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Commercial Decking – Sebel Hotel Brisbane Case Study



  • Customer:      Sebel Hotel
  • Location:        Brisbane, Queensland
  • Project type:  Commercial decking renovation
  • Product 1:       Fiberon Acorn Capped Composite Decking
  • Product 2:       NexGEN 30mm DeckCell
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Commercial Decking – Sebel Hotel Brisbane Case Study


The Sebel Brisbane is a 160-room hotel built in 1999. Located on the 5th floor, the pool area and function areas cover nearly 600m2 and were originally tiled. Over the years the tiling has cracked and discoloured and has generally become an eyesore. The cracked and broken tiles also potentially exposed the

waterproof membrane to damage and degradation. Management knew it was time for something durable that would not only last but would also look good for years to come.


Located in the heart of the CBD, near Eagle Street, Brisbane Casino and Queen Street Mall, The Sebel Brisbane is one of the city’s top hotels meaning that hours when work can be carried out is restricted due to noise disturbing guests. Adding to the challenges is the fact that the renovation is on the 5th floor severely restricting site access and requiring road closures and cranes. Perhaps the biggest challenge however, was the cost to remove the existing tiles and re-waterproof the nearly 600m2 floor area was exorbitant.

The decision was made to deck over the top of the existing tiles without penetrating the waterproof membrane below. The next issue to overcome was that some doorways that opened up to the pool and outdoor function areas are very low profile and close to the ground meaning conventional sub-frames for decking would not work.

“Due to the 5th floor location of the pool and outdoor function area, it is critical to retain the integrity of the waterproof membrane”



The hotel started its research into composite decking and soon discovered that not all composites are created equal. They began looking closely at the different manufacturing processes and warranties and found that NexGEN Capped Composite Decking offered much more than other commercial decking composites.

Multiple quotes were sought for the refurbishment work and when tabled for consideration by the Body Corporate Committee and Hotel Management. NexGEN Decking was voted the preferred supplier due to the quality of the materials, extensive warranty and ease of installation due to the DeckCell subframe and the scope of works proposed.

NexGEN Capped Composite Commercial Decking can withstand daily wear and tear and UV rays that other decking boards simply cannot. It will not splinter, warp, delaminate, rot or suffer structural damage from fungal decay. It requires no oiling, sealing or sanding and has superior stain, fade and mould resistance. It is made from sustainable recycled materials and is installed using a hidden fixing system that allows for a fast installation and a blemish free surface:

  • Requires no maintenance other than the occasional clean
  • Costs less over its lifetime than tiles, timber and all non capped composites
  • Made from recycled materials, free of harmful chemicals and produced using sustainable processes
  • Superior stain, fade and performance

NexGEN 30mm DeckCell subframe system is extremely strong and will not degrade or fail. It is made of recycled, hardwearing polypropylene and is resistant to chemical and bacterial attack. It will never rot, rust or degrade in anyway. NexGEN 30mm DeckCell solved all the issues that were raised:

  • Low profile allowing easy installation over the existing tiles and not interfering with any doorways
  • Economical, fast and simple to install. Quicker than tradition decking sub-frames
  • Floating meaning no penetration of the existing waterproof membrane
  • Removable should there ever be a need to service the membrane underneath


Fiberon Acorn Capped Composite Decking was installed using NexGEN’s DeckCell product. The system allows the decking to “float” on top of the tiles with zero penetration of the membrane beneath.

The speed of installation using the DeckCell product meant the project was completed on time and on budget with minimal disruption to the hotel guests.

NexGEN Decking has transformed the area into a fashionable contemporary space that is simple to clean and maintain, is fade and stain resistant and will last for many years to come.


NexGEN Capped Composite Decking is manufactured in North Carolina USA by Fiberon Composites. Today, Fiberon products are sold throughout North America, and to more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Central and South America.

NexGEN Decking distributes Fiberon Capped Composites here in Australia and has been in business for over 45 years. We have representatives in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and we can deliver Australia wide.