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Although heavy rain fall is very rare here in Beautiful St Croix, it is always best to be prepared for any weather front that may occur especially during hurricane season, as even though the islands may not be hit the chances of heavy rain are more likely. Waterproofing is a wise technique to safeguard decks, patios, fencing, garage flooring, wood siding and much more. Water, sunlight and mildew can be seriously harmful to wood which has not been treated. Similarly, wind-driven rain and ice can pound on the front yard and ground water can seep into your home and wreak havoc with basement walls. You will find various kinds of waterproofing items available on the market, but materials that safeguard wood and masonry are two of the most common types. Keep the following questions in your mind while you think about the range of waterproofing products available:

*Would you like a waterproof product which will safeguard wood from mildew?

*Is the deck and patio in constant sunlight?

*Are you currently treating your basement walls for water damage and mold?

*Are you aware how to get a wall ready for applying a waterproof product?

*Will a clear of colored wood stain look better on your wood patio decking?

Uses, Types and Application Tips

Water is essential in life, but an excessive any good thing may become destructive. To prevent harm to wood and concrete surfaces both inside and outside your house, using a waterproofing solution will help keep decks, verandas, patios and cellars looking good for many years to come. You will need to to learn about the different choices available to treat both wood and masonry. Not only do waterproof products reduce the damage caused by water, many of them offer defense against harmful Ultra violet sun rays and sun-damage. Some contain pigments that may enhance the look of any surface with a little color which is another benefit. It is good to research benefits and uses of waterproof to find the correct solution for your wood or concrete surface.

Wood Waterproofing: When moisture gets to wood, cracks occur. Ultraviolet sun rays on wood siding will also be harmful because they cause discoloration and accelerate wear by breaking down wood materials. Scratches triggered by people walking on decks and chairs, mildew or mold from leaves that accumulate in moist corners and ground-in grime all age a deck or patio before it is time. Even pressure treated decks can usually benefit from waterproofing. A 2-step procedure for cleaning and waterproofing is the best choice to enhance the look of wood products and stop further damage.

Wood Waterproofing: When choosing a waterproof product, you will have the choice of either oil- or water-based solutions. Oil-based items generally last longer simply because they penetrate the wood deeper than water-based finishes. Water-based finishes, however, are simpler to wash. They’re also more flexible upon application as moist wood accept a water-based finish whereas oil-based finishes require wood to become totally dry before using.

Masonry Waterproofing: Waterproof merchandise for Masonry prevent water from leaking through cracks in basement walls, garage flooring, patios, concrete block walls, pools and fountains. They are often able prevent damage before it happens by supplying a tough water barrier. This kind of waterproof may also be used after water damage and mold has happened. Existing water damage and mold can be recognized by whitened chalky streaks on concrete blocks or walls, that are actually calcium salt deposits that water brings to the surface. Use masonry waterproofing within your basement or outside your house to safeguard exterior surfaces, for example drive-ways, pathways and other concrete structures, from wind-driven rain.

Masonry Waterproofing: Selecting the correct masonry waterproof product depends on the kind of material you’re sealing and also the preferred effect. True waterproofing materials stop the the flow of water through concrete, retard the transmission water vapor and resist radon gas. Sealants, however, are just made to repel water. Waterproofing for masonry can be purchased as clear penetrating coatings, pigmented coatings and film-forming items. All can be found in both water- and oil-based formulas.

Application Tips: Before sealing wood or masonry, you have to prepare the area for application. If wood or masonry isn’t correctly washed, the waterproof solution won’t adhere and won’t last. For the best results, consult the manufacturer’s instructions prior to starting your project.

Application Tips For Wood

Existing surfaces –

*Use a general cleaner to remove dirt, mold, mildew or clear, oil-based waterproof solution that has weathered

*Use a more powerful solution to remove weathered, semi-transparent stain or water-based coatings

*Use stripper to remove solid stains

*Keep pressure washer PSI under 1,200 to prevent damage to wood

*Protect surrounding vegetation by wetting with a hose and covering with a tarp

New surfaces –

Allow new lumber to lose its mill glaze – wait 2 to 3 weeks so the surface can weather

Safety Apparel –

*Eye protection

*Rubber gloves

Tools –

*Brush

*Garden sprayer

Application Tips For Masonry

Existing surfaces –

*Remove existing paint or other coatings by scraping, sandblasting, sanding, wire-brushing, pressure washing, chemicals or a combination of these techniques

*Repair hairline cracks with waterproofing mix

*Repair larger cracks by cleaning out and patching with mortar

*Mist area with fine spray before applying waterproof solution

*New surfaces –

*New concrete must cure a minimum of 30 days

Safety Apparel –

*Eye protection

*Protective apparel

*Skin protection

Tools –

*Airless sprayer

*Brush

*Sander

*Scraper

Now you are all set to begin the project of waterproofing your home, these handy tips should help you to choose the correct products so that your home will look good and feel waterproof for many years to come… Happy Waterproofing!