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Revitalize the Look of Your Deck with Waterproof Deck Coatings

Kevin Marshall
November 21, 2012

As a homeowner there are many things to worry about when maintaining the beauty and functionality of your home. Those who have a deck installed in their homes will need to make sure all steps are completed before it can be exposed to the sun, wind, rain, and snow. Choosing the right type of deck coating is crucial to keeping your deck from leakage problems and weather-related damages.  When hiring a deck contractor, make sure he or she is capable of properly applying the appropriate deck coatings for your wood type. It is vital that you keep your deck protected from moisture and the sun by applying waterproof deck coatings. Waterproof coatings allow your deck to withstand even the most extreme weather conditions and resist major downpours. Deck coatings will extend the life of your deck as it keeps the wood from decaying and altogether falling. You will need to hire an expert to do this type of work because it can be a very meticulous job and it will require skill and specialized tools to finish the job.  Hiring a specialist will definitely save you time and money in the long run. Here are a few guidelines to follow before deciding to apply deck coatings.

Preparing deck for coating 

 Before starting this job you will need to refinish your deck. Refinishing your deck is comprised of cleaning and sanding or/and staining your deck. Sanding or/and staining deck ensures that the surface is smooth and ready for coating. Your deck contractor should inspect the deck carefully making sure that there are no damages left unfixed. Begin by clearing the deck of any dirt, rot, mildew, and even old deck coatings. If an old deck coating needs to be removed sanding is the way to go. Sanding will also ensure that the new coats hold fast. Now make sure the deck is thoroughly dry before applying the deck coat. There are different ways of applying the coat. One common way is by using brushes and rollers.  This technique allows you to give an all over coverage and sheen to the deck.  Another way is by spraying the coat which is often used method because it is much quicker. Choosing the type of method to apply the coating depends on the coating you are using. Make sure to have a professional apply whatever coating is suggested. 

 Choosing the right type of coating 

 A brand name deck coating is always a good choice but it is much more important to consider the type of material that will be applied and how durable it is. By being knowledgeable about the type of deck coating you are applying this will enable you to know how often the deck will need to be maintained and when the coating needs to be reapplied. Your deck contractor should be able to explain to you the right type of wood deck coating to apply that will best help preserve the wood. There are several types of coatings including vinyl coating, urethane, and polyurethane just to name a few. Remember, choosing the right type of waterproof coating depends on  the problem, deck material and the amount of time you are willing to dedicate to maintenance. If you need a professional to apply deck coatings, then call West Coast Deck Waterproofing.