How to Prevent Sun and Moisture Damage on your Deck

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SEAL-A-DECK knows that the biggest enemies to your deck are moisture and sun. We want to educate you on the signs of damage and give you options on how we can help you to prevent them. We understand the climate in the Northeast can do a number on your outside spaces. This is why each of our technicians is fully trained on preventative measures so that you can get the most out of your deck for years to come.

Water Damage

Water on wood structures just doesn’t mix very well. Water can play a major role in the deterioration of your deck. The reason for this is that water can soak through the wood, causing it to expand. That expansion can cause cracking and crumbling damage on your deck’s wooden structure. Once the water gets into these cracks and crevices it will eventually dry out. Deck Magazine says that “though a small crack may not start out being much of an issue, each crack provides additional surface area, which both lets in more water and speeds drying (depending on whether it’s rainy or sunny respectively), exacerbating the problem” Once water permeation starts, it is hard to stop and any unprotected wood will continue to warp over time.

READ MORE: How Moisture Can Damage a Deck

Sun Damage

Believe it or not, the sun can wreak havoc on wood. Over time, the ultraviolet light from sunshine breaks down the particles that make up the wood. Without the proper wood material, stains, or even sealants, the wood on your deck does not stand a chance with the blaring Massachusetts sun. Even though the climate isn’t hot year-round, your deck should be prepped and maintained multiple times through seasons and sealed at least once.

SEAL-A-DECK Prevention Solutions

Our best solution for water damage on your deck is using a sealant to provide the best coverage from moisture seeping into the wood. Sealants should be reapplied as needed also. This is not a set it and forget it type of service. Our specialized sealants will give your deck a facelift as well as layers of protection. We can reapply the sealant as needed. The only way to determine how often it should be done is to schedule regular inspections with the SEAL-A-DECK service team.

For sun damage and water blocking, we always recommend using the right materials during the construction of your deck. A pressurized wood will provide you with the ultimate sun damage coverage. Coupled with the best sealing techniques, your deck will be ready to fight back against the swift changes in seasons and temperatures. We can’t stop the weather from happening, but we can give your deck the best chance at beating it year after year.

Get a Quote

Whether you’re looking to build a new deck or repair an older one, SEAL-A-DECK can help. Our services come with the best in pressurized wood and sealant options. Our technicians will also talk with you about scheduling preventative maintenance so that the sun and moisture can’t ruin your decking investment. Give us a call today at 1-877-SEALADECK to get your deck on the right track.


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