Case History #157 | Second Level Deck Renovation, Atlanta, GA


This home owner had a beautiful tile deck on their original construction, but it was not built with proper waterproofing materials or any kind of anti-fracture membrane. Water continued to leak through the cracked grout to the subsurface, and eventually to the underside damaging the deck structure’s original substrate and foundation.

Two-level deck.

This leaky tile deck did not have proper attention to waterproofing details.

After years of unsuccessfully trying to seal the deck using liquid sealants, the leaking continued to do further damage. Looking for a permanent solution to this problem, the home owner found Duradek’s website.


The home owner called Duradek of Georgia to look at the deck to determine what could be done to solve the problem. After seeing many tiled decks fail in the Atlanta area, they knew exactly how to fix the problem.

Water damaged deck substrate from failed tile deck.
Without proper waterproofing, moisture made its way below the tiles to damage the substrate.

After investigating the tile deck and the underside damage, the customer was given 2 options for roof grade waterproofing. First, they would need to remove the tile and sub-floor, replace it with 3/4 inch T&G plywood and slope the deck for water drainage. Then they could either install a.) Duradek Vinyl Membrane; or b.) Tiledek Membrane and re-surface with tiles.

Deck with Duradek Forest Floor Alder
Duradek Forest Floor Alder made a
beautiful finish for this deck.


When the customer was undecided as to whether they should waterproof with Tiledek and re-surface with exterior tiles or simply use the Duradek walkable membrane, a nearby Duradek customer was happy to show off their deck so this home owner could have a look at Duradek.

After seeing the simplicity and affordability of the attractive, low maintenance Duradek membrane, they decided to go with Duradek Forest Floor Alder vinyl.

If you’d like to see what a professional Duradek installer can do for your deck renovation, contact a dealer in your area for a free, no-obligation estimate.

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