Waterproofing Your Wooden Deck: 3 Popular Sealant Options

No wooden deck is complete without a good waterproofing sealant to protect it from the worst Mother Nature has to offer. What sealant goes onto a deck, however, can be a trickier proposition than just grabbing a can or bottle of the stuff and getting to work. The materials of a deck, its age, and the typical weather conditions of a region can make one sealant ineffective and another ideal, and vice versa.

Here’s three popular sealants that you might want to consider:

  • Polyurethane sealants: Try not to get too caught up on the chemical-sounding name of this sealant. Typically made of acrylic or a synthetic resin, polyurethane sealants are known for their ability for customization. You can get a finish that ranges from a high gloss to a soft sheen to an almost-matte finish. Light woods are generally best suited for an application of polyurethane sealants, as other finishes could potentially change the color enough that it looks odd, especially as the years go on.
  • Varnishes: When resin, oil, and specialized solvents are combined, the end result is a varnish suited for sealing wood decks and structures. Varnishes are well-known for drying into a hardened surface that can be likened to a shell, providing tough protection to decks that resists scarring and yellowing. For outdoor decks, a marine varnish will be your first choice, as it is particularly resistant against damage caused by the sun and can swallow UV rays.
  • Lacquer: A traditional lacquer is made of dissolved tree resin, condensed down into an applicable material. Although lacquer can technically work on outdoor surfaces, it is really intended for indoor use and on darker woods due to its yellow color that can make lighter woods look unappealing. If you have a wooden chair or table that sometimes moves from inside to out, a lacquer might be the choice for that job. Keep in mind that lacquer smells quite strongly and the fumes could be dangerous if you breathe them in too heavily; work where there is plenty of fresh air or ventilation when applying lacquer sealants.

No matter what sealant you choose for your wooden deck, you might have to go quickly to ensure it looks uniform and correct by the time it dries. For some decks that are large or have unusual, nonrectangular layouts, moving fast and applying a sealant correctly are outright difficult for one person. If you need assistance and want to know the completed project is backed by an unbeatable warranty, you should contact Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing. Our Los Angeles deck waterproofing specialists have been in the industry and making a great impression everywhere we go for more than 30 years.

How to Refresh Your Deck with Simple Steps

Any deck – whether it be a leisure deck , walking deck , or pool deck – will eventually start to look a little worse for wear. Or, at the very least, it just won’t feel as inviting anymore. If this has happened to your deck, wouldn’t it be nice to refresh it and restore its welcoming nature? Luckily, this is possible, and it probably isn’t as difficult as you think.

These easy-to-follow steps can help you freshen up your deck:

  1. Scan: Before you can really improve your deck’s condition, you need to know everything that is wrong with it. Make an inspection of anything that catches your eye and note where you find issues. You should be looking for loose bolts, cracked wood, chipped concrete, and any other condition that could be indicative of a bigger underlying problem.
  2. Sweep: A good push-broom is your best friend when it comes to getting the biggest bits of debris and dirt out of the cracks and gaps in your deck. Put all the furniture on the lawn and start by sweeping your deck thoroughly.
  3. Scrub: Trouble spots and grease stains won’t be swept away by a push-broom but they aren’t tougher than you. If you have a deck-rated power scrubber, this step is incredibly simple. Otherwise, you will need to get a brush, some cleaner, and a bottle of elbow grease to deal with those nasty particulars.
  4. Scrape: The floorboards of your deck undoubtedly take the worst beating on a daily basis but don’t forget about any handrails, bannisters, and other components that might make up your deck. A scrubbing brush and some extra attention will work wonders here.
  5. Splash: When the noticeable, individual stains are gone, you can make a complete pass over the deck with an extra splash of deck-approved soap and your push-broom again.

How does your deck look now that you’ve cleared it off and given it some welcome attention? If it doesn’t look warm and wonderful as it once did, it could very well be time to refinish or reseal it again. Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing of Los Angeles can provide you with professional help when it comes to tackling any deck or stair job, no matter the size or scale. Contact our team to get a free quote about the project you have in mind.