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Keeping Your Deck Dry After Waterproofing

Jenn Tolson
February 24, 2016

One of the most important things you can do to help maintain your deck is to get it waterproofed. Without proper sealants, your deck is vulnerable to mold and dry rot, which can significantly affect the integrity of your deck. When you get your deck waterproofed, not only are you protecting it from water damage, but the seal that is created protects the deck from elements such as the sun as well. While waterproofing your deck is important, there are some additional things you can do to help keep your deck dry. 

When the surface of your deck is waterproofed, sometimes trouble spots are often forgotten. Trouble spots are the areas that that often do not get much attention during the waterproofing process. These spots include where the deck and the house intersect and posts and railings. These are trouble spots since often, it is difficult to reach these areas and they might be easy to forget. However, it is still vital that these trouble spots are properly waterproofed. 

Another things you can do to help keep your deck looking like new is by regularly cleaning it. This includes washing the deck once or twice a year. When you don’t wash your deck, residue from leaves or other debris make it easier for mold and mildew to grow, which puts your desk at risk. To avoid this, simply sweep your deck and then wash your deck with any standard deck cleaner. Once a deck has been thoroughly cleaned, it is a good time to add a sealant to your deck. When you seal your deck, the sealant protects the grain of the wood from accumulating moisture, which is just one more way to protect your deck. Keeping your deck dry after waterproofing is crucial! By following these simple recommendations, you can be sure that your deck will be safe from damages caused by mold or dry rot. 

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