Deck Sealing Tips
LESLIE: Mariah in Connecticut needs some help with a decking project. What can we do for you?MARIAH: Yes. You know, I have a wooden deck and I need to try to seal it. I bought a product someone told me was a good one. It’s Cabot. C-a-b-o-t?TOM: (overlapping voices) Yes? Yep.MARIAH: And I was wondering – you know, you need a second coat because it’s an old deck.TOM: OK.MARIAH: And I was wondering, you know, if there is a good product; better than Cabot.TOM: Well, it’s an excellent product and putting two coats on is never a bad thing.MARIAH: Never a bad thing.TOM: Never a bad thing. That’s right.MARIAH: What is – I heard, you know – and maybe I misunderstood – there is a product, you know, if you put it on you don’t have to do it for I don’t know how many years. It’s called FiberonDecking.com.LESLIE: Oh, that’s …TOM: Well, Fiberon Decking is a beautiful product but it’s not a coating.MARIAH: Oh, it’s not.TOM: It’s a composite decking. Right. In fact, Leslie’s got a Fiberon deck and we’ve seen that product. It’s a fantastic product. If you’re ready to replace your deck, that’s the product you want.MARIAH: Oh.LESLIE: Well, it’s a great option because, as you’re seeing, you have to put a second coat on and a few years from now you’re going to have to put some more coats down on your deck. With a wood deck, you have the beauty of real wood but you’re dealing with a lot of maintenance and a lot of upkeep and eventually you get tired of it; that’s pretty much what happened to us. So when it was time to redo our deck, instead of going with, you know, pressure-treated lumber, I went with the Fiberon composite decking and it looks like mahogany. I mean there’s an amazing grain pattern to it. The color is fantastic.It’s at my family’s vacation house. You know, we put it in last summer. This summer, we went out for a holiday weekend – first weekend out there; I didn’t have to do anything to it and it was just thrilling. It was so nice.MARIAH: But it has to be a brand new deck, right?TOM: Correct.LESLIE: Well, the deck structure itself could be what you already have but the planking, the top of the deck, would be replaced with the Fiberon.MARIAH: OK. Yes. No, so that’s not – that won’t – but besides Cabot, is there any other product or you said Cabot is a very good product, right?TOM: Cabot’s a good product. I mean there are others but if you’ve already got that and you put one coat on it, I wouldn’t mix it.LESLIE: Yeah.TOM: I would put the same product down and put a second coat.MARIAH: Oh, so I would buy another Cabot and then do a second.TOM: (overlapping voices) Yes. Yep, exactly. You want to buy solid-color stain …MARIAH: Oh, solid-color stain?TOM: … which is going to last longer than semi-transparent.MARIAH: Ah. Solid …TOM: OK, Mariah?MARIAH: OK, thank you so much for all your help and you have a good day.TOM: (overlapping voices) You’re welcome. You’re welcome.LESLIE: You, too.TOM: Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.