7 Myths About Waterproof Deck Coatings

Whether you have a concrete deck or a wooden deck, waterproof deck coatings need to be re-applied about every two years. This not only protects your deck from the elements and heavy use but also makes maintenance easier and improves the look of your deck. Still on the fence? Let’s debunk some common myths that might be keeping you from scheduling this important service.

Myth #1: Waterproof Deck Coatings Are Only For Rainy Climates

While rain, snow and wind can take their toll on deck materials, these deck coatings also protect against UV rays. In Southern California, where we are blessed with a plethora of sunshine, these UV rays can damage and fade your deck. Proper waterproof deck coating can protect against the ravages of sun exposure and also protect your deck during our rainy season.

Myth #2: Coatings Only Protect Against Water Damage

As mentioned above, deck waterproofing also protects your deck from UV light, but that’s just one benefit. These coatings provide sun and water resistance, but also protect against mold and mildew growth and they prevent spills from soaking into your deck materials. While we still recommend cleaning up spills as quickly as possible, your deck coatings can repel spills from beverages, foods, oils, etc. and ensure that your deck is protected.

Myth 3: All Waterproofing Coatings Are Equal

There are various types of deck coating materials, such as acrylic, polyurethane, and epoxy, each with different properties and benefits. The choice of waterproofing applications depends on the specific needs of the deck and the environment.

At Thome Waterproofing, we have experience with a wide range of waterproof decking systems and will select the highest-quality waterproofing products to suit your specific type of deck. Whether you need concrete deck coatings, rubber deck coating or wood deck coating, we only work with the best waterproofing products on the market.

Myth 4: Waterproofing Is Too Expensive

Waterproofing is an extra expense, but waterproof deck coatings extend the life of the deck, prevent costly repairs, and enhance property value, making them a cost-effective investment in the long run.

Myth 5: Waterproofing Is Harmful to the Environment

In Southern California, we all strive to be as eco-friendly as possible, so it should provide you with some peace of mind to know that many modern waterproofing materials are environmentally friendly with low volatile organic compound (VOC) formulations that are safe for use.

Myth #6: Waterproof Coatings Make Decks Maintenance-Free

While deck coatings do make maintenance far easier and reduce the need for frequent maintenance, periodic cleaning and inspections are still necessary to ensure the coating is in good shape and that your deck stays in good shape in general.

Want to keep your deck looking its best? Here are some quick maintenance tips. Aside from sweeping your deck periodically to remove dirt, leaves and debris, we also recommend cleaning the deck with a gentle cleanser (mild soap and water is a good choice) about twice a year.

Once you’ve given the deck a gentle scrub, rinse the deck carefully to ensure that all debris is removed. Power washing also is a good option to consider, especially after a prolonged rainy season.

Myth #7: DIY Waterproofing Is As Effective As Professional Application

While it certainly costs more to hire waterproofing contractors, the process of deck preparation and deck coating is arduous work, and we can save you time and labor, but that’s just one reason to hire a pro.

More importantly, professional application ensures proper surface preparation, correct product selection, and expert application techniques, resulting in a more durable and effective waterproof coating.

Proper surface preparation is crucial, and a simple sweeping or power washing won’t be sufficient. Proper prep work includes cleaning, repairing damage, and ensuring the deck is dry and free of contaminants to ensure the coating adheres correctly and performs as expected.

In general, the three best ways to increase the life of your decks are to hire a waterproofing specialist, use the highest quality waterproofing products and be vigilant about maintenance. Taking these three steps can keep your deck looking its best for many years to come.

Trust Thome For All Of your Waterproofing Services!

As waterproofing experts, we provide a long list of services for our clients. We can provide waterproof deck coatings for all types of decking materials, including roof deck and pool deck coatings (be sure to ask about cool deck coatings and slip-resistant coatings!). We also can provide you with decorative coatings that will truly enhance the look of any concrete deck. In addition to waterproof deck coating, our team can help protect your entire property with balcony waterproofing, planter waterproofing, retaining wall waterproofing, crawlspace waterproofing and below grade waterproofing. We serve residential and commercial clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area, including Ventura County. Contact us today for a free cost estimate for our services.