While Omaha’s average rainfall – at around 31 inches – is below the US average, we do get a higher than national average snowfall. And in fact, the 2018/2019 season saw snowfalls in Omaha of over 50 inches, way above our normal average of 31. All that rain and snow means your decking is seeing a lot of water. And water is one thing that can cause a lot of damage to your deck system. If water collects on an untreated deck, then it can lead to rotting boards which will then need replaced.
Protect Your Investment
While the primary reason you installed decking is likely to provide an outdoor entertainment area while protecting any lawn, it is also worth remembering that installing a decked area is an investment. You add more value to your home with a deck than the actual cost itself, so when you look at it like that, it makes perfect sense. And as with any investment, you want to protect it and not have to spend extra money on repairs and replacements. Deck waterproofing is one of the most important parts of deck maintenance and protection you can do.
The rule of thumb is to waterproof once per year. However, if you live in an area where there is high rainfall or snowfall, or if there are abnormal fluctuations as Omaha experienced last season with snow, then you may have to consider doing it more often. If you decide to do it yourself, you will find the job needs redone more often too as it never seems to have quite the same effect as when done by professionals. If you think about deck waterproofing costs, then although you may have to spend a relatively small amount regularly, you are saving money on costlier repairs or replacement boards later.
Timing is Everything
We usually find that waterproofing is a service subject to seasonal demand. Nearly all work is carried out in spring or summer and we try to schedule work away from any period where rain may be expected. We also try to apply at a time when your decking is not subject to direct sunlight so that the sealants dry uniformly and give you the best levels of protection. Our team of experienced workers will thoroughly prepare you deck by cleaning it. If it is an older deck, we will also inspect it first to see if any repairs are needed.
Doing it Right
Deck waterproofing has to be done correctly. Our team has many years of applying waterproofing throughout the Omaha area and all of our workers are consummate professionals. Once all pre-waterproofing preparation work is complete, our team will apply the initial coat. Once this first coat has dried sufficiently, we will then apply a second thin coat of sealant. It is recommended that you do not use your decking, or place any furniture on it, till at least 48 hours after our team have applied that second coat.