What Is the Best Season to Waterproof Your Deck?
If you’re a regular reader of our blog you’ve probably recognized the importance of waterproofing your deck. Now you just have to decide when to call in the waterproofing contractors.
Budgetary issues aside, there are pros and cons in terms of when to have your deck waterproofed—in either the summer or the winter months.
Let’s First Get Our Bearings Before We Discuss the Weather
Our company, Capital Deck & Stair, is a leading provider of deck waterproofing in Los Angeles and Orange County with over thirty years of experience. Our customers are all based in Los Angeles and Orange County, so the information provided here is relevant to homeowners in Southern California.
Whether to Do It in Summer or Winter Depends on the Weather
The most important factor in terms of having your deck waterproofed is having it done when there is a period of around three to four sunny and dry days. You will need one or two sunny days to ensure that your deck is completely dry before the work begins. Then you’ll need another day for the actual waterproofing work to be done, then a further day for the waterproofing coating to dry completely.
Waterproofing Your Deck During the Summer Months
The benefit of having your deck waterproofed in the summer months is that our summers are typically dry. Ideally you would want the work to be done before you start making extensive use of your outdoor deck. Having your deck waterproofed at the very beginning of summer is a good time to do it if you plan on using your deck throughout the summer and you don’t want to have any down time.
Waterproofing Your Deck During the Winter Months
The benefit of waterproofing your deck during the winter months is that it isn’t going to impact your deck usage as most people don’t use their decks very much during the cold winter months. The drawback to this, however, is that it typically rains a lot during winter, so you’ll need to make sure it’s done during months with little rain.
“It Never Rains in Southern California”….Except During the Winter Months
According to the weather experts, February on average is the wettest month in Southern California. Rain usually starts around October or November with December seeing rainfall on a more frequent basis. Rain will typically continue falling until early April. Ideally you want to waterproof your deck before the rainy season starts so that your deck is protected from damage before there is a lot of rain.
A Gentle Reminder Why Waterproofing Is Important for Your Deck
A waterproof deck coating will extend the life of your deck. It will also keep it looking brand new. Waterproofed decks are also easier to keep clean as the surface coating helps prevent dirt from sticking to the deck. Last, but not least, and most important if your concrete deck is on your roof, waterproofing your deck will prevent leaks from occurring and causing significant amounts of damage to the structure below.
Long-Lasting Waterproof Protection for Years to Come
Our waterproof deck coating is guaranteed to last up to 8 years. Protect your beautiful deck from damage and keep it looking brand new. Give us a call at 424-339-0953 before the rain starts, we’d love to give you a free estimate.
Save Money by Waterproofing Your Concrete Deck This Winter
Outdoor decks, like every part of your home, need regular maintenance. If you don’t maintain your deck, chances are that you will have to replace it at some point due to weather damage.
Concrete and Stone Decks Are Not Indestructible
We’re fortunate in Southern California to live in an idyllic climate, with lots of warm sunshine and not so much rain.
That’s good for people, but for outdoor concrete decks that can’t take a break from the hot sun, it means being exposed to a steady stream of baking hot sunshine for most of the year.
How the Sun Damages Concrete and Stone Decks
The sun’s rays heat up the concrete causing it to expand, which results in fine cracks. When rain water gets into these cracks it causes major damage to the surface of the deck.
Water that is trapped in the cracks freezes during the cold winter nights. As water turns to ice it expands, and this ice expansion widens the cracks. Over time these fine cracks get wider and wider as more water gets trapped in the cracks.
These cracks also widen when the ground shifts as it often does during earthquakes in Southern California.
How to Prevent Water Damage to Your Outdoor Sundeck
The best way to prevent water damage is to apply a waterproof coating to the surface of your deck.
Our company, Capital Deck & Stair, specializes in waterproofing decks and we’ve been doing it for over 30 years. That’s why we’re one of the most trusted waterproofing contractors in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Don’t Put Off Waterproofing Your Deck, It Can Result in You Replacing Your Deck
From our experience, homeowners who put off regular maintenance of their outdoor decks can end up paying ten times as much to replace a deck that is too damaged to repair.
Besides the obvious unsightly appearance of having a badly cracked deck, you also run the risk of someone falling on the uneven surface and then suing.
“What’s involved in waterproofing my deck and how much is this all going to cost me?”
Our fully licensed, bonded, and insured crews apply a waterproof deck coating to the surface of your deck in a three-day process. Your deck will be walkable by the end of each day.
Once we’re done, your deck is good to go and it will be both waterproof and fire retardant. Costs will vary depending on the deck size and the surface coating used.
Your deck will also look brand new, so it’s a plus for your home’s value. Waterproof decks also require less maintenance and stay much cleaner than unprotected surfaces, saving you money.
“How long will deck surface waterproofing protect my outdoor deck for?”
Our surface coatings are guaranteed to waterproof your deck for up to eight years. It’s all backed by our service warranty and we stand by our work. That’s why we’re a leading provider of waterproofing and coating services in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Contact us at (424) 339-0953 for a free estimate.