Deck Coating & Waterproofing: 5 Helpful Facts

Deck coating and waterproofing is an essential task that needs to be scheduled about every two years or so for both commercial and residential properties. At Thome Waterproofing, we can provide you with the highest quality deck coatings, but before we dive into our services, let’s take a look at some facts about coatings that highlight the benefits of hiring a pro to handle this task.

1. Professional Application = Longevity

Does a DIY approach truly save you money? In most cases, hiring a waterproofing company will save you money in the long term because we have the experience needed to know which materials to apply as well as the best application methods.

Additionally, professional deck coatings provide a significantly longer lifespan for concrete surfaces compared to standard, off-the-shelf products. Expert applications can extend the life of a deck by several years, protecting against weather, wear, and tear. Investing in professional deck coating services can save money in the long run by preventing costly repairs or replacements caused by water damage or structural failures.

2. The Convenience Factor

As a homeowner or perhaps even as a business owner or manager, you could handle deck coating and waterproofing tasks on your own, but it’s hard work, takes a good amount of time and you likely will need to purchase a variety of tools and devices that will drive up the overall costs.

Professionals have the tools, techniques, and team to complete the job efficiently, minimizing downtime or access restrictions to the coated area. This is especially important with commercial properties where limiting access to apartments, offices, walkways, etc. can be a huge nuisance for your clients or residents.

2. We Provide Custom Solutions

As specialists in deck coating, we assess each project individually to recommend the best materials and application methods, ensuring a customized solution that addresses specific environmental conditions and usage requirements. 

Waterproofing services are a science that requires an understanding of hydrostatic pressure, moisture dynamics, and material properties. Professionals bring this specialized knowledge to ensure effective water barrier creation.

3. Deck Coatings Increase Safety

Professional applications enhance safety by incorporating slip-resistant textures and using non-toxic, low-VOC (volatile organic compound) materials, adhering to strict safety and environmental standards.

While this is important for residential clients, adhering to environmental safety standards and increasing safety throughout your property is crucial in order to stay in compliance with local regulations as well as to avoid potential injuries and even costly lawsuits. We can apply slip-resistant and heat-resistant coatings to your decks and walkways, which is especially important with concrete pool deck coatings.

4. We Do A Thorough Inspection

As we clean away the debris and prep the area for coatings, we will inspect the area carefully before applying waterproofing materials. During this process, we can identify and address minor issues before they become major problems, providing preventive maintenance advice to prolong the condition of your concrete decks, balconies and walkways.

During our inspection, we also might make note of any drainage issues on your property. Proper drainage not only protects your foundation and the structure of your home, but it can protect your decks, walkways and planters. Proper grading and drainage along with waterproofing services will be the best way to protect your property from water damage and the costly repairs this damage necessitates.

5. Deck Coatings Add Value

Professionally coated and waterproofed decks and walkways enhance the overall value of a property, making it more attractive to potential buyers or renters by offering a well-maintained and durable outdoor space. 

We can apply decorative coatings, as well, to further improve the aesthetics of your property. We have extensive experience applying decorative coatings and these can transform the look of your pool deck, walkways and balconies.

How To Extend The Life Of Deck Coatings

We typically recommend that you have deck coatings applied about every two years. Our rainy season, which is often followed by months of sunshine will take a toll on your deck’s surfaces.

Proper maintenance may extend the length of time you need between coatings, especially for homeowners. Commercial properties, with heavier use, tend to need more frequent applications of deck coating and waterproofing materials.

However, you can take some steps to keep your deck coatings in good shape for as long as possible. This includes keeping the deck clean from dirt, leaves and other debris. This prevents the accumulation of materials that could hold moisture against the deck surface, leading to the deterioration of the coating.

Prompt stain removal is also important. We recommend that you address spills and stains immediately to prevent them from setting in and causing damage. Use cleaning products recommended by the coating manufacturer to avoid harming the protective layer.

Furniture and activities that can scratch or puncture the coating should be managed carefully. Using protective pads under furniture legs and avoiding dragging heavy objects across the deck can limit damage.

It’s also crucial to ensure that you have proper drainage around our decks and walkways. If water pools up, this can cause damage to your deck, walkways and other surfaces. We also recommend inspecting these surfaces from time to time to look for any signs of damage. It’s always cheaper to repair small issues, and regular inspections can spot small problems before they become larger and more expensive to fix.

Thome Waterproofing – Quality Deck Coatings & Waterproofing

At Thome, we have more than 14 years of experience with all types of waterproofing. We can provide you with deck waterproofing, balcony waterproofing, walkway waterproofing, concrete pool deck coatings and planter waterproofing.

We offer both residential and commercial waterproofing services. This also includes all types of foundation waterproofing, including slab waterproofing, crawlspace waterproofing and all types of below-grade waterproofing, including blindside waterproofing. Whether you need deck coating and waterproofing services or another of our many options, you can rest assured we will provide you with the highest quality waterproofing services and materials available. We serve clients throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and we can provide you with a free cost estimate for our services.