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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

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.

Why Annual Inspections of Your Waterproof Decks and Stairs Pays Rather Than Costs

In a recent blog post on their website, Deck Tech, one of our competitors, put forth the proposition  that “All Deck Coatings Fail”… when asked if a deck coating application will last for (the) life of structure if installed correctly? 

Ron McKenna, owner of Deck Tech, then contradicts himself by saying that the deck coating in the example he gives failed because of faulty installation.  So as “bold” as Ron McKenna’s claim is, it’s a half truth.

There is a big difference between “fail” and “wear out”. A car’s engine will fail if you don’t change the oil every 5,000 miles (perform maintenance). A cars engine will wear out after 300,000 miles of driving when you changed the oil, radiator coolant and performed all other normal and regular maintenance. The pistons will wear, the cylinders will pit, but that’s something we expect after driving all those miles. But that car will have paid for itself many times over with the small costs of maintenance over 10-12 years vs driving it for 2-3 years and never changing the oil and the engine blows up. The cost to replace the engine is the same, but the cost per mile is significantly lower when that car was driven for 300,000 miles before having to replace it vs driving it for 60,000 miles.  .

Buildings are designed and built for a  long life span; heck we see buildings that are hundreds of years old that are still standing tall. Maintenance and repairs have kept them standing. Homes and structures are built with many different components that have various life spans. Some components are intended to last the life of the building-framing for example. Other components have finite life spans. Paint for example provides some weather resistance to your siding, but will not last for much more than 5-10 years before needing to be reapplied.  Deck coatings are a component that can last a long time…with a big BUT…

The truth is that all deck coatings have a finite lifespan. Some coatings are designed to last 12-15 years and others have a 30 + year life expectancy…with the majority in the middle somewhere. These finite maximum life spans are usually only obtainable when three things occur.

1.)  The framing and plywood substrate the coating is applied to is built to the highest standards of construction, not to the minimum standard. When a builder/contractor says to me that they built the deck to meet code, I say it’s like getting a C on a test. Yes , you passed, but mediocrity in the framing assembly may mean the deck coating assembly will not last for it’s intended life span.   Over-building a deck with 2×12″ joists with screws and glue fastening the  1 1/8″ plywood will provide a much better foundation to waterproof over than a deck with 5/8″ plywood and smooth shank nails fastening it down.

2.) The deck coating system has been installed correctly. This is very important. A deck coating assembly that is improperly installed has almost zero chance of lasting for it’s intended life span even with regular maintenance. Coatings must be applied to meet the manufacturer’s minimum application thickness. A coating that needs to be at least 3/16″ thick will probably not last 20 years if it’s only installed at 1/8″ thick. Coatings need to be lapped up the vertical rise of L flashing,  decks need proper sloping to drain water off an edge or to floor drains.  There are multiple minute details that must be performed properly or even the best system will meet an early demise.

3.)The deck coating system is inspected and maintained on a regular basis. All deck waterproofing systems must be inspected annually for signs of  problems. Many coating systems such as urethanes and especially DeckTech’s Granite Deck  MUST be maintained with regular applications of UV resistant sealants/paints that protect the waterproofing. The paint/sealant is like a sunblock one applies to their skin to protect it from the damaging effects of UV. Without regular applications of sun blocking sealants, the coating WILL fail from UV degradation. Once UV has damaged a coating, it’s downhill from there with a shortened life expectancy. , Other coating systems such as our Desert  Crete cement based system only need to be painted to maintain their aesthetic appearance.  Cement is basically impervious to UV damage.

Decks Fail Due to Lack of Inspections, Lack of Maintenance and/or From Being Improperly Installed. 

Not a week goes by it seems without our company receiving a phone call or email inquiry from a client who has a leaking deck or stairs saying “It’s just a small leak.”

The  client may have noticed a water stain on their ceiling below the roof deck, maybe  they found a soft spot by a drain…any number of reasons can trigger that phone call or filling out our VIP lead/contact from our website.

Sadly, we discover that many of these “small” leaks have caused extensive hidden damage underneath that creates an expense that no one anticipated.

The slideshow of photograph’s below show a number of decks that failed due to lack of maintenance and/or they were improperly installed and detailed.

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In almost every example in this slideshow, an annual inspection probably would have found the small seemingly innocuous symptoms of an ailing deck and with regular maintenance and repairs, prevented a much larger problem from developing.

So many times we hear our clients say “I never knew I had to inspect or maintain.” They unfortunately believe that their home is “maintenance free” with stucco siding, a tile covered roof and a coating on their deck.

Central Coast  Waterproofing offers free (offer limited to individual homes that are not for sale or in escrow) visual inspections of deck coatings-whether it’s our system or one of our competitors systems.

We inspect decks using  a list of approximately 25 different critical areas.   We inspect the deck and the related components-flashings, railings, siding, any penetrations through the deck or in components above it. We check the floor for squeaks, indicating moving plywood, we check the scuppers or drains to ensure they are clear and the coating materials are properly adhered.

So often we find that the deck itself is fine, but that satellite dish that was installed…well it’s causing or may cause a leak because Bluto, the dolt who installed it, doesn’t care about your weather resistant barrier he just punctured during the installation.

