All about Vinyl Decking - Duradek
March 18, 2011What Exactly is Duradek?
Duradek is the trade name for a line of PVC vinyl membranes that were developed to solve waterproofing problems for sundecks, flat roof decks, balconies and other leisure walking surfaces. The technology was borrowed from the marine industry where PVC was being used to waterproof hull liners for over 25 years. If PVC membrane could perform well in those harsh marine environments, then it can certainly waterproof decks and balconies!
Duradek has been in the deck and balcony waterproofing industry since 1974. They pioneered the use of PVC membranes as an outdoor walking surface and were the first to have an approved single ply 'walk on' roof membrane.
3 Duradek Products for 3 Different Exterior Finishes
– the original sheet vinyl designed to waterproof flat decks and roofs. Duradek is textured to provide slip-resistant walking surfaces and comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Duradek Ultra Tiledek
– identical to Duradek Ultra except the top surface is a fabric top, to which the thinset mortar mix that holds down tile, can tightly adhere to. Tiledek is the waterproofing roofing membrane under a tile, slate or porcelain finished surface. In addition to protecting the surface below, Tiledek also acts as a crack isolation barrier to bridge small cracks in the substrate, preventing those cracks from transferring through to the tile.
– Duradek Ultra Plazadek is designed specifically for the purpose of waterproofing flat deck or roofs which are intended to have pavers, stamped concrete or a wood/synthetic wood duckboard system placed overtop for pedestrian traffic.
Here’s Duradek’s ‘Cradle to Grave’ GREEN story
– PVC is a derivative of natural gas and sodium chloride; which is also known as Salt and is one of the most abundant natural resources available on earth.
– At one time, manufacturing PVC had some hazardous side effects. But measures have been taken to rectify those and these safety issues no longer exist. The EPA states that while the manufacturing of PVC is on the rise, toxic dioxins are decreasing.
Transportation & Distribution
– Due to the low weight of Duradek compared to the alternatives (such as EPDM & pavers or wood planks), there is considerably less energy consumed in the transportation of the product; from raw resources to manufacturing to distribution to the jobsite.
– The structural requirements to support a deck with heavy pavers requires many more construction materials. Duradek’s light weight needs only basic structural requirements, using far fewer materials and energy.
– The one-step application process of Duradek requires fewer trips to the job site and uses less manpower, both of which means less energy being consumed.
– Duradek does not require re-coating or re-staining, both of which consume materials and manpower. Maintaining Duradek consumes far less energy than the alternatives.
– Duradek is a waterproofing membrane; therefore the entire structure is protected and will not decay. The structure remains intact, helping the building to last longer. This saves cost, materials and energy in repairs or replacement.
End of Life
– When the time comes to renew the surface, Duradek’s re-installation process will consume less manpower, materials and energy, as well as less disruption to the structure and building use.
– Compared to Treated Lumber PVC does not leach chemicals into the environment as it decomposes. In fact PVC is often used as landfill liners to prevent other materials from leaching toxins into the earth. Other alternatives, such as composite deck boards are much larger in volume therefore taking up much more space in a landfill.
- The current opportunities for cost-effectively recycling PVC are minimal, but progress is being made. Some solutions include creating new building materials and man-made reefs.
As a waterproof roof or deck, compared to alternatives, DURADEK IS THE GREENER CHOICE
What’s New at Duradek for 2011
Duradek Ultra is coming out with 2 new colors to complement the popular ‘Cork’ line, ‘Cork Espresso’ and ‘Cork Macchiato’ - available mid-April.
For more information or to find a Duradek installer near you, visit www.Duradek.com