One of the most damaging things that can happen to your deck is water damage. When moisture gets trapped in the wood, it can lead to mold, dry rot, and a weakening in the integrity of your deck. Sometimes people think that since it is generally dry and hot during the summer, they no longer need to worry about waterproofing, however, this is not the case. Here are some reasons as to why deck waterproofing in the summer is still very important.
When you get your deck waterproofed, not only does it protect from moisture, but it also protects from harmful damage from the sun. During the summer, the intense heat from sun can do more damage than usual. The sun can cause warping in the boards and if the wood isn’t treated, it can cause discoloration as well. When your deck is waterproofed, the finisher also protects from any damage that the UV rays might cause. This means that you won’t have to worry about the color of your deck fading or any other damage that the sun might cause.
If you have a cement pool deck, don’t think you’re off the hook just because unlike wood, cement cannot get problems such as dry rot. Cement has other problems that it brings. For example, the cracks in cement can expand and cause structural damage if not treated. During the summer these cracks can become larger with the increase of traffic on the deck. When your cement deck is waterproofed, the sealer will protect the ground from any cracks being added as well as protecting from UV rays as well.
Once your deck is waterproofed, maintenance does not take much time. It’s important that you don’t let wet leaves or other materials stay on the deck for long as the moisture may cause damage if it is left there long enough. Other than that, general sweeping or cleaning with a water pressure hose every now and then is enough to keep your deck looking as good as new.