A balcony is a great addition to homes and businesses alike; the wealth of space they provide allows everyone to take in the scenery as they enjoy some downtime. Yet a surface without waterproof balcony flooring, the wrong railings, and unrepaired structural elements can place guests in danger. Let’s take a closer look at how to keep your balcony attractive and safe for everyone to use.
Ensure Railings Are the Right Height
How can you know that your balcony rail is the right height? The California Building Code. Home and business standards differ, but both require minimum railing heights and maximum spacing between posts and balusters, as well as between the balcony floor and bottom rail.
These heights and spacings are in place to prevent falling from the balcony, from going over the railing, or from crawling underneath.
Heed Occupancy Limits
The California Building Code also has requirements for weight, stating that a balcony must be able to withstand a specific amount of pressure at any given location to remain safe. The more people who are on a balcony together, the more weight and pressure that the balcony must withstand at one time.
While this may not be an issue for new and well-built balconies, one that has gone into disrepair poses a far greater risk of safety, which leads us to our next tip.
Monitor Your Balcony Frequently
By regularly monitoring your balcony, you can avoid safety issues. Make regular inspections of the balcony to look for the following signs that could become bigger problems:
- Uneven surface
There are also cosmetic signs of wear such as water stains, discoloration, and dirt that can make your balcony look older than it is. In terms of monitoring, you should also look at the debris that may be collecting on your balcony; not only does clutter look unattractive, but it can cause tripping and falling and also make your balcony more difficult to enjoy.
Make It Safer for All Weather
Weather can definitely affect your balcony’s surface, making it slippery and harder to walk on. This can easily cause occupants to fall and become injured. A great way to prevent falls and slips is to coat your balcony with a non-slip surface. Guests and employees will feel much safer when they know they can walk on the surface confidently, and it will completely restore your balcony’s look.
Waterproofing Systems That Work
If your balcony needs attention due to cracks, erosion, water penetration, or age, there is a solution that will increase its durability, beauty, life, and value: waterproofing from Capital Deck & Stair, a balcony waterproofing contractor. With over 30 years of industry experience, our waterproofing systems are installed by trained experts.
We provide a warranty and an 8-year guarantee on every service we offer. Learn more about how easy it is to make your balcony safer and more beautiful with Capital Deck & Stair; get a free online estimate today.
If your balcony is your happy place, you want to spend as much quality time out there as possible, even when it’s raining. Yet when the rain blows straight onto your balcony, everything gets soaked. Not only that, but rain can seep into your furniture and into the concrete, making repairs from a balcony waterproofing contractor necessary. This guide will reveal how to rainproof your balcony in a few simple ways.
The Right Outdoor Furniture
The first thing to do is take a look at the furniture that’s out on your balcony already. If it’s rusty-looking, faded, or still soggy from the last rainstorm, it’s time to replace it—but with what? Furniture that’s made to stand up to all kinds of weather, and there’s a lot of it out there. It all depends on your taste but, if you’re going with wood or cushions, there are some cautions.
In order to last, wooden outdoor furniture needs to have been treated with waterproofing sealant. As far as cushions go, not all are created equally. If you don’t want to have to bring your cushions in during a rainstorm or to cover your furniture, then simply ensure your cushions are made with quick-dry foam in addition to having a water-resistant cover.
Use Waterproof Decor
If you use your balcony as an outdoor living room, you likely love to decorate and light it up. Over time, your décor and lights will lose their luster to rust unless they’re made for being outside. Of course, you should always choose balcony lights that are waterproof and made for outdoor use only. As for decorative items, resin, glass and stone are all ideal.
Proper Plant Drainage
The plants on your balcony will love the rain, but they can only consume so much before they become waterlogged. When this happens, your plants and your balcony can be at risk. Rain will drip through the bottom of plant pots straight onto—and into—the surface, requiring balcony deck repair.
The best thing to do is change your soil if it’s made for gardens. Garden soil doesn’t work well in plant pots because it’s too dense and, as a result, is more likely to overflow. Denser soil will also make it more difficult for plants to root. Potting soil is looser, is easier for roots to move through, and will allow water to move more easily to the bottom.
