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Decks were once a novelty but today they are very common. One of the main reasons is that decks give us the ability to entertain outdoors when the weather is nice. It doesn’t matter what the occasion, having a deck gives an extra living area to your home that can’t be beat. Decks can give you space for additional recreational activity or for grilling outside with the BBQ. Not only that, but decks add beauty and value to your home, and are often your family’s favorite place on lovely afternoons. However, many decks are made from wood, which over time can create other concerns that need to be addressed.

If you built your own deck, you understand the large investment it is (both in money and in time). If you had it built you certainly know its value. In order to protect that investment, deck waterproofing is very important.

 Waterproofing Your DeckAfter the completion of your deck, you or a contractor should seal the wood with a water-resistant coating. (How long after the deck is built you need to do this will depend on the wood that was used to build the deck and the product you are using to seal it.) Water-resistant sealants are brushed or rolled onto the wood, covering the entire deck. This coating will help protect the wood from absorbing water. This not only seals the deck but also preserves the deck’s beauty as well.

The most common woods used to build decks are cedar or redwood or pressure treated wood. If you use cedar or redwood for your deck they have natural preservatives in the wood and will last for a long time. But waterproofing them can extend the life of the deck and the wood’s color and beauty. PT wood stands up to rot even longer but can start to look old in a short number of years without being treated.

 Waterproofing Your DeckWhen using cedar or redwood for construction you can apply the sealer shortly after construction as long as the wood is completely dry. But doing it once is not enough. It needs to be re-applied once every 12 to 18 months in order to prevent the wood from darkening.

When using PT wood sealing the deck is slightly different. The chemicals used to keep the wood from rotting will prevent the sealer from sticking properly to the wood on a brand new deck. It is usually recommended that the deck be left for at least a couple of months to let the chemicals leach out of the surface of the wood. This will then allow the sealer to bond properly to the wood and do its job effectively.

 Waterproofing Your DeckWood that is left untreated will start looking old and become more susceptible to rot. This is the result of harsh weather and the UV rays from the sun which deteriorate untreated wood. The wood will also crack inviting it to absorb more moisture and it will also provide an open invitation to termites. The good news is that keeping your deck in good condition can be done in no more than an afternoon or two every couple of years, depending on climate factors and the type of products you use.

Cedar and Redwood are not as prone to rot as some other woods people try to use but despite their durability, you should still waterproof them for enhanced beauty and added protection.

Decks play an important role in outdoor living and are a significant investment. Deck waterproofing is your way of protecting that investment and it is the only way to prevent premature damage to your deck.

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