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How Durable is Deck Paint?
Paint that will last until the apocalypse? Now THAT we have to see!
It sounds like you are referring to a category of products known as "high build" elastomeric coatings. High-build is tech talk for thick paint, and elastomeric is a type of product that will expand and contract with the substrate, which is this case is your wood deck.
Some history here - about 20 years ago we began hearing about companies who would make similar durability claims for a product called "liquid vinyl siding." Similarly, hard-selling contractors would claim that they could apply this paint to your wood-sided home and it would last and perform like vinyl siding. It did just that, except for months, not decades as promised. After that it began to peel of in sheets and/or allowed water to get behind and rot to set it. Those claims also extended to the products claimed ability to insulate as well -- which is about when the Federal Trade Commission stepped in and put the kibosh on a lot of that.
Today we don't hear much about liquid vinyl, but there are finishes designed to protect and restore decks and docks that sound a lot like that original product. The difference is, these are made by major manufacturers who thoroughly test and warranty their products.
Products such as Sherwin Williams' SuperDeck Exterior Deck & Dock Coating or RUST-OLEUM'S Deck & Concrete Restore® 10X tout that they can fill gaps as large as a quarter-inch, adhere to deteriorate surfaces and can take the foot traffic. I'm more tempted to believe claims with a major manufacturer behind them but unfortunately, I've not seen enough independent reviews from purchasers to run out and buy any high-build products. The other deterrent we should mention is cost. The average good-quality gallon of paint covers about 400 square feet of surface area and costs around $25 a gallon. These products run around $50 a gallon, and offer coverage of just 75 square feet, so they are not inexpensive.
My best advice, pickup a gallon and do a small section of a deck, like maybe the stairs. Follow the prep instructions to the letter as this will ensure maximum adhesion, and see what happens. If it works as performed, then go all in the following season.
Wet Basement “Expert” says Grading Won’t Stop Floods
It's no surprise that a so called wet basement "expert" would proclaim that improvements to roof and surface drainage won't fix you damp, leaky basement. They have very strong economic reasons to do so. Basement waterproofing companies pretty much sell a single type of repair, and it's really not a water "proofing" solution at all. If anything its a water pumping system that allows the water ot get to and through the foundation, where its collected in a sump and then pumped out to start the cycle all over again.
The reason most basements flood is because of issues with poor surface and roof drainage. To stop this from happening, you must:
- Clean gutters & downspouts;
- Make sure there are enough downspouts for the roof size. Each spout should drain no more than 600-800 sq feet of roof surface
- Extend spouts to discharge at least 6 feet from house;
- Improve the angle of soil at the foundation perimeter to slope away from the house.
In RARE circumstances, flooding is caused by a rising water table and in that case, a pump system is needed. However, we're talking VERY RARE circumstances.
Here's how to tell. If your basement dampness and flooding worsens consistent with rainfall, or snow melt - its always caused by drainage that's easily fixed.
Finally, one of the most popular posts on our site is about basement waterproofing. Read it, and THEN read all the comments. You'll see three groups of comenters. Wet basement "experts" desperate to save their money-making scams, home inspectors and other independent experts calling out the waterproofing profiteers and confirming the advice we've provided, and homeowners who have tried it and saved tens of thousands of dollars.
Best Quick Fix for Rotted Window Sill
Water and wood certainly don't mix. It does sound like the frame eventually will have to be replaced. Rotted wood is quite common with these frames. However, if the rotted area is limited, you can try filling it in. One product that might help is 3M Bondo Home Solutions Wood Filler. Another product you might try is Abatron WoodEpoxy Wood Replacement Compound.
It would be a good idea to take that extra step and replace the window, and when you do, you should consider using a PVC trim such as PVC Composite White Colonial Casing Moldings from Royal Mouldings.
In any event, you might want to consider adding a small waterproof shower window curtain to stave off as much water as you can. Good luck with the project.
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