You’ll want to make sure there are enough holes in the bottom of pots as well, although this will still mean that water hits your balcony. However, when you choose to seal it, rainwater will bead up on your balcony instead of soaking into it.
Cost-Effective, Guaranteed Waterproofing
When you want to save your balcony or deck from the rain, quality matters. Capital Deck & Stair is a balcony waterproofing contractor offering durable, high-quality solutions that dramatically increase your home value without the high cost. Call today to get a free estimate: (424) 339-0953.
What Is the Best Season to Waterproof Your Deck?
If you’re a regular reader of our blog you’ve probably recognized the importance of waterproofing your deck. Now you just have to decide when to call in the waterproofing contractors.
Budgetary issues aside, there are pros and cons in terms of when to have your deck waterproofed—in either the summer or the winter months.
Let’s First Get Our Bearings Before We Discuss the Weather
Our company, Capital Deck & Stair, is a leading provider of deck waterproofing in Los Angeles and Orange County with over thirty years of experience. Our customers are all based in Los Angeles and Orange County, so the information provided here is relevant to homeowners in Southern California.
Whether to Do It in Summer or Winter Depends on the Weather
The most important factor in terms of having your deck waterproofed is having it done when there is a period of around three to four sunny and dry days. You will need one or two sunny days to ensure that your deck is completely dry before the work begins. Then you’ll need another day for the actual waterproofing work to be done, then a further day for the waterproofing coating to dry completely.
Waterproofing Your Deck During the Summer Months
The benefit of having your deck waterproofed in the summer months is that our summers are typically dry. Ideally you would want the work to be done before you start making extensive use of your outdoor deck. Having your deck waterproofed at the very beginning of summer is a good time to do it if you plan on using your deck throughout the summer and you don’t want to have any down time.
Waterproofing Your Deck During the Winter Months
The benefit of waterproofing your deck during the winter months is that it isn’t going to impact your deck usage as most people don’t use their decks very much during the cold winter months. The drawback to this, however, is that it typically rains a lot during winter, so you’ll need to make sure it’s done during months with little rain.
“It Never Rains in Southern California”….Except During the Winter Months
According to the weather experts, February on average is the wettest month in Southern California. Rain usually starts around October or November with December seeing rainfall on a more frequent basis. Rain will typically continue falling until early April. Ideally you want to waterproof your deck before the rainy season starts so that your deck is protected from damage before there is a lot of rain.
A Gentle Reminder Why Waterproofing Is Important for Your Deck
A waterproof deck coating will extend the life of your deck. It will also keep it looking brand new. Waterproofed decks are also easier to keep clean as the surface coating helps prevent dirt from sticking to the deck. Last, but not least, and most important if your concrete deck is on your roof, waterproofing your deck will prevent leaks from occurring and causing significant amounts of damage to the structure below.
Long-Lasting Waterproof Protection for Years to Come
Our waterproof deck coating is guaranteed to last up to 8 years. Protect your beautiful deck from damage and keep it looking brand new. Give us a call at 424-339-0953 before the rain starts, we’d love to give you a free estimate.
Save Money by Waterproofing Your Concrete Deck This Winter
Outdoor decks, like every part of your home, need regular maintenance. If you don’t maintain your deck, chances are that you will have to replace it at some point due to weather damage.
Concrete and Stone Decks Are Not Indestructible
We’re fortunate in Southern California to live in an idyllic climate, with lots of warm sunshine and not so much rain.
That’s good for people, but for outdoor concrete decks that can’t take a break from the hot sun, it means being exposed to a steady stream of baking hot sunshine for most of the year.
How the Sun Damages Concrete and Stone Decks
The sun’s rays heat up the concrete causing it to expand, which results in fine cracks. When rain water gets into these cracks it causes major damage to the surface of the deck.
Water that is trapped in the cracks freezes during the cold winter nights. As water turns to ice it expands, and this ice expansion widens the cracks. Over time these fine cracks get wider and wider as more water gets trapped in the cracks.
These cracks also widen when the ground shifts as it often does during earthquakes in Southern California.
How to Prevent Water Damage to Your Outdoor Sundeck
The best way to prevent water damage is to apply a waterproof coating to the surface of your deck.
