Asked on May 28, 2020

Wooden Patio on ground-What can I surround it with to avoid rot

Becky at Flipping the FlipSharonLauren of Mom Home Guide


10 answers
    on May 28, 2020

    What’s under it? That’s the key thing. If it’s sitting right on the ground it will rot.

  • Annie
    on May 28, 2020

    Hopefully there is a layer of gravel under it, otherwise yes it would rot.

  • Maggie
    on May 28, 2020

    Thank you- I will speak with the handy person.

  • Janice
    on May 28, 2020

    You can add a small amount of metal at the bottom of each leg that rests on the ground. An inexpensive fix that comes to mind is to use a soda can.....cut it so you have a lat piece, the create "rounds" large enough to place eneath the leg and bend the metal up around the leg. Sounds more complicated than it is. Also you might be able to locate some metal or rubber caps for your table legs at a home improement store.

  • Simple Nature Decor
    Simple Nature Decor
    on May 28, 2020

    You can seal it with sealant to protect from water

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    on May 29, 2020

    You can also talk to someone at your local hardware store. They should know what would work best in the area you are in.

  • Kmdreamer
    on May 31, 2020

    Put it up on land scape ties they are treated and won’t rot

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    on May 31, 2020

    Have you applied wood stain to the wooden patio? If now, you should apply some stain. (To the top - this wouldn't help the bosom, though.)

  • Sharon
    on Jun 1, 2020

    I would put it up on some concrete blocks made for that purpose to level it and protect from rot. Also I would treat it with an oil-based deck stain like Olympia or Thompsons.

    I would also remove all grass from the area beneath the soon to be deck, add a layer of decomposed granite and a layer of landscape fabric to prevent weed growth.

  • You’ll need to raise the wood up off the ground at least by a little bit. Or if I read right, some separation between the concrete and wood. Please don’t add metal anywhere, it will rust or corrode causing all sorts of other issues.

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