As many in the industry already know, Duradek requires all contractors who wish to install Duradek to undergo installation training prior to being able to purchase and install Duradek. Once trained, a contractor becomes part of our network of Authorized Duradek Dealers. Our goal in requiring this training is to ensure that our time-tested and proven installation techniques are passed along to the installers which translates into quality workmanship and the added success that Duradek has had since 1974.
What some may not know is that in addition to installation training we now also offer Supervisory Training to GMs, Superintendents and Project Managers who will oversee the installation of Duradek on up-and-coming building projects. This is just another step we take here at Duradek MidAtlantic to ensure a successful Duradek installation, from start to finish.
There are many benefits of having trained Supervisors in addition to trained installers. Here’s just a few:
Extra set(s) of eyes – The more familiar the Supervisors are with the application process the less chance there will be for mistakes and oversights.
Better communication – When the Supervisors and installers are on the same page this will allow for a much more efficient and productive jobsite.
Fewer Headaches – When the project is Supervised and installed by Trained Personnel it will bypass the “he-said” – “she-said” and streamline the project to the ultimate goal: A properly installed, fully warranted and long lasting Duradek that will ensure happy home-owners for many years to come.
Pre-Planning To Construction
We all know that taking time to plan ahead in order to prevent avoidable issues is always good practice. Planning ahead is especially critical today, as the entire global economy and workforce has been drastically affected by the pandemic. In many industries, the availability and cost of construction materials has been unpredictable (to say the least), which in turn affects deadlines and creates delays. Weather is another factor that can have a huge effect on the timing and outcome of a project. Regardless of any possible hiccup in the construction process, whether foreseen or unforeseen, the more prepared you are in advance the better you will be. Our philosophy here at Duradek MidAtlantic is that the more educated everyone involved in the process of Duradek installation is, the better. This way, when the project is finally ready to go it can be produced as quickly, efficiently and problem-free as possible.
In addition to encouraging and providing training to Supervisory Personnel, we also offer support beyond the classroom. This includes consultation via phone and email, as well as on-site assistance if necessary. While we cover as many bases as we can during training, the reality is that there will often be new and challenging scenarios and details out in the field. In these cases, we encourage both our trained Duradek Dealers and Supervisory Personnel to reach out to us for support and assistance. Making sure that the project is done in accordance with Duradek specifications prior to installation will prevent production issues, and result in a Duradek installation that will be fully backed by the Duradek “Ultra” 15 Year Membrane Warranty as well as the installer’s workmanship warranty.
Spring has arrived and we are beginning to see the anticipated influx of Duradek installations, as we do each year. Many of these projects are renovations to existing homes and buildings, but we are also seeing an ever-increasing number of new construction projects specifying Duradek. Regardless of the size or scope of the project, Duradek has everyone covered for many years to come. That brings us to this month’s topic: Duradek vinyl is your GREEN choice for walkable roof decks.
What is Vinyl?
Before getting too far into this subject lets go over the basics. PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) is a derivative of natural gas and sodium chloride (aka: salt); which is one of the most abundant natural resources. “Vinyl Products are known for their durability, resistance to corrosion, thermal efficiency, color retention, ease of cleaning, safety and other benefits, including recyclability.”(source)
“PVC saves energy and reduces CO2 emissions. PVC takes less energy to produce than many competing products, and 20 percent less than other plastics. PVC also saves fossil fuels.”(Source: Vinyl News Service)
A Brief History of Vinyl:
The following timeline gives a quick glimpse into vinyl’s long history:
“PVC was one of the very first single-ply roofing membranes. The first PVC roof was installed in Germany in 1966, and within a few years, millions of square feet of PVC roofing had been installed on buildings all over the world. The use of single-ply PVC roofing systems became widespread in the United States in the 1970s, particularly when the oil crisis drove up prices on the asphalt used in built-up roofing systems.” (Source: Waterproof Magazine, Spring 2013)
That is about the time when Duradek came around, in 1974 to be exact. For over 46 years Duradek has been leading the charge in producing the most versatile, energy efficient and green vinyl walkable roof membranes.
How Is Duradek Vinyl Green?
In light of Earth Day today (April 22nd) we thought it would be fitting to go over the various green qualities that Duradek has. For starters, Duradek is extremely durable, as its average projected life cycle is 20 years (vs. 10 years for pressure treated wood). Many may not know this but the longevity of Duradek’s performance and its installation recommendations allow Duradek Vinyl Membranes to qualify for LEED Credits for your Green Building projects. For more information click HERE.
“Renewable is good, but so is durable, energy efficient, lightweight and recyclable. All products and materials that reduce the impact of human activity on the environment can be appropriately qualified as green…” Judith Nordgren, director of industry affairs of the Vinyl Institute (Source: U.S. Newswire Publication date: April 3, 2007)
Since we’re on the subject of recycling, did you know that more than one billion pounds of vinyl is recycled annually in the U.S. and Canada? In fact, according towww.vinylinfo.org since 2014, there has been a 40% increase in post-consumer recycling. More and more vinyl products are finding their way into the recycling stream. Landfill diversion is one of the impact categories the U.S. vinyl industry is addressing in its industry-wide sustainability initiative know as +Vantage Vinyl. Amazingly, in Duradek’s manufacturing process, nothing ends up in the landfill!
