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.

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Pool Deck FAQs

Southern California is the land of swimming pools, and that means pool decks are just as common. Whether you have a pool of your own or you’re considering making this addition to your property and want to know more about the responsibility it entails, there are some things you need to know about pool decks and the care they require. Pool decks may not be as much work as the pools they surround, but ignoring their condition could have severely detrimental consequences for your pool and your property as well as the deck itself.

To help you better understand pool decks, here are the answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about them.

Do I Have to Seal My Pool Deck?

The benefits of doing this truly cannot be understated. Sealing your deck will not only help it last longer and stand up to more wear and tear, but it will also help you repel stains and even keep colors brighter and longer-lasting without constant care and maintenance. This goes for all materials, including concrete, brick, stone, wood, and much more.

What Materials Last the Longest?

An important characteristic of a good pool deck is durability, even under heavy use and major stress from the environment, such as blistering summer heat. Concrete or other solid materials tend to be the best-suited for Southern California, but they can be more expensive than a cheaper material like wood or composite. Bear in mind that the investment now may pay off later when you don’t have to spend as much time and money maintaining a concrete, stone, or other solid-material deck than you would with another type.

What’s the Best Way to Clean My Deck?

Over time, stains happen. Whether it’s furniture left in one spot for months (or even years) at a time, leaves or dirt accumulating, or an oily substance being spilled, cleaning your deck can be a hassle. Pressure washing is a good way to really get at these tough stains, but be careful about this when you have a softer deck material. Algae or mildew can also accumulate in shady and often-damp areas—take care of this with a bleaching agent, or even baking soda if you’d prefer a more natural remedy.

Should I Use Pavers?

Pavers are a budget-friendly way of being able to get a harder, more durable deck surface without paying the cost they usually entail. Pavers are pieces of clay (like brick) or stone that are cut into uniform sizes and can be laid down in a pattern that composes your patio. While these can give you a good look, they’re prone to water intrusion and all sorts of issues beneath. While they’re generally easy to maintain, they can develop problems like mold or ants beneath them so carefully consider the maintenance needs before choosing them.

How Can I Keep My Deck Beautiful?

There are a few things you can do that prevent your deck from becoming worn and dirty. First, keep metal furniture like chairs and tables off your pool deck, or insulate the bottoms with rubber or plastic feet to prevent staining. Second, regularly clean your deck with a hose or pressure washer and a leaf blower to keep stains, dirt, and dust away. Finally, consider covering the frequently-traveled areas of your deck, such as near doorways or pool stairs with rubber mats to prevent wear and tear. Each of these steps can help keep stains at bay, minimize your maintenance responsibilities, and keep your deck looking beautiful for many years to come.

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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.

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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.

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Deck Care 101

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

Deck Do’s

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

Deck Don’ts

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

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Adding a Pattern to Your Deck

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

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

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

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

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Painting vs. Staining Your Deck

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

Paint

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

Stain & Sealer

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

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Waterproofing Increases Property Value

As a homeowner, you’re probably well-aware of just how important it is that your property is water-tight in every necessary regard. Whether it’s your roof, your walls, the deck of your pool, or even your basement, water intrusion can lead to a lot of serious damage that can cost thousands to fix. However, did you know there’s an added value to a waterproofed property? It’s true, and it comes in your overall property value. A pool deck or outdoor staircase that has been appropriately waterproofed can actually increase the value of your home.

Make Your Home Look the Best

Any real-estate agent can tell you just how important it is that your home looks like it’s in great shape. The better it looks, the more reasonable your asking price will sound. Therefore, if a potential buyer comes to see your home and your yard looks unkempt, the roof looks old, and the area around your pool appears as though it has seen better days, odds are you’ll not only fetch a much lower bid, but you’ll probably reduce the number of bids you even see at all.

This is especially true with pool areas. When someone buys a house with a pool, they do so knowing that the pool in the backyard is going to be one of the highlights of the home: it’ll be what people want to see when they come over, where they host barbecues, and where they sit outside during the warm sunsets of summer. A pool that has been slammed with water damage and looks like it’s in no shape to host anything will likely scare off any buyers who are looking for a home that’s ready to go. And those who are willing to do the work are probably looking for a bargain.

The basement is also extremely important. While most homes in Southern California don’t have basements, houses in the hills tend to be built with their bottom floor into the hill itself, which could lead to potential water damage if the water is not directed away properly. Even a small crack could become a bigger problem overtime, so it’s important to do a thorough inspection every year (usually around the start of fall) to make sure any underground or in-ground areas are ready for any water they may see.

