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Four Ways to Prevent Your Deck From Leaking

01/02/2016 Blog

Decks are great during the long summer days when all you want to do is sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. But during Vancouver’s damper months, deck leakage can be a major problem for any homeowner. Read on to find some simple solutions to this pesky problem.

Four Ways to Prevent Your Deck From Leaking

Keep Wooden Decks in Tip Top Shape

Wooden decks are often a wonderful addition to a home, providing a touch of the rustic in urban environments. But wood, being a natural material, has a tendency to break down and rot. If your deck is wooden, be sure to take good care of it to keep it from leaking. At least once a year, spray down the deck with a hose and apply a wood cleaner, then scrub the deck thoroughly with a nylon brush. Allow the deck to dry completely, and then identify any noticeable cracks or holes. Sand these down with 120-grit sandpaper and fill them in with wood filler. Top off with a sealant and, after 48 hours, your deck will be ready for your next barbecue!

Invest in Underdecking

If you have a second storey deck built atop your ground-floor deck, you will absolutely want to invest in underdecking. Second floor decks are a fabulous addition to a master bedroom or office, but without the proper supports, they can turn into leaky deck disasters. An underdeck system is usually composed of interlocking PVC, aluminum, or vinyl panels that collect rainwater and connect to a gutter system. This allows rainwater to flow safely off your deck during wetter months, preventing damage and keeping your deck dry and intact.

Make Sure Your Roof Deck is Properly Installed

Many homeowners choose to take advantage of unused roof space by installing a roof deck over their garage or recent addition. However, if they are not properly installed, flat roof decks can leak and cause damage to walls, carpets and furniture. If you are thinking about installing a roof deck, be sure to do your research. There are two general options for roof decks: one is to install a PVC membrane directly on the roof and have that double as the surface of your deck. These membranes are watertight and will prevent leaking. The other option is to install a membrane and then insert a wooden deck on top, which is advantageous for those who prefer the aesthetic of a wooden deck. The wooden deck option will also allow you to use a grill or barbecue on the deck without worry, which is especially handy for those who enjoy their burgers.

Pay Attention to Doors and Posts

A rooftop deck is most likely to leak in two places: around the corners that support the deck’s railing, and near the door that leads from the inside of your home out to the deck. Make sure that your door is properly waterproofed to prevent leaking, and that it closes and locks securely when the deck is not in use. To prevent leakage around the deck posts, make sure your deck’s waterproof skin goes a portion of the way up the posts. Next, make sure your deck railings are the right material; if you are a fan of wood, go with cedar, otherwise opt for PVC. These waterproof materials will keep your deck from leaking at its most vulnerable places.

As you can see, making sure your deck is leak-free is extremely important. Now, you have the tools to make sure your deck remains a beautiful addition to your home all year long.

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