Top 5 Tips for Longer-Lasting Vinyl Decks
Building A Deck that Will Stand the Test of Time
This Tufdek blog post will discuss 5 helpful tips for building a deck that will last and provides the proper support for your new waterproof vinyl decking.
The ideal vinyl deck would last forever, wouldn’t it? But you also have to balance the cost. So how can you get a longer-lasting vinyl deck?
Tip #1: Start with a Good Foundation
One of the most important tips for building a deck is to ensure your deck has a solid foundation. This is the first step towards building a solid deck. Even though the ground might look solid, it can fool you if you have areas that receive significant moisture or extreme cold during the year. With these conditions, you could see movement in your base if you don’t create a solid foundation. You need to dig down at least five feet to create your base and secure your support footings in concrete.
Tip #2: Protect Your Deck Joists
Some may feel it can look interesting to have your deck joists stick out from the edge of the deck. Perhaps, but when you do this you are also creating a place where exposed wood can absorb water. For a truly waterproof deck, protect your deck joists. If that’s not part of your design, ensure that your deck joists are completely covered and protected by your waterproof vinyl decking.
Tip #3: Choose High-Quality Wood
Choosing high-quality wood makes a huge difference in the lifespan of a new vinyl deck, especially in areas that get a lot of moisture as we do here in British Columbia. Red cedar is a popular choice since it is naturally resistant to moisture and pests. However, pressure-treated wood is also a great choice for adding longevity to your deck.
Tip #4: Hardware – Putting Your Deck Together
When discussing tips for building a deck we mustn’t forget the hardware you use. Building a solid, long-lasting deck is nothing if you don’t use the right hardware to keep it all together. Double-hot-dipped galvanized nails are good but stainless steel nails are better, and screws are best of all. Don’t scrimp – hardware is what keeps your deck together and solid, literally.
Tip #5: Proper Deck Slope
The proper slope that provides adequate drainage is key to keeping your deck surface dry and waterproof. The slope keeps water from pooling on the deck, and from finding a way under the deck surface or into the house envelope. Following guidelines on deck building in your region will ensure a proper slope that clears water from the deck or patio so it doesn’t get a chance to create future problems.
Bonus Tips for Building A Deck that Lasts
Bonus Tip #1: Waterproof Vinyl Membrane Covering
Water can damage virtually any surface, given time. It can scour wood, penetrate, and begin to work its way into cracks and crevices. Covering a deck surface with a waterproof vinyl membrane can significantly increase the longevity of your deck, balcony, or patio, as it prevents water from gaining access to the underlying surface and affecting your deck joists and beams.
Bonus Tip #2: Professional Vinyl Deck Installation
Professional contractors understand the materials and proper building methods that create long-lasting, durable deck structures. While you can certainly save money by building a deck or patio yourself, if your end goal is a deck or patio that lasts, get a pro to help you. In the long run, you’ll be doing yourself and your home a favour.
Based in British Columbia, Canada, Tufdek manufactures the world’s toughest waterproof outdoor flooring for waterproofing sundecks, roof decks, balconies, patios and even outdoor stairs.