Creating a waterproof barrier for a plywood wood deck or balcony is essential to protect it from the elements and extend its lifespan. Below, we've compiled a detailed guide based on a variety of sources to help you waterproof your deck or balcony using a liquid rubber coating.

Plywood Decks and balconies are more than just extensions of your home. They are spaces where memories are made, from family barbecues to quiet mornings with a cup of coffee. But these outdoor spaces are also exposed to the elements. Rain, snow, and even humidity can cause serious damage over time.

This is where a liquid rubber deck coating comes in. It's a crucial step in maintaining the integrity and longevity of your plywood deck or balcony.

In this step-by-step from preparation to application guide, we'll explore how to use Rubberizeit Dura-Rubber liquid rubber coating to waterproof decks and balconies, the importance of waterproofing, as well as common water damage issues, and how to prevent them.

Whether you're a homeowner, a DIY enthusiast, or a professional installer, this guide is for you. It's packed with practical tips and expert advice to help you protect your outdoor living spaces.

Materials and Tools Needed

  • Rubberizeit Liquid Rubber Coating
  • Primer (specifically designed for outdoor use on plywood)
  • Geo-textile fabric (if needed for reinforcing seams and edges)
  • Paint brush and rollers
  • Garden hose or pressure washer
  • Sanding blocks or orbital sander
  • Safety equipment (gloves, goggles)
  • Deck cleaner
  • Drop cloths (optional for protecting surrounding areas)
  • Apply Clear Coat & Sealer for easier cleaning

Understanding the Importance of Plywood Deck and Balcony Waterproofing

Waterproofing is not just about keeping your plywood deck or balcony dry. It's about protecting your investment and ensuring the longevity of your outdoor spaces. 

Without proper waterproofing, water can seep into the materials of your deck or balcony. Over time, this can lead to rot, decay, and structural damage. But with the right waterproofing product, you can prevent these issues. Rubberizeit Liquid rubber paint creates a barrier that repels water, keeping your deck or balcony safe and dry.

Here are some key reasons why waterproofing your plywood deck or balcony is essential:

  • It extends the life of your deck or balcony.
  • It prevents water damage and structural issues.
  • It enhances the aesthetics of your outdoor spaces.
  • It increases the value of your property.
  • It reduces maintenance costs in the long run.

So, whether you're building a new deck or balcony, or maintaining an existing one, waterproofing should be a top priority. It's an investment that pays off in the long run, protecting your outdoor spaces and giving you peace of mind.

Common Water Damage Issues and How Waterproofing Can Help

Water damage is a common issue for plywood decks and balconies. It can occur due to rain, snow, or even humidity. Over time, this can lead to a range of problems.

  • One of the most common issues is rot. This happens when water seeps into the wood, causing it to decay. Rot can weaken the structure of your deck or balcony, making it unsafe.
  • Another issue is mold and mildew. These fungi thrive in damp conditions and can quickly spread across your deck or balcony. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also cause health issues.
  • Cracks and gaps are also common in decks and balconies. These can allow water to seep into the structure, leading to further damage.

Waterproofing with a liquid rubber coating can help prevent these issues. By creating a water-resistant barrier, it prevents water from seeping into the materials of your deck or balcony. This keeps your outdoor spaces dry, safe, and looking their best.

Inspecting and Preparing Your Deck or Balcony for Waterproofing

Before you start waterproofing with Dura-Rubber liquid rubber paint, it's crucial to prepare your deck or balcony properly. This ensures the waterproofing product adheres well and provides effective protection.

First, clean the surface thoroughly. Remove any dirt, debris, or old coatings. This can be done using a pressure washer or a stiff brush and soapy water. Sanding the deck's surface may also be necessary to ensure the new coating adheres properly​​.

Next, inspect the surface for any damage. Look for cracks, holes, or signs of rot. These need to be repaired before you apply the waterproofing product.

Here's a simple checklist to guide you through the preparation process:

  1. Clean the surface thoroughly.
  2. Inspect for damage and make necessary repairs.
  3. Allow the surface to dry completely.
  4. Sand the surface if necessary to ensure good adhesion.
  5. Remove any dust or debris after sanding.

Remember, a well-prepared surface is key to successful waterproofing. It's worth taking the time to do this step properly to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your waterproofing efforts.

Apply Primer if needed

Once your plywood deck is clean and dry, apply a primer designed for exterior plywood. This step is crucial for ensuring the liquid rubber coating adheres properly and provides a durable, waterproof barrier​.

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Waterproofing

Applying waterproofing to your deck or balcony is a process that requires careful attention. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through it.

