The first time I saw it on the shelves, I thought to myself, “waterproof decking tape? Does that sound like something dangerous?” It is. But, before we get into that, let’s take a look at how a deck can be so waterproofed.
There are two types of decking tape: ones that stick to the wood surface and those that require special glue to adhere to the surface. The latter type is more difficult to work with and is also more expensive. There are two kinds of vinyl decking tapes that are on the market in order to make DIYers’ lives easier. The most popular varieties are the in-screw as well as standard tape types.
Waterproof decking tape, as its name implies is a tape intended to be used for waterproofing. The tape’s adhesive connects water-resistant vinyl to the decking surface, thus preventing water from leaking into. This is ideal for decks made from plastic, as normal plastic doesn’t have the necessary properties to resist moisture. The tape isn’t suitable for wooden decks because it doesn’t have the required water resistance.
Waterproof decking tape must be applied to both surfaces as with any other type of tape. First, you need to put the tape on your wood deck. Then, attach the tape to your lumber. Before you cut the tape, make sure it is securely secured to the decking and lumber surface. To achieve this, you will need to apply pressure on both surfaces using your hands. If you do this correctly, you shouldn’t even be aware that the tape exists. If something happens to the tape, however, you should not try and rip it apart because this could cause damage to both the tape and the decking surface.
Waterproof decking tape also has an application procedure that must be handled with attention. The tape edges could be damaged by the force of cutting it. Instead, use a knife or other instrument to cut the tape. You could also use the blade of a screwdriver or small electric tool to scrape away excess tape prior to cutting. If you handle the tape with care, you can be assured that there is no damage that will take place when you apply it to your decking surface.
This tape is simple to apply. You just need to wet the tape with water and then rub it on the surface of the decking material. You should never rub the tape when it is damp. This could cause the tape to become damaged by the presence of moisture or water.
After the tape has been bonded to the decking material you must allow it to dry. It is not recommended to pull the tape loose or remove any tape that is not on the surface with any tools. The tape should remain in place unless you try to remove it. This is a better time to use a knife to remove any dirt or other debris that might have been generated during the application process.
Waterproof decking tape is available in most hardware stores and can be relatively affordable. It is well worth considering the cost of maintaining a water resistant decking surface rather than having to replace it each year due to cracks that have formed in the material. By following these simple steps, you can ensure the protection of your decking surface from damage due to the elements.
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