Buying/Selling a Home With Waterproof Decks? We Are Now Offering Deck Inspection Services

We don’t inspect homes, we only inspect waterproof decks-roof decks, balcony decks, stairs/landings, anything with a waterproof pedestrian traffic coating.

HI’s-if your inspection finds questionable deck issues, refer them to us for an inspection.

Buyers-if the home you are buying has decks, you should strongly consider having a specialized inspection done.

Why? Many decks have deficiencies that Home Inspectors don’t always recognize of understand the severity of.

Consider this recent example of a buyer who did not insist on repairs to a roof deck before closing, settling instead for a reduction of the selling price for $3,000 based upon an estimate.

After closing the buyer moved ahead with repairs to the deck, only to discover the hidden damage within the stucco covered walls of the roof deck.The rotted wood and fungus infestations went all the way down to the ground from the roof. Over $120,000 in hidden damages exist on this home in Shell Beach.

A second example is a client in Ventura in contract for a $1.6 million dollar property who had us do a secondary inspection of the decks upon the recommendation of the Home Inspector. Our inspection found significant issues with an estimated cost of $140,000 to repair, that enabled the prospective purchaser to make an offer that brought the price down.

Our third example is a seller who had us inspect his decks before listing the property. The decks needed some work that caught a small amount of damage before it could turn into a large amount of damage. This also enabled the seller to simply disclose the repairs, we did a secondary inspection and the home inspector cleared the rest of the property after repairs were made and now the home sold at market price with a clean bill of health.

A small investment into performing due diligence can save thousands of dollars and the heartbreak and tension that goes along with it. Feel confident that your home, condo or commercial property’s decks have been professionally inspected.

Single Condo and Single family home deck Inspections cost just $350.00 in SLO County, $500.00 in Santa Barbara County, $600.00 in Ventura (for the travel time & gas) and you get a comprehensive visual inspection, written report, all complete with photograph’s documenting the site conditions.

Commercial and HOA’s should inquire for a quote.

Call Bill Leys, the Deck Expert at 805-801-2380
Central Coast Waterproofing & DeckExpert.com

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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-There Once Was a Rotted Deck On A House…

There once was a  rotted deck on a house…

It laid there quiet as a mouse…

Til the owner put his foot on it…

And when it fell through he became demonic…

Guess where our latest job is?

If you said “Limerick” you’d be correct!.

Our newest project was just completed this past week in Arroyo Grande up off James Way in the “Irish” neighborhood off Shamrock. This job was a conversion from a wood board covered deck to a waterproofed deck.

While fairly simple in concept, converting wood decks to a solid surface deck does have some considerations to it…but the benefits are well worth the expense…

stucco has to be opened up for flashing installation, doors removed for door pans to be installed, old deck boards torn off and any joists underneath that are damaged need to be repaired.

This job was done in coordination with DL Carton Construction of San Luis Obispo. Dave Carton has partnered with us for over a year now, after realizing his previous deck contractor was flaking on him and leaving him hanging on jobs.

After Dave demo’d and rebuilt the deck framing and laid down new plywood, we came in and installed door pan, flashing and Desert Crete decking to weatherproof it. With Desert Crete on this deck, this deck will look forward to a long life span while defeating UV, rain and all the elements the weather can throw at it.

When your deck conversion demands the best in weather and fire protection, get Desert Crete. Find out why I say Desert Crete can’t be beat…get a free estimate on your next project by calling me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 today.

Deck Tech’s “Granite Deck” System is Really Just Carboline Polyurea?

We’ve seen Deck Tech’s contract, in more than a few cases…and in all of them and on their website they talk about “NCS Granite Deck” and it’s magical abilities…

In researching their product I found some info around but not a lot…

and seeing Deck Tech on some jobs I just saw buckets with their logo on them, but never any with a “Nevada Coatings” label on them.  So I always wondered what was up with that?

I recently received a call from a Deck Tech customer who has some concerns about his job and was doing some research on the web and found me…

we met and I saw his job…he asked me about Nevada Coatings and what I knew and then showed me Deck Tech’s contract saying Nevada Coatings but then he showed me a photograph of a bucket of Carboline ET polyurea.

On a whim yesterday I called into Carboline and was put in touch with Tim, the local Carboline rep. In a phone conversation with him he confirmed that he was aware that Deck Tech bought Carboline. Although he wouldn’t  elaborate, he said that he heard Deck Tech bought their clear top coat sealer from a local source (I’ve confirmed as part of my investigation that it’s Miners Ace Hardware) where they buy a Life Deck sealer and masquerade it as part of the system.

So Deck Tech appears to have dropped all pretense at labeling Carboline products as NCS labeled product.  It also appears they have bastardized the system by using a Life Deck product…

So you have to ask if this system is an approved deck coating, tested and evaluated by independent entities and proven by years in the field in service? If you have doubt, what can you rely on?

Let us show you Desert Crete by Hill Brothers Chemical Company…call me, Bill Leys for a free evaluation of your next deck project and a frank discussion about “Granite Deck” vs Desert Crete. 805-545-8300.

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-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.