How Important Is Balcony Deck Waterproofing? 5 Surprising Benefits

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Deck waterproofing may seem like just an optional add-on, but it’s more important than many might realize. While a deck or balcony can last several years without waterproofing, its lifespan and safety will become severely limited once wind, rain, and weather start taking their toll. As a result, deck waterproofing isn’t just an add-on—it’s an essential!

Thankfully, balcony deck waterproofing is not only quick and affordable but also comes with many benefits beyond just protecting your investment. Read on to learn more about the benefits of our deck waterproofing process.

What Is Balcony Deck Waterproofing?

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Balcony deck waterproofing is a durable surface treatment that seals your deck or balcony’s surface from water and wear. Most deck waterproofing solutions are a multi-layer waterproofing system that takes care of your deck for up to 25-30 years when properly maintained.

During that time, your decking material will remain sealed and protected from harmful water damage and day-to-day wear and tear.

There’s more to balcony deck waterproofing than just protecting your deck, however. Find out more in the next section as we explore some of the hidden benefits of protecting your deck or balcony!

5 Benefits of Balcony Deck Waterproofing

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Keeping your deck dry does more than prevent water damage. From avoiding expensive repairs to keeping your favorite plants and flowers, deck waterproofing comes with many benefits.

1. Protects Against Water Damage

While it may seem a bit obvious, protecting against water damage is the biggest benefit of deck waterproofing. In fact, most other benefits of deck waterproofing stem from this benefit alone. Protecting your deck against water does more than just protect the deck itself; it can also prevent water damage from infiltrating your home and surrounding structures, increase safety for foot traffic, and even prevent costly (and dangerous) rot and mold.

Needless to say, avoiding water damage is very important and, in the case of waterproof coatings, a great investment, but the benefits aren’t limited to keeping out water!

2. Prevents Wear and Tear

Foot traffic, furniture, and other heavy loads can cause wear and tear to your deck over time. A durable waterproof coating is one way to protect your deck against this kind of damage while also sealing your deck from moisture. Like with water damage, wear and tear can gradually degrade your deck over time. While perhaps not as extreme as rot or mold, worn surfaces have a poor appearance and, depending on the deck material, can even pose a safety hazard through splinters and cracks.

3. Improves Safety

Waterproofing improves safety in many ways. In addition to keeping your deck free of slippery surfaces caused by standing water, waterproof coatings also create a high-traction surface for regular foot traffic. Further, by preventing rot and decay caused by water damage, waterproofing also preserves the structural integrity—and, therefore, overall safety—of your deck or balcony.

4. Saves Money and Expensive Repairs

Despite a small upfront cost, waterproofing can save thousands of dollars in costly repairs and replacements over the years. By effectively sealing your deck from damage caused by water, wear, and other elements, waterproofing can increase the lifespan of your deck by many years. Untreated decks and balconies often require expensive and time-consuming repairs after only a few years of outside exposure.

As we’ve mentioned once already, waterproofing can also help prevent water infiltration and damage to surrounding homes and structures. This benefit only leads to further savings as your waterproof surface protects your entire property.

5. Better for Plants and Other Uses

Plants, fountains, and other water-based outdoor features aren’t always practical for untreated surfaces. With a waterproof coating, however, you can keep all of your favorite plants, flowers, and deck decor without having to worry about damage caused by water runoff. Keeping plants can also double the protection by absorbing some of the water that would otherwise reach your deck’s surface.

The Balcony Deck Waterproofing Process

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Though waterproofing is relatively straightforward, some of the prep work can be a bit complicated. Make sure you understand what goes into balcony deck waterproofing before you attempt to DIY!

1. Cleaning and Prep Work

Waterproof coatings require a clean, unfinished surface in order to adhere and coat properly. Before waterproofing, our professionals thoroughly clean and treat the existing surface. In some cases, existing or worn finishes also need to be stripped and removed before waterproofing can continue.

2. Corner and Edge Treatments

The prep work isn’t done yet! After cleaning and stripping the surface, the corners of your deck and balcony will require a preliminary waterproofing. This step is important for multiple reasons:

  • ● First, falling water tends to collect towards corners and edges, making these areas especially prone to water damage and infiltration.
  • ● Second, corners and edges present many nooks and crannies for water to enter, making it crucial to give these areas extra attention.

