Residential Interior Painting

When to Seal a Deck or Fence

When to seal a Deck or Fence

The water test

The water test is a way of telling if your exterior lumber needs to be sealed or not (decks, fences, landscaping timbers).

METHOD:

While your deck or fence is completely dry; sprinkle, splash, or spill some water over the lumber in a few different areas and see what happens.
If the water "beads" or sits on the surface, you're O.K.
If the water is being absorbed into the lumber at all, anywhere, it is time to seal.

Just because the water isn't "beading", doesn't necessarily mean you need to seal.
Freshly sealed lumber will most always bead for a while.
You need to seal your lumber when you start seeing that water is being absorbed.

The best time of the year to seal