Pros and Cons of Self-Sealing Membrane on a Deck

Self sealing membranes are used for a sealing deck, and are also called peel-and-stick membranes. They protect the deck’s weakest areas from ice buildup, or the damaging effects of water along the deck’s edges. Self-sealing membrane has its pros and cons, when it comes to deck use.

Pros of Self-Sealing Membrane on a Deck

Self-sealing membrane is easy to work with (even for new users). The self-sealing membrane is also able to seal itself around the penetrations on decks caused by fasteners and nails. In a price comparison with other products, the self-sealing membrane is also moderate in cost. It can also withstand light foot traffic.

Cons of Self-Sealing Membrane on a Deck

The self-sealing membrane is a newer product, that relies solely on an adhesive bond between wide arrays of materials. The installation method of these materials leaves little margin for error. When using the self-sealing membrane on a deck, depending on the materials, ultraviolet light or excessive heat may cause the membrane to degrade. Applying the self-sealing membrane on the deck extra thick, is not guaranteed to provide extra protection against the most extreme ice that thaws and freezes on decks.