While some waterproofing companies might perform this step by applying a first coat of waterproofing to these areas, our professionals use heavy-duty mesh strips to reinforce corners, edges, and drains.

3. Applying Waterproofing

Finally, it’s time for waterproofing. With the surfaces cleaned, stripped, and reinforced, waterproofing is applied in one or two coats. As you might imagine, prep work takes up most of the waterproofing process. Once it’s time to apply the coating, the process moves along very quickly; apart from setting time, most decks and balconies are usable within a day after waterproofing!

5 step system:

  1. 1. Plywood – make sure that the plywood is the proper thickness and quality and free from dry rot or damage
  2. 2. Metal Lathe – For rigidity
  3. 3. Waterproof silica cement – Fills the lathe and provides the first waterproof layer
  4. 4. Fiberglass and resin – Provides the second waterproof layer and prevents cracking
  5. 5. Waterproof silica cement – 2nd coat of cement for another waterproof layer
  6. 6. Texture and Sealer – Different finishing choices are available and finish with a colored deck sealer.

4. Long-Term Maintenance

Though waterproof coatings are relatively low-maintenance, they still wear down over time. As a result, you’ll likely need to reseal the waterproofing every 5 years with cement deck sealer. With prep work done right the first time, however, reapplications are easy, quick, and inexpensive. In the meantime, you can extend the life of both your coating and outdoor surface by keeping it clean, shaded, and free of water whenever possible.

Why DIY? Call the Professionals at Capital Deck & Stair!

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Though it’s possible to apply a waterproof coating yourself, only a professional has the skills and experience to ensure that it’s done right the first time. Backed by over 30 years of experience and our personal guarantee, the waterproofing experts at Capital Deck & Stair are ready to help protect your deck or balcony for years to come. For more information on our balcony deck waterproofing services, call us at (424) 339-0953 or request a free estimate!

Commercial Deck Requirements and Recommendations

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Whether it’s an outdoor dining area or a simple entryway, adding a deck to your commercial property is a great way to add value and grow your business.

Unlike residential decks, however, commercial decks are subject to additional building requirements and regulations to help ensure people’s safety. As a result, designing and building a commercial deck is somewhat more involved than many might think, given the addition of minimal requirements for construction types, means of egress, and even lighting.

Thankfully, commercial deck requirements are fairly easy to navigate with help from the International Building Code. Read on to learn more about what’s involved and how you can build the perfect commercial deck that fulfills both code requirements and customer demands.

Commercial vs. Residential Decks

Though commercial and residential decks often look different, their biggest differences are the codes and regulations that determine their construction. Here, where the International Residential Code (IRC) regulates how residential decks and buildings are built, the International Building Code (IBC) regulates their commercial counterparts.

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While both the IRC and IBC share similar basic requirements for structural integrity and other engineering factors, the IBC adds additional measures to accommodate the extra capacity and foot traffic expected from commercial decks. Most of these measures are in place to make buildings and decks easier to exit in the event of an emergency.

Beyond the IBC and other baseline regulations, there are several other commercial deck requirements to consider when designing a commercial deck. In addition to layout, size, and aesthetic design, you may also want to consider waterproofing or other surface treatments, depending on your deck’s intended purpose. A hotel pool deck, for example, would probably require a waterproof coating for safety and water damage protection.

Commercial Deck Requirements

As mentioned in the previous section, most commercial deck requirements are regulated by the International Building Code (IBC). While the IBC’s complete requirements are beyond the scope of this guide, the commercial deck requirements covered here should serve as a solid baseline. Even so, you’ll likely want to employ a design professional well-versed in the IBC to help ensure that you meet these requirements.

Type of Construction

According to the IBC, the “type” of construction refers to the materials used to build commercial decks and structures. The IBC breaks down construction materials into five types, depending on their combustibility and the fire resistance of their assemblies:

  • Type I: Fire Resistive
  • Type II: Non-Combustible
  • Type III: Ordinary Construction
  • Type IV: Heavy Timber
  • Type V: Wood Frame Construction

Though it’s possible to use each type of material for commercial deck construction, the deck’s use, capacity, and means of egress (exits) will determine what materials can be used. For example, in Type I and Type II buildings built from fire-resistive and non-combustible materials, decks that don’t serve as a required exit can still be built from fire-treated wood with untreated wood hand railings.

