Unlike other parts of your house, your decks and patios are usually exposed to the elements. This isn't a big deal when it's sunny outside. However, heavy snowfall and rain are a whole other issue. Most decks are built using wood, and any kind of moisture has the potential to cause rotting, attract insects or permit the growth of mold.

Therefore, when you're planning the deck or patio installation, you should have an idea of how you're going to get it ready for wet weather. Here are several things to keep in mind.

Use a Water Sealer

Water sealers are applied to the deck after it has been constructed and cleaned. Although the application of water sealers is relatively simple, the sealer should be applied on a dry day. You'll also get much better results if the deck is not exposed to water for a few days after the application of the sealer.

The sealer should be applied along the board length to avoid lap marks since these can leave an unattractive finish. Ensure that you don't forget about the corners. Several coats can be used as well.

Apply a Waterproof Membrane

There are specially made vinyl membranes that can be applied over the decks to keep water away from the wood. The advantage of these membranes is that they don't just protect the wood. They also help to keep the area under the deck dry. This is because the water only runs off the edge of the deck.

If you have an elevated deck or one on top of your roof, this type of membrane can be quite useful. The area underneath the deck can be put to other uses e.g. storage. To ensure you get the best results, you should hire a professional to handle the application of the vinyl. Decking tiles can be similarly used.

Apply a Rubberized Coating

Plywood decks can be waterproofed using a rubberized paint. Apart from helping to repel water, this coating also helps ensure the patio isn't slippery.

These coatings are applied just like normal paint. Some of the products may need to be mixed with a primer to get the best results. A topcoat may also be recommended when using certain products.

Some people find the color of the coating to be unattractive. If this is the case for you, you can still add decking tiles over the painted deck. There are many tile designs and some simply snap together for easy installation. Therefore, you won't have to worry about grout or adhesives.If this sounds appealing to you, contact a professional, like those at Glacier Landscape, to get help with your deck or patio.