One of our main goals for our clients is to educate them. Central Coast Waterproofing’s continued success is reliant on customers who have a good appreciation for what it really takes to do a good job and have decided that they don’t want the cheapest fastest job they can get.
I’ve come up with a listing of articles here that we’ll call our required summer reading list, just like you got when you were in school…I recommend these as they are quite pertinent to the trade of waterproofing.
If you are serious about doing the job right, read these today and learn something!
The title pretty much says it, so click to download it and read it. You should have this document in your job folder when we arrive to inspect your job…
Don’t start a tile deck project without having read and understood this white paper. If you want me to be doing your tile waterproofing job…this is a must read article for you!
This article is written by John Ogilvie, President and one of the owners of Duradek Ltd. Duradek has been waterproofing decks and balconies since 1974. Its products are only installed professionally by contractors trained and supported by Duradek and its network of distributors throughout the United States and Canada. The specific product referred to in this article is Duradek Ultra Tiledek, a roof membrane specifically designed and tested for the application of tile or stone overlays. More information can be found at http://www.duradek.com/tiledek.
Porcelain or Stone Tile on outdoor decks provides a beautiful surface but the failure rate is high. This paper discusses the common pitfalls of a tile overlay from the construction of the deck through the application of the top finish. It deals primarily with decks and balconies on wood frame buildings with a focus on protecting the structure with solid waterproofing (roofing) details. It also prepares the reader with the questions to ask when choosing tile, thinset mortars, decoupling and drainage mats and making decisions on slope and railing attachment.
There are few outdoor surfaces as attractive and durable as tile or stone and they can be used outdoors even in very extreme climates providing there is a great deal of care put into the choices of materials and trades people. As so often happens, attempts to cut corners on costs or by taking shortcuts, even ones that seem to make sense, result in the most expensive installations. The common themes in this report are to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to the letter and employ only experienced professionals for each part of the job. The chances of a successful, long lasting installation increase exponentially if you do.
The most surprising thing we discovered was that that if you were willing to research the issue and look to the industry experts and follow the recommended “best practice” standards, the success rate would be dramatically increased. Simply knowing the questions to ask and who to ask is the first step to getting the right answers.
Some of the best advice given to us by a “long in the tooth” tile contractor was this: He tells his customers who are interested in having tile or stone outdoors (especially on a wood frame building) that if they don’t have a budget sufficient to do it properly they should not even consider it. Taking money-saving short cuts with an “assembly” that requires all the components to work together could prove to be extremely expensive in the long run.
By Dave Gobis
David M. Gobis, a third-generation tile setter, is an independent Technical Consultant. Mr. Gobis is an author of over 100 trade-related articles and a frequent speaker at industry events. He is a voting member of The American National Standards, and Tile Council of America Installation Handbook committees. He can be reached via email, //
Here is an excerpt from Dave’s article found at Tile Magazine’s website.
Tile is becoming increasingly popular for decks, be they slab on grade (not a huge concern other than proper pitch), raised wood decks (a big concern) or roof decks (a huge concern). The requirements for above-grade decks are very exacting and space does not allow us to explore them in depth. These types of projects should utilize only the very best products and those highly skilled in their use. Decks and patios are fraught with obstacles to a successful installation. Most typical failures occur due to unskilled or semi-skilled labor, use of inappropriate products, railing penetrations, failure to allow for thermal and moisture movement, lack of counter flashing, and poor drainage provisions. Claims for water damage in these types of installations can be for a staggering amount of money in some cases. Exterior deck, patio, and pool deck failures have provided a substantial portion of my income so far this year as a consultant. I also have yet to see a product failure, however, it was alleged there was a failing product on every job. So far all have been inappropriate product selection and/or poor workmanship. Tile can easily be used in these applications offering problem-free performance with the right selections and labor.
Unfortunately, there is no end in sight to leaky decks, tubs, showers, and an increasing amount of steam rooms. These calls seem to be increasing in number — a fact supported by every single manufacturer I have spoken with. This is really sad because it hurts the market for ceramic tile, stone, and related products. Manufacturers have done an outstanding job of developing products to address waterproofing in particular. With the blurring of the traditional tile setter into the realm of floor coverer, waterproofing has seen a disproportionate amount of failures.
READ THE REST OF DAVE’s article by clicking on the title above.
By Peter Innes
Peter Innes is owner of Innes Communication in Saddle Brook NJ. Information for this article was submitted by Kemper Systems of Boca Raton FLA.
“Community Associations are presented with a number of difficult decisions, and too often, the association members do not have enough information to make critical decisions that involve waterproofing. If you only look at competitive bids for the same type of waterproofing solution, then you’re really not looking at every available soloution. You’re only looking at cost when you should be looking at cost and performance.
READ ALL OF PETER’S ARTICLE BY CLICKING ON THE TITLE ABOVE.
By David Reed
In building science water is rarely controlled by gravity. The assumption that building leaks are caused by water falling from the sky is what sets apart the homeowner, adjuster, contractor, architect, mold hygienist, etc. from the building scientist.
To tread dangerously back into high school physics, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, offers these principles;
•Moisture moves from areas of higher concentrations to areas of lower concentrations
•Moisture travels from areas of higher air pressure to areas of lower air pressure
•Moisture moves from warmer areas to cooler areas.
Thus buildings suck! Moisture that is.
READ ALL OF DAVID’S ARTICLE BY CLICKING ON THE TITLE ABOVE.
Article By Bill Leys- Published inTHE JOURNAL OF LIGHT CONSTRUCTION! <Click to read!
It’s officially official…our newest article is in the nationally distributed JOURNAL OF LIGHT CONSTRUCTION in February 2010’s issue.
We are very excited, especially since one of our staff from Central Coast Waterproofing is on the cover!
Now thousands of tradesmen will learn about Desert Crete!
When your done reading these articles, you can find more to read at www.deckexpert.com
Does your HOA, Apartment Community or home need help with your decks? Sick of getting ten different stories from different contractors, and pricing that makes no sense? Do you feel like your flailing around and not sure what to do?
Central Coast Waterproofing could be your answer. We provide solutions that work, with proven products and manufacturer’s that are dedicated to quality.
We may not be the cheapest contractor, but then, really can you afford the cheapest contractor?
Call me, Bill Leys for a fast free consultation at 805-545-8300.