Deck Coating

Keep Your Deck Strong and Beautiful for Years

Some people choose to use only wood for their decks, and they build decks with lumber which is then stained or painted. While these decks may look nice at first, they will inevitably be weathered as the years pass by. The winter rains, the high winds and the hot Southern California sunshine beating down on the deck will gradually degrade the quality of the material and will lead toward the point when the deck needs a comprehensive restoration or reconstruction project. A better solution, and one which is becoming increasingly popular, is to install a complete weatherproof deck coating that can protect the structure from the elements in addition to providing a beautiful appearance for the deck surface. Some of the different types of coatings that we provide include:

  • Dex-O-Tex Weatherwear Systems
  • Elastomeric Pedestrian Coatings
  • Elastomeric Vehicular Coatings
  • Urethane Deck Coatings
  • Mer-Kote Products Mer-Ko Weather Deck Systems
  • Elastomeric Pedestrian Coatings
  • Elastomeric Vehicular Coatings
  • Urethane Deck Coatings
  • Excel-Coat Metal Lath Systems
  • Decorative Deck Coatings
  • Acrylic Pedestrian Coatings
  • Garage Floor Coatings
  • UPI Urethane Deck Coatings
  • Dexcelent Systems
  • Elastomeric Pedestrian Coatings
  • Elastomeric Vehicular Coatings
  • Pli-Dek Urethane Deck Coatings
  • Epoxy Flooring Systems
  • Decorative Pool Texture Coatings
  • Fluid Applied Below Grade


WICR, Inc. has extensive experience with the different types of deck coating systems. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, and there is no single solution that will work equally well for every property. When we visit your property for your initial consultation, we can evaluate the nature of your project in order to help you choose the ideal solution for you. The two major types of coatings include:

Slip Sheet Systems
Slip sheet deck coatings such as Mer-Kote and Dex-O-Tex are only adhered to the decking substrate at the perimeter of the deck. The slip sheet “floats” over cracks in the subsurface, thereby minimizing any cracking to the top surface due to movement or shifting in the subsurface. This system also serves to protect the subsurface from any water or moisture intrusion. Slip sheet systems are known as the Cadillac of waterproofing systems and are especially popular in California due to their ability to resist damage during an earthquake.

Direct Bond Systems
Direct bond systems including the polyurethane coatings from UPI are directly adhered to the decking subsurface via chemical attachment. Although these systems elongate substantially, they are prone to bubbling, potentially resulting in failure of the deck. Polyurethane coatings use a fluid-applied bond, though this is not the only type of direct bond system. Another is metal lath direct bond systems. These are cement-based and are directly adhered to the decking subsurface using metal lath – essentially a wire latticework – which is stapled to the subsurface. Multiple coats of waterproofing materials are then applied over the lath. Significant movement of the subsurface may transmit through to the finish coats, resulting in cracks to the surface.

After applying the deck coating surface, we additionally install any necessary systems such as metal flashing to seal off the edges of the deck and bond it to the adjacent structure. It is also often necessary to install other details such as scuppers to evacuate water from the deck; stair nosing on the edges of stair steps; and corner wall-to-deck metal. At the end of the process, we can install a texture and UV-resistant color finish over the surface of the deck according to your specifications and preferences. The final result is a waterproof balcony or deck on which you can enjoy the outdoors with your family or guests.