So if you’re looking into selling your home soon and you want to get top dollar for it, consider calling our Los Angeles deck waterproofing experts. Your buyers will love the great condition of the deck around your pool and you’ll be more likely to receive higher bids than a home with a shoddy, dull-looking pool area that’s in need of a face lift.

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Make Your Pool Safer: Waterproof Your Deck!

If you ask someone from outside of Southern California what life is like here in the Los Angeles area, they’ll probably give you a pretty stereotypical answer: the weather is always nice, everyone lives next to a movie star, and there’s a swimming pool in every backyard. While none of these are true, two of them are actually fairly common, including the one about swimming pools. You’ll find pools in all shapes and sizes all over the Los Angeles area, and they all have just one thing in common: they have a deck that surrounds them.

The deck around your pool is actually one of the largest contributing factors to the dangers that pools present. Your homeowner’s insurance company will likely beat you over the head with warnings about drowning accidents, but the deck around your pool is likely the single biggest contributor to these accidents. This is because when your pool deck gets wet, it gets slippery, and when it gets slippery, the odds of you slipping, falling, becoming injured, and then falling into the water increase dramatically.

Believe it or not, something you have to do periodically can actually help combat this from becoming an issue, however. By waterproofing your pool deck properly, you can reduce the chances of someone slipping and getting hurt on the deck of your pool.

When you waterproof your deck, you will have the option to also include a slip or skid-resistant material to the sealant mix. Generally, these materials are very finely-ground polymers which have the consistency of fine sand, which when added to your sealant, creates a textured surface. This surface will last as long as the waterproofing seal over your deck, and provide you with a texture that is much easier to grip, whether on shoes or bare feet. This method is generally the longest-lasting option.

However, if you have recently sealed your deck but now want to add the slip-resistance of one of these materials, you have another option as well. Your water proofer can also add another thin layer of sealant to your deck and then coat it with a fresh layer of the polymer material. This will provide you with similar grip and slip resistance while preventing you from having to completely re-seal your deck. Some contractors actually combine both of these methods for maximum grip retention.

If you have a pool in your backyard, you need to make sure your deck is appropriately waterproofed. Call Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing today at (310) 912-7737 to request an estimate and find out what kind of non-skid material treatments we can add to your sealing today!

How to Prepare Your Pool Deck for Summer Heat

Swimming pools are a popular property addition here in California, and odds are you’ll probably be heading to one this summer in an effort to beat the heat. This means summertime is the peak season for swimming pool use, and these next few months will likely mean abuse from both repeated use and brutal exposure to the elements that a blistering Los Angeles summer can provide. One of the best ways to make sure your deck can survive this period is to prepare it. Here are a few things you can do to both improve your deck’s look and help it survive summer in better shape.

Resurfacing

It may not be the cheapest method of preparing your deck for summer, but removing the old, boring surface and replacing it with a new, sparkling surface is a great way to both add value to your property and make your deck more durable and prepared for summer. Outdoor and pool deck tiles are manufactured to withstand decades of heat and sun exposure as well as repeated water contact. There’s no better way to overhaul your backyard than a full or even a partial resurfacing job.

Staining

If your deck surface is still in usable condition but has started to fade or appear bland after years of sun exposure, staining the surface can help in two ways. On one hand, it makes the entire surface appear and feel new, and on the other it also re-seals your surface, giving it an added degree of durability that will last for years going forward when done properly. This option also isn’t terribly expensive either, and could be what you need to bring your deck back to life this summer.

Crack Repair

After a while, water damage, shifting earth, and repeated use can lead to cracks in cement or concrete deck surfaces. These cracks may not appear to be that big of a deal, but after a while they tend to grow and chip, becoming an eyesore. When this happens, a low-budget option for repairing your deck is to simply fill these cracks and re-seal them off. Doing this and combining it with a new stain can make an old, worn deck appear brand new again, and increase its ability to withstand the harshness of summer use and pummeling from sunlight.

Epoxy Coating

Is your cement or concrete deck painted? This practice is becoming highly common when homeowners want their pool deck to match the exact color of their house or theme of their backyard. After just a few short years, even the most durable of outdoor pants will begin to fade or chip away if left exposed. However, an epoxy sealer coat can help keep the color of your deck vibrant and protected for decades. This is also a particularly easy, low-budget option to revitalize your pool area and get it ready for the long months of heat and water exposure ahead.

If your pool area needs resurfaced, re-sealed, or repaired, trust the Los Angeles deck waterproofing experts at Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing ! With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we have performed countless numbers of jobs and obtained a reputation for an unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction. We are family-owned and operated, and we are so confident you’ll be satisfied with the results of our work that we back up each job we perform with a warranty. We are even available for after-hours and weekend service appointments!

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