How do I cut and work Woodtex panels?
Exactly in the same way as you would a similar sized timber panel. You may use panel saws, routers, planers, hole saws, circular saws or hand saws, however noting that the cement content in Woodtex will dull the cutting edges faster than normal wood cutting would.
What is the recommended method of fixing Woodtex panels?
Woodtex is generally fixed to timber battens using coarse thread chipboard screws, to concrete using Hilti or Ramset type fixings or to metal purlins / girths using roofing or Tek screws. Woodtex may be used as a fixing substrate for light loads only. as the screws may tear themselves out under severe shear stress.
Is Woodtex affected by water?
Like all timber products, Woodtex has an ability to absorb and dissipate water. When used in an exterior application, a small amount of bowing will occur, predominantly at the short (600mm) end and this is best minimized by restraining movement capability via screw fixings within 150mm of the edge. Such movement is generally not noticeable in the thicker Woodtex sizes of 38mm and 50mm thickness.
What is the correct method to store Woodtex panels?
Woodtex is best stored stacked in a cool and dry location. If intended usage is within an indoor situation, when stored outdoors it is recommended that the stack be covered with plastic or tarps to prevent direct ingress of water. If Woodtex has been stored in rain or humid conditions, and once again if the intended usage is an internal one, then the Woodtex panels.
Can I paint Woodtex?
Yes, you can paint Woodtex using the same system as you would for exterior timber fencing. However it is recommended that the minimum amount of coats be used to achieve visual requirements, as excess paint will clog the pores and thus marginally decrease the sound absorbing properties of the panel.
How do I join Woodtex panels?
Woodtex are dimensionally accurate and thus may be butt jointed, over the long (2400mm) side. The short (600mm) side may be butt jointed too but will require mechanical fixing restraints within 150mm of the edge to prevent any visual misalignment due to long term bowing. In an exterior installation where a visually sound architectural joint is required, it is recommended that a bevel edge be cut over the short (600mm) sides to create a shadowline effect that will tolerate and conceal minor movement.
Is there a “correct” side to Woodtex panels?
One surface side of the Woodtex panel has a planed finish while the other side has a mould finish. Both sides are visually acceptable and similar and have identical acoustic properties. However when Woodtex is used as an architectural finish it is recommended that the planed side be used as the visual finish.
Is Woodtex environmentally safe and landfill friendly?
Yes. Woodtex has no VOC or ODP and is ideal for use in any greenstar related projects. Any waste material may be dumped in a normal landfill where the same will naturally deteriorate while have no impact on soil condition.