Unpack your TopDek upon receiving. Decking may be rolled or folded inside the package for delivery. This is okay for short- term transportation. However, if left like this during long-term storage, permanent curling or creases can develop. To remove any curling, lay decking flat and place weighted objects onto the curled part of the decking.
STORE FLAT IN A DARK, DRY, COOL AREA
The acrylic paper backing on the decking, which protects the Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA), can be affected by humidity over time. Storing in a dry, cool area, can preserve the PSA for later installation. Storing in a dark area (ie. no sunlight) will protect colors from potential fading and help to ensure all colors will match upon later installation.
TopDek is durable, but for longevity after installation, it is recommended that the boat (or any other surface of application) be covered. (Examples include keeping the boat: in a garage, covered with a canvas boat cover, in a covered boat slip, dock or shed, etc). Reducing longer term exposure to the elements, when not in use, will help extend the life of your decking and reduce color fade.
SITUATIONS TO AVOID:
- Long-term storage of items on the decking such as inflatable pool toys, tools or water bottles. Keep decking away from reflective surfaces or from under glass. These objects can refract/reflect light, thereby concentrating the beams to a level which can be destructive to the decking.
- Spills and messes on the decking. Clean immediately to reduce possible staining. Some materials can stain the decking if not promptly removed. Examples include: mustard, ketchup, fish hooks left to rust, fish blood, bird droppings, etc.