Behr DeckOver Product Review and the Million Dollar Question

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Readers wanted to know if the Behr Deckover restoration product lived up to claims of longterm wood coverage. These DIY homeowners are back with an update.

Last summer my DIY hubby restored our 20+ year old back deck with an amazing product from Behr Paint.  Since then I’ve received more questions about that post than any other.

The most frequently asked question was how does the Behr Premium DeckOver® hold up? If you go back to that original post you will discover some great information from the comments as well.

But first…..a cute puppy alert! 

Readers wanted to know if the Behr Deckover restoration product lived up to claims of longterm wood coverage. These DIY homeowners are back with an update and all the details to help you make an informed decision.

I think every post should begin with either a cute puppy or an adorable baby, don’t you? The world would be a happier place!

You can see the deck is dirty from last year but otherwise in good shape.

Readers wanted to know if the Behr Deckover restoration product lived up to claims of longterm wood coverage. These DIY homeowners are back with an update and all the details to help you make an informed decision.

Here’s my handy hubby to answer all your questions!

Tim: One of the biggest concerns when undertaking a deck project and protecting a hefty investment is the durability of any product that is designed and used to protect it.

I want to offer first hand experience on Behr’s DeckOver product that has been on our rear deck for exactly a year, specifically how it has held up through a season cycle.

Wood Deck Restoration with Behr Premium Deckover® - Marty's Musings

(our deck before using Behr DeckOver)

To fully appreciate this product and how well it has performed, it might be a good idea to go back to our original post on preparing and applying the product.

It cannot be overstated how critical a fastidious approach is to the success of the DeckOver product. Any deviation can cause failure, but let me also offer the disclaimer that, while this restoration product worked beautifully for me, it may not do the same for you. There are plenty of negative reviews on the internet that are easy to find. However, 12 months down the road I have no regrets with how DeckOver performed!

Wood Deck Restoration with Behr Premium Deckover® - Marty's Musings

There are a number of factors that will affect longevity of any deck product, and the fact that this is a restoration product makes those factors come into play even more. Let’s talk about a few of those in this Behr DeckOver product review and how it performed in those specific areas.

Wood Deck Restoration with Behr Premium Deckover® - Marty's Musings

(last year immediately after application)

TRAFFIC

We have had crazy dog traffic all over this deck through every season. Our new boxer pup drags everything and anything up onto the deck to shred it to pieces. There is almost always some kind of debris and even icky doggie presents at times, but everything blows or washes right away.

Readers wanted to know if the Behr Deckover restoration product lived up to claims of longterm wood coverage. These DIY homeowners are back with an update.

(before pressure washing this year)

I have pressure washed, without chemical, once and not one chip released from the surface. All types of deck furniture seem to be fine on this product, too; metal, wood, plastic, heavy, light. Anything I’ve thrown at it has been fine.

WEATHER

We are located in central North Carolina and have a gentle to moderate turn of four seasons, with highs in the Summers in the upper 90’s to lows in the Winters below freezing with snow every now and then. Lots of pollen in the Springs and tons of leaves in the Falls. While it is far from harsh, it is a big enough swing to make the claim that this product performs well in a variety of conditions.

ADHESION/DURABILITY

Remembering that two light coats are better than globbing a first coat on and flying through a light second coat just to be done, adhesion has not been an issue…with one small exception that is not the fault of the product. The huge silver maple that the deck is built around will drop branches in a good storm, some very large ones. One such branch came down, ripped the gutter off the house and actually punched a hole in the deck board! I have yet to repair the gutter and I noticed that the constant repeated waterfall where the rain pours over has caused the DeckOver to release right at that spot.

I would say that any prolonged exposure to a steady stream of water could cause a problem. This might also occur under a hose, a water feature, pet bowl, or potted plants with heavy drainage. There is a saying in the painting business that is so true. “Water always wins!”

Readers wanted to know if the Behr Deckover restoration product lived up to claims of longterm wood coverage. These DIY homeowners are back with an update.

SURFACE

This may be the biggest variable that is most difficult to address, and new wood can be almost as big a problem as wood aged 20 years or more. Old school thinking, that I still adhere to, is that new wood should age six months before ANY product is applied. So applying any earlier can cause problems.

Readers wanted to know if the Behr Deckover restoration product lived up to claims of longterm wood coverage. These DIY homeowners are back with an update.