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The details don’t stop there, however: Even for Type III, Type IV, and Type V decks built from combustible materials such as wood, their final assembly may still need to be fire-resistive in some way. In summary, you can build a commercial deck for nearly any material as long as it satisfies IBC requirements—all the more reason to check with a registered design professional before building.

Occupancy Type and Capacity

The occupancy type and capacity of your deck is another key factor in determining a commercial deck’s materials and design. While the IBC defines several occupancy types, those most related to commercial deck requirements include:

  • Business (B)
  • Assembly (A)
  • Mercantile (M)
  • Residential (R)

Many commercial decks fall under occupancy type A, which includes everything from restaurants to swimming pools and stadiums. Once you know your occupancy type and the intended capacity/load of your space, the IBC will define maximum floor area allowances per person, required strength, and other important design considerations.

Occupancy type and load also determine the number of exits required, where a deck might potentially serve as one. For occupancies over 50, for example, the deck must include exit signs for the deck exit and pathway lighting, among other considerations.

Means of Egress

Your deck’s “means of egress” refers to its exit(s), such as attached stairs, ramps, or buildings. How exits are designed is a crucial safety consideration, as an emergency situation may require large amounts of people to safely exit the deck via stairs or a ramp in as little time as possible.

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The design and number of exits is ultimately determined by the size and occupancy of your deck; however, all decks must have at least one accessible exit that isn’t blocked by fences, gates, and tripping hazards. Exit walkways must also be slip-resistant, making waterproof coatings or non-slip surfaces crucial for deck construction.

Other Requirements and Considerations

The IBC outlines several other commercial deck requirements, including lighting and elevation changes, which both affect the design of your deck’s means of egress. For example, a deck with a high elevation may require a multi-part staircase or ramp, and all exits must be illuminated to a certain degree.

Note that the requirements outlined here fall outside the scope of aesthetic preferences, local HOA requirements, and so on. You may encounter additional commercial deck requirements during the design and construction process; however, you’ll probably want to consider a few other safety recommendations as well.

Deck Safety Recommendations

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Though the IBC is a great baseline for ensuring safety, there’s always more you can do. Safety isn’t just important during an emergency; it’s also important for ensuring that your customers and employees are able to use the deck on a regular basis without risk of slipping, falling, and so on.

Deck finishing is one important way to guarantee your deck’s safety, appearance, and long-term durability. Regardless of the material, water infiltration poses the biggest threat to your deck’s safety and structural integrity, making waterproof coatings an essential part of deck construction.

For more information on our waterproof coating services, call the Capital Deck & Stair team at (424) 339-0953.

How to Design the Perfect Pool Deck Lounge for Summer

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A pool deck lounge is a great amenity to have, but it’s not a passive feature; there are many ways to improve the look and function of your pool deck while increasing the value of your property. Here are some effective pool deck design ideas that can turn your lounge area into an oasis.

Special Features

Make your pool deck unique with these creative features:

  • ● Water Fountain: Even a simple fountain, waterfall, sconce, jet, or another water feature can breathe life into your lounge area. Visually, it creates a focal point. The sound of streaming water is peaceful and relaxing, while you can create a serene landscape with rocks, plants, sculptures, and other design elements.
  • ● Lighting: Underwater pool lights are an easy addition and can create the desired ambiance, whether your goal is to make the area bright and cheerful, romantic, or soothing. Light creates great effects when it reflects off water. Adding lights to pathways, stairs, water features, and seating areas improves safety.
  • ● Sound System: In addition to the sound of water, you can enjoy a surround sound system that lets you play relaxing music or liven up your entertainment areas. Use speakers that blend in with your landscaping. Play the sounds of nature if you want; there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating mood with sound.
  • ● Fireplace/Fire Pit: An outdoor fireplace adds ambiance and provides heat during crisp Installing a fire pit gives you a versatile space to use for everything from roasting marshmallows to making a full barbecue, to setting up seating.

