Waterproof Deck Coatings: Why They’re Useful
What Are Waterproof Deck Coatings?
Why Waterproof Deck Coatings Are Useful
If your home experiences harsh weather such as snowstorms, you might already be seeing the effects water is having on your deck. Without a waterproof coating, your deck has no protection, and you won’t get great service from it. Here are a few benefits that come with using waterproof deck coatings.
- It protects your wood – Water can seriously damage your wooden deck, especially after heavy rain or a snowstorm. Wood can warp, stain, and hide dangerous mold when it comes in contact with water.
- It increases your deck’s lifespan – Waterproofing a deck can dramatically improve its life span while giving you and your family a more secure home.
- It can be slip-resistant – If your deck is constantly wet and you want to avoid any accidents, choose a slip-resistant coating.
- It’s easy to clean and maintain – Once you apply the waterproof coating to the deck, you can easily clean up accidents, spills, or stains. The coating works wonders because it keeps liquids from seeping down into your deck.
What Surfaces Need Waterproof Deck Coatings
- Wooden Decks – We recommend applying a rubberized membrane system to your wooden deck. Your deck needs protection from ultraviolet rays and water. You can choose a variety of clear, tinted, or stained waterproof deck coatings. It all depends on the condition of your wood and whether you want to enhance the look of your deck.
- Concrete Decks – Concrete surfaces are vulnerable to moisture. Moisture will freeze inside the pores causing “spalling”. Moisture will also travel through the pores into areas you don’t want water. Applying a waterproof deck coating to your concrete surface will make it both waterproof and stylish. You can turn your unprotected concrete into a brand new protected surface.
Types Of Waterproof Deck Coatings
Below are different types of waterproof deck coatings.
- Vinyl – Most popular for residential applications, vinyl comes with a lot of benefits. A vinyl coating can be walked on as soon as it’s laid, requires very little maintenance, and is long-lasting. On the downside, vinyl is not very good at handling heat.
- Polymer – Another common material used for residential homes is polymer. Polymer cement provides lasting protection against heavy wear and tear. The one thing about polymer is that it requires reapplication every couple of years.
- Peel-and-Stick – With a peel-and-stick deck membrane, waterproof square sheets are placed all along your surface, forming a protective layer. The downside is peel-and-stick sheets need to be replaced often even because of normal foot traffic.
- Rubberized Membrane System (Most Popular) – The most popular solution for deck waterproofing in Utah is a rubberized membrane system. This high-performance flexible coating cures into a waterproof membrane with excellent ultraviolet stability. Overall, your deck will look better and last longer.
DIY Or Hire A Professional?
The reason we ask this is because you have two options. You can go to your local home store and purchase one of their do-it-yourself kits. Or, you can hire a professional. If you are okay with applying a DIY waterproofing kit to your deck, be prepared to do it every three years or so. The waterproof coating process requires precise accuracy. Otherwise, something can go wrong if the coating is not applied correctly or cured.
Who Do You Call For Waterproof Deck Coatings
If you live in the Greater Salt Lake City area and need reliable waterproof deck coating professionals, you should call Complete Concrete Coatings. Since 2005, we’ve successfully protected thousands of decks, patios, garage floors, and other concrete or wooden surfaces. Check out a list of our services on our page and reviews on social media. Call today and receive your free estimate.