New Year, New Deck!

With the New Year rapidly approaching, you may be busy making your New Year resolutions and preparing to make transformations in your life. While your mind is on renewing old things and bringing them up to date, it’s important not to forget your home, and especially your deck.

In sunny California, the warm weather will be here sooner than you think, and it’ll be time for summer barbeques, splashing in the swimming pool, and spending long evenings on your deck. Why don’t you get a head start and schedule waterproofing services with our Los Angeles deck waterproofing professionals?

Waterproofing can help you refresh the look of a tired and worn out deck. It can also help you preserve your deck for many more years of enjoyment. Our waterproofing solutions are low-maintenance, which means less work and more fun for you. In addition to improving the look and safety of your home, a fresh coat of customized waterproofing can dramatically increase the value of your home or rental property.

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Your home’s safety, beauty, and upkeep are important to us. We offer a variety of resurfacing and waterproofing surfaces to help you maintain many surfaces around your property. All our waterproofing projects use superior materials to ensure that your deck is not only waterproof, but fire retardant and flexible to preserve your deck.

We offer custom blended colors at no additional cost, so your new waterproofing coat will blend seamlessly with your existing home and yard décor. We also work around your schedule, and we offer weekend and after-hours services to meet your needs. With multiple crews in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, we can offer quick, reliable service.

Get the advantage of more than 30 years of deck waterproofing experience for your home. Schedule a free estimate today , and one of our qualified waterproofing professionals will come to your home for an inspection.

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Deck Care 101

Your deck is an extension of your home and living space, and like your home, it requires regular cleaning and upkeep to remain safe and comfortable. Composite and natural wood decks may have different requirements, but there are some basics for all decks. Here are some do’s and don’ts of deck care to keep in mind.

Deck Do’s

  • Do give your deck a thorough annual cleaning. Your deck needs annual exfoliation to allow protective sealers to seep deeper into the wood of your deck. Choose a dry, moderately warm day to apply a material-appropriate deck-cleaning solution with a sprayer or roller. This will kill mold and bacteria that can speed the decay of your deck. A scrub brush can help the cleaner get into hard to reach spots and crevices to ensure that your whole deck is cleaned.
  • Do cover surrounding plants before cleaning your deck. Cleaners and other chemicals can be hard on plants, so it is important to loosely cover them with plastic sheeting or tarps to prevent them from being sprayed. Avoid covering them too tightly, which might restrict air movement.
  • Do sand your deck before applying sealer. After washing your deck, allow 48 hours for it to fully dry. Your next step will be to lightly sand your deck to remove splinters or damage due to pressure washing. A power sander may be too harsh, but 80-grit sandpaper should be enough. After your deck has been sanded, apply a sealer to prevent the wood from cracking, cupping, or warping. Tinted sealers and stains can wear down over time with traffic, but clear sealant will last longer.
  • Do clean your deck regularly. In addition to your annual cleaning, you should keep your deck swept free of puddled water, leaves, branches, dirt, and other debris. In snowy areas, a plastic shovel can remove snow without damaging your deck.
  • Do watch for damage. If your deck becomes damaged, it can become a significant safety hazard and lead to further damage. Inspect your deck regularly for soft or splintered spots, loose nails, boards, or railings, and split or rotten planks. Promptly repair damaged areas when discovered.

Deck Don’ts

  • Don’t rely on a power-washer. While this can be an effective and quick way to clean our deck, it can also cause damage. If you do use a pressure washer, keep the stream moving whenever the trigger is moving. A garden hose with a hard stream setting should provide enough pressure to clean your deck without damaging it.
  • Don’t use chlorine bleach on your deck. This can damage the cellular structure of your wooden deck and strip it of color. It also can harm the plants growing around your deck. Oxygen bleach is a safer alternative, but it still isn’t appropriate for redwood decks.
  • Don’t use paint to seal your deck. New paint can look polished and clean, but it will distress very rapidly. If your deck was painted and you are looking to use a different sealant, you will need to sand off all the paint before you can refinish your deck. Synthetic sealants can prevent mold and mildew while protecting from sun damage and water damage.
  • Don’t assume pressure-treated wood decks are maintenance-free decks. While pressure-treated wood can resist rot and insect damage, it still required sealant and cleaning. Be sure to use products intended for pressure-treated wood when protecting your deck from sun and water damage.
  • Don’t use natural material rugs on your deck. It is important to prevent your deck furniture from scratching the surface of your deck, but natural fiber rugs such as jute and bamboo can absorb moisture and encourage mildew. Look for rugs made from recycled plastics for an eco- and deck-friendly solution.