  1. First, gather all the necessary tools and materials. This includes the waterproofing product, brushes or rollers, a paint tray, and protective gear.
  2. Next, start by applying the waterproofing product at one end of the deck or balcony. Work your way towards the other end, ensuring you cover all areas.
  3. Apply the product evenly. Use long, smooth strokes with your brush or roller. This helps to avoid streaks or patches.
  4. Allow the first coat to dry completely. The drying time can vary depending on the product and weather conditions. Always check the manufacturer's instructions.
  5. Once the first coat is dry, apply a second coat. This ensures a thorough and durable waterproofing layer. It is recommended to apply multiple coats for optimal waterproofing and durability​​.

Remember, patience is key when applying waterproofing. Don't rush the process. Allow ample time for each coat to dry to ensure the best results.

Finally, clean your tools and store any leftover product properly. This ensures they're ready for use next time.

With these steps, you can effectively waterproof your deck or balcony. It's a task that requires time and effort, but the results are well worth it.

Additional Considerations

  • Choose a few dry, warm days for your project to allow the coating to dry properly.
  • If rain is expected, cover the freshly coated plywood deck to protect it until it dries completely.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the best results.
  • Apply geo-textile fabric along all seams and edges of the deck. 
    • This fabric will act as a reinforcement layer under the liquid rubber coating, helping to prevent water from seeping through joints and cracks. Use the Rubberizeit Liquid Rubber Coating beneath the geo-textile fabric to adhere it to the deck​.

Maintenance Tips for Waterproofed Decks and Balconies

Maintaining your waterproofed deck or balcony is crucial for its longevity. Here are some tips to help you keep your outdoor space in top shape.

Regular cleaning is essential. Remove leaves, dirt, and other debris from your deck or balcony regularly. This prevents buildup that can damage the waterproofing layer.

Inspect your deck or balcony periodically. Look for signs of wear or damage in the waterproofing layer. This includes cracks, peeling, or areas where the waterproofing seems thin or worn out.

If you notice any damage, address it promptly. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to reapply the waterproofing product. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for reapplication.

By following these maintenance tips, you can ensure your waterproofed deck or balcony stays protected and looks great for years to come.

Professional vs. DIY Waterproofing: What You Need to Know

Deciding between professional and DIY waterproofing depends on several factors. These include your budget, skill level, and the complexity of the project.

Professional waterproofing services can be costly. However, they offer expertise and experience. They can handle complex projects and ensure the job is done correctly. Professionals also have access to high-quality products and equipment.

On the other hand, DIY waterproofing can be a cost-effective solution. It's a good option if you have some experience with home improvement projects. There are many waterproofing products available for homeowners. These products come with detailed instructions for application.

However, DIY waterproofing requires time and effort. It also carries the risk of errors. If you're unsure about doing it yourself, it's best to hire a professional.

Waterproofing Around Plywood Deck Features

Waterproofing around deck features requires special attention. Features like posts, railings, and stairs can create challenges. These areas often have joints and gaps that can let in water.

It's crucial to apply waterproofing products thoroughly in these areas. This ensures complete coverage and protection. Use a brush or smaller roller to reach tight spaces.

Remember, neglecting these areas can lead to water damage. It's worth taking the extra time to waterproof them properly.

Multi-Level Decks and Balconies

Multi-level decks and balconies present unique waterproofing challenges. Each level needs to be waterproofed to prevent water from seeping down.

Start from the top level and work your way down. This ensures that each level is adequately protected. It also prevents water from the upper levels damaging the lower ones.

Remember, each level should have proper drainage. This helps to direct water away from the structure.

Waterproofing Under Plywood Deck Spaces

Under deck spaces often get overlooked in waterproofing projects. However, they need protection too. Waterproofing these areas can prevent damage to the underside of your deck.

There are special under-deck waterproofing systems available. These systems catch and divert water away from the deck. They can also create a dry, usable space under your deck.

Remember, neglecting under deck spaces can lead to structural damage. It's important to include them in your waterproofing plan.

Ensuring Longevity and Effectiveness of Waterproofing

Waterproofing your deck or balcony is a crucial step in maintaining its longevity. It protects your outdoor space from water damage, extending its lifespan. Regular inspections and maintenance can ensure the effectiveness of the waterproofing.

Remember, the choice of waterproofing technique and product can greatly influence the outcome. It's important to choose a method that suits your deck material and climate.

With the right approach and care, you can enjoy a waterproof deck or balcony for many years.

We hope this guide has provided you with a comprehensive approach to waterproofing your plywood deck or balcony with Rubberizeit Liquid Rubber Deck Coating. For more information on specific products and techniques, be sure to contact us with any questions.

July 03, 2024 — Jordan Floyd