Fiberglass and polyurea deck repairs need to be tended to quickly to avoid water damage to your home’s underlayment and building materials. If your home’s structure is consistently exposed to water, mold and rot will set in, and that’s an even more expensive repair.
Many deck repairs involve the replacement of the drip edge. During this process, the railing sections and the board around the perimeter of your deck will need to be removed. Because it’s such an extensive project, most homeowners seek the assistance of deck experts, such as those at OC Fiberglass.
To give you a clearer idea of what’s involved in a deck drip edge repair, we’ve provided this brief guide.
What Is the Deck Drip Edge?
The deck drip edge is the lip, or eaves strip, that protects the exterior wall system from water damage. It prevents wood rot and mold growth. Because this drip edge is an essential component of your waterproof deck, it should be installed by professional decking contractors.
Benefits of a PVC Drip Edge for Your Deck
Drip edges come in a variety of materials, such as aluminum, galvanized steel, and copper. However, waterproofing experts agree that PVC is the best material for waterproof deck construction and repairs in the Jersey Shore because it can stand up against the elements. Here are some of the benefits of installing a PVC deck drip edge:
- It withstands harsh weather conditions.
- It resists stains, scratches, and fading.
- It is resistant to mold, mildew, and moisture damage.
- It is easy to install.
- It is UV-resistant.
- It doesn’t need to be painted, but it accepts paint nicely.
What Is The Best Way to Fix Waterproof Drip Edges?
Deck drip edge installation and repairs are pretty straightforward, but it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Generally, the deck drip edge is replaced during deck repairs. Whether you are installing an entirely new fiberglass or polyurea deck or replacing your existing drip edge, your decking contractor will follow a multi-step process.
- Step 1: Remove all railing sections and cut off the perimeter board on the deck. Remove the existing drip edge.
- Step 2: Sand the deck, and then attach the new waterproof drip edge.
- Step 3: Round out sharp edges and sand smooth surfaces for greater adhesion.
- Step 4: Measure out the fiberglass mat and cover it with resin to form the fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) composite. Push the air bubbles out of this composite.
- Step 5: Let the FRP composite cure for 24 hours.
- Step 6: Sand the deck and apply a gelcoat on the perimeter of the decking.
- Step 7: Reinstall the railings and clean the deck with acetone.
- Step 8: Apply a final layer of gelcoat and let it cure for at least 48 hours.
Now, your fiberglass deck is waterproof and UV-resistant!
Keep Your Drip Edges Pristine
Working with a decking professional will ensure that your deck adheres to local building codes and is water-resistant and weatherproof. When you need deck repairs, OC Fiberglass will be there. For more information about our services, including siding and railings, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today!