Keep Your Deck In Shape with Los Angeles Deck Waterproofing Services – (310) 912-7737

With more than 30 years of experience, Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing can help you preserve the beauty and safety of your deck with a wide variety of waterproofing solutions. Let us help you refresh your deck, balcony, or outdoor stairs with our warrantied waterproofing services. Our Los Angeles deck waterproofing crews are available when you are, with weekend and after-hours scheduling available.

Request a quote today, and learn more about getting the most from your deck. Contact us by calling (310) 912-7737 .

Is Your Deck Ready for Winter?

Winter may be a favorite time of year for many Southern Californians, but it’s a particularly harsh time for your deck and other structures on your home. The high temperature fluctuations from the warmest parts of the day to the coldest times at night can cause a lot of expansion and contraction in deck materials, resulting in considerable wear and tear. This wear and tear is only accentuated by added moisture from dew, morning fog, and even rainy weather that we do occasionally receive during this season as well.

If your deck isn’t prepared for the winter months, it could sustain some serious damage that leads to major repairs and expensive maintenance costs. However, taking the time to give your deck a little bit of preventative care and maintenance can do wonders for preserving your deck and preventing this seasonal damage. Here are a couple of things you should consider doing before the weather starts getting too cold and the rains start to fall this winter.

Clean Your Deck

Whether your deck is made from wood, composite materials, concrete, or any other material, every deck could benefit from a good, thorough cleaning ever so often. Use a pressure washer to scrub down the surface of your deck and clear away any stains, mold, debris, or other imperfections that may have formed. Use a bleach-free cleaner to help with the tough spots, including stuck-on dirt, weathered wood stains, water rings, and more.

If the stain or finish surface on your deck has run its course and needs to be replaced, or mold and mildew have started to form on the surface, your pressure washer can help you remove the stain and prep the surface for re-finishing. This may take some time and effort, but making sure you get the job done right will help you achieve much better results.

Apply a Protective Finish

Once your deck has been washed down and any re-stain or re-surfacing has been completed (if necessary), it’s a good idea to apply a new protective finish. In a perfect world, a protective finish will last two to three years, but harsh summers and constantly-shifting temperatures mean you may need to re-apply this surface to your deck every year. You should also carefully consider how much use your deck sees on a regular basis: the more you use your deck, the more likely it is you’ll need to re-seal it to prepare it for the cold, wet winter months.

Call Capital Deck & Star Waterproofing today at (310) 912-7737 and let our Los Angeles deck waterproofing team prepare your deck surface for the cold, wet months ahead.

Five Benefits to Waterproofing Your Concrete

Concrete is a popular material to construct decks and patios out of. In addition to being low-cost and fairly easy to install, concrete is also extremely durable and can last for decades with little to no attention and heavy usage levels. It’s also inherently water-resistant and suffers very little damage from repeated exposure to rains, water drips, and more. Nonetheless, waterproofing your cement patio or deck will provide you with several benefits. Here are five of the most popular reasons to have your concrete deck waterproofed.

Strengthens Your Deck

While concrete is inherently strong and resistant to water, it will eventually wear down with repeated exposures to moisture. This is particularly true for concrete decks around pools and spas. Waterproofing your cement deck limits the ways water can intrude and cause damage from the inside of the structure.

Prevents Mold & Mildew Growth

Mold and mildew can grow on the internal structure of a deck or patio if it’s not waterproofed. These substances can lead to serious health consequences if the infestation gets out of hand. By waterproofing your deck, you can eliminate the conditions necessary for these harmful substances to grow.

Reduced Maintenance Costs

Water causes more issues than just mold growth: it can also lead to structural weakening, large cracks, shifting, and foundation slipping, and other issues that can lead to serious maintenance issues and high costs. Waterproofing your deck can greatly reduce the chances that these factors impact your deck.

Increases Property Value

Nobody wants to purchase a home with a deck or patio that’s in awful shape and in need of major work. But on the other hand, a well-kept structure that has been waterproofed to guard against potential issues is a huge benefit that can add significant value to your property, should you decide to sell it.

Beautifies Your Property

Concrete that has been waterproofed often looks far better than concrete which has been left to suffer out in the elements for many years. Unkempt concrete is often cracked, stained, and shows significant signs of neglect, which can be a real eyesore on your property. On the other hand, a well-kept, waterproofed deck looks beautiful and can be one of the highlights of your home or other property.

