Pedestrian decks beneath Niagara Falls are sealed with Thompson’s WaterSeal.

There’s a place where the chance of precipitation is always 100% and the winds can gust up to 75 miles per hour. At the Cave of the Winds at Niagara Falls, protecting its more than 20,000 square feet of deck space requires a water seal product that is up to the challenge. Since 2006, Niagara Falls State Park has trusted Thompson’s WaterSeal products to keep its decks and walkways looking beautiful for the more than 600,000 people who visit each year.     

“We have been proud to protect the iconic decks at Niagara Falls State Park for more than 16 years and are thrilled that we can continue to support this special place,” said Erica Yacobozzi, senior brand manager for the Thompson’s WaterSeal brand. “Every winter, the deck planks are removed, stained and reinstalled using the same products we sell to homeowners, providing lasting protection against wind, rain and foot traffic. If our products can be trusted at Niagara Falls, they can be trusted anywhere.”    

The series of wooden decks and staircases at the Cave of the Winds bring visitors upward until they are standing just 15 feet away from the plummeting waters of Bridal Veil Falls. The top deck, known as the Hurricane Deck, can experience winds at the same level as a Category 1 hurricane and water rains down continuously. Each year, approximately 200 gallons of Thompson’s WaterSeal stain is applied by a skilled Niagara Falls State Park crew who remove and reinstall the planks using only hand tools.     

“The wooden decks must be removed every fall, otherwise ice formed in the winter months would build up and crush them,” said Angela P. Berti, Director of Public Affairs, Niagara Falls State Park. “During the winter, our team applies Thompson’s WaterSeal products before reinstalling the decks in the spring and each year millions of visitors create memories that last a lifetime on those decks.     

Niagara Falls State Park is America’s oldest state park and is home to one-of-kind decks to explore one of the wonders of the world. Learn more about this long-standing partnership at www.thompsonswaterseal.com

Spring 2022 Back Issue

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Waterproofing Agricultural Buildings
Protecting the Niagara Falls Pedestrian Deck

Hycrete Waterproofs Luxury Residential Tower
Integral Waterproofing With Crystalline Admixtures
Protecting Parking Deck Systems

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Waterproofing Agricultural Buildings
By Vanessa Salvia
Farming is a low-profit, high-cost endeavor, so in many cases the farmers are thinking about where they can save money in the short term. But eventually, when agricultural buildings are left to the elements with no protection, they fail.

Protecting the Niagara Falls Pedestrian Deck
The Niagara Falls pedestrian deck and bridge is surely one of the wettest spots to be. The decking is removed each year and resealed with Thompson’s WaterSeal products to make them last. 

Hycrete Waterproofs Luxury Residential Tower
The Atlas is the tallest residential tower in downtown Oakland, California. The tower is located next to a busy street, and because of this, membranes could not be used. Hycrete’s System W solved the problem.

Integral Waterproofing With Crystalline Admixtures
By Vanessa Salvia
Integral waterproofing protects concrete from within, and extends the lifespan of the concrete.  Crystalline admixtures are absorbed into the concrete in the mix and then diffuse into it to form a chemical barrier that prevents water intrusion into the concrete and heals cracks that do form.

Protecting Parking Deck Systems
By Amir Hassan, MSc, PE, PEng
Parking systems are open-to-the-elements structures that need precautions because they are costly to build, repair, and replace. To have a durable deck, water management is vital. 

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