As you’re planning a new deck, don’t forget one simple addition that could make a big difference. No matter what kind of deck boards you choose, the life of your deck will likely be determined by the timber substructure: the joists and bearers.
Most timber substructures begin to rot and decay in about 8-10 years unless they are protected.
How do you protect the joists and bearers? With a high-quality deck protection tape. Here are 5 reasons not to skip this small but essential element.
- Protect against Moisture
Apply a deck protection tape to tops of joists, bearers, rim joists, and ledger. Water that penetrates the timber can eventually lead to rot and decay.
- Enjoy Easy and Safe Installation
Applying a peel-and-stick deck protection tape is easy and requires almost no trimming. Self-adhesive butyl tape lies directly on the boards and involves minimum cuts with little overlap. Trex Protect has a non-skid surface that protects the installer from slipping and falling.
- Hold Screws in Place
When you apply a butyl-based deck protection tape as a “cap” vs. wrapping, it helps to hold the screws in place longer. Butyl-based deck protection tape is a sealant that prevents water from penetrating the timber even when punctured by a screw. It also keeps the timber from splitting due to seasonal temperature fluctuations. This combined protection extends the life of the timber.
- Pay an Affordable Price
To protect an average size deck measuring 3.5m x 7.5m will require approximately 5 rolls of Trex Protect Joist Tape and one roll of Trex Protect Bearer Tape. For less than a $120 investment, the timber can last as long as the decking it supports. Why build a deck that is warranted to last 20+ years when the foundation starts to rot at 8-10 years? Deck protection tape can prevent this from happening.
- Rest Easy
With a high-quality deck protection tape, you get peace of mind about the longevity of your deck. Trex is the world’s number one decking brand, in part, because it offers a 20-year warranty, compared to less than one year provided by acrylic tape manufacturers. You can count on Trex to last.
Deck protection tape is a wise investment if you want to prolong the life of your deck. Use our materials estimator to calculate how much tape you will need.