The Benefits of Waterproofing Your Deck

Concrete Pool Deck

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.

Lounge chairs on deck at sunset

  • 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

Caucasian family outdoors, on a summer day - mother, father, son, daughter

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.

man cleaning terrace with a power washer

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!

Why You Need to Waterproof Your Walking Deck

No matter what kind of commercial property you have, a walking deck is a great way to create a beautiful outdoor space for clients, customers, and employees. Even with a protective roof or awning, however, exposure to the elements can wear your walking deck down all too soon. Here are just a few reasons why deck surface waterproofing is so important.

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It Protects Structural Integrity, Extending the Life of Your Deck

When water penetrates down into porous deck materials (certain types of rock, tile, concrete, etc.), it begins to physically break down the material, undermining its strength and durability. Once the structure of the material is sufficiently weakened, problems like cracks, chips, and crumbling can start to appear.

While hairline cracks and other slight damage may be able to be filled or repaired, more severe damage could require total demolition and reinstallation of your walking deck. By applying a waterproof deck coating, you can keep the materials durable for much longer.

Walking Deck Damage Could Pose a Risk of Injury to Guests and Patrons

When you’ve got a walking deck, you can expect people to—you guessed it—walk on it! As such, water damage poses risks not just to your deck but also to the people who use it. Broken, uneven, or shifting portions of deck could lead to slips, trips, and falls on your property. A person could be seriously injured—and you’d be liable for it.

It Keeps Your Property Looking Beautiful and New

Water spots, stains, cracks, and other wear and tear on your deck aren’t great for your building’s aesthetic. Not only does damage negatively affect your property’s curb appeal, but it can also leave patrons with a negative image of your company’s standards and affect your public reputation. Keeping your walking deck free of water stains and mold growth also makes it a more pleasant place for your employees, clients, and business partners to walk and talk.

Water Damage on Your Deck Could Lead to Problems Elsewhere

view of pool deck

In some cases, like when your deck is exposed to heavy rain or flooding, water can flow down into damaged areas and beneath the deck, leading to shifting and erosion of the land underneath. If that water manages to leak into your building or erode the area under the foundation, your problems can quickly become much worse (interior water damage, mold, etc.).

Protect Your Walking Deck with Waterproofing from Capital Deck & Stair

If you’ve got a walking deck, pool deck, or another type of deck somewhere on your commercial property, make sure you protect your investment and the people who use it by having it professionally waterproofed. At Capital Deck & Stair, we provide expert sealing, coating, and waterproofing services for concrete walking decks, pool decks, garage floors, stairs, and much more.

To learn more about the benefits of professional deck sealing or request a free estimate for walking deck waterproofing, call us at (424) 339-0953 today.

Four Deck Tips for Selling Your Property

So the time has come to sell your property and you’re making all sorts of improvements to make it look better and hopefully fetch a higher price from potential buyers. However, far too many home or commercial property owners ignore something that plays a huge role in their property’s appeal and value: their deck!

Whether you have a pool deck, outdoor patio deck, or balcony, ignoring your deck can make it a real eyesore, and something that will send many buyers running at the mere sight of it. An unattended deck not only brings down the overall aesthetic appeal of your property, but will quickly bring up questions of how durable the deck is, whether or not it has water damage, and whether or not you’ve even bothered to take care of it.

Here are four valuable and helpful tips that can help you make your deck look good and more appealing to buyers, and may even help you fetch a better price for your property!

Pressure Washer

What’s one thing you can do that will significantly improve the look of your deck and make it more appealing to buyers? Simple: wash it! Get the pressure washer out and give it a thorough blasting to remove dust dirt, and even some stains that have sat on your deck for months or even years. You’ll be surprised at just how good your deck can look again after a good cleaning. If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can rent one from your local home improvement warehouse. You can use your garden hose with a spray nozzle attached, but this isn’t usually as effective at removing the tougher spots.

Fresh Paint

If your deck seems to be fading and losing some of its vibrant, eye-catching appeal, a new coat of paint may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Fresh paint can do wonders for rejuvenating an old deck, so long as the structure is still in good condition. And the best part: paint is pretty inexpensive, making this one of the most cost-effective ways of restoring your deck and making appealing to buyers again.