Our company, Capital Deck & Stair, specializes in waterproofing decks and we’ve been doing it for over 30 years. That’s why we’re one of the most trusted waterproofing contractors in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Don’t Put Off Waterproofing Your Deck, It Can Result in You Replacing Your Deck
From our experience, homeowners who put off regular maintenance of their outdoor decks can end up paying ten times as much to replace a deck that is too damaged to repair.
Besides the obvious unsightly appearance of having a badly cracked deck, you also run the risk of someone falling on the uneven surface and then suing.
“What’s involved in waterproofing my deck and how much is this all going to cost me?”
Our fully licensed, bonded, and insured crews apply a waterproof deck coating to the surface of your deck in a three-day process. Your deck will be walkable by the end of each day.
Once we’re done, your deck is good to go and it will be both waterproof and fire retardant. Costs will vary depending on the deck size and the surface coating used.
Your deck will also look brand new, so it’s a plus for your home’s value. Waterproof decks also require less maintenance and stay much cleaner than unprotected surfaces, saving you money.
“How long will deck surface waterproofing protect my outdoor deck for?”
Our surface coatings are guaranteed to waterproof your deck for up to eight years. It’s all backed by our service warranty and we stand by our work. That’s why we’re a leading provider of waterproofing and coating services in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Contact us at (424) 339-0953 for a free estimate.
As a deck owner, the last thing you want to have to deal with is water damage. Water can cause wood to rot, mold to grow, and your entire deck structure to grow weak and brittle, eventually becoming dangerous and possibly falling apart completely. That means it’s in your best interests to regularly re-seal your deck. But how do you know it’s the right time? Re-seal too early and you’re just wasting time and money. Re-seal too late and your deck might sustain some serious damage before you do.
Here are a few of the signs that it’s time to get it re-sealed.
This is arguably the most obvious sign that your deck needs to be re-sealed, especially here in California. Whether you have a wooden or composite deck at your home or a commercial deck build from pro-grade materials, the color will eventually start to fade over time. It should come as no surprise that the sun is not your deck’s friend, and the UV radiation and other harsh light exposure can dry out materials and cause color to become bleached, causing it to fade. When you notice that your deck’s color has seriously faded from what it once was, it’s probably time to re-seal it and bring some of that color back.
If your deck surface is painted, the paint starting to flake off is a sure sign that the seal has faded away and need to be replaced. Once the protective seal has worn away, the sun tends to destroy paint fairly quickly, particularly thin coats. If you notice that the paint is starting to wear away or the natural color of your deck’s material is starting to show through underneath, now’s a good time to give our Los Angeles deck waterproofing team a call and schedule a re-sealing service.
Cracking & Splintering
The color may still seem vibrant and your paint may still seem to be in great shape, but neither of those things stand a chance of protecting your deck if the surface has cracked. Cracks allow moisture to seep down into the interior of your deck and start impacting it from the inside, speeding up the damage process and possibly causing your deck to experience a major problem sooner. If you notice cracking and splintering in your deck’s surface, it’s important to have it inspected as soon as possible to see if it’s sustained any serious damage and then have it re-sealed if you’re still in good condition.
Have you noticed a particular spot on your deck water where water seems to pool up and create puddles each and every day? This tendency is known as “ponding” and is indicative of low-points in your deck’s surface. It’s also usually indicative of a point where the seal on your deck’s surface has likely been compromised or worn down from constant water exposure. These areas tend to wear out the fastest and become some of the largest sources of damage for your deck, so it’s in your best interests to get them fixed quickly. If you notice ponding on your deck, call a professional and have them resolve the problem for you and then provide you with a high-quality sealing service to reinforce the area and avoid the damage for good.
Do you need your deck surface re-sealed? Trust the professionals from Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing! Call us at (310) 912-7737 to request a quote today!
Deck owners face a number of environmental threats, such as long hours of sunlight exposure, harsh rains, high winds, wear and tear from repeated use, and much more. However, many people forget about the ever-present threat of mold and mildew. These fungus organisms tend to form in places that are dark and constantly damp: conditions which are frequently found in the structure of your deck. On this blog, we’ll explore why mold and mildew can be so damaging and what you can do to prevent them from harming your deck.
