If you have a deck or balcony attached to your home or commercial property, you know it can be an awesome way to bring the outdoors indoors. But if you’re by the Jersey Shore, you also know that our local weather can do a lot of damage. Something simple you can do to help reduce or even eliminate damage to your deck is giving it a waterproof coating. Read on to learn the top 5 benefits of waterproofing your deck.
Provides Protection from the Elements
Remember that part about the local weather? Even if you don’t have property right on the beachfront, the sun, sand, saltwater, and ocean mists still impact your deck every day. Hurricanes can also seriously compromise decks because prolonged periods of rain can cause water damage. In NJ, we have all of those elements in spades, so it’s common sense to invest in a waterproofing service.
Keeps Your Framework Solid
The most important parts of your deck or balcony are the ones you can’t see: the support beams, joists, and bolts underneath that make the deck sturdy. Exposure to water can create mold or mildew, which erodes the structural integrity of your deck. Wooden decks especially are very vulnerable to water damage, and without waterproofing, it isn’t a matter of if your wooden deck is damaged by water — it’s when.
Keeps Your Property Safer
If your water-damaged and structurally compromised deck is at your home, it is a safety risk for yourself and your family. If the deck is at your business, you might be posing the same risk for your customers. Protect your home or your commercial property by making sure your deck is secure. You don’t want anyone falling off the deck because of a rotted railing or through the deck because of water-damaged joists underneath a platform.
Even if your deck hasn’t lived through a hurricane (yet), if it’s getting older, it will still need regular maintenance. An uncoated deck can need all kinds of sanding and repainting services, not to mention you might have to pay for expensive repairs when the time comes to replace any support structures or major portions of the deck that have become water-damaged. Saving money on repair costs is one of the benefits of waterproofing your deck you might not have thought of, but it will make a big difference over the years.
Makes Your Deck Look Great
One of the seemingly less important benefits of waterproofing your deck is to improve the aesthetic quality of your home or business. But consider how much it can improve your property value to spruce up an older deck. You’ll be able to assure potential renters or buyers that the deck is safe to enjoy, and it’ll bring a smile to your face to see your home or commercial property’s deck coatings looking great year after year.
Considering upgrading from wood? We offer fiberglass deck flooring installation. Already reaping the rewards of a fiberglass deck? Check out these fiberglass maintenance tips to ensure your deck is in tip-top shape.
Contact OC Fiberglass today, and we’ll help you protect your deck before the harsh early and mid-winter Jersey weather sets in. Your deck should be something you enjoy, not another maintenance task you have to dread. Let us bring your deck back to its former glory!