.|
|Screw SHERA Floor Planks to the chosen frame using SHERA FIX-W45 or FIX-T 1 3/4” screws and apply SHERA Touch Up Paint in the screw hole.|
|Insert SHERA Screw Plugs to cover screw heads and knock plugs in gently using a rubber hammer until the surface is flush with the Floor Planks.|
Ensure surface area is thoroughly cleaned before applying SHERA Touch Up Paint or any other primer and before installing SHERA Screw Plugs.
Painting SHERA Pre-Primed Floor Planks
|Pre-primed SHERA Floor Plank can be painted with UV resistant water-based (acrylic) paint or wood stain.|
|Apply an appropriate water based, UV resistant, clear top coat to protect the paint.|
Polyurethane or epoxy paint or varnish products should not be used on SHERA Decking for exterior use.
Touching Up SHERA Pre-Primed Floor Planks
Depending on the normal colour ageing of the existing paint, your original paint tone may differ slightly.
Touching Up SHERA Colour Through Floor Planks
SHERA Touch Up Paint can be used to repair any damaged areas.
Should a deep scratch appear on your decking due to accidental damage it can be easily filled with acrylic filler and painted using SHERA Touch Up Paint.
Depending on the normal colour ageing of the existing paint, touch up paint tone may differ slightly from the original paint.
Cutting SHERA Floor Planks
| SHERA Floor Planks can be cut as required using a normal electric power saw with a diamond blade.|
We recommend use of a face mask to avoid inhaling dust whilst cutting SHERA Floor Planks.
Before cutting SHERA Floor Plank use paper masking tape along the planned cut line to avoid accidental chipping of the edges of the planks due to damaged or substandard cutting blades.
SHERA Floor Plank comes with a range of accessories such as screws for steel and wood frames, plus SHERA Screw Plugs and SHERA Touchup Paint.
SHERA Floor Plank can be installed using self drilling or pre-drilled holes with SHERA Screws for steel or timber frames.
| Shera Screw FIX-W45 for frame <4 mm thick|
Screw to attach SHERA Floor Planks to steel joists. Specifications:
Bore Diameter: 3.26mm
Maximum Attachment: 35mm
Drilling Capacity: 3.2mm
Package: 250 pcs/box
| Shera Screw FIX-T 1 3/4”|
Screw to attach SHERA board to timber joists. Specifications:
Bore Diameter: 3.26mm
Maximum Attachment: 37mm
Drilling Capacity: n/a
Package: 250 pcs/box
SHERA Decking Screw Plugs
| SHERA Screw Plugs come in the same colours as SHERA Floor Planks and provide a seamless covering of screw holes when installing SHERA Floor Planks.|
Package: 250 pcs per box
SHERA Touch Up Paint
| SHERA Touch Up Paint is an acrylic paint calibrated to be used with SHERA Floor Planks. |
It can be applied to SHERA Floor Planks to cover up small surface scratches from normal wear and tear, screw holes, chips and so on.
Package: 0.5 litres per can.
SHERA Floor Plank Installation Tools
SHERA Floor Plank can be installed using self drilling or pre-drilled holes with regular screws and cut using an electric power saw with a diamond blade.
Power Output: 550W
Speed of the screw gun should be adjusted to 1,500 rpm for better screw taping.
Blade diameter 110 mm (4 3/8”)
Max. cutting capacity 32 mm (1¼”)
Continuous rating input 1,200 w
No load speed 13,000 rpm
Diamond cutter blade.
Circular saw should have an attached vacuum system for collecting dust created from dry cutting.
|Diamond Cutter Blade|
|Thickness Tolerance||+ 1.5 mm|
|Density||1300 – 1350 kg/m3|
|Modulus of Rupture||≥ 14.0 MPa (Wet)|
|Modulus of Elasticity||3100|
|Water Absorption||< 35%|
|Moisture Content||< 15%|
|Fire Resistance Properties|
|Fire Propagation Index||I = 0.1|
|Surface Spread of Flame||Class 1|
|Reaction to Fire Classification||A2-s1, d0|
|Fire Resistance Properties|
|Warm Water Resistance||Pass|
|Heat / Rain Resistance||Pass|
|Soak / Dry Resistance||Pass|
Transport, Storage & Handling
Stacking & Storage
Store in a shaded, dry and level area on 5 timber bases 500mm apart.
Pallets should be transported using a forklift.
|Lifting and Lowering Planks|
Lift the planks from the stack in an upright position and be careful not to damage ends/edge when lifting and lowering planks.
Carry the planks with another worker/colleague if needed, holding one end each, with the plank in an upright position to avoid unnecessary flexing of the plank.
| Handling & Carrying SHERA Floor Plank|
SHERA Floor Plank should be handled and carried correctly in order to avoid damage to the painted surfaces and to the edges and corners of the planks.
Planks should be carried in an upright position to avoid flexing.
Share the load with another worker/colleague if needed, holding one end each with the plank in an upright position.
Do not install and /or paint planks when they are damp or wet.
General Maintenance & Care
SHERA Floor Planks can be washed using warm water and soap with a soft sponge.
Care should be taken when moving furniture, plant pots or other heavy objects to prevent scratching the plank surface.
If you are installing your decking frame in a garden we recommend using a weed blanket underneath the decking in order to prevent weed growth.
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