Ask a Pro How to Waterproof Your Deck

When it comes to renovating and maintaining your deck, there are so many options out there it can be a bit of a challenge to know what type of deck is best for your needs; but even once you do have an idea of what type of deck you want, it is worthwhile to seek the advice of a ‘pro’ on proper waterproofing to ensure you get the most longevity and good overall value from your deck as well as protect the building envelope of your home.

Celebrity builders like HGTV’s Mike Holmes, Scott McGillivray  and Jim Caruk are well known building experts and they can be an incredibly valuable source for information on building products and the techniques used to properly install them. While these celebrity builders often offer advice on do-it-yourself projects, when it comes to deck waterproofing even these experts know that specialty trades like deck building are not the place to save money to try to do it yourself. Deck waterproofing is best left to the experts.

Rolling out Duradek's Tiledek membrane on 'Income Property'.
Rolling out Duradek’s Tiledek membrane on ‘Income Property’.

While many at-home do-it-yourselfer’s have been captivated by programs like Deck Wars, it is HGTV’s Disaster Decks with Paul LeFrance that shows all too vividly the problems that can occur when your deck was not constructed by a professional deck builder.  It’s enough to make a building envelope consultant cringe!  Many at-home builders unknowingly ignore critical sequencing, drainage and other deck building details that will leave their brand new, beautiful deck vulnerable to the elements and therefore a much shorter life span.

Duradek installer attending to the critical inside perimeter details on Tiledek installation.
Duradek installer attending to the critical inside
perimeter details on Tiledek installation.

For your deck to be constructed properly, choose a professional deck builder. And for the longest lasting deck, trust your waterproofing to the professional installers of Duradek vinyl membranes.

Duradek has nearly 50 years of proven performance history and will extend the life of your deck by providing exceptional waterproof protection without the need for regular maintenance or re-application. Just the one time installation by one of our trained and authorized Duradek installers will keep your deck protected for many years.

Flagstone porch waterproofed by Duradek as seen on Income Property
The finished porch…all water-tight!

Duradek comes with a 10-year waterproofing warranty (increased to a 15-year warranty in June 2019)so you can be confident that your investment is doing the job it is intended for…protecting your deck and your home from the detrimental results of water infiltration. This is an investment that will reward you with safe, outdoor living space for your family…and more time to actually ENJOY that outdoor living space with your family since you will not need to lose any time to annual maintenance. So do yourself a favour and don’t do-it-yourself….do it with Duradek.

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