Inspections are extremely important. Don’t neglect your deck coating or you risk getting an ugly unexpected surprise in a large cost to repair framing and interior finishes.

Maintenance doesn’t cost, it pays. Consider that the average cost of  maintenance is around $500-$1,000.00 every three to five years; now  compare that cost to the average cost of a full deck replacement plus framing and plywood replacement at around $5,000- $20,000.

 

Get your free, no obligation deck inspection done by the professional’s at Central Coast Waterproofing. We have the experience and know how to inspect the critical areas that so often are the source of so much heartache.

Have deck project you are ready to start? Get a free no obligation quote on our Desert Crete decking system and start your deck off on the right  foot.

Call Bill Leys, The Deck Expert, at 805-545-8300 today and schedule your inspection or quote. If you’d rather send us a VIP request via our contact form below.

 

Print Me Out and Dare to Compare-Desert Crete vs. Granite Deck

Desert Crete vs Granite Deck
DARE TO COMPARE DESERT CRETE AGAINST GRANITE DECK

Do you read Deck Tech’s blog at all?

It’s rather amusing-they don’t spend any time telling you about successful jobs on their blog, or discuss the benefits of Granite Deck. They spend all their ink on attacking us over our C-61 D-12 license…and how Desert Crete will fail or that we are not deck experts. But is there any proof behind their claims?

Lets see. So, first, CSLB issues licenses to deck coating contractors under the D-12 classification. Heck, even the owner of Nevada Coating System’s Granite Deck, David Krubinski, holds a D-12 license. So, lets blow that candle out…yes we have a specialty license for specialty work.

What they can’t talk about or attack are the facts.   Facts that are verifiable and backed by independent research.

Ask yourself a few questions…

Does my deck need to be fire retardant? (Hint, yes- btw, Desert Crete is)

Does my deck need to be code complaint? (Hint, yes- btw, Desert Crete is)

Do I want a system that needs continual maintenance at significant additional expense every 2-3 years. (Hint, no)

Do I want a system that has been made by a manufacturer in business since 1923 or only since 2002? (Hint, think financial stability & longevity-who is more likely to be around 10 years from now?).

DESERT CRETE from Central Coast Waterproofing beats Granite Deck from Deck Tech hands down when you compare them against each other.

Deck Tech claims  on their blog that “Nevada Coatings Systems has been tested by Underwrited Laboratory and achieved a Class A Fire Rating. Contact Nevada Coatings or Deck Tech for technical data relative to Fire Ratings.  It meets all building requirements and codes. 

However, only Desert Crete has an ICC-ES report behind it, verifying that it is Class A fire retardant as a roof coating and is a genuine roof and pedestrian traffic coating that has been tested and evaluated by independent sources. Search for yourself at ICC-ES for a Nevada Coatings report…we couldn’t find one.

Why doesn’t Granite Deck have an ICC report that verifies what Deck Tech is claiming to be true? Why do you need to CONTACT Deck Tech or Nevada Coatings to get a copy of their “proof”. Why wouldn’t they just publish it if in fact they have a report? These reports are big selling points-and separate the wheat from the chafe.  I sell wheat, not chafe disguised as wheat.

We make it easy to verify our claims…they don’t.  Just click on the link to read the Desert Crete ICC report .

Bottom line-when it seems to good to be true, it probably is. Unless you can verify their claims independently, it’s probably not true.

Before you buy, educate yourself about deck waterproofing; use our website at www.deckexpert.com to find out all about the various deck waterproofing systems available.

When you need a bonafide fire retardant decking system and not a wanna be, get Desert Crete.

Call me, Bill Leys, direct at 805-545-8300 today and lets dare to compare. Get the answers you need to know up front before you buy, not after.

Cayucos Homes Being Remodeled Across From Each Other Rely On Desert Crete For Their Decks

Folks out for a jog or a walk or just driving down Pacific St in Cayucos may do a double take when going by 497/502 Pacific. Directly across from each other at 5th and Pacific, they both share a common bond…a sign on each that says “Central Coast Waterproofing”, signifying that smart owners live here…

Why are they smart?

Both of these homes owners have  decided to use our   DESERT CRETE fire retardant pedestrian traffic coating system to  protect their roof decks.  These owners made smart decisions to spend a little more to get a better value for their deck waterproofing needs than what our local competitors offer.

Are you looking to make an informed decision to replace your old decking or install new decking? Consider this-

Desert Crete is Class A fire resistant as per ASTM E-108.

Desert Crete is also rated for “One Hour” fire rated floor/ceiling assemblies as per ASTM E-119.

Desert Crete has passed a series of tests under controlled lab conditions and has been determined to meet the criteriea as a pedestrian traffic coating-freeze thaw tests, abrasion tests, impact tests and more.

Desert Crete has been in use for over 28+ years with a proven history of success.

Desert Crete is manufactured by Hill Brothers Chemical Company, a company that has been around since 1923.

Desert Crete has been in use in San Luis Obispo County for over 12 years-proving itself over and over.

Desert Crete is installed by specialty contractors only. General Contractors are not eligible to become factory authorized applicators.

WANT PROOF? SEE DESERT CRETE’s ICC-ES Report by clicking here-unlike others who say “ask us for proof”, we just provide it up front.

Call me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 for a free estimate today. Lets compare other products you are considering and see which rises to the top.

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