Living Space

Your pool deck can be much more than a place to swim and catch some rays. You can make it a complete outdoor living space with:

  • ● Gazebos: A gazebo, pergola, or covered patio provides shade and protects you from the sun or a rain shower. Yet, open sides allow a fresh breeze to pass through and offer an open view of your beautiful backyard. You can also add mosquito netting or PVC enclosures to keep the bugs out.
  • ● Grilling Areas: Grilling features allow you to have a summer barbecue on any day, whether just for the family or for guests. A small barbecue area or standalone grill can suffice if your pool deck design covers a limited amount of space.
  • ● Furniture: Lounge chairs are essential features for any pool deck. Umbrellas are useful for shade and comfort, while other ideas include built-in benches, tables, and seating with cozy cushions and covers. Outdoor sofas are great if you have the space.
  • ● Bar/Kitchen Area: A swim-up bar helps when you’re hosting a pool party or hanging out with friends, or you can enjoy a cold drink solo on a hot afternoon. If you have enough space, you can even set up a full outdoor kitchen. Your swim-up bar can be attached to the kitchen area for even greater versatility.

Landscaping

Landscaping adds character, can create zones within your lounge area, and connects your outdoor space with nature when you use:

  • ● Flower Beds: These are perfect for creating colorful borders or adding potted plants around your deck or pool. Raised beds, planter boxes, and pots can be easy to install while choosing native plants makes it easier for your vegetation to grow and thrive.
  • ● Trees: Trees and shrubs can be used on the perimeter to add privacy or you can build your lounge area around them. Large trees are also great for creating shade. Palm trees and other exotic plants can make your deck feel like a vacation spot.

Safety

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Ensuring people and property are protected is critical. You can improve safety with:

  • ● Shaded Areas to Avoid Heat: Canopies, trees, wall-mounted gazebos, covered patios, and other elements that provide shade can help keep you cool and prevent sunburn. Shading also reduces the risk of dehydration. It lets you enjoy the outdoors no matter how sunny and hot it is.
  • ● Pool Cover: A cover makes your swimming pool more energy-efficient by limiting evaporation and managing water temperature. It also reduces the need for chemicals and cleaning out dirt and debris. Plus, it prevents anyone from falling in accidentally, especially if children wander onto the deck unattended.
  • ● Waterproofing: A sealant prevents water from getting into cracks in concrete and further damaging surfaces. It can prevent chemicals from building up as well. Waterproofing your pool deck is thus essential for protecting your property and improving safety.

These are just some pool deck ideas that can give your backyard a makeover, modernize it, improve safety, and provide your family with a fully functional outdoor living space.

Contact Capital Deck & Stair

Our waterproofing and coating specialists can install protective, slip-resistant solutions for any pool lounge design. Available whether you’re constructing a pool or resurfacing the lounge area, we are always committed to high quality results. Call 424-339-0953 for a free estimate or on-site evaluation.

Live by the Beach? These 7 Home Upgrades Prevent Environmental Damage

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It’s wonderful to live by the beach, but the beach can take its toll on your property over time; salty sea spray, changing tides, and powerful storms can wear away and corrode your property. As a result, you’ll need to be extra vigilant when it comes to protecting your beach property from the elements.

Here are seven ways you can help your property stem the tide of time—and, of course, the tide itself!

Elevate the Building

While elevating your entire property might not be an easy task if it’s already built, it’s a great option for new properties—and, at times, a necessary option for existing ones. As water levels slowly rise around the world, many beachfront properties are at risk of being flooded by unusually high tides and storm surges.

In most cases, elevating a building requires elevating the base through strong piles, usually made from either steel or concrete. As most beachfront homes don’t have foundations, it’s usually possible to elevate an existing property.

Use Weatherproof Paints and Finishes

Weatherproof paints and finishes are among the most effective means of protecting your property from the ocean environment, particularly salty sea spray. Paints and finishes act as a sort of “barrier” between corrosive elements and your property’s structure, which can help significantly to prolong life.

However, waterproof paints and finishes need to be replaced regularly—the salty air and ocean water have to corrode something, after all! Be on the lookout for signs of worn finish or, if your property isn’t already painted or finished properly, be sure to apply the right finishes as soon as possible.

Put Covers on Your Furniture and Store Your Belongings

Your home isn’t the only thing that can be damaged by the ocean air: Your outdoor furniture and belongings can be too! Unfortunately, unlike your property, outdoor furniture usually doesn’t have the same corrosion-resistant finishes.

