Finding the Best Deck Sealers
A common question that most deck owners ask is which sealer is best? Regrettably, there is not a one fits all type of deck sealer. There are certainly some sealers that are better than others but it really depends on your deck and your area's climate.
A deck sealer that performs well in one part of the country may not perform as well in another area. Some state's VOC laws also prohibit the use of certain deck sealers while in other states it may be prohibited.
To understand the importance of finding the best deck sealer for your situation you must first understand what happens to wood that is not protected.
- Water is able to penetrate and causes the wood to swell. The day's heat then dries the wood causing it to shrink. This expanding and contracting cycle begins to crack and split the wood over time.
- Moisture causes mold, mildew, and algae which lead to rot and wood decay.
- The sun's harmful U.V. rays damage the unprotected wood fibers drying them out and causing the deck to turn gray.
- High foot traffic from people or pets can wear out wood surfaces quickly that are not sealed.
It is evident that moisture, mold, mildew, traffic, and U.V. rays are all harmful to exposed wood. Applying this knowledge to your area and your particular situation can help you pinpoint the major concerns for your deck's integrity and in turn help you find the best deck sealer.
Like mentioned, there are many quality brands of deck sealers that can provide water repellency, sun protection, prohibit mold and mildew, and give lasting results. Once you have decided what type of protection your deck needs you should begin to shop in the right places. Reputable dealers that specialize in deck sealers are your best bet.
You want to avoid shopping at the big box stores. Though they may carry a few of the name brand sealers, they are cheaper watered down formulas specially designed for selling in high quantities at lower prices. Most of them are not the same quality formulas that the sealer company may be known for.
The "best deck sealer" is not the same for all deck owners so don't be tricked into thinking there is one that outlasts all others. Your deck and its environment play a large role in finding the deck sealer best for your situation. Find a quality sealer store or dealer and read reviews that highlight the type of wood protection you need that's going to give you the best results.
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