5 Ways to Protect Wood in Your Humid Outdoor Living Space

Everybody would love to have a relaxing, beautifully furnished outdoor living space where family and friends can share quality time. One of the most important things to consider when designing your outdoor space is longevity. How long will your wood furniture and features withstand certain outdoor conditions, such as rain? How can you protect wood from humidity so that it lasts for years to come?

Indeed, humidity is one of the main causes of damage to the wood features of your home. It causes various types of damage once it exceeds 60%, including mold, mildew, and rotting.

Fortunately, there are some techniques and tools that will help you limit this type of damage.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can extend the life of your furniture and structural housing features.

5 Ways to Protect Wood from Humidity

1. Apply a coat of polyurethane, varnish, or lacquer to protect the wood from penetrating humidity and moisture that can seep into your deck and other outdoor wood furnishings.

2. Finish and waterproof wood with a professional-grade wood stain and sealer combo and repaint when necessary.

3. Limit the amount of time that mobile wood features are exposed to hard weather conditions such as rain and snow.

4. Check your wood furniture and structural features on a regular basis. Examine all wood for swelling and discoloration. If you have concerns, use a screwdriver or similar tool to check if the wood is soft. If so, you may have a rotting issue. 

5. Treat mold and rotting problems immediately. Mold will spread fast, so you want to eliminate it as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, softwood damaged by rotting cannot be repaired. Replace it immediately to keep the rot from spreading. If the wood is discolored but still very firm, you can attempt to treat it with a wood preservative.

One extra piece of advice is to contact a specialist who can help ensure longevity for the features of your home or other projects.