"MyWaterproofDeck.com is without a doubt
the best resource for waterproof decking I have encountered in many
hours of research on construction of waterproof decks. Mr. Barlow and
his associates have done a simply fantastic job describing the issues
and solutions for waterproof decking above living areas. In the twenty or so other resources I have looked
at, none even comes close to MyWaterproofDeck for easy-to-understand,
technically accurate, succinct, and detailed information. I would guess
that 10 minutes spent on Mr. Barlow’s website is worth two hours
anywhere else. Other resources can’t state the problem clearly, let
alone provide a solution. For example, in the video entitled “How do you
install it?”, Mr. Barlow provides details on what happens at the
interface between the building and the deck and the interface between
the deck and the rain gutters. I have spoken with at least five
“decking” contractors who could not drain the deck into the rain
gutters in any sensible, efficient way. Mr. Barlow describes a rain
shedding fastener as part of the basic installation! Perfect! In his first video, entitled “Home Page”, Grant
Barlow nails the problem when he states “In my experience, water leaks
into all homes with elevated decks, and without you even knowing it.”
Either you get this or you don’t. If you do get it, you have likely
spent a fair amount of time, as I have, trying to find or figure out a
decking system that works. After viewing Mr. Barlow’s videos, I
practically jumped out of my seat and shouted “Hurray”! Because now I
think I have a solution to my decking problem. I have about 1000 square feet of decking on a
second floor with living areas underneath. I know firsthand the truth
of Mr. Barlow’s statement “…water leaks into all homes with elevated
decks…” Based on the information I learned at Mr. Barlow’s website, I
think I can solve my problems. The only problem I have now is that my job is too
small for Mr. Barlow’s team to travel from Cleveland to Los Angeles to
build my deck." (By the way, Grant, the people at Duradek are utter fools for not replacing their website with yours. Just my 2 cents.) Gary Gorman Los Angeles, California
2009 HOME & GARDEN SHOW DEMONSTRATION:
WHY WATERPROOF DECK SKINS ARE SO STRONG!
Here is Grant demonstrating exactly how his Waterproof Vinyl Deck Skins are welded together. This is the secret behind how Grant can confidently offer a 30 Year Unconditional Guarantee on this deck waterproofing solution. This video was shot at the 2009 Home & Garden Show.
Welcome the the Case Studies section of the site. This page of the site will display various projects I have completed for my clients.
The left-hand column below will be reserved for commercial installations of my vinyl deck skins. The right-hand column will be reserved for residential projects. Check back often as I will be adding projects as I complete them.
Even if the projects aren't exactly what you are in need of, please view the videos to get ideas and form questions about your project. Then, go to the Contact Us area of this site and email any questions or thoughts you may have. I'll get back to you right-away!
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS:
If you have a residential deck or balcony waterproofing project, and you're working with an AIA architect, I can help. I am certified to give accredited AIA continuing education educational orientations on waterproofing projects. I have given my seminar to more than a hundred architects and architectural firms over the years. I can answer the most complex of questions concerning waterproofing elevated decks and balconies.
If you have a larger commercial waterproofing project, I will work closely with your contractors, carpenters, local building departments, you name it — to get you the result you're after. I'll be happy to help you and your deck waterproofing project in anyway I can!
Grant Barlow, Founder
CONDOMINIUM ELEVATOR FLOOR
This video was shot in a four building condominum complex. I used 60 mil thick Duradek vinyl deck skin.
The condo management and association couldn't find a flexible, durable, non-slip floor covering so they resorted to commercial carpeting. The problem with the carpeting was it wore-out after only a couple of months.
The carpeting also was impossible to clean. It would get so bad in the wet Cleveland, Ohio environment, it would smell foul. This fact, of course, was affecting property values.
As you watch this video think about other unconventional installation projects for my vinyl waterproof deck skins. I'm sure I can custom install my product in any possible installation scenario where a durable, waterproof, maintenance-free non-slip floor would be desired.
I'm about to install my vinyl deck skins beneath raised booth risers in a busy restaurant. I will put the video of the installation on this site soon.