Additional records were found recording tar being used on the hulls of Roman ships to keep them water tight.
Lumber sealers have come along way throughout history, and today, we have specifically designed sealers just for sealing decks (and other landscaping timber, including lumber fences).
A sealer is a type of product that you would apply on something, in order to keep moisture in or out.
Lumber sealers have been around for almost as long as man has been using lumber. Ancient man used plant resins, clay, egg, grass and many other things to preserver lumber.
There are records that date back thousands of years ago from ancient Greece, where a lumber bridge was soaked in olive oil to protect it from the elements.
• When a deck sealer is tinted so much that it hides the lumber grain, people tend to call it "stain".
• Paint is technically a sealer, and so are many other everyday items.
• Although there are tons of different deck sealers available on the market, most all deck sealers can be used on fences, cedar siding, shakes, shingles and other types of landscaping timber.
• Certain manufacturers make better quality deck sealers than others; some deck sealers will last longer than others depending on which brand you choose.
• Deck sealers may show "how long they last", but these results vary; yours might be different based on how much sun your deck gets, and how much weathering.
• Thin sealers are cheap, they offer the least protection, and they need to be applied more often.
• Thicker sealers cost more, they offer the best protection, and can be applied less often.
• Surfing the internet to find out which sealer is the best? You will not find the answer. Many sites review deck sealers and create advice on deck sealing simply to push a particular product - their product.
Not all lumber sealers and stains do the same thing:
A "solid latex stain"or a "semi- solid latex stain" will most often make your deck a single uniform color, and it will look uniformly nice. If it's a "solid", you lose all the wood grain look, if it's semi-solid; you still see some of the wood grain look.
Most of our competition use these types of stains, and we find many decks and fences that have been ruined by using these, however; we do our best to stay clear of this type of sealer because they tend to peel and flake away. They also don't allow the lumber to "breathe", meaning; water that DOES get in (and it will), can not escape, and your lumber will begin to rot and accumlate black mold - hidden under the finish - where you can't see it.