Our Latest Project-Cambria Home on Lancaster

Central Coast Waterproofing was just awarded the contract to fix the rubber coated decks on this home on Lancaster Street in Cambria.

The urethane coated deck, done by Ron Murrell Waterproofing several years ago, was slowly splitting at the plywood seams. The rubber coating they do is notorious for burning up in the sun unless it is frequently top coated with specialized UV resistant paint/sealant for urethane.

The owners were tired of paying to have the decks top coated  and with the continuing splits, looked to David Drew Construction for other options. Dave had seen us in action on several jobs he worked on and he recommended us over other local competitors.

We are installing Desert Crete over the two decks on this home. Watch for a job profile in the near future.

Need to fix your cracking rubber decks? Let Central Coast Waterproofing fix up your decks for this coming winters rains.

Call Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 today.

Job Profile-Keen View From Kern St Decks in Morro Bay

Our latest job wound up on Kern Street in Morro Bay recently.

On this project the home had four decks that needed repairs…after they were made by a contractor, we installed decking and flashings.

For this job we installed stainless steel flashings and Desert Crete to the four decks. We also provided for slope in the decking system so the decks would drain off after it rains.

The owners now have a tough easy to care for deck system that will last for years with minimal maintenance.

See why Desert Crete should be your choice for your deck; get a fast free estimate from us by calling me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 today.



American Plywood Association’s Plywood Spacing Recommendations

Direct from APA’s website…

APA recommends a 1/8-inch space between panel edge and end joints. Plywood and oriented strand board (OSB), like all wood products, will expand or shrink slightly with changes in moisture content. If the wood structural panels are tightly butted, there is no room for expansion and buckling can occur. That can mean costly, time-consuming callbacks. To assure best performance, follow these panel spacing and nailing recommendations for APA Rated Sheathing, APA Rated Sturd-I-Floor®, and APA Rated Siding.

Spacing Hint: Use a 10d box nail to gauge 1/8-inch spacing between panels. Spacer-type panel edge clips may also be used for roof sheathing applications.


Panel spacing is an APA RECOMMENDATION, to provide installers with a means of minimizing the potential for panel buckling; however, it is not a requirement. (NO EXCEPTION FOR DECKS!!!) Some manufacturers may require a space at the time of installation. Panel buckling may be an aesthetic or serviceability issue but is not a structural deficiency. There is no reason to expect this recommended space to be maintained when the panel becomes acclimated. Gaps that were initially present may have closed due to normal moisture-related expansion. If the flatness of sheathing or flooring panels is acceptable, APA would generally recommend that any finish flooring, siding or roofing be installed as planned regardless of whether gaps are present.


Rain is Coming-Get Your Deck Inspected and Fixed NOW Before It Gets Here

Without fail every winter when it starts to rain we get (pun intended) deluged in phone calls when owners of roof decks discover their roof deck leaks.

For some who are lucky, they get a wet spot on their ceiling and not much else…their deck gets fixed or replaced and they go happily on with their lives, blissfully unaware of how narrowly they missed being the next victim of mother nature.

At least once each winter rain season we see a horror story of epic proportions. A few years ago it was an owner on vacation, when they came home they found their 2000 square feet of oak floors all warped and water damaged…their deck drain had clogged with leaves, the deck filled up with water and the only escape point was their sliding door, where water overflowed into the house and down the walls and into the first floor oak floors. I hear they still have a lot of oak kindling wood they use to start fires in their fireplace…

A couple years before that, a house in Shell Beach had a roof deck up top…when the owners put a glass railing around the walls of the deck to stop the wind, the laws of unintended consequences kicked in.  Again, another on vacation horror story…while the owners were away, the strong coastal winds we get here caused the walls to crack, it rained and the cracked walls allowed a lot of water to enter the house.                     The owners came home to find their ceiling on the floor.

Others have experienced similar horror stories, they have suffered tens of thousands of dollars in damages from small leaks that caused framing damage…and much of it could be avoided or mitigated by simply having an inspection done on their deck.

Decks don’t just suddenly fail one day, they have been slowly degrading for years before they visibly start leaking. Our professional eye can find the small clues that can be the cause of so much damage. Let Central Coast Waterproofing do a free inspection and assessment of your deck this fall before winter gets here.

Call me, Bill Leys, The Deck Expert, at 805-545-8300 today for a fast free inspection and quote to repair your deck.


Job Profile-View Deck of Actress’ Ocean Front Home in Ventura Gets Pampered With Desert Crete

Imagine if TMZ focused on the dry-rot and waterproofing failures that movie and music stars homes suffer from…headlines like “Actor’s Home in Dry-Rot Hell” and “Tile Deck Failure Sends Star’s Home to Rehab” would be splashed on the website. Instead they focus on the drab boring lives of the stars and they rake in millions doing so.

And so TMZ has abdicated their job of reporting on the tawdry details of the dry-rot and bad waterproofing details  lurking in stars homes and decks to us…

Our  latest project was done with a local Ojai/Ventura contractor, JM Johnston Construction, who services many ocean front properties in the area. This home we worked on is in Ventura on the coast in a private gated enclave off Seacliff Drive.

