Does your Vinyl Roof Deck Need Repair?

Does your Vinyl Roof Deck Need Repair?

Vinyl Roof Deck Repair
Keep Your Home Protected

Over time, with enough wear and tear, you will need to consider vinyl roof deck repair to keep your home protected.

One thing that we forget to consider with a vinyl roof deck is that it is, after all, a…roof! Not only does your roof deck provide a great place to relax and enjoy the view or entertain friends, but they are also an important barrier between the elements and the rest of your home. Regular usage and extreme weather, as well as simply the passage of time, can have an impact on your vinyl roof deck waterproofing properties. This is why it’s so important to check for signs of wear and take measures to fix any issues before they can cause major damage.

Along with our post on the principles behind roof deck construction, here are a few things to look for when caring for your roof deck:

Finding Vinyl Roof Deck Rot

Rotting is generally caused by water coming in contact with wood-based areas of your vinyl roof deck or the surrounding structure. Take a good look at your vinyl decking and search for signs of discoloration, dampness, or break down – this may be an indication of water accessing the deck membrane. You can also look for signs of rotting from inside your home, discoloration on the ceiling are a common indicator.

If you see rotting, it’s important to act immediately to repair and replace the damaged decking with a waterproof flat roof deck before any more damage occurs.

Check Supporting Vinyl Deck Materials

After inspecting your vinyl roof deck’s surface, check out the rest of the deck as well. This includes the following:

  • Gutters, drainpipes, and drainage systems
  • Support joists
  • Hardware
  • Flashing
  • Railings and posts

Besides looking for signs of wear, you also want to test that each component is structurally sound (i.e. not about to snap off) and functioning correctly. For drainage systems, this may mean running a hose over your vinyl deck surface to check that water is draining correctly. A great time to check your vinyl roof deck waterproofing materials is when you prepare your vinyl roof deck for fall.

Look at High Traffic Vinyl Roof Deck Areas

Damage to vinyl roof decks commonly occurs on or near high traffic areas. That doesn’t mean that you should only concentrate on these areas for inspection, but it does mean that you may want to check these areas more frequently and a bit more thoroughly than others to catch potential damage before it occurs. Doorways and stairways are common high-traffic areas, but you’ll probably know which parts of your vinyl roof deck are used the most.

Consider Vinyl Roof Deck Repair/Renovation

For older vinyl roof deck waterproofing membranes, it may be time to consider replacing your vinyl deck surface before breakdown and damage can occur. Today’s waterproof decking options are made to even higher standards (encompassing PVC roofing membrane technology and sustainable roof decking materials) so your vinyl roof deck can look great while protecting your home.

Check out some of the amazing Tufdeck™ vinyl decking products and consider making a change to improve the look of your vinyl roof deck and enhance the waterproof protection of the rest of your home.

If you have any questions about flat roof waterproofing or how to repair your vinyl roof deck please call our Tufdek decking experts at 1-877-860-9333.

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