How To Repair a Vinyl Sundeck
There are very few decks made completely from vinyl. Vinyl is not typically strong enough to support the weight of chairs, tables, grills and people. However, many decks do use waterproof vinyl covers to protect the wood under the cover from water damage.
These decking covers can become scuffed or full of holes due to improper use. Luckily, it is possible to repair the damaged decking by patching the area.
Things You Will Need
- Measuring tape
- Utility knife
- Replacement decking
- Waterproof glue
- Cement block
- Soft cloth
Cut out any rough areas of the vinyl decking with a utility knife. Cut the edges into a circular or square hole to make the repairs easier.
Measure the area of each of the holes in the vinyl deck pieces. Cut a replacement patch to the same size as the newly cut hole in the decking. Fit the patch inside the hole to test the fit. The edges should match up exactly. One way to do this is to place the patch over the hole and cut through the vinyl while holding the patch over the hole. If the edges do not match exactly, cut a new piece or trim the existing piece until they do.
Cover the hole in the vinyl with waterproof glue. Allow the glue to sit for about a minute then press the patch firmly into place. Make sure there are no air bubbles. You can place a heavy object, such as a cement block, over the patch to hold it down as it dries. Allow the glue to dry for 12 hours.
Remove the block and apply a second line of glue around the seams between the patch and the original floor. Use a damp cloth to smooth the glue so that there is no bump around the seam. Allow this glue to dry for 12 hours as well. Repeat the process for all repairs necessary in the vinyl decking.
- Gomestic: How to Repair Holes in Vinyl Decking
- "Building a Deck: Expert Advice From Start to Finish (Taunton's Build Like a Pro); Scott Schuttner; 2002
Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.