What is vinyl decking?
Vinyl decking is a low maintenance waterproof decking option constructed of PVC (polyvinyl chloride). The 2 most common types of vinyl decking are: PVC Sheet Membranes (like Duradek™ vinyl membranes) and Cellular PVC (sometimes mistaken for composite decking). PVC Membranes are an attractive, textured sheet vinyl applied to a solid surface (like untreated plywood) and provide a water-tight seal to keep the space below dry – perfect for elevated decks or flat roof decks over living space. Cellular PVC decking consists of boards (like traditional slotted wood decks) allowing water to pass through the deck boards to the area below.
What is Duradek™?
Duradek™ is the original brand of waterproof vinyl deck membranes, introduced in 1974. The leader in the vinyl decking industry, the brand name ‘Duradek’ is often used synonymously for the term ‘vinyl decking’ or ‘pvc membrane’. Duradek is manufactured in North America and is the most tested and performance proven sheet vinyl on the market with over 150 million square feet installed. Lean more about Duradek.
How long will my Duradek™ deck last?
With proper care and cleaning your Duradek deck could last up to 15-20+ years.
How much does Duradek™ cost?
There are a number of different thicknesses, patterns and textures to chose from, as well as different water routing accessories that will vary by project. To get an estimate for your deck, you will have to contact your nearest Applicator. Please see our ‘Find a Dealer’ page or call Head Office – in the US 800-338-3568 or in Canada 866-591-5594.
Can I install Duradek™ on my own?
No – Duradek is not a DIY product. Duradek is installed by a network of fully trained applicators. They are trained in waterproofing techniques and building codes to ensure you are getting the best quality installation available. For this reason we are able to offer the industries best warranty.
How do you clean Duradek™?
It is best to clean your Duradek surface at least 4 times a year to maintain its appearance. You can use warm water with a mild soap and scrub it with a soft bristle brush. For more difficult stains you can dilute some household cleaner. Be sure not to let any chemicals sit on the vinyl surface and to rinse well with fresh water. See Duradek Care and Cleaning page for details.
What is the warranty on Duradek™?
Duradek Ultra comes with a 15-year waterproofing warranty that has 3 levels of protection – Waterproofing, Appearance, and Workmanship. Our warranty is available for you to review in its entirety.
Where can I get samples?
Your local authorized Duradek dealer can bring samples when they are visiting your location for the estimate.
What do I need to do to have my deck ready for my Duradek dealer to apply the vinyl?
While we recommend consulting with your dealer for preparation specific to your project, detailed information on substrate preparation is available for you to prepare your deck.
I don’t want to replace my deck, but the appearance has faded. What can I do?
While the appearance of your vinyl deck may fade over time, it is still doing its primary purpose of waterproofing and is expected to do so for many years to come. Coating the vinyl is a good option that will allow you take advantage of the long duration of waterproof performance and still freshen up the look. See our maintenance page for coating instructions.
Can I put a deicer on Duradek™ in the winter?
Yes. Rock Salt, Kitty Litter and various other snow-melting chemicals can be used on your Duradek surface. We do caution, however, that you clean the surface thoroughly with soap and water and flush clear prior to letting the heat of the spring sun ‘bake’ any chemical into the surface.
Can I use a snowblower on Duradek™?
No. Use of a snowblower on Duradek is not recommended as they are typically power-driven on tires or have a skid plate that may scratch the top of the vinyl.
How can I become a Duradek™ dealer?
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Duradek network of professional waterproofing specialists, the first step is contacting our Sales manager to discuss available opportunities. Learn more about becoming a Duradek dealer.