Previously, one of the more common arguments against vinyl is that not a lot is recycled. Not only is this no longer true, as presented above, but much of the vinyl that has been installed is still in use today due to its extremely long lifespan, meaning it hasn’t even needed to be replaced and recycled to this point!
Another way that Duradek helps to reduce the impact on the environment is through its energy efficiency. In simplistic terms there are two type of roofs, as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council, that help reduce the atmospheric heat build-up caused by man’s urban development or “heat islands”:
Highly reflective “Cool Roofs”; and
“Green (vegetative) Roofs”
Duradek is a walkable roof deck membrane so lets discuss reflective “cool roofs”. In the world of industrial and commercial buildings, a roofing system that can deliver high solar reflectance (SRI) and high thermal emittance is considered a “cool roof”. Most cool roofs are white or other light colors due to their natural reflectance. Cool roofs enhance roof durability and reduce both building cooling loads and the urban heat island effect.
The Duradek Cool-Dek line includes Duradeks top 5 “coolest” colors which are up to 16% cooler than our warmest color, Legacy Barnwood, and 18% cooler than concrete. These Cool-Dek colors have a higher SRI number resulting in lower surface temperatures which helps to prevent heat islands. Here in the Mid-Atlantic Region we stock and carry 4 out of 5 of these colors, Artic Quartz, Heritage Sunrise, Supreme Chip Sonoma, and Heritage Agate.
A Few More Considerations:
Let’s face it, we all like to change things up from time to time. Often, this can mean new color schemes and décor for the interior and exterior of our homes. Once again, Duradek has you covered in this area as well with environmentally friendly face-lift options. Here are a few ways the appearance of Duradek can be extended even further through various methods, depending on your needs:
•Through the application of deck coating (acrylic latex paint) over the Duradek vinyl membrane
• A new layer of Duradek can be successfully overlaid without the need for tear-off and removal
• Deck tiles can be laid on top of Duradek – Click HERE to see some options
The longer a product performs the less frequently it needs to be disposed of or recycled which ultimately is better for the environment! Also, as a single product solution, Duradek is applied directly to the substrate, therefore minimizing the weight load placed on the structure. Low product weight means the building structure requires fewer construction materials to support the vinyl.
You may also want to consider the option of overlaying the waterproof Duradek surface with a product such as SYNLawn artificial grass using HeatBlock Technologywhich is scientifically proven to lower rising temperatures by reflecting sunlight and reducing heat buildup and thermal emissivity!
Who Says It Isn’t Easy Being Green?
As an industry leader and frontrunner in all things vinyl walkable roof decks for over 46 years, Duradek is proud to be a part of the ever improving and sustainable building product industry. We will continue to produce walkable roof decks that incorporate the green vinyl qualities and strive for a smaller and smaller carbon footprint as time goes on.
“PVC’s effects on health and the environment have been investigated at every stage from manufacture through use and on to final disposal. In all cases, vinyl has been shown to be safe and environmentally sound.” Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore
Since 1974, Duradek has demonstrated an attention to detail in every aspect of bringing a successful product to market. We will discuss how Duradek sets itself apart from the competition and has become the proven leader paving the way in vinyl membrane construction, waterproofing details, and extensive technical support.
There are several products on the market today used in surfacing a deck. For a typical deck, wood, composites, and concrete are the common options, and EPDM or TPO are often found on decks constructed over a living space. We will explore what sets Duradek apart from these other options by looking at maintenance, installation, waterproofing, walkability and other advantages.
With winter just around the corner or already arrived at some locations, it is never too late to review the winter care instructions for Duradek. Duradek’s website offers some helpful tips when it comes to the best practices for proper care of your Duradek.
Why choose Duradek? As with any significant purchase, a smart shopper wants to know they are getting the best product to serve their needs. Once you have decided to go with outdoor vinyl flooring for your roof deck, you want the best, but with several selections to choose from, how do you decide which is the best? There are several criteria you can review and compare to make that determination – reputation of the manufacturer, warranty, technical and customer support, testing and approvals, and color selection.
Improperly detailed railing penetrations are the leading cause of leaks on Duradek projects. These leaks are almost always due to the railing system being installed by a contractor who is not familiar with the proper materials or techniques needed to prevent water intrusion at the railing attachment point. Not only will leaks like this cause significant water damage, they are also not covered by Duradek’s material warranty.
Duradek is a roofing-approved outdoor vinyl flooring that has been waterproofing rooftop decks and balconies since 1974. With a little care, your Duradek surface will remain waterproof for 15+ years. Please follow these guidelines to ensure a long life for your Duradek surface.