Re-Seal

Buyers will be able to tell when your deck isn’t water-tight or has sustained some pretty serious damage as a result of water over the years. Not only does this look bad, but more often than not it’ll send them running away quickly. Re-sealing your deck with a high-quality waterproofing solution can stop the damage from forming and protect your deck for at least the next few years, giving your buyers peace of mind of knowing they’ll have considerable time before having to worry about the first major service.

Replace Cracked Boards or Pavers

Finally, nobody likes seeing huge cracks in a deck. Land-shifting, sun damage, and plenty of other things can cause the surface of your deck to develop unsightly cracks and gashes that quickly diminish much of the appeal your deck might have otherwise. Fixing these cracks by replacing the boards, pavers, or other materials that have them can get rid of this worry! However, for concrete, stone, or other types of decks, this may not be the most ideal option. Instead you may wish to consider sealing the crack itself, which a Los Angeles deck waterproofing company can help you with.

Let Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing help you prep your deck to sell with your property. Contact us by dialing (310) 912-7737 to request an estimate.

A Waterproof Deck is a Strong Deck!

There are many benefits to waterproofing your deck , and we’ve discussed many of them in previous posts here on our blog. However, one benefit that many people don’t think of or consider is the benefit of adding strength to your deck. It’s true: a waterproof and sealed deck actually stands stronger and more durable for a longer period of time compared to a deck that’s left exposed and untreated. On this blog, we’ll explain more about this added benefit and explain why you should take advantage of it.

Longer-Lasting Strength

Depending on your deck’s surface, a waterproof coating is an extra layer of armor against the wear and tear associated with everything from elemental exposure to foot traffic from use. While a waterproof seal is generally a thin coating, it’s an extremely hard one that’s designed to successfully withstand pelting from rainfalls, washing, and even just general usage. While it may not be able to protect against a major impact, such a heavy object being dropped, it can add just a little bit of extra protection to the raw materials your deck is constructed from, allowing them to be just a little more resistant to breaking and needing replacement.

Prevent Exposure to Materials

In addition to preventing the materials from breaking, a proper waterproofing service will also help prevent water damage to the materials your deck is built from. For example, if you have a wooden deck, water is certainly not your friend, as it can cause warping, splintering, and rot in the wood itself. This is particularly unsightly and frustrating in surface boards, but it’s even more dangerous in the deck’s wooden structure, where rot can soften the wood and cause it to become weak, incapable of sustaining the weight of the structure and whatever is on it. By waterproofing your deck, you’re preserving the surface itself as well as the structure underneath, minimizing its exposure to water that can eventually soften it and cause it to fail.

The same principle applies to decks constructed from concrete, tile, granite, marble, or even synthetic materials. While these surfaces may be naturally more water-resistant than wood, continuing to have them resurfaced and waterproofed can prevent any water from seeping in and causing the materials to erode away and eventually become damaged and unsuitable for use. A deck that has not been properly waterproofed will likely see cosmetic damage such as fading or dulling of colors, but will also likely see structural damage such as cracks through the surface, deformation, ponding, and even weak points where the deck seems to bend or give way just a little too much. A proper waterproofing procedure can help prevent this issue from emerging, giving you the ability to use your deck confidently and continually, knowing that the structure it’s built upon is in good working condition and has been properly preserved.

This is particularly important for rooftop decks or decks that have anything beneath them. A deck of this nature that hasn’t been waterproofed will likely lead to leaks in the roof of whatever is below, which when outside may not be the end of the world, but inside can be a major issue. A rooftop deck that isn’t waterproofed can leak into the roof, wearing out the structure and leaking water into the space below, which, if let get out of hand, could cause a collapse.

This is just one more reason why it’s a good idea to reach out to a Los Angeles deck waterproofing company about having your deck properly sealed. A sealed deck will be able to provide you with loads of additional usage and durability, as well as last for many additional years before major repairs or renovations will be needed.

To schedule your waterproofing service or to learn more about the options available to you, contact Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing today by dialing (310) 912-7737 !

