Know the Facts

Composite and Exotic Wood Decking

The "Original" Grill Pad® has been the deck protector of choice for charcoal and gas barbecue grillers for over twelve years. There is simply not another product on the market that offers the degree of protection found in The "Original" Grill Pad®. Designed for durability (patented thin coat cement base), The "Original" Grill Pad® will last longer than some of the grills and deck surfaces on which it is placed.

In the past twelve years, there have been many innovations and advances in manufactured deck construction material. We continue to test our products (The "Original" Grill Pad® and The Gas Grill Splatter Mat™) independently with major manufacturers of composite decking to insure that there are no issues associated with placement of our grill pads/mats on synthetic surfaces. The basic composition of The "Original" Grill Pad® (cement) and The Gas Grill Splatter Mat™ (polypropylene) does not present any chemical or adhesion issues with current manufactured deck material! Neither of these products contains a vinyl, rubber or rubber derivative material that will adhere to surface areas.

In our FAQ section, we address several questions heard from consumers regarding the placement of protective grill mats/pads on composite decking, cedar/pressure treated wood and exotic wood. Many of the major manufacturers of manufactured deck board have web sites that address cleaning and maintenance of their product. You can click on the links below to go directly to these independent sites. This page will be updated as more manufactured product comes on the market.

Understand Weathering, Staining and Masking
Weathering is simply allowing a new deck (of any material or composition) to age for 30 - 45 days before you permanently place any outdoor appliance (grill, gas heater, fire-pit, chiminea, deck furniture, etc) on the deck. This will give your new deck or recently refinished deck boards time to age (uniformly fade) to a stable look or appearance. If you are considering pressure washing and then sealing your new or older deck, follow manufacturer`s instructions for application and allow the new sealer to sink into the grain for at least 30 days.

All decks, regardless of the composition of the surface material, will typically lighten or fade to a different shade than the originally installed surface appearance. Any grill mat/pad or appliance that is placed over this surface immediately will mask the weathering process and the area beneath these appliances will retain the original outline or appearance on the deck boards.

If you have constructed or will be constructing a deck utilizing any type of exotic wood, you should check with your supplier for instructions on maintenance.

The "Original" Grill Pad® product should not be used with Ipe wood decking!

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