Vinyl deck surfaces are a very low-maintenance decking solution, but homeowners do have some minimal maintenance responsibilities. It is required to inspect it annually to ensure all seals or caulking is intact. For best appearance, the deck should be cleaned seasonally (4 times a year). Cleaning requirements may vary depending on location. The textured surface is ideal for slip resistance, but does provide a place for dirt to settle.
Some consideration should be paid to the deck accessories that you chose. Rubber backed mats are not compatible with PVC and can cause discoloration. Metal edged snow shovels and sharp edged metal furniture should be avoided as they can puncture the vinyl and compromise the waterproofing performance. Certain tree saps like cedar can be very difficult stains to remove and organic debris (like leaves) left to sit for extended periods can stain as they decompose. Metal planters without protection underneath can result in planter shaped rust stains. If any of the above should occur – try to clean it off as soon as possible so the stain doesn’t have a chance to set
Like any other floor surface, vinyl may scuff if abused. Try to avoid dragging heavy or sharp-edged objects over unprotected PVC. Skidding a bicycle tire, a roller blade or the edge of a running shoe across the vinyl creates friction, and the extreme heat and abrasion may possibly remove the print. Duradek vinyl membranes are manufactured with a solid ‘base’ color which is complementary (rather than obtrusive) if the print finish is removed from abuse.
Normal traffic will not damage the vinyl at all. Solid color membranes are available for high traffic areas to avoid wear patterns. Some manufacturers claim to have reduced the possibility of scuffing by adding a clear top coat layer to their PVC; however, this is an unproven technology that should be reviewed with caution.