As a result, be sure to put covers over outdoor furniture and secure unused belongings in secure locations. Doing so will not only protect these things from corrosion but also help keep them secure and undamaged during major storms.

Use Corrosion-Resistant Hardware

When most people think of weatherproofing, they immediately think of larger surfaces such as siding and framing. While these components are crucial to your property’s structural stability, the hardware holding it all together—nails, screws, and so on—are easily ignored. Worst of all, it’s the hardware that keeps everything held together!

Be sure to select hardware that is weather- and corrosion-resistant, such as that made with galvanized metals. Unlike hardware in plain steel or iron, galvanized hardware won’t rust or corrode in the presence of salt or water.

Keep Up with Regular Maintenance

Even the strongest materials and finishes wear down over time, especially those used in beachfront homes. Nothing on your property is permanent; nearly everything will have to be replaced at one point. The key to keeping your property in top shape is to regularly maintain surface finishes and fittings and, perhaps most importantly, replace damaged areas as soon as possible.

Deck Waterproofing

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Most beachfront homes have large decks, and for good reason—they’re usually the best place to enjoy the ocean view! Unfortunately, with their large, exposed surface areas, decks usually endure most of the damage from sea air, water, and storms.

One way to keep your deck in top shape is to invest in a waterproof deck coating. For more information on deck waterproofing solutions, call our deck treatment specialists at 424-339-0953.

The Benefits of Waterproofing Your Deck

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Deck surfaces can last for many decades with proper maintenance such as waterproofing. Our waterproofing contractors understand how concrete and other materials hold up in Southern California’s climate, exposure to rain and other water sources, and varying levels of use. Over time, water erodes and breaks down concrete. Combined with daily wear and tear, this can lead to more frequent, costly repairs and the need to replace it much sooner.

With regular maintenance, you can avoid this. Knowing when to schedule deck waterproofing is important. Consider treatment if you haven’t done so in a while or if you notice the following signs:

  • Cracks in concrete
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Pooling water
  • Decreased strength
  • A worn look

Benefits of Waterproofing

Moisture can have a detrimental effect on concrete’s strength and integrity. By waterproofing decks and patios, it is possible to:

  • Improve Longevity: A concrete surface can last for several decades, but only if it is cared for properly. A lack of maintenance and an absence of waterproofing can cause concrete to degrade much sooner, so you’ll have to spend on extensive repairs or even replace the deck years earlier than expected.
  • Strengthens Concrete: Although it has an inherent resistance to water, concrete will wear out with long-term exposure to moisture. Concrete near a pool or spa is especially vulnerable. A waterproofing layer reduces the chances of water intruding into the surface and causing damage from below and within.
  • Lower Maintenance Costs: Water intrusion can lead to structural weakening, putting your entire deck in jeopardy. Several issues, from cracks in the surface, to foundation damage, and many water-related problems, can occur. Fortunately, these maintenance issues and associated costs can be reduced with waterproofing.
  • Prevent Mold and Mildew: Mold and mildew take hold quickly in the presence of moisture. Growth can occur internally, causing deck damage and possible health problems. Waterproofing eliminates the conditions that support mold/mildew growth, as well as the reproduction of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms.

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  • Update the Look and Feel of Your Deck: Waterproofing protects concrete from the elements, reducing the risk of cracks, stains, and other signs of neglect and degradation. It can sustain a concrete deck as a beautiful highlight of your home. You can even give your deck a new color or texture by adding a waterproof coating.
  • Increase Property Value: A deck or patio that’s in poor shape will make it hard to find a home buyer. No one wants to spend on refurbishments after purchasing a home. Therefore, deck waterproofing can boost property value and contribute to a higher profit should you sell your home at some point in the future.

Contact our Deck Waterproofing Contractors Today

Capital Deck & Stair is licensed, bonded, and insured to waterproof decks and patios of all types. A family-owned-and-operated business, we provide high-quality professional service and back our services with excellent warranties. We offer residential and commercial deck waterproofing, resurfacing, and repair. Call 424-339-0953 to learn more or schedule a free estimate.

The Ultimate Deck Safety Checklist

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Decks are great places to unwind, relax, read a book, enjoy meals outdoors, cook on the grill, and more. You need to make sure you and your family are safe and secure on your deck. With people spend more time at home and outdoors, now is a great time to complete our ultimate deck safety checklist.

