What Is Vinyl Deck Flooring?
Clean, Waterproof And Low Maintenance
What's not to like about a vinyl deck flooring material that can easily last 15 years or more?
And with little more than a pressure washing and some soapy water from time to time.
If you reading about pvc decking and other vinyl material
alternatives, this article explains exactly what vinyl deck flooring
Let's Start Learning A Little History
A PVC Sheet Flooring Material Originally From Chrysler
The first PVC sheet flooring material was made by Chrylser. It
became known as "Chrysler Vinyl" and was used to keep decks of boats dry
and safe with a grippy surface.
I don't know if they are the only manufacturer today.
But it didn't take long before it was adapted for use in the
decking industry as a great low maintenance vinyl flooring solution to
replacing and maintaining rotting and worn wood decks.
Various Thickness For Different Applications
The material is made in 20 mil, 40mil and 60 mil. Don't bother with the 20 mil as it is so thin it's not worth using.
Only the 40 and 60 mil is worth using. The 60 mil is approved for use as a waterproofing material over living spaces.
Sloped For Drainage
Any deck, wood, vinyl, composite should always have a slope to help
shed water away from the house. But with a waterproof vinyl deck
flooring material its even more important.
2% is a minimum required slope. But even up to 3% or 4% you still will hardly notice it.
And any railing system can be built so the posts are installed just slightly below 90 degrees to appear vertical.
Proper Deck Surface Preparation Is Essential
The vinyl membrane is glued to the decking surface so the plywood has to be smooth.
At least 5/8 T&G is recommended. Glued and screwed to the joists.
All joints should be grinded smooth and then all screw holes and
seams trowelled smoth with liquid cement flooring compound so the final
surface appears perfectly smooth.
The most critical part of what makes this material shed water is the heat welding of the overlapped seams.
There should be three different welds along the seam to ensure it is truly water tight.
They used to try to do invisible seams without overlapping but they continually failed so don't every try it.
Appearance And Keeping It Looking Good
Their are dozens of colors to choose. Darker colors are hotter in the sun. But they conceal dirt or debris better.
Darker colors will fade more noticeably than lighter colors. Good
vinyl deck flooring has lots of UV protectors in it which is quite
effective in minimizing any fading.
There really isn't a lot of annual maintenance required. Mostly
you just have to spray the deck down. But there are some things you have
to take of right away:
Try to get to this sooner rather than later. Wipe off as much you
can or scrape it. You can harden it a bit with an ice cube if needed
first. Then apply some Fantastik spray cleaner and rinse it off.
Sap from trees
This is the nastiest stuff to remove and is harder if the texture
is really deep. Chill and harden it with some ice. Then use a fairly
stiff brush with soapy water. Try some Fantastik cleaner and rinse off.
Fantastic spary cleaner is your best bet here followed by a water
rinse. For gooey stuff, use an ice cube to chill and harden it then you
can more easily scrape it or wipe it off.