A Waterproof Deck is a Strong Deck!

There are many benefits to waterproofing your deck , and we’ve discussed many of them in previous posts here on our blog. However, one benefit that many people don’t think of or consider is the benefit of adding strength to your deck. It’s true: a waterproof and sealed deck actually stands stronger and more durable for a longer period of time compared to a deck that’s left exposed and untreated. On this blog, we’ll explain more about this added benefit and explain why you should take advantage of it.

Longer-Lasting Strength

Depending on your deck’s surface, a waterproof coating is an extra layer of armor against the wear and tear associated with everything from elemental exposure to foot traffic from use. While a waterproof seal is generally a thin coating, it’s an extremely hard one that’s designed to successfully withstand pelting from rainfalls, washing, and even just general usage. While it may not be able to protect against a major impact, such a heavy object being dropped, it can add just a little bit of extra protection to the raw materials your deck is constructed from, allowing them to be just a little more resistant to breaking and needing replacement.

Prevent Exposure to Materials

In addition to preventing the materials from breaking, a proper waterproofing service will also help prevent water damage to the materials your deck is built from. For example, if you have a wooden deck, water is certainly not your friend, as it can cause warping, splintering, and rot in the wood itself. This is particularly unsightly and frustrating in surface boards, but it’s even more dangerous in the deck’s wooden structure, where rot can soften the wood and cause it to become weak, incapable of sustaining the weight of the structure and whatever is on it. By waterproofing your deck, you’re preserving the surface itself as well as the structure underneath, minimizing its exposure to water that can eventually soften it and cause it to fail.

The same principle applies to decks constructed from concrete, tile, granite, marble, or even synthetic materials. While these surfaces may be naturally more water-resistant than wood, continuing to have them resurfaced and waterproofed can prevent any water from seeping in and causing the materials to erode away and eventually become damaged and unsuitable for use. A deck that has not been properly waterproofed will likely see cosmetic damage such as fading or dulling of colors, but will also likely see structural damage such as cracks through the surface, deformation, ponding, and even weak points where the deck seems to bend or give way just a little too much. A proper waterproofing procedure can help prevent this issue from emerging, giving you the ability to use your deck confidently and continually, knowing that the structure it’s built upon is in good working condition and has been properly preserved.

This is particularly important for rooftop decks or decks that have anything beneath them. A deck of this nature that hasn’t been waterproofed will likely lead to leaks in the roof of whatever is below, which when outside may not be the end of the world, but inside can be a major issue. A rooftop deck that isn’t waterproofed can leak into the roof, wearing out the structure and leaking water into the space below, which, if let get out of hand, could cause a collapse.

This is just one more reason why it’s a good idea to reach out to a Los Angeles deck waterproofing company about having your deck properly sealed. A sealed deck will be able to provide you with loads of additional usage and durability, as well as last for many additional years before major repairs or renovations will be needed.

To schedule your waterproofing service or to learn more about the options available to you, contact Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing today by dialing (310) 912-7737 !

Why Is the Sun So Hard On Your Deck?

While most people think of rain as the biggest threat to decks, those in sunny Southern California know that perhaps nothing is harder on their deck every year than the long and brutal hours of exposure to the scorching sun. While the sun may provide our planet with life-sustaining warmth, it can be extremely harsh on anything that receives excessive amounts of exposure day after day. Combine that with our often triple-digit summer temperatures, and you have a recipe for deck damage that’s almost impossible to avoid.

If you’re sick of having to constantly resurface and re-treat your deck every year or two, then it’s important to learn why the sun is so harsh on your structure in order to understand what you can do to fight back against it. We’ll discuss these things on this blog.

How Sun Damage Occurs

There are many reasons why the sun is such a brutal force against your deck. For starters, the sun puts off more than just the visible light that illuminates our world: it also puts off extremely harsh radiation, including ultraviolet light, x-rays, and even gamma rays. These types of light are invisible to the human eye, but deal tremendous damage to whatever they pass through. Fortunately, our atmosphere filters most of this dangerous radiation out and reflects it back into space, but some of these rays still slip through and cause damage to nearly anything left in the sun, including your deck.

Second, the heat the sun provides is also a massive factor in terms of destroying your deck. When the temperature cranks up in the late spring, summer, and fall seasons here in Southern California, it dries out everything, causing all forms of moisture and oils to evaporate or crystalize. When things dry out, they become brittle, which causes them to become prone to cracking and breaking. This is important because the sun also causes materials to expand and contract each day. As objects and materials heat up, they expand and physically become bigger. When they cool off, they contract and shrink. When you combine a brittle, dry material with a constant grow-and-shrink pattern that occurs each day, it’s easy to see how cracks and other more severe damage can form over the warmest and driest part of the year.

Preventing Sun Damage to Your Deck

So, now that we know why the sun damages your deck so badly, what can we do about it in order to slow the process and prevent you from having to constantly re-treat and reseal your deck every year or two? While you’ll never be able to fully prevent sun damage to your deck, there are some things you can do to effectively combat the damage and slow the process to give you extra years of durability.

Choose Quality Materials
There are certain deck materials that are naturally more resistant to sun damage than others. Concrete decks, for example, tend to last much longer than a wooden deck, and that alone can make them a much better investment. Generally, you’ll only need to treat a concrete deck every five to ten years, versus every one to two for a wooden surface.

Paint Your Deck
Much like sunscreen protects your skin from sun damage, paint is a sort-of “sunscreen” for your deck. Specifically outdoor formulated paint is designed with ingredients and additives that are designed to reflect harmful radiation away from your deck, thus strengthening it and keeping it in good condition. However, never rely on paint alone to seal your deck: use it in tandem with a quality seal treatment in order to obtain the maximum protection.

Inspect Your Deck Regularly
One of the keys to preventing major sun damage is to regularly check your deck and look for weak spots that are starting to show signs of wear and tear and have these spots repaired quickly. Most major deck damage starts with just a small flaw that later grows and compromises your entire deck, so fixing these danger spots quickly can prevent you from having to completely re-seal or even rebuild your whole deck after just a few short years.

For information on high-quality deck sealing options, speak with the Los Angeles deck sealing experts from Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing! Call us today at (310) 912-7737 to request a service quote.