The first time I saw it on the shelves, I thought to myself, “waterproof decking tape? Is that a danger? Yes, it’s very. But, before we get into that, let’s take a look at how a basic deck can be waterproofed.
There are two types of decking tape: those that stick to the wood surface, and those that require a special glue to stick 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 currently to simplify the lives of DIYers. The most popular varieties are the in-screw as well as standard tapes.
Waterproof decking tape, as the name implies, is a tape meant to be used for waterproofing. The tape’s adhesive connects water-resistant vinyl to the decking surface, which prevents moisture from seeping in. This is great for decks made of plastic since normal plastic does not have the necessary properties to resist moisture. For decks made from wood, however, the tape will not be effective because the water resistance isn’t present.
Like any other type of tape waterproof decking tape needs to be applied with care on both surfaces to ensure that it does its job. The first step is to place the tape on the deck of your wood. Then, attach the tape to the lumber. Before you cut the tape, ensure that it is securely attached to the lumber and decking surface. This can be done by pressing down on both surfaces using your hands. If you do it correctly, you won’t be aware that the tape is there. If anything happens to the tape, it is not recommended to try and rip it apart since this could cause damage to both the tape and the decking surface.
Waterproof decking tape also has a special application method that should be handled with caution. It is not recommended to use rough scissors to cut the tape because the edges of the tape may be torn by the force with which the tape is cut. Instead, you should use a knife or another instrument to cut. You may also want to make use of the blade of a screwdriver, or an electric device to scrape off excess tape prior to cutting. You can be assured that the tape won’t cause any damage to your decking surface if you exercise care when handling it.
This tape is simple to apply. Simply apply water to the tape and then rub it on the decking material. It is not recommended to rub the tape if it is damp. This could cause the tape’s moisture or the water to be damaged.
After the tape is applied to the decking material you must allow it to dry. It is not recommended to pull the tape loose or remove excess tape from the surface using any tools. The tape should remain in place until you attempt to remove it. This is an appropriate time to use a knife to scrape off any leftover dirt or debris from the application process.
Waterproof decking tape is sold in a variety of hardware stores and can be quite affordable. It is worth taking a look at the cost of maintaining a decking surface that is waterproof instead of replacing it every year due cracks. By following these easy steps you can safeguard the integrity of your deck surface from damage caused by the elements.
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