Waterproofing the Porch with Rainguard
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rainguard. All opinions are my own.
We’ve actually been getting quite a bit of rain here in Georgia recently, so the timing was perfect to try out a new product called Rainguard. Rainguard is a waterproofing product designed to protect against the damaging effects of water, salt and weathering. It is designed for driveways, sidewalks, pavers, porches, patios, decks, fences and unpainted exterior walls, but it can also be used on smaller projects like flowerpots or birdhouses. I decided to give it a try on our front porch since we do see a lot of water collect there in certain spots. Our porch is made of brick, and we definitely want to protect it to the best of our ability.
Here’s a shot of our front porch “before”:
Aside from the fact that it desperately needed to be swept (sorry about that, anyone who has come to our front door lately!), you can see that water pools on some of the bricks and settles into the cracks and becomes absorbed. This was several hours after a rain — normally there are lots more puddles if it has rained recently.
I tried out the Advanced Waterproofer 10-Year, which comes in a large bottle with a battery-operated sprayer.
One thing that really got my attention about this product is the fact that it is eco-friendly, non-toxic and safe. Of course, being pregnant and having two little boys with asthma, this was very reassuring! I don’t like going around spraying nasty toxic chemicals around our home. Most other waterproofing products on the market are not eco-friendly, so this was definitely a plus. Other benefits are that it dries in less than an hour, dries clear (no yellowing over time!), and is easy to clean up with soap and water. Since it’s non-toxic, not only is it safe for your family, but it won’t harm your pets or plants either.
The first thing I did was sweep all of the debris off the porch as best I could, and removed our doormat. I allowed the remaining water to dry thoroughly before spraying.
Then, I turned the sprayer to the “on” position and doused the entire porch.
The first thing I noticed was that I didn’t smell any fumes at all. Obviously I was outside where it’s well-ventilated, but I still didn’t really smell anything.
I let the porch dry for an hour before we walked on it, and then a few hours later I poured a bucket of water on it to test it out.
As you can see, the water now sits on top of the bricks, and even where it went into the cracks it is sort of sitting on top of them, not being absorbed into them like before. I definitely notice a difference for sure. Now that I have the waterproofing out of the way, I need to work on getting some flowerpots and making our porch pretty!
You can find Rainguard at The Home Depot, and there’s also a free sample campaign going on now over on Rainguard’s Facebook page. Just stop by and fill out the form under the tab “Free Sample!,” and like their Facebook page. They will send you a sample of the Advanced Waterpoofer 10-Year in an eco-POD form. You can also connect with them on Twitter.
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