FAQ Page for Tufdek™ Waterproof Decking
Common Questions About Tufdek ™ Vinyl Decking Products
Tufdek ™ is a sheet vinyl product which comes on a roll and is used to waterproof outdoor walking surfaces such as decks, balconies, walkways, roof-decks and patios
Tufdek ™ is not a liquid coating. Tufdek ™ is similar to PVC roofing or linoleum flooring and comes on a roll and is adhered to the surface you intend to waterproof with specially designed adhesives.
Tufdek ™ rolls are 63.5" wide by any custom length up to 360' lineal feet. There are 1908 square feet of Tufdek ™ on a full master roll.
Home owners, Contractors, Architects, Envelope Consultants and Renovators who use Tufdek ™ are looking for a long lasting waterproof solution. They are looking for a permanent waterproof product to help solve building envelope failures and keep the areas below the deck surface dry. Once you have an "Authorized Dealer" install Tufdek ™ on your waterproofing project, you can expect years of maintenance free use.
At Tuff Industries Inc. we think of Tufdek ™ waterproof decking as roofing. After all, we are waterproofing a flat surface just like a roof. Tufdek ™ products comply with the following:
- International Code Council (ICC, AC39 and AC75, Non Classified Roof Systems
- Canadian General Standards Board, (CGSB 37.54-95, PVC Roofing and waterproof membrane)
- American Society for Testing and Materials, (ASTM D4434-09, Standards for PVC roof membranes).
All Tufdek ™ products are covered by a written warranty. These warranties are available from the "Authorized Dealer" who installed Tufdek ™ on your project. See Tufdek ™ dealer for more information. View our Warranties
Tufdek ™ is adhered to a smooth dry substrate using specially formulated Tufdek ™ adhesives. If more than one panel is required then the other panels are overlapped with a one inch (1") minimum and hot air or chemically welded to the adjoining panels to ensure a continuous waterproof surface. Tufdek ™ is then detailed at the inside and outside edges to complete the installation and make the surface and up stand transitions waterproof.
The waterproof warranty on Tufdek™ is 15 years. The life expectancy is dependent on many factors such as maintenance, sun exposure, foot traffic volumes, chemical or air borne contaminants and use or abuse. Often the issues previously mentioned can affect the products appearance before the waterproof integrity of Tufdek is compromised. Please read your Tufdek Warranty and the Tufdek Maintenance instructions for further information View our Warranties
Tufdek™ is virtually maintenance free and requires no re-coating or re-surfacing after it is installed. Regular maintenance in accordance with our Tufdek maintenance instruction will help maintain your Tufdek product and prolong its waterproofing service life.
Tufdek ™ has been installed into the harsh winter environments of the North West Territories, the Yukon and Alaska with exceptional results. Tested to various cold crack standards as required for PVC roofing at temperatures of minus 40, Tufdek ™ will stand up to the harshest of cold environments.
Tufdek™ is subjected to rigorous outdoor weathering trials which include testing of longevity at temperatures of 80 C / 176 F. Please see our testing data for more information on heat and sun exposure testing. View Atlas Testing Report
You can use a plastic snow shovel to remove snow but always ensure your shovel has no sharp edges before using it on your Tufdek vinyl surface.
Tufdek ™ is only available through specialized factory trained "Authorized Tufdek ™ Dealers" who demonstrate a strong understanding of waterproofing techniques and building envelope design. In an effort to maintain a high level of installation quality we do not sell Tufdek ™ for DIY installations. Customers who would like to install there own deck waterproofing product can purchase our DIY brand of vinyl decking "Econodek" by going to this site.
Tufdek ™ is available through "Authorized Dealers" only. We are currently expanding our dealership network and if there is not a dealer in your market we apologize. To see if there is a dealer near you contact Tufdek View Contact Page
We are currently expanding our Authorized Tufdek ™ Dealership network. Our extensive product line and training enables Tufdek ™ dealers to provide an excellent waterproofing solution to their communities while building a business and generating a great income for themselves. If you are interested in becoming an "Authorized Tufdek ™ Dealer" please contact us View Contact Page
Tufdek ™ vinyl decking should not be installed or come in contact with treated lumber or treated concrete. Chemicals used to treat or protect various wood or concrete surfaces will permanently stain Tufdek ™ vinyl products.
Tufdek ™ must never be installed on or come in contact with bitumen or tar based products. Chemicals used in these products can permanently damage and stain Tufdek ™ vinyl decking.
No. Water collected in bulk from the vinyl membrane surface for the specific purpose of watering plants is not recommended. Various chemicals within the vinyl are not considered plant friendly, even though the amount of chemical leaching is minimal we would not recommend this practice.
We do not recommend using Tufdek for a pond liner, although they can work from a waterproofing perspective they are not specifically manufactured for this purpose. If you want to line a pond we recommend you use products designed for this purpose.