Does your Vinyl Roof Deck Need Repair?
One thing that we forget to consider with a vinyl roof deck is that it is a…roof! Not only do they 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’s waterproof 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. Here are a few things to look for:
Finding Vinyl Roof Deck Rot
Rotting is generally caused by water coming in contact to 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 your vinyl roof deck and replace damaged waterproof decking 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
- 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 and supporting 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 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 roof membrane technology) 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.
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