- Clean and dry outdoor surfaces thoroughly first
- Apply a waterproofing product in thin even layers
- Wait for it to dry
- Apply more coats as necessary
Any garden furniture or structures on the outside of a home need to be weatherproof, but knowing how to make wood waterproof or protect brickwork from the elements isn't always easy. Here we outline the correct step-by-step method for waterproofing a range of common garden materials.
How to waterproof plywood
You might be using plywood in your garden for raised flowerbeds or other landscape gardening features. It’s a really handy material and you can help it last for longer by effectively treating the wood for outdoor use. Here are the key steps:
- Make sure your plywood isn’t already waterproofed as this could save you a job. Ask at the shop you got it from if you’re not sure.
- Then give it a clean to get rid of any stains or dirt.
- Ensure it’s completely dry before you start.
- Apply a good quality waterproofing solution to the plywood in thin even layers
- Wait for it to dry
- Check the sealant has covered the full surface area of the plywood, if not repeat.
How to waterproof brick walls
Waterproofing brickwork is another job that’s important to do to protect your home. Once you know how it’s pretty straight forward. Here are some key tips for brick waterproofing:
- There’s a variety of options for waterproofing exterior brickwork, from creams that soak into the bricks to silicone resins that form a protective seal.
- If you’re not sure which is best, head down to your local DIY store to look at the different options and get specific advice on waterproofing brick walls and other features.
- Once you’ve chosen your product, follow the instructions on the back of the pack. This will usually involve cleaning the brick wall first, then applying the sealant and waiting for it to dry.
- If you’re using a product that you haven’t used before, we recommend patch testing first to check it is suitable for your wall.
How to waterproof wood
Treating wood for outdoor use is an important part of garden maintenance. Whether it’s a wooden fence or seating arrangement, this is a pretty straightforward job once you know how. Here are the most important things to know:
- Prepare the surface before you start. This involves giving it a good clean and waiting for the wood to dry.
- Buy a good quality water-based wood sealer. These can be found at larger DIY shops.
- Apply evenly with a soft-bristled brush
- Leave it to dry and assess the effect. You may decide to do further coats depending on how much water is likely to get on the wood and the directions on the back of the pack. If so, repeat as above another two or three times.