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Waterproof Vinyl Decking Installer Advocate of SKIMCOAT
SKIMCOAT™ is a great product. It is a unique material that has a long history and a great following of loyal users. The product flat out performs on a consistent basis. Its consistency is one of the reasons users will remain loyal. I am always intrigued by stories of unique uses or applications for the product. I normally think of SKIMCOAT™ as a product to prepare the substrate of an interior floor for floor covering. That is until I met Grant Barlow.
Grant Barlow is the Managing Director of My WaterProof Life, Ltd, based in Cleveland, OH. My WaterProof Life Ltd. is a distributor / installer of waterproof vinyl sheet decking material - Duradek. As part of his installation process, Grant uses SKIMCOAT™ and WHITE LATEX LIQUID® to prepare the substrate, outside or in, for the installation of the waterproof deck material.
Grant has been installing Duradek systems since 2000. What started as a small part of his overall business has turned into 100% of his business. Grant’s company My WaterProof Life Ltd. is a distributor / installer for the state of Ohio. Duradek is manufactured in the U.S. and sold throughout North America. It is a thick (60 mil) polyester reinforced fabric that is designed as a waterproof pedestrian deck membrane. It is a tough durable product, available in a variety of colors and textures, that holds up to weathering, UV, and other abuses like shoveling. It is also non skid when it is wet or dry. Duradek has a complete system that is installed by trained applicators (like My WaterProof Life Ltd). My Waterproof Life Ltd. extends a 30 year warranty on their elevated deck installations. The Duradek product has code approval as both a roofing product and a pedestrian traffic membrane.
The majority of Duradek applications are exterior – balconies, roof decks, pool decks, and garage floors. Interior applications, however, are not uncommon. Areas subjected to water and require protection against penetration into the substrate are ideal for Duradek, such as shower rooms, locker rooms, and mechanical rooms. Substrates will typically be either wood or concrete. Wood decks are first covered with ¾” tongue and groove exterior grade plywood. The plywood is fastened with counter sunk screws. SKIMCOAT is then applied at the seams and over the screws along with any other area requiring attention to create a smooth substrate. Part of the decking installation is proper sloping, away from the building and toward drains. From time to time the SKIMCOAT™ is used to help create slope.
Grant uses SKIMCOAT™ because it is consistent. It is smooth spreading and great for finishing. But one of the most important aspects is timing. It dries faster than any other patching product he has tried, including cement based products, which allows him to continue with the installation. Some of the other products that have been tried will require drying for several hours or overnight, where as, the SKIMCOAT™ allows them to sand or grind after 45 minutes. Time is money and the SKIMCOAT™ allows the job to stay on schedule. Grant also commented on the flexibility of the SKIMCOAT™ & WHITE LATEX LIQUID ideal for those wooden deck installations.
Grant has been installing Duradek for nearly ten years and has been involved with all sorts of interesting projects. A job completed just last year involved waterproofing exterior balconies on a condominium complex. The balconies were constructed of a 2” concrete topping over precast concrete plank. The underside, or ceiling of the unit below, was made of wood. The balconies were thought to have a waterproof membrane under the concrete topping, but upon investigation, it was found there was simply a 6 mil sheet of polyethylene (certainly not waterproofing). The complex invested in a stone flooring product but it did not provide the needed waterproofing. Water was leaking through the entire system causing rotting of the wooden ceilings. In these situations, Duradek instructs their installers to walk away from the job because the concrete is wet. It can not be dried and if the product is installed the water will drive up and cause bond problems for the Duradek. Moisture will move as the sun beats on the surface and heats the system.
Instead of walking away, Grant was able to offer a solution. He used Vaporseal DB to control the moisture in the concrete and then prepared the surface with Polyskim and installed the Duradek.
Through his line of work, Grant has provided solutions to all sorts of customer problems, which keeps those customers coming back. We have enjoyed a very good relationship with Grant and My WaterProof Life Ltd. He has come to rely on DEPENDABLE for
To learn more about My WaterProof Life Ltd. and see their products, visit their website, www.mywaterproofdeck.com.