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Frequently Asked Questions

What is MoistureShield®?
How is MoistureShield® manufactured?
Does MoistureShield® contain any preservative treatments?
How long has the product been in use?
How does the composite MoistureShield® is made from stand up against termites?
What is the warranty on MoistureShield®?
Does MoistureShield® come in different styles and colors?
Will MoistureShield® rot, splinter, or decay like wood?
Does MoistureShield® require water sealing or staining?
Can MoistureShield® withstand incidental salt-water contact or spray?
What type of fasteners should you use with MoistureShield®?
What type of tools are required?
Are installation instructions available?
When and how do I clean MoistureShield®?
Is polyethylene plastic toxic?
How is MoistureShield® rated?
Where has MoistureShield® been installed?


What is MoistureShield®?

MoistureShield® is a long-lasting, low-maintenance decking product manufactured by A.E.R.T., a leading composite building products manufacturer. MoistureShield® is made from a 50/50 blend of recycled plastics and wood fibers. Its long lasting durability and good looks make it an ideal choice for new and resurfaced decks.

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How is MoistureShield® manufactured?

MoistureShield® is a professional grade composite decking and is manufactured using unique technology that is protected under several patents. The recycled plastic is mixed with sized wood fiber and melted together in a process that aligns and encapsulates the fiber in plastic. The plastic surrounds and bonds to the wood fibers, making them virtually moisture proof. The wood fibers reinforce the plastic, making it stiffer and greatly reducing its thermal movement. MoistureShield® decking is extruded and cured slowly producing a product that will not twist or warp. This process takes more time, but the results are worth the wait.

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Does MoistureShield® contain any preservative treatments?

MoistureShield® does not contain any preservatives. MoistureShield® is virtually impervious to moisture and does not require preservative treatments, water sealing or staining to maintain its longevity and beautiful appearance.

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How long has the product been in use?

A.E.R.T. composites were first placed into commercial use in 1989 as thresholds, bottom door rails and sub sills for several national door companies, including Peachtree and Therma-Tru Doors. A.E.R.T.'s composites resist swelling, rot and termites that are particular problems for doors and windows. Those 15 years of experience makes A.E.R.T. the oldest plastic and wood composite building products manufacturer. A.E.R.T. introduced its first decking products in 1992. Since its inception, A.E.R.T.'s composite building products have been used in millions of homes to make those homes more enjoyable and care free.

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How does the composite MoistureShield® is made from stand up against termites?

The advanced composite MoistureShield® is made from has been extensively tested for termite resistance. In fact, it was even buried in Formosan Termite Mounds in Hawaii for over nine months and successfully withstood a continuous hostile termite exposure.

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What is the warranty on MoistureShield®?

MoistureShield® has a 50-year, transferable manufacturer's limited warranty against rot and termite or insect damage. Both warranties apply only to residential use.

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Does MoistureShield® come in different styles and colors?

Yes. MoistureShield® Classic and Plus both come in four rich colors that will make your deck standout from the crowd. MoistureShield® Plus is also embossed with a unique wood grain finish that gives it the appearance of real wood, but without all the maintenance. See for yourself, MoistureShield® has been created to sustain its beauty over time.

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Will MoistureShield® rot, splinter, or decay like wood?

MoistureShield® has been extensively tested under hostile conditions and is guaranteed not to rot, splinter or decay for 10 years.

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Does MoistureShield® require water sealing or staining?

No. MoistureShield® requires no sealing or staining and is virtually maintenance free. It will only require periodic cleaning as with any flooring surface exposed to normal use and the outside elements.

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Can MoistureShield® withstand incidental salt-water contact or spray?

MoistureShield® will withstand the most hostile environment, including incidental saltwater contact or spray in coastal areas. The hardwood fiber in performance deck is encapsulated to give MoistureShield® durability and long life even the most difficult environments. The use of stainless steel screws is always recommended for applications in theses environments.

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What type of fasteners should you use with MoistureShield®?

Always install MoistureShield® with stainless steel trim head screws or hot-dipped galvanized casing nails. Regular steel or electroplated screws and nails are not recommended due to their tendency to create rust stains on any deck.

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What type of tools are required?

Installation can be done with regular woodworking tools including such things as hammer, rasp, level, square, and circular saw. Standard carbide saw blades with less than 20 teeth are recommended.

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Are installation instructions available?

Yes. Installation instructions can be downloaded here

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When and how do I clean MoistureShield®?

After your deck is installed, clean it thoroughly using a deck cleaner such as Dekswood® Deck Cleaner & Brightener by Flood, which contains oxalic acid, as debris from construction can create temporary stains. All decks can accumulate dirt and mildew through normal outdoor exposure. Periodic cleaning is recommended as with all exterior building products. Use deck cleaners that are specific to your needs for such things as cleaning mildew, grease, or general cleaning.

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Is polyethylene plastic toxic?

No. Polyethylene is non-toxic and is used for applications such as milk jugs, water jugs and grocery sacks. When burned completely under controlled conditions, it converts to carbon dioxide and water vapor.

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How is MoistureShield® rated?

MoistureShield® has a Class C fire rating, similar to wood. Residential decking has a uniform live load of 150 psf when spanned on 16-inch centers.

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Where has MoistureShield® been installed?

MoistureShield® has been installed in numerous applications from coast to coast. The initial commercial boardwalk was installed in 1992 at the South Padre Convention Center at South Padre Island, TX. Other notable installations include the Cape Cod National Seashore, MA; Fire Island National Park, NY; Springdale, AR; Aquatic Center; the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center in Boise, ID; and Knots Berry Farm, CA.

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