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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
- 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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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
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
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.
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.
The Common Culprits of Deck Deterioration
When you invest funds in an outdoor deck, you want its beauty and structure to last as long as possible. To prevent cracking, staining, and other damage, make sure you protect it properly against these major contributors to deck deterioration.
Moisture and Water Damage
Rain, spills, pool water, and humidity can wreak havoc on your deck, especially if it’s made from a porous material. Sitting water can create unsightly stains, while water that leaks underneath your deck can lessen its stability and leave it vulnerable to cracking by eroding and shifting the soil. Regular exposure to water can eventually break down the material and wear down the deck’s structure.
Even if your deck appears to be dry, excessive moisture in the materials can lead to the growth of mold and/or mildew, creating gray-green splotches that may not be fully removed by surface cleanings. Over time, these molds actively help break down porous materials, further undermining your deck’s integrity.
Daily Sun Exposure
Unless your deck is fully shaded, it’s likely to be bombarded with a lot of sunlight. Certain stones, tiles, bricks, and other materials can eventually fade in the sun, leaving what was once a bold and lively deck looking pale and weathered. A pool deck that is constantly getting wet and drying out under the hot sun may also be at a greater risk of cracking due to the fast evaporation of water.
Los Angeles commercial waterproofing contractors like Capital Deck & Stair can apply a specialized UV coating to your deck that will slow the damaging effects of sunlight. As a bonus, the deck won’t absorb as much heat, making it easier to go barefoot!
Wear and Tear from Regular Use
Even if your deck is well protected upon installation, it will eventually wear down and need some sort of maintenance or repair simply due to normal use. Surface chips, scratches, stains, and other minor issues can add up over time, ultimately requiring professional restoration.
This kind of deterioration is just part of deck ownership. Obsessing over it will only hamper your enjoyment. If you focus on regular maintenance and accident prevention, you should have plenty of time before you ever need to have your deck repaired, resurfaced, or resealed.
Protect Your Deck with Professional Waterproofing and Sealing
The professional residential and commercial waterproofing contractors at Capital Deck & Stair are masters of deck resurfacing, waterproofing, and sealing. Whether you’ve got a brand new deck to protect or an old deck that you want to be restored to its former glory, we have the tools and expertise you need to get great-looking, long-lasting results.
Our services aren’t just for homeowners—businesses looking for Los Angeles commercial waterproofing services can trust our technicians to provide quality service and protect decks of all kinds from damage, even in areas of heavy foot traffic.
Call (424) 339-0953 to discuss how we can help you keep your deck in great shape for as long as possible.
The Hazards of Having Mold and Mildew on Your Deck
Mold and mildew are ugly little fungi that latch happily onto all kinds of porous and non-porous materials (stone, concrete, tile, etc.), thriving best where it’s especially damp. With an outdoor deck, rain, swimming pools, humidity, and other moisture can easily leave your deck susceptible to these frustrating microorganisms.
Don’t be tempted to write these intruders off as harmless. The following are just some of the hazards posed by a moldy, mildew-covered deck.
They Can Threaten Your Deck’s Integrity
Although mold and mildew appear to exist purely on the surface of your deck, they’re likely causing deeper damage than you realize. Unless your deck is made from a truly non-porous material or has been properly sealed and protected, the microscopic roots of the fungi will reach down beyond the surface.
In nature, mold and mildew play the important role of helping to break down decomposing organic matter. Unfortunately, because mold and mildew need very little to grow, most deck materials have sufficient nutrients to keep them plenty happy. As the fungi do what they naturally do on your deck, the integrity of the material will eventually begin to break down, making it vulnerable to chips, cracks, crumbling, and other damage.
Mold and Mildew Are Hazardous to Human Health
Even if you don’t care about the appearance of your deck, you should be aware of the risks that significant mold and mildew exposure can pose to human health. Almost any type of mold can cause some problems for individuals with allergies, asthma, and other sensitivities, but certain groups—like the genus Aspergillus—can produce dangerous toxins and cause serious illness and infection.
Mildew is technically a type of mold, but it prefers flat surfaces and tends to affect plants the most. It’s considered less harmful than other types of mold, but its spores can certainly create breathing problems if they are inhaled, especially in those with already poor respiratory health.
They’re Not Great for Your Property Value
Some of the hazards posed by these fungi are more financial than physical. In addition to the structural and surface damage that mold and mildew can cause your deck, their appearance alone can be a major hit to your property’s curb appeal. They can spread quickly across the surface of your deck, creating unsightly gray, green, and black splotches that can be tough to eliminate without fungicides that penetrate into the material to kill the roots. If you’re trying to sell your home or commercial property, this can be a big drawback.
We Strive to Be One of the Best Waterproofing Companies in Los Angeles, CA
As professional waterproofing contractors in Los Angeles, we at Capital Deck & Stair help home and business owners throughout the area protect their patios, pool decks, and other outdoor spaces from the damaging effects of moisture, mold, and mildew. Call us today at (424) 339-0953 to learn more about how our residential and commercial waterproofing, resurfacing, and sealing services can keep your deck beautiful and functional for years to come.
Over time, the deck around your pool really takes a beating. With regular exposure to chlorinated pool water, direct sunlight, and inevitable spills, the surface can become cracked, chipped, stained, and worn in ways that could pose risks of harm. Here are a few red flags that will tell you when you need to have your deck resurfaced and sealed.
Discoloration and Staining
Even though hard surfaces like concrete are easy to clean, they’re not impervious to staining and discoloration over time. Concrete is still a porous material, which means that repeated, long-term exposure to food spills, rust, and other pigmented substances can cause lasting stains. Water spots can also create discoloration on your pool deck if there is significant leakage occurring beneath the concrete.
The ease of correcting discoloration depends on the severity but, in most cases, the stains can be easily erased with a professional pool deck resurfacing. Once they’re gone, proper sealing can help protect the renewed surface from future stains.
Cracks and Dents
Shifting soil and impacts from heavy objects can cause large cracks and dents in your deck. These not only create tripping and injury hazards, they also serve as weak points from which more damage can spread.
If your pool deck is suffering from surface cracks, resurfacing can restore it by filling the cracks in the top layers of concrete. With any type of cracking, make sure you determine and address the underlying cause of the damage as well. If you don’t, you may be facing the same problems sooner than later.
Breakdown of the Deck Surface
Sometimes the damage isn’t quite as obvious as major cracks and dents. Seemingly small things like paint chipping and flaking of brittle surface concrete can be telltale signs that your sealing and waterproofing have begun to degrade. Have it resurfaced and re-sealed before it gets worse and becomes deep damage throughout the deck.
Damage to (and Leakage of) the Pool Itself
If your pool’s interior is breaking down or has begun to leak and drop in water level, there’s a good chance your deck is starting to go as well. In the case of pool leakage, especially, the red flag thrown by the pool is a sign that you need to head off deck damage as soon as possible.
Once you’ve addressed the underlying problems, have the deck fully resurfaced. Getting both issues taken care of at once is also a great way to make sure your deck and pool are equally well kept.
Get Professional Deck Resurfacing, Waterproofing, and Protective Coating from Capital Deck and Stair
At Capital Deck and Stair, we strive to be one of the best deck waterproofing companies in Los Angeles, CA. If you own a home in Southern California and are in need of pool deck waterproofing, or resurfacing, our experienced contractors and competitive service prices can give you the beautiful deck you want at a price you can afford.
Call us at (424) 339-0953 to learn more about how we can help you restore and protect your concrete pool deck today!