With a vinyl deck surface, your deck maintenance is virtually non-existent. However, to keep your deck looking its best and to ensure the homeowner responsibilities from your warranty are practiced, there are just two things you have to do…
1 – Seasonal cleaning
2 – Annual inspection
Vinyl Deck Maintenance – General Cleaning
To look its best, your vinyl deck should be cleaned 4 times per year using the Duradek Vinyl Cleaner. This environmentally safe cleaner is available from your authorized Duradek Dealer or from Duradek Headquarters. It is designed specifically for vinyl and will NOT leave harmful chemical residue like many household cleaners may.
Simply follow the directions on the label. Start with warm water and a stiff broom, scrubbing in a circular motion to loosen the dirt. Then spray with a garden hose (under pressure) to wash away the loose dirt. You may also use a pressure washer with a setting of no more than 1500 psi (max) and hold the nozzle 12 inches from the surface. Be careful to avoid seams, railing attachments, caulking or house trims.
Finally, flush thoroughly with clean water. This is a very important step of deck maintenance as you do not want any remaining residue on the deck surface. The sunshine can cause a reaction with cleaning agents on your vinyl deck surface so it is important to rinse your deck thoroughly of all cleaner residue.
If acid rain or airbourne pollution is a problem in your area, you may want to clean your deck more frequently.
Vinyl Deck Maintenance – Inspection
The only other deck maintenance for Duradek vinyl decks is your annual inspection. It is the home owner’s responsibility to inspect the caulking used to seal around posts, pillars, corners, vents and drains.
Over time, the structure to which the vinyl sheeting is applied can crack, shrink or shift which can break the caulking seal. A yearly inspection will uncover such a problem and your Duradek contractor can recommend or supply the proper sealant to correct it.
Vinyl Deck Maintenance – Protection
To protect Duradek vinyl deck surfaces from scuffs or excessive wear, use non-rubber backed* mats (polypropylene ok) at doorways, stair landings or major traffic thoroughfares. Select mats that are heavy enough not to blow away. Stair nosings will protect the vinyl for use on high traffic stairwells.
Avoid dragging heavy or sharp edged objects on the vinyl surface as that can cause scuffs or tears and must be protected against.
* Rubber based products are not compatible with PVC.
Vinyl Deck Maintenance – Winter Considerations
Duradek easily withstands even the harshest winter conditions and common methods of snow and ice removal. It is fine to use a snow shovel, just be sure it is a plastic edged shovel – not a metal edge. It is also safe to use de-icing agents such as kitty litter (gravel style), rock salt or other snow-melting chemicals. Just be sure to clean the surface thoroughly with soap and water and rinse very thoroughly before the spring sun arrives which can ‘bake’ any remaining chemical residue into the Duradek membrane.