Vinyl vs Wood vs Composite Decks


Need a new Deck? Vinyl vs Wood vs Composite?

Weatherdek is a sheet vinyl membrane used to waterproof walkways, landings, decks, stairways, roof decks, pool areas, entry ways, sauna and hot tub areas, patios, etc.

Weatherdek membranes are glued to a prepared surface and heat welded at the joints. Perimeters are fastened to ensure a long lasting finish. Weatherdek eliminates the need for repainting or restaining and removes such irritants as wood splinters, nailheads and unsightly cracks. The embossed texture provides a skid resistant surface for secure footing.  Weatherdek provides the comfort of knowing any surface that it is applied to will be waterproof, thus creating dry usable space underneath.

While actual costs will vary greatly from project to project, composite decking has shown costs of 2 to 5 times more than decks built from pressure treated wood, and nearly twice as much as a deck protected with Weatherdek Vinyl. While the cost of material contributes to this difference, a lot of the extra cost is attributed to labor. The composite decking boards have less strength than regular wood and have a tendency to sag or bow, so the supporting joists must be placed closer together. Additionally, each board must be pre-drilled prior to installation during the fastening process.While waterproofing your deck with a vinyl membrane will contribute to the overall cost of the material for your decking project, the installation is handled by expertly trained installers and the vinyl can be installed and walked on within the same day. Additionally, the primary substrate of the deck is still a solid wood foundation, which protected by Weatherdek vinyl, can last for decades.

Beyond the deck surface, it is the deterioration of the wood joists underneath the composite that must be considered. The drying qualities of composite decking on the surface can be counterproductive to the actual structure of the deck. While wood decking will absorb some moisture and eventually release it to the air around it, composite decking does not absorb water. Any moisture that gets trapped underneath the composite decking and on top of the wood joists would tend to stay there and keep the joist from drying properly, making the joists more susceptible to rot and decay. Weatherdek vinyl membranes virtually eliminate the issue of wood rot. The vinyl completely seals the deck with a water-tight surface and provides roofing grade protection for the structure underneath. The water is not absorbed by the deck, but drains with a natural slope and water routers and diverters that keep the structure protected.

5 important reasons to chose a Weatherdek vinyl membrane by Northern Ontario Weatherdek & Sunrooms.


Northern Ontario Weatherdek & Sunrooms is an Authorized Dealer for Weatherdek Vinyl Membranes. You will receive a written five year limited warranty on our Classic and Designer series vinyls and a New Industry Leading Fifteen year limited warranty on our Contract Plus, Classic Plus, Designer Plus, Signature Stone Plus and Marble Tile Plus Series. 


Weatherdek's printed and embossed pattern provides a skid resistant surface for secure footing and eliminates such irritants as wood splinters, nailheads, sheeting cracks and concrete chipping. Ongoing testing of Weatherdek products ensure that strict standards are met for fire ratings, mildew inhibitors, ultra violet and heat stabilizers.


Unlike conventional spaced decking materials, Weatherdek membranes offer a completely waterproof seal for your deck or balcony area. by eliminating the water and debris that can pass through other 'weatherproof' systems a Weatherdek application will turn the area below your deck surface into dry and usable space.  Weatherdek is designed to be used as a waterproofing product, that not only protects but enhances the appearance of the surface to which it is applied. Designed to withstand pedestrian traffic and available in a variety of colours, textures and thickness, Weatherdek can accommodate almost any application including decks, patios, walkways, stairs, hot tub and pool areas etc.


A Weatherdek surface is easy to clean with just a mild soap and water, is attractive in appearance, tough wearing and cost efficient over it's lifetime.


Weatherdek vinyls are tough...designed to expand and contract without splitting through the most extreme seasons.  Weatherdek vinyl has been installed in almost any climate North America has to offer, from Seattle to Halifax and Anchorage to Miami, our products have stood the test of many harsh climates.

If you are interested in discussing deck waterproofing options, contact Northern Ontario Weatherdek & Sunrooms or visit us on the web at, Contact Us today for a personal consultation to tranform your backyard dreams into reality.

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