One of the best ways to care for your deck is to use waterproof decking systems. These special deck coatings create a seal over the material, protecting it from the elements and reducing the chance of mold and decay.

However, not all coatings are the same. With plenty of deck coating options available on the market today, choosing the right product takes a bit of research. In this guide, we highlight some of the best coating systems recommended for each type of deck and how to choose the right one according to your needs.

Factors to consider when choosing deck coatings

Exposure conditions

Is your deck frequently exposed to severe temperatures, moisture, harsh chemicals, or heavy foot traffic? The coating you choose must have the necessary properties to perform efficiently under specific conditions.

Durability and maintenance

Ultimately, no concrete coating system will last forever, but you want to ensure you’re getting the product that will last the longest and give you the best bang for your buck.

However, the predicted service life of most coating systems can be extended through regular maintenance. So it’s also important to check the required upkeep of each system.

Aesthetic value

Deck coating systems are not only there to protect the surface against damage and deterioration, but also to enhance the appearance of your property. Coatings often come in a range of colors, textures, and patterns. Make sure to choose a product that best complements your home’s exterior.

When selecting the right deck color, keep your property’s exterior in mind. Consider which colors are used on your existing trim, shade, and other exterior details. The right pattern or accent color must complement your home’s character.


While everyone loves a good bargain, cheap products may cost you more in future maintenance and repairs. Choosing quality over price ensures longer-lasting results and efficiency, helping you save more in the long run.

The best waterproof decking products according to deck type:

Pool decks

MC System – This fiber-reinforced pool deck coating is known for its incredible flexibility and its 28 series topcoat specially formulated to reflect infrared rays (IRR Coating) and providing resistance against water, stains, acids, and ultra-violet light.

FM System – This all-acrylic system is ideal for plywood or concrete decks. It is flexible, skid-resistant, and easy to maintain and repair.

Balcony decks

AL Flex System – As an industry-leading Class “A” Fire-Rated resistant system for plywood decks, AL Flex System offers unmatched strength and longevity. It is a superior waterproofing solution for balcony decks and large commercial applications.

AMAC System – The AMAC system is suitable for decks that are exposed to heavy traffic and high winds. This product is made to meet the highest standards in design and durability.

Concrete roof decks

Auto Life System – The Auto Life System is ideal for protecting surfaces against oils, chemicals, spalling, and freeze and thaw damage. 

LD 2000 – Tough and flexible, the LD 2000 urethane system is moisture-cured and chemical-resistant. When combined with appropriate sand aggregate, it offers a slip-resistant waterproofing solution. 

Walking decks

Cool Life Color Seal – This premium, quick-drying product reduces the surface temperature of your concrete deck by up to 30%.  It is formulated to reflect infrared rays and offer resistance against water and extreme heat.

AL System – The AL System features a safe anti-skid textured finish, top-notch sound reduction qualities, and unmatched UV resistance.

Shop outstanding deck coating systems

Because decks endure direct contact with the elements, they do need a high level of protection. At Life Specialty Coatings, we have been manufacturing high-performance interior and exterior coatings for more than 55 years. Our products are purpose-built for weatherproofing, UV protection, and greater aesthetic appeal.

For orders, property inspections, and product advice, contact us today or send us an email at

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