Rot Not Deck Protection System FAQs
Why should I use this product as we have never used it in the past?
Where do I buy this product?
Can any person install this product, and are any special tools required?
How long will the product last and will it need to be replaced at any time?
Do I need to use this product for my entire deck?
Where the joists meet the header there is wood-to-wood contact. Does ROT-NOT have product that remedies this issue?
Does it matter if I install the system when the wood is wet?
How much extra time will it take to install the decking system?
How do I cut the pieces of the ROT-NOT?
Will it change the color like my deck over the years?
Why wouldn’t using a sealer or paint accomplish the same thing as ROT-NOT?
A: The reason for using ROT-NOT Deck Protection System is to protect your investment, while extending the life of your deck. Since 2004, recent changes have seen previously CCA (Chromate Copper Arsenate) treated lumber to the present lumber treated with ACQ (Alkaline Copper Quaternary). ACQ has been found to be highly corrosive to the fasteners and hangers of your deck. In addition to the changes in treatment procedures, market demands have increased the supply and demand for lumber, so we now are seeing the introduction of genetically modified lumber. Although this wood is grown quickly, it provides a new problem as growth rings are now separated greatly, and filled with pulp like fibers, rather than dense fibers. The lumber of today is not the same as the lumber of yesterday.
A: Presently product is available on a direct purchase by contacting ROT-NOT or by visiting your local lumberyard. If your local lumberyard is not presently carrying ROT-NOT Deck Protection System, ensure that you get them to contact us directly for distribution information. Product is easily shipped via UPS (couriers) or LTL freight based on the volumes required. Courier orders are usually received within three days of order confirmation.
A: Any individual can install Rot-Not. No special tools are required other than the saw you are using on site, and a caulking gun to seal butting joints.
A: Properly installed, ROT-NOT Deck Protection System will double the life of your deck. The UV protection and PVC composite will sustain years of freeze thaw and heat cycles, and should never need replacing. If the ROT-NOT Deck Protection System is not installed, you can be sure that over the years your deck will suffer and begin to show signs of rotting.
A: The ROT-NOT Deck Protection System is designed to be a system. The units that make up the system provide protection to the vulnerable areas of both your structure and planking. Additional products are being reviewed to address the railings and stair system.
A: Where the joists meets the header, or commonly referred to as the ledger board, ROT-NOT Ledge Cap protects the ledger board by shedding water over the outside edge. Moisture penetration is most commonly found where water is gathered or sitting on either the joist or the ledger board. The ends that are exposed to moisture have found to have little if no absorption.
A: As the main components of the system are installed on the structure and below the planking, installing the ROT-NOT Deck Protection System when the wood is wet will not be a problem. The patented channel design, which allows the lumber to breathe, once dried, will not be susceptible to moisture ever settling on it again. So there should be no delays due to rain!
A: The actual units come in 8′ lengths. Simply “SNAP” over the designated areas and the pieces will remain snug until covered. The Ledger Cap will only require the time to run a bead of caulking the length of the shoulder.
A: The units that make up the system can easily be cut by either a hacksaw or using a saw on site. The ideal method is using a chop-saw if available. Always USE SAFETY GLASSES.
A: Everything in life fades to some degree. The components of the ROT-NOT Deck Protection System are produced with UV prohibitors and will change color by occasional staining rather than discoloration. The units themselves are not considered as visual components.
A: Sealers and paints are only temporary fixes to what should be permanent and maintenance free solutions. Sealers and paints cannot reach the areas that are most critical to moisture build up – where the actual pieces encounter each other. ROT-NOT also allows the wood to breathe, which is vital to the lifespan of the lumber.
We welcome any and all questions concerning the protection of your decking.