Conversely, there does come a point in the life of a deck that the only prudent action is to simply replace it, or at least the deck boards. Outside of your own judgment, the manufacturer’s suggestion is no cracks more than ¼”. I found that to be true, and anything that was more damaged than that was filled with caulk (see original post) or replaced.

CLEANING/MAINTAINENCE

You really have two choices to clean your deck once any product is applied. One path is with an emphasis on chemical and the other is sheer force with a pressure washer. I really like the Jomax cleaner to remove mildew and algae. Ideally you don’t want anything with bleach that may alter the color.

If you just pressure wash, back off the nozzle setting from the yellow 20° tip to something a bit less concentrated. Play with your distance from the surface and you should get good, safe results. You can also use some chemical and brush the surface if you don’t have a huge surface to do. I chose to just pressure wash and got great results that brought the deck to “like new” condition.

Readers wanted to know if the Behr Deckover restoration product lived up to claims of longterm wood coverage. These DIY homeowners are back with an update.

Well, I can already here the chief saying that this is W-A-Y too long, so feel free to post your question if I have failed to address a concern. I want to close by saying that I just noticed Behr has come out with a DeckOver Textured product that looks like it doubles the “footprint” left on the surface, that is, a heavier texture. For those with more substantial wear this might be an option. Good luck!

Marty: I’m excited to announce that I will again be joining the rest of our team of Behr DIY experts as well as a few additional awesome bloggers to share the latest and greatest from Behr for 2015/2016. Check out the first round of posts at the Colorfully Behr blog.

Now to end with my adorable grandson and cute but not so little puppy!

Readers wanted to know if the Behr Deckover restoration product lived up to claims of longterm wood coverage. These DIY homeowners are back with an update.

Have you tried the Behr DeckOver product?

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Comments

  1. I am stopping by via the blog hop. It looks like we tied for “most clicks” last week(: I love your puppy and your have an amazing outdoor space!! I am excited to get to know you better(: Susan

  2. I’m so glad you posted this. I’m not sure if you’ve seen it, but a pin that I shared of this project last year has dozens of comments (and still more coming) about how it holds up. It’s also a hugely popular pin, so I guess it’s on peoples’ minds. Love that it’s still holding up well after a year! It looks great.

  3. Thanks for sharing your advice and review of this paint on Snickerdoodle Sunday. I’ve got a deck makeover on my to do list, so it’s great to find first hand information.

  4. We just used Deckover and are impressed with the results. We built our deck about a year ago and expanded about 6 months ago.We initially stained our deck with Behr semi transparent stain but between us and our dogs, it just didn’t hold up. When we started to add on to the deck we decided to give Deckover a try. I started by cleaning our muddy paw stained deck with just a brush and behr deck cleaner. This did absolute wonders and made the wood look insanely clean. We seriously thought those paw stains wouldn’t come out. We then used Deckover..using 3 coats to get the real deep color of Cordovan Brown. Best decision we’ve made. We are now using it on our new wood fence. The solid color really has given a high end look to our backyard. I

    • Hi, Lena. I’m glad you had a good result with the Behr product. I think if you put the work in prepping and application then you will be pleased with the final product. Thanks for commenting!

  5. Jacquie Voss says:

    I need to do my deck – bad. It was peviously “stained” but it is more like a paint and is chipped and peeling. I have used a pressure washer and scrapper the last 2 years to get it ready to stain and something has always come up so I am going to try again this year – my question is with the Deckover does ALL the paint have to be off? Just the loose stuff? My brother used this and it looks great but I’m just wondering with the previous “paint-stain” what will happen… Thanks

    • Hi, Jacquie. Here’s what my husband suggests: Good question. Preparation is always the key to a successful paint project, whether inside or out. It will be critical that you remove anything that wants to come off, either pressure washing, chemical strip, sanding or scraping. You want to remove everything that is loose until it bumps into everything that is not loose. You can lightly apply the DeckOver to spots here and there, feathering out past the edges, or just apply a light first coat over the entire surface. The build up will hide most of the imperfections, especially with the second coat. Down the road, I was told by the Behr folks that another coat could be applied. As for what you covering, it really doesn’t matter. These restoration products are designed with elastomeric enhancements designed to cover anything.

      Good Luck!

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