Thank You Note From Client

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We opened our mail yesterday to find a check for the balance on a job we just completed in Cambria on Lancaster along with this nice note from the client.

They love their Desert Crete deck and the way it looks. They will love how easy it is to maintain, clean and own…

Find out why homeowners from Cambria to Santa Barbara are switching to Desert Crete and leaving their old rubber decks behind…

Call me, Bill Leys at 805-801-2380 for a fast free estimate on your job today!

 

 

Job Profile-Everyone Loves Rubber Duckies, But No One Loves Rubber Decking…

Our latest job we just completed is fixing two rubber decks on a home in Cambria that were in Stage 1 of failing…Stage 5 being the deck is dead.

While we know everyone smiles and loves Rubber Duckies on their decks (or bath tub or pool or wherever…) everyone we meet with Rubber Decks from Santa Barbara Surfacing, Ron Murrell Waterproofing or DeckTech ends up hating their decks…

The litany of complaints for rubber decks runs from to hard to clean, rough on my bare feet, needs constant yearly maintenance to keep it alive…to the coating is splitting at the plywood seams to we have dryrot and leaks from it failing.

The simple facts are that rubber decks CAN’T resist UV rays for long without needing to be repainted…every year or two without fail, or the result will be they fail.

Like  cancer, rubber decks, once they split are just in a slow death spiral…the owners of this home in Cambria had their rubber deck for about 4 years and then had to have it fixed…then it started failing again…splits at the plywood seams. We came to inspect it after their general contractor recommended us.

We showed them our Desert Crete system, explained how the metal lath would help reinforce the deck and reduce plywood seam movement and most importantly reduce maintenance to inspecting every 3 years and repainting the deck every 3-5 years. The clients liked that and they liked the fact that Desert Crete is a Class A fire resistant coating that will better protect their home in case of fire. They also liked that Desert Crete is a bonafide Pedestrian Traffic Coating system where as Tufflex and NCS Granite Deck are not.  Click the link and see for yourself that Desert Crete is listed here and see what systems are not here…

After some plywood that was rotted was replaced by David Drew Construction, we came in and covered the existing rubber coated decks with Desert Crete. We stapled our lath right through the rubber coatings and applied our cement base coat, fiberglass and resin, a secondary protective coat of cement over the glass and then textured and painted the decks.

The owners love their new foot friendly decking and we think our  rubber duckie friends will love it too!

When your rubber decks have worn out their welcome, let us show you why Desert Crete can’t be beat. Call me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 today for a fast free estimate on your rubber deck replacement.

 

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.

NOTES:

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.

 

Job Profile-Pismo Beach Owner Sees Red After Roof Deck “Fixed” By Competitor Fails in Five Years

Our latest job we just completed is a deck over an apartment in Pismo Beach, just steps from the beach and pier.

This job was one that I had bid to repair apx 4-5 years ago. When I first pulled up to the job to bid it I remembered it and sure enough when I looked up my old bids, there it was. I bid to fix/redo the deck with our Desert Flex system. Now it had even more damage to it and I had to recommend tearing off the old system and installing new flashings and our Desert Crete system.

Turns out that the deck had been “fixed” by a competitor back then, the owner said she paid good money for a scope of work outlined in a bid I saw…well she didn’t get that work that she’s paid for, she got a basic band aid and some new paint…ripped off in other words.

With Jeff’s Handyman Service working ahead of us, they opened stucco, removed the flashings and the deck system and replaced a lot of plywood that was water damaged from leaks.

We  then came in and installed new L flashings at the deck to walls and a new drain and our legendary Desert Crete deck system.

Now our client has what she paid for…don’t get gypped, be sure and use the pro’s at Central Coast Waterproofing.

Call me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 today for a free consultation and estimate on your next project.

Job Profile-Los Osos Homeowner Learns the Hard Way That Deck Repairs Shouldn’t be Left To Amateurs

A job we just completed should serve as a reminder to other owners contemplating deck repairs to be wary of handymen who say they can fix your deck. A few years back the owner of this Morro Rock view home in the Los Osos Cabrillo Estates neighborhood had a crack on her deck. It was a long straight crack in the middle of the deck.

She had called a handyman who assured her that for a couple hundred bucks he could fix it for her. The repair seemed to work for a while, but last year the owner found water intruding into the ceiling below the deck.

Her son, who is an Angie’s List member, looked up deck contractors in the area. He found us listed at Angie’s List with a great rating, so he reached out to us for assistance.

My inspection of the deck found a split coating over a plywood seam. There was evidence of dry-rot in the plywood. The old coating was a slip sheet system, While they can work well, once split and open, they will allow water underneath to run everywhere. In this case the water did run down the sloped plywood deck and into the framing and walls at the edge. When we opened the deck we found far more extensive damage than anticipated.

We called in the experts at Pacific Builders of SLO to make repairs to the framing and redo the stucco walls. They quickly rebuilt the framing and walls and installed new stucco. With new framing and plywood to go over, we installed our Desert Crete exterior flooring system.

Although the deck size was only about 80 square feet, the financial costs to repair the damage to the building was quite high considering the small size. We recognized the problems immediately and knew what to do, which did not include caulking a split deck seam. At best caulking is a temporary band aid.

If you notice cracks or splits or buckling on your  decks, don’t rely on Joe handyman to fix your deck. The experience we have will give you the peace of mind knowing that we can fix your deck properly.

Call the Deck experts at Central Coast Waterproofing for your  fast free inspection. call me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 today.

Our Latest Job-Desert Crete Flooring for a Studio Drive Home in Cayucos With RG Beller Construction

3480 Studio Drive in Cayucos gets Desert Crete
3480 Studio Drive in Cayucos gets Desert Crete

Our latest job is a remodel on Studio Drive in Cayucos. This home is being built by Richard Beller Construction of San Luis Obispo.

The new home will feature two decks with Desert Crete on them, a small view deck on the ocean side and a larger deck for gathering around the family on the street side. Both decks are getting stainless steel flashings and railings to compliment the Desert  Crete flooring. Thunderbird deck drains are used with a 5″ square grate in a bronze finish.

Richard Beller Construction had a lot of choices when looking for a deck coating/waterproof flooring. He saw the advantages that Desert Crete offers over it’s competitors and took the better product over the cheaper cost, knowing that you get what you pay for.

Get your peace of mind with Desert Crete decking systems on your decks; you’ll be glad you did.

Let me show you why Desert Crete should be on the top of your list for walking decks and balconies.

Call me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 for s fast free estimate today.