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
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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.


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.


Job Profile-Desert Crete Waterproofs a Pedestrian Bridge

Our latest project that we just wrapped up on was an unusual deck…err bridge deck.

The pedestrian bridge serves an apartment community in Cupertino, allowing residents to safely traverse over a driveway below, rather than have to navigate the cars coming through.

This saga began over a year ago, with the first inspection finding a split slip sheet system leaking and worn out. My first thought was to have the contractor remove the slip sheet, repair some plywood and then waterproof it again. The contractor agreed with that assessment, gave the client some pricing and started the job after agreeing on the terms.

Within a day’s time it became very apparent that our rosy optimistic thoughts would be dashed upon the rocks…the tear off exposed massive dry-rot in the framing of the structure and a little later on, they found the massive curved beams had a bad case of dry-rot too.

Fast forward through shock, denial, anger and finally acceptance and over Hundred Fifty grand in engineering, architects, planning, rebuilding costs and they got themselves a bridge back.

Then the only question was waterproofing it right so that massive dry-rot and costs won’t be borne again. That solution was the Desert Crete pedestrian traffic coating system. Rugged, durable, ICC-ES evaluated as a Class A and One Hour rated system, it stands ready for the challenge of hundreds of foot trips over the bridge daily.

Our client knows the value of paying a little more to get a better job. They trust us and Desert Crete for their can’t fail jobs. You can too.

Let me show you why Desert Crete will protect and waterproof your bridge, your roof deck, walkways and any other plywood covered structure better than it’s competitors.

Call me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 for a fast free estimate on your next job.


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We are proud to represent and install our Desert Crete exterior flooring system for pedestrian walkways, decks and stairs. With it’s Class A fire retardant rating and  a One Hour fire rated construction listing at ICC-ES, you might think Hill Brothers, it’s manufacturer, would be satisfied.

However, you would be wrong. Hill Brothers isn’t satisfied to be part of the pack of coatings listed at ICC-ES’ website

No, they have to be different and LEAD the pack. With their newly updated ICC-ES report, they are the bonafide leader of the pack. How’s that you ask?

Well, Desert Crete is the only pedestrian traffic coating that has been evaluated and determined to meet the new 2012 International Building Code, the 2012 International Residence Code AND the 2010 California Building Code and the 2010 California Residential Code.

Read their report here at this link and satisfy yourself that it does.  You can review every ICC report for pedestrian traffic coating products that ICC-ES lists at it’s website here

What does this mean for you, the consumer? It means you are getting a top quality product by a manufacturer who has been in business for NINETY YEARS, since 1923. It means that you can be secure in knowing that the coating you selected will be there protecting your home from the rains and wind from fierce storms blowing in off the Pacific. It means that you have a coating from a manufacturer that is a leader, not a follower.

Find out more about Desert Crete on our pages here. Then call us for a free estimate on your next deck project.

Get the leading pedestrian traffic coating in the area, don’t settle for second best. As the old saying goes, second place is the first loser…go for the proven winner-Desert Crete.

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

Job Profile-Desert Crete Goes to Work Protecting This Deck on a Ricardo Street Remodel in Santa Barbara

This remodeled home on Ricardo Street on the Mesa in Santa Barbara sure is lucky.

It has Desert Crete protecting the exterior floor off the master bedroom that overlooks the ocean from atop the hill.  With a Desert Crete exterior flooring system, the new owners (it’s for sale as of 7/6/13) will have a California Building Code compliant deck, that is Class A fire retardant and listed as a pedestrian traffc coating system by ICC-ES. It will last for a long time with minimal maintenance and provide a lower cost of ownership for it’s estimated life span of 30+ years.  It will handle the rigors of modern living with plants and table and chairs on it without fear of damage.  Desert Crete is a tough long lasting flooring system…

I would love to show you why you want Desert Crete on your exterior decks…there are so many reasons.

Call me, Bill Leys at 805-545-8300 for a free evaluation and discussion on your next deck project.

Bill Leys of Returns to JLCLive Residential Construction Show in 2013

Bill Leys of Returns to JLCLive Residential Construction Show in 2013


Dated: Jul. 02, 2013

Designing Decks With, and Using Best Building Practices to Assemble and Waterproof Them Costs a Little More, But Reduces Exposure to Potential Liability for Builders, Developers and Architects

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. — Returning to JLCLive Residential Construction Show for the third time is founder Bill Leys to present a two part seminar at JLCLive Residential Construction
Show . in Portland Oregon on Wednesday December 4th starting at 9:30 am.
The session is scheduled to end at 12:30.
The first half of the session will discuss pedestrian deck systems and the second half of the session will
discuss tiled roof decks. Each session will be approximately 1 hour and fifteen minutes long, with time for a
break and Q&A in between.
The focus of the sessions will be on-
“Construction and Waterproofing Methods for Walking Decks and Tile Covered Decks”
Rating high on the list of components claimed to have construction defects are waterproofed decks and/or
tile covered waterproof decks. Sadly, all to many of those claims are true. This two part session will teach
you the best construction practices needed to keep you and the deck contractor out of the court room.
The first half of the session will discuss pedestrian deck systems and the best building practices necessary
to construct a well built long lasting deck assembly. You will learn

  • What types of pedestrian deck systems are available.
  • Differences between the various types of coatings and their pros and cons
  • How to sequence the deck waterproofing with your construction schedule.
  • Learn the best building practices necessary for a high quality deck system and learn how to sell best
  • building practices to a client and separate your self from the competition.
  • How a waterproof deck system is installed

After a short Q & A and a break, in the second half of this session you will learn about tile roof decks and
how to properly build and waterproof them for a system that will last 30+ years.

You will learn

  • The recommended construction methods and materials to use.
  • The various waterproofing systems and assemblies used to waterproof tile decks.
  • The methods approved for waterproofing exterior decks by Tile Council of North America.
  • Why the smallest details matter just as much if not more to prevent leaks.
  • Reduce your risk to exposure to liability.

The costs to repair failed waterproof decks is staggeringly high. By investing a little more into a better
waterproofing system by a skilled installer and framing/substrate built with best practices in mind,
contractors can take what they learn in these sessions and implement them into reducing their exposure to
About the Speaker-

Bill Leys is a licensed waterproofing contractor in California, specializing in installing pedestrian traffic
coatings to decks over living spaces. He is a JLC contributor, has written articles for other publications and
has spoken at JLCLive events. Bill has presented live webinars for several national organizations as well as
appearing in person to present seminars. Bill also provides expert witness services in legal matters and
construction disputes. Bill has sold and overseen the installation of hundreds of thousands of square feet of
waterproofing since entering the construction field 12 years ago.