Waterproof Balcony – The (improved) view from the top

Ding dong the balcony is gone! The old one, that is. But before we look up… look waaaaaay up… (that’s for my Canadian peeps) — lets look at how my clever better half covered up those spindly toothpick pillars.

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Pretty pine boards, cut to size, and nailed in place. So simple. I made sure to treat all of the boards with a water-repellant treatment on both sides before he made his cuts.

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Line everything up and bada bing, gorgeous, thick, new, rustic-looking, pillars. The perfect match to our upgraded porch boards.

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

So. Much. Better.

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels! We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Alright, enough about the pillars… Let’s get back to the waterproof balcony.

I know it looks alright from this angle — aside from being a little outdated. But just wait…
We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

This is what was waiting for our little tootsies when we stepped outside…

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Eww! Rotted, old, leaky, plywood. Plywood?!! Urgh. Let’s rip it up then!

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Things got a little loud around here on this day.
We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Boom.

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

And what was under the plywood? ANOTHER old deck. Ha. But luckily this one was alright, and could be the foundation for our new waterproof deck — and ceiling, to our dry porch below.

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

We could not afford some of the other waterproof decking materials out there. They require a certified technician to come install it, and would cost around $1500-$2000. And, that’s BEFORE any deck railings. Ouch. Nope. Another DIY project coming up!

The first step was replacing the deck base, with new interlocking plywood, and apply flashing to the outer edge.

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Next, we used a product called Tufdek. We’re the only people we know who has given this a try, so I’ll have to update you next year, to how it’s holding up.

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Every joint, edge, and wood knot, gets sealed with special tape and some gummy sealer stuff. It was a time consuming, but easy process.

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

That needs a day or two to set-up.

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Next, we applied the texture (with a trowel) — it is a flexible, neoprene rubber, slip-resistant layer. You have to plan ahead and check the weather, so it stays dry.

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Last is colour. It’s a durable UV-protected acrylic paint.  The only downside? Not a lot of colours to choose from. About 6. But for the most part, they’re all neutral.

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

We saved a little money on our railings, by using pressure treated wood for the supports and handrails. We purchased composite railings to keep future maintenance at a minimum. Mama doesn’t want to stain spindles every year!!

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Our splurge? Two large (tempered safety) glass inserts for the front. Who wants to wreck that beautiful view, right?

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels! We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Let’s take a trip down memory lane… remember this?

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

All gone. No more 70’s rotting deck!!

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

So much better right??!

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

But … what’s with the tight shots Jen?? Let’s widen out a little…

We totally revamped our outdated 70s porch and balcony with a DIY waterproofing system and adding in lovely natural wood and glass panels!

Yeah. There is a tractor in my way… Next project was delivered this week!! The husband scored a deal with a pal, and we only had to pay the couple hundred beans for the delivery of all these rocks.

Let’s see if we can polish off this list before the snow flies! (??)

  • Change Door
  • Paint Door
  • Replace Sand down, and reuse porch deck boards
  • Clad the spindly columns with wood
  • Rip up rotted upper balcony
  • Replace balcony floor with a waterproofing solution
  • Replace balcony spindles
  • Build a walking path along the front of the house
  • Plant shrubs
  • Replace porch light
  • Replace upper balcony lighting
  • And, use my handy magic eraser to ditch the nasty stains from the siding (yep, we have more stain spots).
  • *NEW* – A retaining wall.

We’re getting there guys!

 

 

3 Responses

  • What is the product called that you used. The rubbery non slip stuff you put on after sealing the seems?

  • Love the new deck! So how has it held up? Had it started to peel or anything? Thank you for sharing also!

    • Thanks Rhonda! Yes! I am so happy to say it is as perfect as the day we installed it, No leaking, no chipping, and I sit out there every morning and enjoy a quiet coffee. So happy we tackled this DIY. Thanks for stopping by!

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