“I wish I had known about your system three years ago.” was the lament from our latest client.
The Arroyo Grande homeowners were bitterly disappointed in their failed Deck Tech Granite Deck system. Three years ago they had bought what they were promised was a coating “unlike any other” that eliminated metal lath decks, and would give them a deck coating that “replaces the outdated deck coatings that all lead to deck failures.“
Rule #1-If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.
Rule #2-Trust, but verify.
Granite Deck doesn’t have an ICC-ES Report behind it, that would prove what they say is true
by a unbiased secondary source, ie: ICC-ES or Underwriters Laboratory.
Rule #3-When it Comes to Waterproofing, Stay with the Tried and True. Let someone else be the experiment.
Our clients had paid Deck Tech to come and reseal the deck after only 2 years had gone by since they bought the system. They had complained about ponding water issues, peeling material and were generally dissatisfied.
With the deck peeling again in various places, they contacted Gary Smith of C.T.M. Construction in Arroyo Grande. Gary contacted us after reading our website and deciding that we were someone he wanted to talk to.
After interviewing us Gary selected our bid for our Desert Crete flooring system for exterior decks. With an ICC-ES report behind it, a Class A fire retardant rating and it’s being recognized as a bona-fide pedestrian traffic coating and roof system, Desert Crete was clearly a superior product to the Granite Deck system it would replace.
C.T.M. Construction removed all the old plywood and OSB that was on the deck and opened all the stucco at the walls. They sheeted the deck with new 3/4″ plywood blocked at all seams.
Once the deck was ready, our team of experts assembled the Desert Crete decking system with new flashings, door pans, and Desert Crete with a knockdown texture and Desert Brand sealer in Buckskin.
Don’t waste your hard earned money, choose to spend it wisely. Does Desert Crete cost a little more than competing brands? Yes. Is that cost differential worth risking the interior contents of the home, plus the time, headaches and the re-construction? That question you have to answer.
Call me when you are ready to step up to a superior waterproofing system-Desert Crete, from the exclusive Desert Crete installer in San Luis Obispo County. Because your property is worth it.
Call me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 for a free consultation. Do it once, not again.
Watch our YouTube video on the Desert Crete installation process
Read our article in Journal of Light Construction on the Desert Crete installation process.
Ensure Your French Doors Aren’t Leaking-Install Them Properly With Guidance From Gene Summy’s Advice
We work on a lot of decks with French Doors…and often times we find signs of leaking around a door and under the sill where the water had collected and did it’s evil work creating dry-rot. Other times we get a complaint that “your deck is leaking”. Inspections find that unless there is a hole in the deck membrane, it ain’t the deck…it’s the French Door.
Gene Summy of TLS Laboratory in Laguna Nigel is a French Door/water intrusion expert. TLS Laboratories has a special talent in tracking down difficult homeowner occupied leaks. Windows, French doors, roofs, walls, decks, chimneys, or any other leak will be tracked down by TLS Laboratories field technicians. Due to the experience in homeowner occupied homes, and water testing during the course of construction TLS Laboratories is able to take the lessons learned into the field and help builders build better homes.
Here’s a piece of Gene’s article published at JLC Magazine. I suggest that you download it and keep it close for the next French Door installation you have.
“In California, contractors have been heard to grumble that there are only two types of French doors: the kind that leak and the kind that are going to leak. When they have the first kind, they call my company, TLS Laboratories in Laguna Niguel. We’ve investigated plenty of leaking French doors over the years, and in our experience it’s usually the installation that’s faulty, rather than the door itself.
A hinged exterior French door is something like a very large jigsaw puzzle with a small number of pieces. If the pieces are assembled correctly, the pair of sash should fully compress the weatherstripping against the jambs and one another. If the fit isn’t quite right, the weatherstripping won’t compress and water will seep in around the sash. If a door is going to leak, it most often leaks here.
The next most common leakage area is the sill — not over it, but underneath it, usually as the result of insufficient sealant. Pans and proper flashings also help (I’ll talk about them later), but two fat beads of sealant running 6 inches down each trimmer and all the way across the pan — one toward the front edge of the door and another toward the rear edge — will stop a lot of water.”
Read the rest by clicking here. http://www.jlconline.com/caulks-adhesives-and-sealants/installing-french-doors_1.aspx
The Twenty Thousand Dollar Lesson-Proper Concrete Prep Would Have Made the Difference for Arroyo Grande Driveway
This is what a four year old driveway in Arroyo Grande looks like that was done by a competitor. It’s not supposed to look like this, but it does.
Why? Very simple-FAILURE TO PROPERLY PREP THE CONCRETE!
Two Thousand Four Hundred Square Feet of failing expensive concrete overlay.
