Have you recently installed a new deck in your home or building, or have noticed that your deck is starting to show signs of wear and tear? If so, it is important you consider waterproofing. Wind, rain, and sunshine can all wreak havoc on your deck’s ability to withstand the elements, making it more susceptible to cracking and splitting from long-term exposure to water. Water damage can cause a wide range of issues to your deck, including slip and trip hazards, structural damage, and an overall undesirable aesthetic. But when is the best time to waterproof your deck? The answer: it depends.
The following factors will determine the best time to waterproof your deck:
- The age of the deck: If your deck is brand new, your wood likely still has a certain level of moisture and will not absorb a sealant until it has completely dried out. Depending on the type of wood your deck is made of, you may have to wait anywhere from three months to a year for the fibers in the wood to open up. If your deck is older, you should consider resealing your deck every 12 to 18 months.
- The season: Many sealing products work best in certain temperature ranges. Sealing projects typically require between two to four days without rain and temperatures below 85 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure the stain and seal can be evenly absorbed and dried. Fortunately, this ideal weather is characteristic of Southern California and is present most of the year.
- The weather: In addition to the actual process of applying the sealant, a deck must also be cleaned to remove the dirt and get down to the solid wood. Between cleaning and sealing, you will need to have a period of at least two to three days to allow the deck to dry out. In total, you will generally need a period of five to six days of clear weather.
Seal Your Deck with Capital Deck & Stain Waterproofing
At Capital Deck & Stain Waterproofing, our Los Angeles waterproofing specialists have been serving customers in Southern California for 30+ years and can help you seal and restore your deck with ease. From pool decks to balconies, we can handle any waterproofing job with accuracy and at a price you’ll love. Best of all, all of our work is backed by a satisfaction guarantee, allowing you to rest easy knowing the job will be done correctly and to your liking the first time around.
To find out more about how we can assist you with your project, request a free estimate today.