FAQs Econodek waterproof vinyl is an easy to install deck covering that will enhance, beautify, and create dry usable space under your deck. The long lasting, tough, textured surface will provide years of enjoyment with a minimum of maintenance. Please consult local building codes and a building specialist in your area for further details on how to build a waterproof deck.
We do not recommended installing over an existing coating due to unknown chemical incompatibilities between the old coating and the new Econodek™ materials. There are so many coatings on the market we can’t test them all for compatibility with Econodek™, new clean plywood is the best surface to install on.
Not recommended, old fiberglass coatings can crack and break down beneath your new Econodek™ vinyl and become unattached from the deck surface.
Not recommended. Slotted lumber must be covered with plywood to create a solid structure to adhere Econodek™ to. Remember to slope your deck.
That depends on the ambient temperature and humidity Econodek™ adhesives are designed to give adequate working time but will dry faster on hot, dry sunny days when temperatures are up. Before starting, spread a little adhesive on a piece of scrap plywood and judge the working time.
Econodek™ is best installed at temperatures between 50 °F and 68 °F and rising.
The deck surface must be clean and dry regardless of the weather. A tarp structure can be built over the area to keep the deck dry until the weather improves. Download Tarping Directions
There are several methods of removing spills depending on which adhesive has been spilled. Always use caution as the printed top surface can be removed with the adhesives or aggressive cleaning solutions. Read the instructions on the adhesive container for removing the adhesive, if further help is required contact Tuff Industries technical support.
Not recommended, old vinyl deck products will have deteriorated over time, when you install new Econodek™ on old vinyl you run the risk of shortening the life span of Econodek™ due to chemical incompatibilities. Although they both might be vinyl products it is unlikely they are made from the same raw materials.
Cleaning an Econodek™ surface is easy, using a mild soap solution and warm water, with a stiff bristled broom to loosen any dirt on the surface and rinse clean with a garden hose. For further information please refer to our ‘Care and Cleaning’ page.
Always keep some left over liquid weld and scraps of vinyl on hand in case by some rare chance you get a cut in the Econodek™. These can be used to repair any cut or tear.
All Econodek™ products have a 10 year limited warranty.
Econodek™ can last 15-25 years, depending on location and care of the deck.
Econodek™ is tested at temperatures down to -40° to ensure the product can be installed problem free anywhere in North America. You can also remove snow from Econodek™ using a plastic snow shovel or stiff broom. (Ensure shovel has no sharp burrs that will cut the vinyl surface). You can also use salt or deicing compounds on Econodek™, but be sure to rinse the surface thoroughly in the spring to remove all residues left behind from these products.
Econodek™ is tested to meet the Canadian (CGSB 37.54-95) and US (ASTM D4434-11) standards for PVC roof membranes. Econodek™ is always up to date with all testing, with independent quarterly audits to ensure Econodek™ performs properly year after year.
No, the chemicals in treated wood will stain your new Econodek™