Building Green

Yes, Vinyl IS Green

When Building Green, Duradek vinyl is an excellent product choice for your decking and flat roof needs. Aside from having No Deck or Roof (which uses NO products, consumes NO energy, and creates NO landfill waste or need to recycle), Duradek is your GREEN choice for outdoor Waterproof Decking and Roofing.

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Compare PVC to the Alternatives

When compared to products that perform the SAME function, consider the following:

  • PVC’s one-step application and longevity compare favorably to the multiple application and reapplication requirements of liquid-applied systems, saving many trips to the job, which in turn consumes less energy.
  • There is a huge weight savings benefiting the structural requirements and the energy consumption to transport as compared to an EPDM membrane with concrete pavers.
  • When compared to pressure treated wood, there are no chemicals leaching into the environment and likely double the life expectancy.

As a waterproof roof or deck, compared to alternatives, DURADEK IS THE GREENER CHOICE!

Duradek Products Qualify for LEED points

YES, Duradek products can be considered for LEED points:

  • Can Duradek be considered for LEED points? YES
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  • Duradek LEED information – Heat Island, Regional Materials and Low Emitting Adhesives
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  • Duradek LEED information – Building Reuse
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  • Duradek LEED information – Solar Reflectivity
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Duradek’s ‘Cradle to Grave’ Story

Years ago, being ‘Green’ meant a product was made of recycled materials or could be recycled. Now we understand that the entire ‘Cradle to Grave’ needs to be evaluated. Read Duradek’s ‘Cradle to Grave’ life-cycle story.

Duradek Products are True Green Alternatives

PVC Offers Flexibility, Durability and Sustainability – Source: Waterproof Magazine, Spring 2013

PVC: A Green Building Product – Source: John D. Wagner – the Green Editor for LBM Journal, Residential Design and Build, and Qualified Remodeler magazines. He is also co-founder of the Certified Green Dealer Program, Jan 2010

PVC Roofing – Source:, Dec 2009

The Gold of the Flooring Industry: Vinyl – Source:, April 2008

The Facts on PVC & the Environment – Source: Chemical Fabrics and Film Association (now

The January issue prompted some response on PVC – Source: Prosales Magazine, March 2008

“Unwarranted attacks on PVC hurt consumers,” says Greenpeace veteran – Source: Vinyl News Service, December 2007

VI Responds to the Metropolis Magazine Article, “What is Vinyl” – Source: Vinyl News Service, November 2007

Vinyl Products Found Safe, Environmentally Sound – Source: Vinyl News Service

What is Vinyl? – Source: Vinyl News Service

Vinyl Timeline – Source: Vinyl News Service

The Truth About Vinyl – Source: Vinyl News Service

What Makes a Product ‘Green?’ – Article from U.S. Newswire and Vinyl News Service, April 2007

PVC in Green Buildings – Article from The Vinyl Institute, February 2007

The Energy and Environmental Benefits of PVC – Source: Vinyl News Service

The Benefits of Vinyl

Think Green – Think Sustainable – Think Ahead…Think Removable Trim Boards!

One of the main considerations for the sustainability of a walkable roof deck membrane system is how it will be replaced in the future.

Ease of replacement means there is less material waste and energy consumed when it comes time to repair or replace a decking system. By installing a removable trim board at the initial installation you do not have to disturb existing wall finishes.

Please see the Duradek drawing for Detail IS-08 – Removable Trim Board Detail on our CAD Drawings page.

Useful Resources

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Take this info with you – Download Duradek vs Alternatives
Take this info with you – Download Lifecycle Story
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