Can I take a power washer to my Vinyl decking? How do I clean my vinyl decking?
Although people do it all the time, pressure washing your deck is usually not recommended by the manufacturer and can void your warranty. Instead, they recommend soap and water and will often supply you with a special cleaner that is specific to cleaning vinyl decking.
How long does a Duradek vinyl deck cover last?
The Duradek warranty is for 10 years however the product lasts much longer than that. We’ve seen plenty of old vinyl decks that are still 100% waterproof even after they were 20-25 years old. Back then, the standard was a 45mm thick product. Now it’s 60mm and the durability and colours/patterns with improved technology so that it will last much longer.
Can I install Duradek myself?
Anything is possible but we certainly would not suggest it. Not only is a specific technique required, but you would require a specialized heat welder used for vinyl deck welding. These welders cost between $750-$1000 and are not something that you typically find at your local tool rental shop. Even if you did manage to find a welder and do some practising, a mistake of the heat gun could result in a burn hole in your deck that could cost far more to repair than a qualified installation.
Can you patch old vinyl decks?
Patching old vinyl with a new piece of vinyl and/or welding new vinyl to old is possible but tricky. The welding process sees the virtual melting of one piece of vinyl to the other and in some cases, due to the age and lack of elasticity in old vinyl the weld will not take. The newer the vinyl the better, providing the best chance that the welding process will be successful. In addition, vinyl will fade under UV conditions and therefore new decking will be apparent when compared against older sections.