As a deck owner, keeping the deck in good condition should be one of the main focuses. There are a variety of ways that this can be accomplished. One of the things that a deck should be protected from are the natural elements such as the sun and rain. Here are some ways on how to protect your deck from different weather factors.
One of the most common factors that deck owners protect against is rain. While water is the leading type of damage for wooden decks, rain can also negatively impact concrete decks as well. When there are cracks on the surface of a concrete deck, the water can seep into the cracks and expand the cracks. Especially during the colder seasons, as water freezes it expands further, which forces the cracks to become worse than before. Another thing to look out for is mold. It’s true, even a concrete deck can acquire mold if not properly cared for. Not only is mold unsightly, it is also unsanitary. If left for long periods of time, the mold can also spread and become worse over time. Another factor to consider when trying to protect your deck is UV rays from the sun. The constant sun beating down on the concrete surface can fade the color of the concrete. This is especially a problem if you have added color tints to the surface of your concrete deck.
With winter right around the corner, there are also a few steps you can take to protect your concrete deck. The first thing you should do is give it a thorough cleaning. It is likely that your deck received a lot of traffic over the past few months of the summer. With heavy traffic comes dirt, stains and other problems. It is a good idea to remove all deck furniture and then thoroughly sweep the deck. After this, pressure wash your deck or simply scrub the deck with water and soap. After the deck is clean, apply a waterproof coat. Not only will the coating protect from winter rains, it will also protect from UV rays as well.