5 Steps to a New Vinyl Deck
Unless you are in a brand new home, the chances are that sometimes in the near future your home is going to need a new vinyl deck. So where should you start? Tuff Industries has some tried and true advice to help you get from old deck to new, in just a few steps.
Step One: Evaluate
The first step to take before you go down the road towards a new vinyl deck is to evaluate your deck. Really old decks (or those that were improperly maintained) may need to be completely replaced while decks in better condition may just need updated railings and a new vinyl membrane. You’ll want to look at all aspects of your deck: the footing, posts, joists, deck boards, railings, and stairs.
Step Two: Make Repairs
If your deck is still in reasonably good condition, you might just need to make a few repairs. The primary concern is making sure that a) your deck is still securely attached to the main structure and that b) the deck still has structural integrity. Once these issues are addressed, the rest is easy. All that’s left to do is to make sure that your deck is secure and safe.
Tip: Now is a great time to ensure that your deck is in line with the more stringent building codes, to keep everyone on your deck safe.
Step Three: Address Railings
If you’re already installing a new vinyl deck surface, why not consider new vinyl deck railings as well? New railings and panels can quickly and easily update the look of your home, add value, and increase safety – as well as giving you a chance to take advantage of any views your deck may offer.
New vinyl deck railings will also cut down on the amount of maintenance required each year – so you can spend more time enjoying your new vinyl deck and less time keeping it clean.
Step Four: Consider Stairways
If your current entry/exit to your deck has always felt like it’s in the wrong place, now is a great time to address the problem. Changing the location or design of a stairway can help to make your deck easier to access.
Step Five: Check out Vinyl Decking
Once you’ve ensured your underlying deck is safe and made any applicable changes, it’s time to install a brand new vinyl deck surface. Tufdek™ offers superior durability and will protect your deck with a waterproof surface that stays looking great for decades to come.
Ideally, your new vinyl deck project will utilize the knowledge and expertise of a certified Tufdek™ installer, who can evaluate your current deck, make recommendations, and install a brand new vinyl membrane to revitalize your deck surface.