From the decks of Canadian pleasure craft to the balconies of Kiwis’ homes, this is a material that has been on a long journey. Transitioning from the marine industry into a widely accepted construction material was a logical step for the product, as it designed to withstand harsh conditions including UV rays, salt spray, and heavy abrasive objects being dragged across it including anchors and fishing rods.
Because of its maritime heritage, its waterproofing qualities were a core focus in its development, to the point that this membrane system has been frequently specified in the recladding of leaky buildings due to its simple yet effective technology.
Distributed in New Zealand by Viking Roofspec over the last 15 years, the product is known as Viking Dec-K-ing PVC Membrane. Essentially it’s an all-in-one waterproofing; aesthetic; and anti-slip decking solution that is installed and left as-is, rather than requiring additional products to complete the deck. “Traditional decks normally require a waterproofing membrane underneath timber decking or tiles,” Viking Roofspec’s Brendon Sutton says. “Traditional non-trafficable waterproofing systems such as torch-on or rubber membranes, all require the installation of floating decking above them. That’s the beauty of Viking Dec-K-ing; it’s a complete decking solution in one vinyl sheet.