The Effects of Mold & Mildew
Mold and mildew in your deck should be treated with the same level of seriousness and urgency that you would show when you find these fungi in your own home: they can have the same damaging effects. For starters, both of these organisms require organic material to act as a food source in order to take root and spread, which includes wood. This makes mold and mildew extremely difficult to remove once it has taken root and also means it’s a contributor to wood rot, an issue which could result in your deck structure weakening significantly.
Mold and mildew both have other effects as well. For starts, they have a distinct, musty smell that’s difficult to mask or get rid of without getting rid of the substances completely. Likewise, while most of these fungi are harmless, black mold is toxic, and too much exposure could lead to serious health problems. You definitely wouldn’t want that around your home, family, children, patrons, or anyone who comes in contact with your deck.
Defending Against Mold & Mildew
So what can you do to get rid of these problems or prevent them from forming in the first place? Prevention is the most effective way of getting rid of mold, so the best thing you can do is thoroughly waterproof your deck . Sealing your deck and protecting it from water intrusion means you’ll deny mold spores one of the key components they need to take root and thrive: a water source. Thus, your deck will stay protected.
The next most important thing you should do is carefully inspect your deck for any cracks or areas where water may be able to penetrate down into your deck structure. Even a small crack can be enough for water to intrude and start causing mold to grow, so you should speak with a Los Angeles deck waterproofing and construction expert to inquire about resurfacing your deck and getting rid of a mold problem that may have emerged.
Finally, make sure your deck is properly sloped and that water flows in the direction you want it to. All decks should have some sort of a drainage system, so make sure no water can get stuck on your deck and accumulate into puddles (known as “ ponding ”), and be sure to get these spots repaired as soon as possible if you notice them.
Got a problem with your deck? Call Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing at (310) 912-7737 to request an estimate for your repair, waterproofing, and sealing services.
Rooftop decks have exploded in popularity over the last several years, particularly in urban centers like Los Angeles. When land is at a premium, most property owners don’t have the space to build a deck that’s easily accessible on a lower level, but the roof often sits completely unoccupied. As a result, building owners construct beautiful decks that are not only enjoyable to be on, but provide sweeping views of the area around them.
While these decks might seem like a great idea, there are challenges to building and maintaining these decks that most owners aren’t fully aware of. Here are just a few of those challenges that need to be taken into consideration when maintaining, upgrading, or building a new commercial rooftop deck.
What do you want to do with your deck? Is it going to serve as a private lounge where you entertain only your highest clientele guests or those of your choosing? Or are you planning on using it as an open-air, elevated nightclub complete with a pool, open-air bar, tables, furniture, and more? If your deck is going to see a lot of use, you’re going to want to build it from more durable, long-lasting materials. This invariably means higher costs and more maintenance, especially if your rooftop deck also has a pool, spa, or other water fixture. Don’t forget, any leaks in your rooftop deck are also leaks into your building, which could do serious damage to the floors below.
How high off the ground is your rooftop? One story? Two stories? Or are you at the top of a sixty-plus story high-rise in the middle of downtown? This is something you need to strongly consider because it’s going to have an impact on what it takes to both construct and maintain your deck. If you’re looking to build a commercial deck on top of a high-rise building, you’ll need to make sure you have room to operate a crane in the vicinity that can lift the materials you need up to the rooftop. Odds are the building elevator isn’t going to have enough space to haul 20-foot joists up several hundred feet, or enough power to support several thousand pounds of concrete. Keep this in mind if you wish to build a new deck or even upgrade an old one to be better suited to commercial purposes.
Drainage is an important question if you’re going to be converting a commercial flat roof into useable decks pace. Decks cannot be perfectly flat; they must have at least a little bit of slope to them in order to allow water to reach drains and avoid puddling up in different spots, causing leaks. Not only that, but to even get your building cleared by inspectors, you’ll have to have this slope built in. Keep this in mind: if your roof slope isn’t right at the outset of your deck construction project, it’s going to cost you a considerable amount of extra time and money to ensure the proper slope and drainage is installed.
If you’re building your deck on your roof, are you positive your roof can handle the extra weight? Concrete is heavy. Water is heavy. Furniture, decorations, glass, and other materials are all heavy. All of this adds up in terms of weight, and puts a lot of strain on your building’s structure. You may be tempted to use a lighter-weight material if structural limits are an issue, but lighter weight materials may not be able to handle the usage loads you’re throwing at them.
