Waterproofing advice for Deck Sealing
Sealing, staining, or painting which is best for decks? Sorry, this is not a trivia show. FYI, though the answer is that there is no real answer to that question. So, if you come across a service that is heavily trying to push one way or the other especially between sealing and staining there is probably some hidden motif there that you have not discovered yet. Again, we know that we have said multiple times we are not into average paint for decks. The main reason though is because that is exactly what staining does in decks. Now, as far as sealing your deck it really brings many different benefits to the table!
Keeping Your Original Look
After the completion of your deck, either you or deck contractor should seal the wood with a water-resistant sealer. Your water-resistant sealants are painted on the wood, covering the entire deck. This coating helps to protect the wood from absorbing excess water. The sealer help protect your wood from rot and decay. This is vital for the long term preservation and beauty of your deck. Not only does this seal the deck but also provides wonderful preservation of the deck’s structure.
If you choose to use cedar or redwood for your backyard deck, waterproofing can extend the life of the wood. We highly recommended that you seal this type of wood before you begin construction, but it is still okay if you get to it after the fact. The sealing ensures that the wood was properly and evening coated with the deck waterproofing sealant. When using cedar or redwood for building your backyard deck, be sure re-apply the sealant coating once every 12 to 18 months in order to prevent the wood from warping.
Untreated wood will eventually become damaged, because water and the outdoor elements will begin to take their toll on your deck. Being submitted to harsh weather and direct sunlight is often a killer of untreated wood. Wood can begin to rot, crack, and in severe cases, provide an open invitation to pests. Redwood is not as prone to rot and other damage as softer, lighter woods. Despite its durability, you should seriously consider waterproofing for enhanced beauty. Deck waterproofing is the only way to prevent premature damage to your deck. Decks are often a substantial investment and deck waterproofing is insurance for your peace of mind.