A Decade Plus of Success Stories Using Desert Crete Around and Near San Luis Obispo County

 

Often times competitors toot their horn about their new deck coating systems, telling clients that their product is the latest and greatest thing since sliced bread.

Here at Central Coast Waterproofing, we rely on the tried and true, not the latest and greatest miracle coatings.

Since entering the deck waterproofing business, I’ve only sold Desert Crete. The manufacturer of Desert Crete has been around since 1923 and has a long history of setting the bar for decking and flooring systems.

With 2013 faded from view, I wanted to showcase a few Desert Crete success stories with you, so when you are considering what decking system to buy, you can see what has history here in SLO county….then ask our competitors for their 10 year success stories to see…see if they are still using the same products today that they used 10 years ago.

Want a success story for your home, apartments or condo’s? Call me, Bill Leys at 805-801-2380 for a fast free appointment to inspect and bid your project.

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.

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.

 

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.