Commercial rooftop decks can all benefit from a thorough, regular waterproof service that ensures your deck remains leak-free and durable in all types of weather. Call Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing today at (310) 912-7737 to request a waterproofing service that’s tailored to your needs!
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.
We offer warrantied waterproofing service for:
- Garage floors
- Pool decks
- Walking decks
- Leisure decks
- Iron-based precast stairs
- Magnesite & fiberglass stairs
- Tread replacements
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.
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.
- 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.
- Don’t rely on a power-washer. While this can be an effective and quick way to clean our deck, it can also cause damage. If you do use a pressure washer, keep the stream moving whenever the trigger is moving. A garden hose with a hard stream setting should provide enough pressure to clean your deck without damaging it.
- Don’t use chlorine bleach on your deck. This can damage the cellular structure of your wooden deck and strip it of color. It also can harm the plants growing around your deck. Oxygen bleach is a safer alternative, but it still isn’t appropriate for redwood decks.
- Don’t use paint to seal your deck. New paint can look polished and clean, but it will distress very rapidly. If your deck was painted and you are looking to use a different sealant, you will need to sand off all the paint before you can refinish your deck. Synthetic sealants can prevent mold and mildew while protecting from sun damage and water damage.
- Don’t assume pressure-treated wood decks are maintenance-free decks. While pressure-treated wood can resist rot and insect damage, it still required sealant and cleaning. Be sure to use products intended for pressure-treated wood when protecting your deck from sun and water damage.
- Don’t use natural material rugs on your deck. It is important to prevent your deck furniture from scratching the surface of your deck, but natural fiber rugs such as jute and bamboo can absorb moisture and encourage mildew. Look for rugs made from recycled plastics for an eco- and deck-friendly solution.
Keep Your Deck In Shape with Los Angeles Deck Waterproofing Services – (310) 912-7737
With more than 30 years of experience, Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing can help you preserve the beauty and safety of your deck with a wide variety of waterproofing solutions. Let us help you refresh your deck, balcony, or outdoor stairs with our warrantied waterproofing services. Our Los Angeles deck waterproofing crews are available when you are, with weekend and after-hours scheduling available.
Concrete is a popular material to construct decks and patios out of. In addition to being low-cost and fairly easy to install, concrete is also extremely durable and can last for decades with little to no attention and heavy usage levels. It’s also inherently water-resistant and suffers very little damage from repeated exposure to rains, water drips, and more. Nonetheless, waterproofing your cement patio or deck will provide you with several benefits. Here are five of the most popular reasons to have your concrete deck waterproofed.
Strengthens Your Deck
While concrete is inherently strong and resistant to water, it will eventually wear down with repeated exposures to moisture. This is particularly true for concrete decks around pools and spas. Waterproofing your cement deck limits the ways water can intrude and cause damage from the inside of the structure.
Prevents Mold & Mildew Growth
Mold and mildew can grow on the internal structure of a deck or patio if it’s not waterproofed. These substances can lead to serious health consequences if the infestation gets out of hand. By waterproofing your deck, you can eliminate the conditions necessary for these harmful substances to grow.
Reduced Maintenance Costs
Water causes more issues than just mold growth: it can also lead to structural weakening, large cracks, shifting, and foundation slipping, and other issues that can lead to serious maintenance issues and high costs. Waterproofing your deck can greatly reduce the chances that these factors impact your deck.
Increases Property Value
Nobody wants to purchase a home with a deck or patio that’s in awful shape and in need of major work. But on the other hand, a well-kept structure that has been waterproofed to guard against potential issues is a huge benefit that can add significant value to your property, should you decide to sell it.
Beautifies Your Property
Concrete that has been waterproofed often looks far better than concrete which has been left to suffer out in the elements for many years. Unkempt concrete is often cracked, stained, and shows significant signs of neglect, which can be a real eyesore on your property. On the other hand, a well-kept, waterproofed deck looks beautiful and can be one of the highlights of your home or other property.
Let the Los Angeles deck waterproofing experts from Capital Deck & Stair Waterproofing help you get the most out of your cement deck or patio. Call us today at (310) 912-7737 to schedule a waterproofing service!