Let the Los Angeles deck waterproofing experts from Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing help you get the most out of your cement deck or patio. Call us today at (310) 912-7737 to schedule a waterproofing service!

Four Valuable Deck Maintenance Tips

Whether it’s a brutal summer days with triple-digit temperatures or a rainy winter afternoon, Los Angeles is not a friendly city for decking. Replacing or rebuilding your deck can be extremely expensive, and yet our weather makes it particularly difficult for decks to last more than just a few years before they need a major service. However, there are several things you can do to increase your deck’s durability and longevity, helping it to last several additional years before it needs to be replaced, which saves you money in the long run. Here are four valuable deck maintenance tips to keep in mind with winter just around the corner.

Wash Your Deck

Regularly cleaning the dirt and debris off your deck using a pressure washer can prove extremely valuable. While water that sits stagnant can damage the wood, a good pressure washing can help remove any of the contaminants that are starting to sink in, keeping your deck clean and vibrant. Always make sure to keep the pressure stream moving to avoid accidentally damaging your deck.

Fix Popped Nails

Look around your deck for any signs of screws or nails that have come loose. Not only are these huge trip hazards but they’re a sign that your deck could be warping and starting to shift its shape. Carefully remove these nails with a hammer and then use a screw longer than that nail to re-attach the board back down to your deck.

Repair Split Boards

If you notice a board that has split or developed any major cracks, you should replace them. Not only do these cracks become a huge eyesore and make your deck look old and rickety, but they also could be a weak point in your deck. Carefully measure and cut a replacement board. Don’t worry if the new board appears to be taller than the rest: board shrink and even out as they lose their moisture.

Seal Your Deck

Any deck owner knows that you have to regularly seal and stain your deck in order to help it withstand the brutal wear and tear the elements place on it every day. Choose a quality water seal that not only resists things like mold and insects, but also offers UV protection to help keep your deck from being too heavily damaged by the sun. You can also choose a quality stain to help inject new life into your deck.

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What Material Should I Build My Deck From?

A deck can greatly enhance your outdoor space and give you the ability to enjoy your home, business, or building in a way like you never have before: without the roof over your head. However, before you add a deck or patio, there are several things you need to ask yourself in order to make sure you make the best decision regarding what material to build your deck out of. Here are a few of these questions that can help you make a better-educated decision regarding your deck.

What do you want your deck to do?
If you’re looking to enhance your home, you may want a deck that you can use for things like grilling or hosting parties. You may also be looking for a deck to surround that brand new swimming pool you’re installing. If you have a business or commercial structure, your needs are going to be different. What you want to do with your deck is the first place you should start when coming up with a design.

How can your deck be accessed?
Looking to have an easily-accessible deck that loads of different people will use on a daily basis? Or do you want a private, secluded area that you use pretty much exclusively on your own. The way you access your deck will heavily influence how it’s used and therefore how it should be constructed.

How do you want your deck to look?
Almost equally as important to the functionality of your deck is its design. A deck that looks ugly will bring your property value down significantly and probably won’t be used all that much. Conversely, a beautiful and functional deck will be one of the highlights of a property. Make sure you choose a design that satisfies your desire for beauty as much as functionality.

How much will your deck be used?
How much you use your deck will affect what materials you should be using to build it. Heavy foot traffic? You’ll need something durable. Less foot traffic but lots of elemental exposure? Something different still. This will also impact how often you’ll need to resurface or re-seal your deck.

What kind of budget do you have?
Think pristine marble beautiful? It does, but it’s also tremendously expensive to both install and upkeep, so it’s not for the average deck builder. Knowing about how much you have to spend on a project will heavily influence what materials you choose.

Will your deck be covered?
Decks that take a lot more abuse from the sun, rain, and other elements will wear out faster than those that don’t. If you want your deck to serve as an oasis, you should plan on combatting the sun with a covering of some sort. Where you situate a deck on your property should also influence what kind of covering you’ll need—if it’s a mostly covered area, you won’t need nearly as much covering as one out in sunlight constantly.

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What Is Deck Staining?

For many property owners, their deck is one of their pride and joy features of their property. In addition to being a great place to relax and entertain visitors, a deck can increase your property value tremendously. However, depending on how much exposure to the elements and foot traffic your deck receives, you will need to periodically maintain it. One of these periodic services is to have your deck re-stained. A new stain can provide an aging deck with a full facelift, making it look brand new again, as well as preserving and protecting it from the elements for the last several years.