The owner had a waterproof deck that was tiled over. The tile installer put tile on a deck that blocked up weep screed on the stucco, causing water damage in the wall cavity. The tile also blocked critical edge drain areasat a glass railing area, forcing water into the wood deck below. After repairs were done   by JM Johnston Construction, we were retained to waterproof the deck.

Johhny Johnston has used us before and is quite familiar with our Desert Crete system. He knows the value of using the best products installed by the best contractors will far exceed the risk and liability of costs of damage from inferior products installed by questionable companies. Johnny can’t  afford to risk his name and reputation on properties like this one with a high profile owner who demands the best.

We installed stainless steel flashings and door pans around the edges of the deck. Stainless is about the only metal that will survive being right on the ocean. This home is so close to the ocean that on windy days and rough seas crashing in, sea spray will hit the home and deck!

Our Desert Crete decking system is a perfect foil to the weather that will be thrown at this deck; Desert Crete is a rugged and tough system that isolates the metal lath from water contact via a fiberglass layer. With jobs like this we also reduce the risk of water contact by using Panzer mesh over the stainless flashings instead of metal lath.  Panzer mesh acts as lath for the concrete to adhere to but being synthetic, won’t rust in the unlikely event of water intrusion.

This Desert Crete system was finished simply yet elegantly with a knockdown trowel finish and we used Life Paint’s 10 series concrete sealer to give the owner a custom color over our standard color offerings.

With the deck all done, now new railings will go in and this home will be back and ready for entertaining at the water’s edge. Find out why your next deck job should be done by the “Waterproofer to the Stars” – Central Coast  Waterproofing.

Call me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 for a free consultation  on your next project and get the benefit of expertise and experience.


Job Profile-Waterproofing an Elevator Pit in Avila Beach With Kryton’s T1/T2 Krystol System

There’s nothing glamorous about waterproofing elevator pits; it’s dirty work and decidedly dull as far as the actual work itself. But owners of elevators can’t have water in their mechanical area pits under the elevator, that could potentially cause damage to very expensive equipment.

The difficulty in waterproofing elevator pits when the building is first being built and concrete is being poured is often under estimated by a general contractor. They often don’t get the waterproofing contractor involved and thus waterproofing is a secondary thought…

When water enters an elevator pit, few waterproofing contractors can fix the leaky devils…but we can fix them.

For our latest project we found a leaking elevator pit in Avila Beach. Close to the shore, the ocean has been known to appear in poorly waterproofed lower levels of buildings over here. This project is a perfect fit for Kryton Crystalline Waterproofing.

This project was pretty straightforward, we prepared the concrete surfaces of the pit with grinders and chipped out all the bug holes in the concrete. Holes were filled with Kryton’s T1 mix and Baricote.

After curing overnight, the next day we wet the walls down for the purpose of activating the Kryton, then we applied Kryton T1 on the walls and floor of the pit. Allowing that to cure overnight, we wet down the walls and floor and applied Kryton T2 over the T1 to finish the job.

We then wet cured the walls and floor with water sprayed 2x daily on the areas treated with Kryton.

Next time the sea tries to get in, it will find a new barrier to entry-Kryton’s Crystalline Waterproofing, Permanent everlasting waterproofing like no other.

Call us for a free estimate on your tough waterproofing needs. We can tackle what others let run by them.

Call me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 today. We  are  your exclusive Kryton applicators in SLO county.

Job Profile- Condo Decks in Atascadero Waited Over 6 Years To Be Finished

Desert Crete is patient, Desert Crete is kind.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

A rewritten version of a passage in the bible yes, but true words never the less.

Our latest job concerns a property in Atascadero that was a victim of the housing crash in 2007. These condo’s, tucked on the north edge of the Dove Creek development, were left abandoned when the developer’s financing was pulled. Half finished with the exterior semi-dried in, the roof was partly on, stucco paper was on and the decks and stairs had a base coat of our Desert Crete system in place. I had sold and managed the job years back for a company that I was a salesperson/estimator for.

With the market returning and banks loaning money, a new buyer hired Bob Crizer of  Crizer Construction   to manage the project and redo the building. Bob hires the best subs and we were one of his subs on this job.

Our assessment of the job found that the decks and stairs had done pretty well without being finished or other building materials being in place or finished either. Some water had leaked into the framing assembly of the decks where columns were unfinished with a water resistant barrier.

We repalced some drip edge flashing after the problem was discovered and continued to just texture and paint these decks that have waited so patiently, protecting  the homes while waiting for someone to return to breath life back into them…and so we did.

The building looks beautiful with new exterior finishes and the decks and stairs are well equipped with Desert Crete to protect and beautify them for years to come.

Need tough decking? Get the right system on your decks-Desert Crete by Hill Brothers. Class A fire rated, a tough pedestrian traffic coating that can’t be beat. See why and get a free estimate from me, Bill Leys by calling me at 805-545-8300.