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Old 04-27-2013, 09:19 PM   #1
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New Hardwood Deck Over Vinyl Duradeck


I have a client that wants a Red Belau Hardwood deck and pergola over and existing vinyl Dura deck. I am wondering if anyone out there has run into a similar situation and what their solution was. My first instinct was to go over it with a waterproofing membrane and then sleepers on top of that. Then I thought that it may be better to remove the vinyl first. I don't suppose that going right over the Dura deck with sleepers in elastomeric sealant is a good idea, right?
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I always recommend starting fresh. And I would push it pretty hard. I feel more comfortable with something I have built over adding onto what someone else has done. In which case with the wood they are going (atleast with what it costs here) with the cost to tear down and rebuild would be quite minimal in comparison.

If they will not be swayed then make it very clear that if something were to happen you're not reliable because of the direction they chose to go.

In this case you shouldn't need a water proofing membrane because that is the job of the duradek. I would just make sure it is sloped properly away from the house. I would maybe consider rolling some landscape fabric underneath along with putting some 2x on the flat the keep it off the deck so if there is a spot that pools the boards aren't soaking in it.

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And the landscape fabric is only so you don't see the color of the duradek between the board gaps
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I make it very clear to anyone who I talk to that wants to re-skin a deck: : I will not, can not and won't offer a warranty of any type........and you're on your own with decking the manufacturer/supplier. Seems to make sense to most people.
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