1. Remove everything from the deck.

To do a proper inspection, you need to remove patio furniture, your grill, and other such things from the deck. You’ll need to do this anyway, at some point, for full deck maintenance and deck waterproofing.

2. Check for mold and mildew.

Just because you don’t see mold and mildew on the top of decking boards, this doesn’t mean it isn’t hiding. You need to look in between the boards and under the deck, on the backside of the boards. Some decks are closer to the ground than others, so this might be a challenge. Don’t forget to check the base of the handrails and railings too.

3. Inspect screws, fasteners, etc.

Verify that all deck screws are tight and any fasteners or other hardware are secure. If you find anything loose, tighten it back up. If they are looking rusty, replace them if possible. If not, sand the rust off before you reseal the deck, and then make sure to apply the paint or sealant over the deck hardware as well.

4. Check for rotting and cracking decking boards, railings, supports, etc.

Wood rot occurs when decks aren’t sealed annually. The wood will feel soft if it has been oversaturated with water. When it dries out, it becomes brittle and cracks. Replace any rotting or cracking parts of the deck. If the deck is more than 10 years old, then it is better to just replace the deck with a new one.

5. Inspect the deck supports.

If your deck is elevated off the ground, you need to check the deck supports for mold, mildew, rot, cracks, and so on. If the supports seem wobbly, then you will want to call a professional to have the supports replaced so the deck doesn’t come crashing down when you and your family are on it.

6. Inspect the stairs.

Verify the boards on the stairs are secure and safe. Grab handrails and gently move back and forth to confirm they are not loose. If they move more than a quarter of an inch, in either direction, something is wrong that needs to be repaired.

7. Check all electrical wiring, lighting, and the gas line.

Make sure all electrical outlets are working correctly. If you have exposed electrical wiring, verify the insulation is not cracked and that there is no exposed metal wiring. If you had a gas line connected to your grill, confirm there are no gas leaks by rubbing dish soap on the gas pipe and turning the gas on. If the soap starts to bubble, it means there is a leak.

8. Detail clean the deck.

Wash down the entire deck, including the decking boards, railings, handrails, steps, etc. You can use a power washer as long as you plan on resealing or repainting the wood once it is dry. At least once a month, make sure to sweep the deck off and rinse it down, using a garden hose to remove dust, dirt, and debris.

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9. Waterproof the deck flooring.

After the deck has been fully inspected, repairs have been made, and it has been detailed cleaned, the last step before putting everything back onto the deck is to waterproof the deck flooring. Waterproofing protects the wood from rot. Certain waterproofing agents are also mold- and mildew-resistant. Some even offer anti-slip protection.

By using our checklist, you will be all set to enjoy your deck all summer long! For deck waterproofing in Los Angeles and Orange County, please feel free to contact Capital Deck & Stair at (424) 339-0953 today!

Do You Really Need Deck Waterproofing in Southern California?

Southern California does have a “rainy season” that brings a lot of rain to the area. Your home should be properly waterproofed to prevent water from getting inside. Some aspects of home waterproofing that need to happen annually include:

  • Roof and Attic Inspections
  • Resealing/Caulking Around Windows
  • Replacing Weatherstripping Around Doors

Yet, one area of the home many people overlook is the exterior of the home—like their decks. Regular deck maintenance is necessary to get the most life out of the deck. Part of this process is having the deck resealed and deck waterproofing performed annually.

Why You Need to Protect Your Deck

Decks can be made from all sorts of materials, ranging from concrete and fiberglass to composites and wood. Rain can cause these materials to slowly degrade and break down over time. An unsealed deck will not last as long as one that is properly maintained.

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With concrete decking, excess water can result in pooling. The water is also absorbed by the concrete, which can go through the same wet-dry cycles as wood and become brittle, crack, chip, and break.

Annual deck waterproofing after repairs and resurfacing ensures your deck is protected and able to bring years of enjoyment. Plus, the newly resealed deck will look nicer and help maintain your home’s appearance and value.

