Spotting Waterproofing Failures. Why Waterproofing should not be an Afterthought!
by Cheryl Morgan
- February 21st, 2018 /
It is often wise to be frugal when it comes to renovating your property. However, there is a big difference between frugality and foolishness. You probably just spent a lot of time and money on creating a deck of your dreams, why would you not want to protect your investment? Waterproofing your deck will add the protection needed to keep it looking its best for a long time. Let’s look at common problems that can occur with improper-or a lack of-waterproofing.
When a deck is not properly sealed, even a single rainstorm can start to deteriorate or warp the materials used.
When this happens, it puts a significant dent in the lifespan of your deck, not to mention the unsightly warped portions of your brand-new deck.
Even if a deck is sealed, there is a chance that damage may still occur. This is a good reason to have a professional consultant and installer involved in the sealing process.
How do you know if a deck is improperly sealed?
After it rains, do you notice standing water on your deck? This may be the result of improper sealing and slope. When you have standing water on a deck, it does not take long for the water to seep into the wood and do lasting damage. A competent contractor will assess your deck and help to ensure that this type of problem does not happen to your deck.
Another sign of improper sealing is cracking or peeling. When an unprotected deck is exposed to nature for too long, it will start to weaken. This weakening then causes cracks, peeling, splinters, and worse. This not only makes your deck look unattractive, it is also a sign that the deck is weak and possibly dangerous.
How do you protect your investment?
The most important part of waterproofing is finding professional consultants. A competent consultant will be able to assess for any foreseeable problems and ensure that they do not happen. They will assess for slope and the current condition of the deck. They will also be able to determine the best waterproofing materials for your deck (even taking every precaution will not help if you use incorrect or shoddy materials).
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Why should you choose Westcoat for your waterproofing needs?
At Westcoat, our consultants meet the highest standards of excellence and have years of experience in the field of waterproofing. Westcoat consultants can be an invaluable asset for every part of the installation process, from meeting with the architects in the planning phase to working with the property manager in the installation phase.
Westcoat only manufactures the best materials and backs all their systems with a warranty. We also help you find a qualified applicator or general contractor to perform the work. Don’t skimp when it comes to protecting your asset. Choosing the best waterproofing system for your deck will keep it safe and looking great for years. Contact a Westcoat representative to set up a consultation before it is too late.