General Care and Cleaning
Vinyl deck surfaces are a very low-maintenance decking solution, but homeowners do have some minimal maintenance responsibilities. The deck should be inspected annually to ensure all seals or caulking are intact. For best appearance, the deck should be cleaned seasonally (4 times a year). The textured surface is ideal for slip resistance, but does provide a place for dirt to settle. For detailed information, see our Care and Cleaning page
Colour Selection Considerations
Duradek membranes are designed with proven blends of colour, print, and texture which present the longest lasting appearance performance the industry can offer. Our inks and printing technology are the same as what is used for pool liners (which sit in chemicals and full sun exposure) – a strong indicator as to how well they perform. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when making your colour and pattern selection.
Like any other floor surface, vinyl may scuff if abused. Try to avoid dragging heavy or sharp-edged objects over unprotected PVC. Skidding a bicycle tire, a roller blade or the edge of a running shoe across the vinyl creates friction, and the extreme heat and abrasion may possibly remove the print. Duradek vinyl membranes are manufactured with a solid ‘base’ colour which is complementary (rather than obtrusive) if the print finish is removed from abuse.
Normal traffic will not damage the vinyl at all. Solid colour membranes are available for high traffic areas to avoid wear patterns. Some manufacturers claim to have reduced the possibility of scuffing by adding a clear top coat layer to their PVC; however, this is an unproven technology that should be reviewed with caution. View the History of the PVC Clear Coat to see how attempts to reduce scuffing can have undesirable UV aging results.
Some consideration should be paid to the deck accessories that you chose. Rubber backed mats are not compatible with PVC and can cause discolouration. Metal edged snow shovels and sharp edged metal furniture should be avoided as they can puncture the vinyl and compromise the waterproofing performance. Certain tree saps like cedar can be very difficult stains to remove and organic debris, like leaves, left to sit for extended periods can stain as they decompose. Metal planters without protection underneath can result in planter shaped rust stains. If any of the above should occur – try to clean it off as soon as possible so the stain doesn’t have a chance to set (refer to our Care and Cleaning instructions on the back of the warranty card or on our Care and Cleaning page).
Dealing with Aged Vinyl Appearance
If over time your vinyl deck surface has become stained or faded, you may want to freshen up the look. When professionally installed, vinyl deck surfaces do such an exceptional job performing their waterproofing function for the long-term that you may not want to re-do the whole deck purely for aesthetics. In this case, your vinyl can be painted with a specially formulated coating. The emboss texture will be preserved, but any print will obviously be replaced by the solid colour you choose.