Signs of Home Exterior Water Problems

Besides taking steps to protect your deck, there are other things you should watch for that indicate potential water problems. When it is raining outside, take a moment to check the following:

  • Is water pooling anywhere on the yard, driveway, patio, deck, or walkways? If it is, this indicates a drainage problem that needs to be corrected. The ground is not elevated enough to direct the flow of water away from the home and toward the street.
  • Is water pooling up near the house? This is another drainage problem where the ground next to the house is lower than the rest of the yard. If this problem is not fixed, water could get into the basement or crawlspace and cause damage to the foundation.

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  • Does the pool overflow when it rains? Most pools have an overflow system built in where the excess water is released out into the yard through a series of underground pipes. If you notice your pool is overflowing, then the issue may be a clog in the overflow system.
  • Does water pool around storm drains? If you have storm drains in your yard but notice water is pooling, you need to check to see if the drain is clogged. Leaves, grass clippings, and other debris could be blocking the drain inlet.
  • Does water pool in decks, balconies, or patios? If it does, the deck, balcony, or patio may require resurfacing so that it is slanted to direct water away from the home. Alternatively, you may need to have a drain installed to remove excess water.

As can be seen, deck waterproofing and home waterproofing is necessary in Southern California.

For professional deck waterproofing, resurfacing, repairs, and restorations in the Greater Los Angeles Area, please feel free to contact Capital Deck & Stair for waterproofing at (424) 339-0953 today!

6 Walking Deck and Balcony Design Ideas

Adding walking decks and balconies to your home can provide additional spaces for you to enjoy the outdoors. Walking decks are areas that you extend beyond the normal deck area. For instance, you could have a walking deck that wraps around the side of the home that connects to the front porch.

Balconies are great if you have a two-story home. Balconies do need to be supported correctly to ensure safety. You could place the supports directly into the ground. Alternatively, you could extend a balcony out over an existing structure. For example, you could build an upper story balcony on the roof of your patio enclosure.

While there are certainly plenty of different wooden walking deck and balcony design ideas, one of the latest trends in home improvement is using different materials like concrete, tiles, composite materials, and fiberglass. These materials can be much more durable and last longer than wood when properly maintained, waterproofed, and sealed.

Empty balcony or veranda in a modern house or apartment.

1. Colored Concrete

One of the reasons concrete is trendy right now is because there is a variety of colors you can choose from instead of gray. You can even customize designs to fit your needs like using black and white and having it “marbled” in to give the appearance of expensive Italian marble.

2. Checkerboard Tiles

One popular design to use with tiles is a checkerboard where you alternate one color with another. You want to choose colors that complement your home and also which are not the same color in different shades.

3. Tiled Images

You can take an image, like a butterfly, and have it transformed into a balcony design or walking deck design. You could have butterflies on individual tiles or create a larger-scale design by using different-colored tiles and placing those in the right locations. Then, fill in around the design in a different color tile so your image stands out.

4. Stamped/Pressed Concrete

Another option available with concrete is to stamp or press a design or image into the wet concrete before it sets and cures. A stamping plate will need to be made with the inverse (reverse) of the image or design. You could also go with the traditional handprints and footprints imprints.

5. Colored Fiberglass

Just like concrete, fiberglass comes in a wide array of colored options. Fiberglass can be placed over an existing concrete walking deck or balcony, too, if you want to give it an updated look and appearance when the existing one is looking dated or needs some minor repairs.

6. Composite Decking

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Composite decking is made from synthetic and plastic materials. It is very durable and comes in a wide variety of colors. You can place the tiles over existing concrete or tiles if you want a wood-like appearance. Some composite decking comes in small square tile-like pieces that you simply snap together and place directly onto the existing surface.

No matter what material you ultimately decide to use to build a new walking deck or balcony or to upgrade the appearance of an existing one, remember to have the material waterproofed afterward.

Sometimes there is an initial “curing” period before waterproofing can be done. By waterproofing walking decks and balconies, you will protect them from water damage and increase their durability and lifespan.

For further information about balcony and walking deck waterproofing and other services, please feel free to contact Capital Deck & Stair at (424) 339-0953 today!

How to Prevent Mold and Mildew in Your Outdoor Spaces

Even if you don’t know the specifics of why mold and mildew are bad, you probably know that it’s best to prevent them from developing on your property. Whether you are working on a property where you live or one that you manage as a landlord, paying attention to mold and mildew risks is important. In this post, we’ll highlight a few key steps you can take to avoid mold and mildew, including working with the best waterproofing companies in Los Angeles CA.

