The first time I saw it on the shelves, I thought to myself, “waterproof decking tape? Does that sound dangerous?” Yes, it’s extremely. However, before we dive into it, let’s look at how a basic deck can be so waterproofed.
There are two kinds of decking tape: ones that stick to the wood surface, and those that require a special glue to stick to the surface. This type is more challenging and expensive. To make it easier on the DIYer (me), there are two kinds of vinyl decking tapes available on the market today. The most popular varieties are in-screw and standard tapes.
Waterproof decking tape is, as the name implies, a tape that can be used to protect your deck. The adhesive on the tape connects water-resistant vinyl to the decking surface, which prevents moisture from seeping in. This is great for decks made from plastic, as normal plastic does not possess the properties to resist moisture. The tape isn’t suitable for wooden decks because it lacks the necessary water resistance.
Like any other type of tape waterproof decking tape needs to be applied with care to both surfaces in order to make sure it does its job. To apply the tape, first place the two pieces of tape on the surface of your deck and then apply them to both sides of the lumber. When you are ready cut the tape, however you must make sure that the tape is securely fixed to both the lumber and the decking surface. For this, you need apply pressure on both surfaces using your hands. If you do it correctly, you should not even notice that the tape is there. If anything happens to the tape, it is not recommended to try and rip it apart because this could cause damage to both the tape and the decking surface.
The waterproof decking tape has a specific application method that must be used with attention. It is not recommended to use rough scissors to cut the tape since the edges of the tape could be ripped by the force used when the tape is cut. Instead you should use an instrument or knife to cut the tape. To remove any excess tape you can also use a small screwdriver or electric tool to do the cutting. If you use the tape with care, you can be assured that no damage will take place when you apply it to the decking surface.
The process of applying this kind of tape is fairly simple. Simply soak the tape in water and then rub it on the decking material. You should never rub the tape if 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 let it dry. Don’t make use of any tools to make the tape loosen up or to try and remove any excess tape from the surface. The tape should stay in place unless you attempt to remove it. This is the best time to use a knife to remove any dirt or debris that might have been generated during the application process.
Waterproof decking tape can be found at most hardware stores and is quite affordable. It is well worth considering the cost of maintaining a water resistant decking surface instead of having to replace it each year due to cracks that have formed in the material. By following these simple steps, you can safeguard the integrity of your deck surface from damage from the elements.
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