How will it get fixed? Easy answer, grind off every square foot, shot blast the existing concrete driveway to a Surface Profile 4-5 and then overlay it again with a new system. Seal the new coating with hot tire resistant polyurethane based exterior sealer from Desert Brand. It won’t be cheap-
Cost-over $20,000. There’s a lot of work needed.
Do it right, not over…call us, the concrete driveway experts, who HAVE the proper equipment to do your job right. We’ve invested in Blastrac shot blasting equipment worth $10,000+, with dustless vacuums that prepare concrete surfaces to the specifications mandated by flooring manufacturer’s.
Call me direct at 805-545-8300 or fill out our contact us form below and we’ll reply ASAP.
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It’s easy and you don’t have to buy anything.
Simply post a picture of your Desert Crete deck on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CCWaterproofing.
It’s easy and takes but a minute.
Take a pic of your favorite area of your deck, a rocking chair in the corner to read on, a special plant or water feature. Tell us what you love about your Desert Crete deck.
Post your piics by July 31st. One random winner will be drawn from all entries received.
Must be 21 to win. Open to anyone who has a Desert Crete deck, not just those installed by CCW.
Two jobs or ours recently wrapped up over in Los Osos/Baywood.
Our first job on S Court Street, with Simons Construction, began innocently enough…the client had a “little leak” that started after a deck had been “fixed” three years earlier. Our inspection found some other areas of concern as well, lack of proper drainage being the biggest, followed by concern over the method a privacy wall had been constructed.
As construction continued, the damage revealed was far worse than believed. A deck had been built over the old deck, leaving mold and dry-rot fungus spores to wait and bide their time for a new chance at life. Sure enough, when the new deck leaked, it began a chain reaction. When all was done and said, Simons Construction had to rebuild the deck, rebuild two walls and rebuild the bedroom below.
We installed Desert Crete decking over the new plywood deck and framing, including inside the hot water closet located off the deck. Simons Construction is very impressed with our system and recognized that it’s a superior assembly over other competitors deck waterproofing assemblies.
Our second Los Osos deck waterproofing job was located over on Hollister Ave.
Once again, dry-rot played a major role in redefining this job. Pete Watson Carpentry Service called us up. We’ve worked togther before with Pete, so he knew he had the right company on his job.
The same complaint, a small leak…the inspection discovers a rafter tail coming out of stucco below is rotted. We suggest that some exploratory surgery is in order. Pete performed the surgery to find near terminal dry-rot. A spiral stair case leading to the roof deck was rotted out. The deck had rot. The framing of the deck had rot. Ok, I think you get it…it was rotted all to hell…
Fast forward, after major surgery to replace the damaged materials, Desert Crete was used to waterproof the roof deck.
Pete’s clients Jenny and her husband love their new deck (they do their star gazing from the roof deck). They know that they have a long lasting tough decking system that will outlast Desert Crete’s competitors inferior coatings.
When your deck is showing signs of leaks and problems, don’t wait. Time is your enemy. As summer heats up so does the interior cavity walls of the building. That heat is making a tasty environment for those wood destroying pests-moist wood = easy chewing.
Call me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 for a fast free estimate to install a fire retardant ICC-ES approved Desert Crete deck on your home, condo or apartment building.
“LACK OF CONFIDENCE”
is how the owner described his feelings towards a 3 year old failing urethane deck system installed by Ron Murell Waterproofing.
The coating was a thin 3 step urethane system; when we inspected it it was stretched at the seams and threatening to split, the owner had too much valuable interior real estate below to trust that this system was going to protect his roof deck over the long term.
“What do you have that will give me confidence?” asked the owner.
“Desert Crete.” is the only answer I could give. Desert Crete doesn’t break down from UV exposure like urethanes and polyurea does. It’s concrete based so chair tips can’t cut through, resists plants and grill damage better than urethane could ever hope too and has a MUCH lower cost of ownership than competing systems do.
Consider the required maintenance of urethanes and polyurea; they MUST be resealed every 2-3 years to protect the waterproofing from UV degradation. Add that cost to your budget and see how fast it adds up.
Desert Crete needs to be resealed only to maintain it’s aesthetic appearance, every 3-5 years. It won’t fail just because you didn’t paint it…
Our latest Desert Crete install has created a superior level of confidence for our client. He knows that Desert Crete is the answer to long term protection of the living space below his deck. He feels confident that he can put tables and chairs out, entertain guests and walk all over his deck with out fear of failure.
If your motivation is confidence in the product your buying to protect your real estate investment, then you’ll put Desert Crete on your short list. Let us show you why Desert Crete can’t be beat.
Call me, Bill Leys, owner at 805-545-8300 for a free estimate and personal consultation and comparison of the coating choices available to you. We sell education, not cheap coatings.
If all you want is a cheap price, our competitors can help you. If you want confidence in your deck system, call us.