Maintain a Clean Area

If you allow your outdoor spaces to remain messy and full of debris and other items, you’ll be creating a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Sunlight is the enemy of mold, and there is plenty of sunlight to go around in the L.A. area—but it can only help to prevent mold if it has clear access to your outdoor surfaces. If there are leaves covering a patio, for instance, those leaves can offer shade to the patio and make it easier for mold and mildew to grow.

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Use the Right Products

When you are designing your outdoor living space, be sure to pick products that are meant for use outdoors. Mistakes in this area are a common cause of mold problems, as things like indoor cushions just aren’t meant to handle the outdoor environment. Even in the mostly dry Southern California climate, there will still be plenty of moisture around during nights and mornings to put down a layer of dew and saturate your outdoor furniture.

Waterproofing the Right Surfaces

To keep mold and mildew away, you need to win the battle against water. To prepare the outdoor spaces around your house, home waterproofing contractors can help. By adding a waterproof layer over things like pool decks, balconies, stairs, and more, you can make it far less likely that mold and mildew will develop. Likewise, commercial waterproofing contractors can help with commercial properties. Either way, taking the time and making the investment to waterproof key areas will be a big help.

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Watch for Leaks

There is always going to be some water naturally in the environment that can cause mold problems, so you want to avoid adding even more water to the area that could enhance these issues. Periodically check all of your outdoor faucets to make sure they aren’t leaking—even a small leak can deposit a large amount of water on your outdoor surfaces over time.

Contact Capital Deck & Stair Today!

Don’t wait any longer to address issues that you may be having with outdoor mold and mildew development on your property. Contact Capital Deck & Stair to learn more about our waterproofing services—we will be happy to provide you with a free estimate and answer any questions you may have. Thanks for visiting!

Telltale Signs It’s Time to Repair Your Walking Deck

Telltale Signs It’s Time to Repair Your Walking Deck

A walking deck offers comfortable outdoor space and encourages movement around your property. Over time, however, it will begin to show wear and tear from foot traffic, weather, and other factors. Here are a few signs that will tell you when it’s time to make repairs.

Cracks, Chips, and Crumbling

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Perhaps the most obvious sign that your deck needs repair is the appearance of cracks, lines, chips, and other visible damage. As the concrete, stone, tile, or other deck material begins to physically wear down, it becomes vulnerable to breakage—not just from accidental impacts, but also from normal, regular use. Professional repairs and resurfacing can easily correct most of such cases.

Discoloration and Stains

Even if the materials appear to be strong and fully intact, discoloration and staining from spills, water damage, mold, and other natural growth can harm your curb appeal. Fortunately, so long as the deck is still structurally sound, professional resurfacing can restore it to its original beauty.

Some stains may also be a red flag for worse damage in the future. Water spots could be a sign that water damage will eventually weaken your deck. Likewise, dark or colorful spots could indicate mold or lichen growth that can break down the materials and even pose health risks to people. Deck surface waterproofing can help you prevent these issues in the future.

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Shifting and Erosion

If heavy rains, flooding, or other moisture soften the ground beneath your deck, things can go south quickly. Not only can your deck begin to crack and shift, it can also lose important support through soil erosion.

If water begins to weaken the ground beneath your deck, shift the materials, or even leak under the deck and into the foundation of your building, time is of the essence. Get it fixed before things get worse.

An Increase in Trips, Slips, and Falls

As a business owner, you take on liability for injuries that may occur on your property. If you’ve got a walking deck around a building and your customers or employees are starting to report injuries related to the deck’s condition, repairs should be done as soon as possible.

Uneven pavers, broken pieces of concrete, and other issues can be major trip hazards, even if they seem small to the naked eye. DIY workarounds may help for a short time, but you should ultimately have your walking deck repaired professionally to keep your guests and staff safe—and to avoid the risk of injury lawsuits.

Get Expert Walking Deck Repair Services from Capital Deck & Stair

At Capital Deck & Stair, we correct all sorts of deck issues, from hairline cracks to major damage. Our expert technicians will perform the necessary repairs to make your deck functional and beautiful again, and then help you protect it with a waterproof deck coating for years of future use.

For top-notch walking deck repairs and professional deck waterproofing in Los Angeles, call us today at (424) 339-0953.