How To Waterproof Gazebos, Pergolas, and Other Outdoor Hardscape

Many outdoor showrooms, restaurants, and even healthcare facilities feature outdoor hardscape elements for customers or visitors to enjoy. A well-maintained pergola or gazebo can offer shade, aesthetic appeal, and even practical applications for your facility. However, if your wooden hardscape is not well-maintained, it can pose much more of a hazard to visitors and tenants. We strongly encourage facility managers to invest in waterproofing their outdoor elements for safety and long-term aesthetic value. 


Below are three different options for waterproofing your wooden hardscape elements: 


Wood Stain

Wood stains are the most popular waterproofing option for pergolas, gazebos, and other wooden hardscapes. Wood stains maintain the natural appearance of wood but will protect it from water damage, mold, and mildew. This is especially important for permanent outdoor fixtures that will be exposed to the conditions long-term. Wood stains also come in a variety of colors if you are looking for a decorative touch. The primary downside to wood stains is that they are more expensive than waterproof paints and can take a long time to dry. 


Waterproof paint

Waterproof paint is a fantastic cost-effective alternative to wood stains. Waterproof paints come in all different colors and will provide the same protective benefits as a wood stain. They are often fast-drying and can liven up an outdoor showroom or any place where customers will frequent. However, waterproof paints will inevitably chip, meaning touchups will be required more often than with a wood stain. 


Elastomeric coatings and liquid rubber

Rubber coatings and elastomeric membranes offer protection and a clear coat to protect your wooden hardscape. These coatings are most often used for roofing but they do have some use in wood applications for smaller pieces. While not the most popular option because of its expense and aesthetic outcome, liquid rubber coatings will outlast both paint and stains. If you have a practical wooden hardscape you need to effectively protect for the long-haul, liquid rubber may be your best option.


MaintenX specializes in waterproofing both roof and other hardscape elements for commercial facilities. We take pride in our quality craftsmanship and commit to your facility’s long-term success. To learn more about our preventative maintenance services, contact your local MaintenX today!


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