The first time I saw it on the shelves, I thought to myself, “waterproof decking tape? Does that sound dangerous?” Yes, it’s extremely. But, before we dive into that, let’s look at how a deck can be so waterproofed.
Decking tape is available in two varieties – the types you apply to the surface of the wood and those that must be fixed to the surface via an adhesive that is specially designed for. This type is more difficult and more expensive. There are two kinds of vinyl decking tapes on the market currently to make DIYers’ lives easier. Standard and in-screw tapes are the most sought-after.
Waterproof decking tape, as the name implies is a tape designed to be used for waterproofing. The adhesive attaches water-resistant vinyl to decking surface, thereby preventing moisture from entering. This is especially beneficial for decks made from plastic since plastic does not have the properties to withstand moisture. For decks made of wood, however the tape won’t perform because the necessary water resistance isn’t there.
Waterproof decking tape has to be applied to both surfaces, just as like any other tape. First, you need to put the tape on your deck. Then, secure the tape to your lumber. When you are ready cut the tape, however, you need to ensure that the tape is tightly secured to both the decking and the lumber surface. You can do this by pressing down on both surfaces with your hands. If you do it correctly, you should not even notice that the tape is there. Do not try to tear the tape if it is damaged.
Waterproof decking tape has an exact method of application that must be followed with care. Do not use rough scissors to cut the tape since the edges of the tape may be ripped by the force used when the tape is cut. Instead, use a knife or another instrument to do the cutting. To remove any excess tape you could also use a small screwdriver or electric tool to do the cutting. You can be sure that the tape will not cause any damage to your deck surface if you are careful when handling it.
The method of application for this type of tape is fairly simple. You only need to moisten the tape with water, and then rub it onto the surface of the decking material. It is not recommended to rub the tape when it is damp. This could cause the tape’s moisture or water to become damaged.
After the tape has been bonded to the decking material you should allow it to dry. You should not attempt to pull the tape loose or remove any excess tape from the surface with any tools. The tape is intended to remain in its place , and it will do so unless you actually try to remove it. This is a more suitable time to use the knife to remove any leftover dirt or debris from the application process.
Waterproof decking tape is available in a variety of hardware stores and can be very affordable. It is well worth considering the cost of maintaining a water-resistant decking surface instead of having to replace it each year because of cracks in the material. By following these easy steps you can safeguard the integrity of your deck surface from damage from the elements.
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