What is a deck re-staining service? This blog from our Los Angeles deck waterproofing experts will briefly explain the process in some detail.

Surface Preparation

The first thing that needs to be done to your deck is to prepare it for the new stain. If you have stained your deck before, this means removing the old stain or surface. This can be done with a sander, sand-blaster, or even a pressure washer. Afterward, your deck surface needs to be ready to take the new stain, meaning it needs to be dry and free from dirt and dust.

Stain Application

Applying a new stain involves ensuring that the temperature is right for good adhesion (some stains won’t stick if the temperature is too hot or cold) and that the weather forecast looks good. From there, the process of applying your new stain surface will vary depending on the surface of your deck. Wood decks usually involve using a natural-bristle brush. Other surfaces may have the stain rolled on or even sprayed on. Talk to your commercial deck waterproofer to find out more about the application process for your deck and chosen stain.

Stain Maintenance

Once the stain has been applied, it generally needs 24 hours at the very least to properly cure, with many other surfaces needing 48 to 72 hours for maximum effectiveness. Once the initial application is complete, certain stains will need regular reapplication or resurfacing to maintain their effectiveness. In general, most stains should last five years or more, but some may last even longer if you take proper care of them. The easiest way to tell how your deck staining is holding up is to see how your deck reacts to water: if the water is being repelled, your stain is still in fairly good shape. If some is being absorbed, you may want to consider having your deck re-stained soon.

For more information or to schedule a deck staining service, call the Los Angeles deck waterproofing experts at Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing today at (310) 912-7737 .

Adding a Pattern to Your Deck

Decks can be an extension of your living space, especially in sunny Southern California. A deck can serve as a gathering place for family and friends or place to relax, but that doesn’t mean that your deck shouldn’t be as stylish and well-designed as the rest of your home. Showcase your personal style and add interest to your deck with patterned designs.

Concrete decks can be painted, stained, or stamped with designs that can show off your creative side. Tinting agents can be used to color concrete surfaces to resemble stone, brick, marble, or other surfaces. If you are installing a new deck, consider pressing your concrete deck with a mold that can add an interesting or natural-looking surface. You can also inlay patterns, ceramic tile, or other small objects to draw attention to your home’s new addition. You can stain your deck with contrasting colors to create different areas or to direct attention to certain features of your yard. A well-planned deck can pull together the landscaping of your yard.

Wood decks can also be patterned. Paint colors and different shades of stain can be used to create patterns. The direction and shapes of boards can also be used to create geometric designs. Herringbone, chevron, basket weave, or diagonal patterns are popular designs for decks. If you are updating your deck or installing a new deck, you may want to explore your choices for a patterned deck. Paint or stain can be used to highlight the patterned inlay of your deck.

Patterns can be used to create visual interest, divide your deck into different spaces, such as a lounge or an activity area, or highlight features such as a pool, a planter, or a water feature. Decks can also be used to create illusions, such as making a small yard appear larger, or adding a natural element to a yard. Decks can also be used to replace lawns or water-intensive plantings to reduce your water usage. If you are looking for a unique way to upgrade your home, a patterned deck may be the solution.

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Painting vs. Staining Your Deck

Protecting your deck from weathering and wear can help you protect your investment and can extend the life of your deck. Uncovered decks are particularly susceptible to weathering and will need to be treated more frequently than covered decks. High traffic areas will also wear more quickly, leaving you with an unevenly protected surface. When it comes time to refinish your deck, you will likely want to protect your deck with a long lasting solution. But is it better to paint or stain your deck? Learn more about your options for your deck’s protection.

Paint

Paint is a popular choice to protect your deck. It can offer more protection than stain and sealer, but it isn’t a good choice if you prefer a more natural look for your deck. Here are some pros and cons of painting your deck.

Pros:

  • Paint comes in nearly any color you could desire. Paint is also solid, which means you can easily cover weathered wood.
  • Paint can fill small gaps and cracks, and its thicker finish can help repair lightly damaged wood. There are even paints that are available for this very purpose.
  • Paint can be easier to clean, depending on the color and finish of the paint. Good quality paint and proper application can create a lasting finish that allows dirt to wash off easily.
  • Paint offers more protection for the wood of your deck. It can resist rot, mold, and sun damage.