Deck Materials that are Water-Resistant

When building a new deck, you’ll make a ton of important decisions, perhaps the most important of which will be what material you’ll construct it from. There are many different deck materials you can use, and the benefit is that some of them are inherently water-resistant by nature. Whether it’s that these materials damage extremely slowly in water or they’re not porous, allowing them to form a tight, natural seal, these materials are wildly popular due to their ability to withstand the harshest of Los Angeles weather. Here are some of the most popular water-resistant decking materials and some of the advantages of each of them.

Vinyl

Vinyl has rapidly become a popular decking material for many different applications. For one, its cost is dropping dramatically as manufacturing becomes cheaper and more readily-available. Likewise, more and more options are hitting the market what seems like every single week at this point. While many of these different nylons have different advantages, they all inherently share some of the same properties: they’re cheap, require little maintenance, are lightweight, and easily replaceable. Additionally, the interlocking design these nylon “boards” use to stick together often creates a tight seal, making them virtually completely waterproof without any additional coatings.

Concrete

Concrete is a popular deck material for commercial installations because of its ready availability, fairly low cost, and extreme durability. Concrete doesn’t crack and splinter in the sun like a wood or some vinyl materials do: it’ll hold its form for decades with few to no issues. In fact, at the most you might see just a few thin cracks develop in areas where the building itself may have shifted or where air bubbles may have formed under the concrete surface. The only real downside to concrete is perhaps the most obvious one: weight. Concrete is extremely heavy, and any deck structure needs to be durable and capable of withstanding the load of thousands of pounds in order to serve its purpose.

Aluminum

Aluminum has many of the same favored properties as concrete, but in a much lighter package. Aluminum is much stronger than concrete for its weight, making it great for rooftop deck installations or other places where a major structure can’t be built. However, it’s one of the most expensive options out there, and that means you’ll be spending a lot more per square foot to install one. While resurfacing with aluminum is also fairly simple, you’ll have to pay particularly close attention to its condition, and you will need to re-seal it periodically to ensure its durability and strength last for as long as possible.

For more information about building a deck out of these materials or the great waterproofing options we can provide your deck with, speak with the Los Angeles deck waterproofing experts from Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing by dialing (310) 912-7737 today!

How Often Should I Resurface My Pool Deck?

The best pool decks are durable, waterproof, rugged, and have anti-slip properties that allow those walking on them to have traction even when the deck itself is wet. Over time, this exposure to water will eventually wear away at a deck’s surface, causing it to crack and become unstable. This means it’s extremely important both for your deck and for your pool to make sure that your deck is regularly re-sealed so it can retain its waterproof qualities.

But how often should you re-seal your deck? The answer isn’t always straightforward as it depends on a number of different factors. Here are some of those factors and what they mean for the frequency with which you should resurface it.

Deck Material

Pool decks are constructed from lots of different materials. While the majority are a form of textured concrete, some people opt for a more natural look using sandstone slates, and some even use clay tiles or marble as their deck surface. While a good waterproofing job should last at least a couple of years for each of these materials, concrete and other hard materials tend to have better water resistance inherently compared to softer materials like sandstone.

Deck Use Level

Is your pool a gem of your backyard that only sees use a few times per year? If so, then you probably aren’t going to need to resurface and reseal it for quite a bit longer than a pool that’s used regularly and heavily every single day. A public pool at a local park is going to need a lot more care far more often than the same pool deck at a private residence.

Environment

Where your pool deck is and what level of exposure to the elements it receives also influences how long a waterproof seal will last. Ultraviolet exposure and lots of heat will all eventually cause a waterproof seal to wear out and become less effective. Therefore, a pool deck that receives long hours of sun exposure every single day will need sealed far more often than one that’s covered by shade or sits indoors all the time.

Does your pool deck need resurfaced? Speak with the Los Angeles deck waterproofing experts from Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing today! Call us at (310) 912-7737 to request an estimate or schedule your service.

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.

Contact our team at Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing 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.

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.

Upgrade your home’s deck with our Los Angeles deck refinishing services . At Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing , we are backed by more than 30 years of experience creating and maintaining beautiful, long-lasting decks. We guarantee that all work performed by our fully licensed and certified contractors will meet your standards, and will last for many years to come. Our crews can even work after-hours and on weekends to ensure that we can meet your busy schedule.

Schedule a free, in-person estimate today! Contact our offices at (310) 912-7737 .