Sealing a Deck Is a Must
If You Want It to Last

Find out about the importance of sealing a deck and different waterproof deck coating options for sealing wood.

The condition of the wood on your deck or fence can add to, or take away from the curb appeal and value of your house.

Wood rapidly deteriorates without protection of deck sealers. It absorbs dirt and moisture like a sponge, creating a perfect environment for mold, mildew, algae, and fungus growth (and black, green or gray discoloration).

As the wood repeatedly swells and shrinks with temperature changes, it starts cracking, warping and splintering. Rainwater washes out the color of the wood and sunlight breaks down its cells, making the wood soft and porous.

Deck Cleaning and Sealing

Deck waterproofing

Deck cleaning and sealing should always go hand in hand, to keep the wood looking new, longer.

You can do a simple test to see if it's time for deck waterproofing:

Sprinkle a few drops of water onto the surface - if the water beads up, the wood still has water-resistant properties. If the water soaks in within about 20 seconds, then sealing wood is in order.

Alternative to Staining a Deck

Some homeowners don't know about the importance of sealing wood and leave their decks and fences unprotected, because they say they like the look of natural wood. But you can have your cake and eat it too, with clear waterproof deck sealers.

A clear deck seal does not change the color of the wood, but enhances it and makes it richer. Such deck sealers will keep your fence or deck waterproof for about a year, and must be re-applied annually.

If your deck or fence has been neglected for too long, it's better to use a pigmented, wood-toned waterproof deck coating - it will add color, even out the tone of the wood and bring back its natural beauty. Because of the pigment, such deck sealers will last longer and will keep the wood waterproof for up to 5 years.

You can repeat the water test every year to check if it's time for sealing wood again. Sealing a deck is not optional. Such simple maintenance is all it takes to keep the wood beautiful and add many years to its life.

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