Cons:

  • Paint cannot easily be reversed. If you paint your deck, it can take an incredible amount of work to restore your deck to a state that can be stained.
  • It can be difficult to find a color that is both complimentary to your home and looks good on a large, flat surface. Light colored paints can be easily stained with dirt, but dark colored paints can trap heat from the sun and be hot to walk on.
  • Depending on the finish, paint can be slippery when wet. If your deck is uncovered, you may risk a slippery surface.
  • Paint hides the natural grain of the wood, which can be a drawback if you have invested in a real wood deck.

Stain & Sealer

Stain and a quality sealer is another option to protect your deck. For real wood decks, this can be a popular choice because the natural grain of the wood remains visible. Find out more about the pros and cons of staining your deck.

Pros:

  • Stain and sealer can showcase the natural beauty of your wood deck.
  • Stain is less slippery than paint and protects the wood without laying on top to create a slick surface.
  • Stain is easier to apply and can be more forgiving. If you are looking for a beginner-friendly way to protect your deck, stain can be a good option.
  • Stain comes in a wide variety of colors, so you can find a tone that compliments your home’s exterior

Cons:

  • Stain has a shorter lifetime than paint. The quality of stain and the number of coats applied can greatly impact how long the stain lasts.
  • Stain is a thinner fluid, and won’t fill cracks or gaps the way paint will.
  • Stain can provide a more natural finish, but this may be a negative trait if you are looking for a cleaner look.
  • The color of the wood underneath the stain will affect the finished product, so you may have slight variations in your deck’s appearance.

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An unprotected deck can show wear and tear far more quickly, and the weathering your deck experiences may cause significant damage. Preserve your deck for years to come with our Los Angeles weatherproofing and resurfacing services . At Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing , we can help you protect the value of your home and increase the functionality of your deck. Our licensed and certified professionals can help you extend the life of your deck with high-quality and cost-effective options for your deck.

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Four Tips for Upgrading Your Deck

As a deck owner, you’re likely well aware that you will have to replace your deck surface every several years. When you do this, you’ll have the option of replacing your wooden surface with a new, waterproof vinyl surface or even a different water-resistant or waterproof material. Doing so may increase the cost a bit, but will provide you with many years of longevity, ease of maintenance, and added use. When you make this decision, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

For most deck builders, a resurfacing job is a simple one because it involves using the structure that already exists, just replacing the surface boards. This means you likely don’t need to obtain a construction permit for a new structure, you don’t need to dig holes for new posts, and overall your job finishes much faster and at a much lower cost. However, a resurface isn’t always the safest option: if the internal structure is worn out, then no matter how pretty a surface you put on it, the deck is still dangerous and could collapse after resurfacing, leading to possible injury, structural damage to your home, and a massive repair bill.

Here are a few things you should check when considering whether to upgrade your deck surface:

Hardware Condition
The hardware that holds your deck together might last decades without any issues, but if you have an older deck or lower-quality hardware, the years of exposure to the elements could have caused significant rust damage, meaning the hardware could be weaker. Extensive rust is also a sign that the internal condition of the wood structure is also worn, so you will probably need to replace your structure as well.

Proper Attachment
Some less-reputable decking contractors will simply nail a deck to its structure and call it a day. However, in the event of an earthquake (which any Angelino can tell you is a constant threat), this will likely lead to your deck being condemned as unsteady. A deck should actually be secured with a lag bolt every 16 inches or so along the length of the structure.

Proper Flashing
No matter what type of deck you have on your structure, the flashing must be in good condition and capable of lasting for at least another decade in order to leave it in place. Even if you’re simply resurfacing an already-waterproofed deck, you’ll want to take a good long look at the flashing between your structure and your deck once the surface is removed. If the flashing is worn out, it will not be able to provide adequate protection from rain, dew, sprinklers, and other forms of moisture, leading to structural damage to both your deck and your building.

Joist Attachment
Finally, you’ll want to take a good look at your joists and their condition, specifically pertaining to their attachment to the ledger. A joist is a structure board over which the decking surface is laid. A ledger is a board that is used to create the overall shape of your deck, or the outside of the frame. Joists should be attached to ledgers using joist hangers, not just nails. Eventually, nails can become rusted and worn away, but a joist hanger will provide much better support for a long time to come. If they are not attached properly, your resurfacing job could take a bit longer, but the results will be a much sturdier, more durable structure.

If you need to resurface your deck, the experts at Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing to do the job right the first time. Our experienced Los Angeles deck waterproofing contractors have been in business for more than 30 years, and are proud of our reputation of excellent workmanship and friendly, courteous service. No matter how large or small your deck might be, we know the impact it can have on your home, which is why we back up all our work with a guarantee of your satisfaction.

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