Deck Inspections can save you thousands of dollars in additional repairs caused by
leaky decks and water damage!
“All Deck Coatings Fail” is a bold and honest response from
Waterproofing Industry Leader Ron McKenna President and Founder of Decktech,
Inc. , when asked if a deck coating application will last for life of
structure if installed correctly?
deck coatings need regular maintenance to make them last as long as possible and is
another topic for another educational article in the near future.
Since our specialty has been rectifying failed deck coating assemblies
for over 25 years now, our thorough
deck inspections find and reveal issues with existing deck coatings on balcony decks, tile
decks, stair cases or porches before water damage has been done to a home.
Our years of experience and training gives us the ability to find and
detect issues most home owners, contractors or other decking companies miss.
Typically a potential customer will notify us by phone or email and indicate
a specific problem they are having with a deck or stairs. Usually the
customer will comment they noticed tiles lifting at stair step, or noticed
cracks, ugly rust spots or fractures in the deck coating and would like
to have it repaired. The problem with this is, water damage has probably
already occurred because the deck coating has allowed water to leak underneath
it. This usually means additional repair costs due to the fact that the
underlying water damage has to be fixed as well as the deck coating fixed
For example, we just recently we had a call from customer who said his
stair coating on the front porch of his residence appeared to be soft
in spot’s and requested an appointment for us to perform a
deck inspection. When asked if there were other deck coatings used anywhere else not he
home, he commented “YES” but they don’t have any problems.
This is a typical reply by most customers and as a
Deck Coating Experts we ask this question because most deck coatings are typically installed
at the same time on entire structure by the same applicator or deck coating
contractor. Usually if one area is failing due to deficiencies or improper
installations, it will be replicated throughout other areas of the structure
where deck coatings are used.
Once we performed the inspection we found the deck coating on the front
porch was totally failed because of improper installation. After explaining
and showing the client why it happened and how we would fix it correctly
with a more
modern and proven deck coating, he asked us to inspect his back deck while we were there. The back decks
was not as bad as the front porch but we found some very early stages
of deck and waterproofing failure. Since we caught the damage early enough,
some basic repairs and some badly needed deck maintenance prevented a
lot of costly water damage repairs in the future for the client.
We have explained how important deck inspections are and how they can save
you a lot of money in water damage, lets go over what we typically are
looking for during our deck inspections.
Let’s narrow down the deck inspection process to Stair Assemblies
for this article because deck coatings on stairs tend to fail more than
any other area.
The photos below show some typical stair case failures and our remedy to
Why do coatings fail on stairs more then any other place on a deck?
* Stair framing is often much more difficult than standard deck framing
and adequate pitch at treads is abandon to shed water. So stairs typically
pond or hold water.
* Stairs often have inadequate ventilation underneath them which is conducive
to dry-rot fungus damage.
* Stairs usually have little or no access under them for adequate inspections
and often overlooked.
* Stucco stairs often have deficient terminations with railing and deck
* Hand railing connections often penetrate stair framing and are overlooked
for adequate flashing details. These penetrations often leak.
* Stairs generally have more usage than any other area of deck coating
assembly, therefore tend to wear more.
While inspecting projects with stairs the first step is to systematically
go through the above items and identify any potential deficiency or breach
in surrounding areas which can create failure. These items in most cases
all lead to complete failure and substantial repairs.
The Deck Coating Inspection should initially provide proper inspection
first of immediate troublesome areas, but also inspect all coating assemblies
at structure as well since they will likely have replicated issues with
railing impacts, stucco/siding terminations or poor framing. The Deck
Coating Inspection will likely identify issues easily overlooked by homeowner
with untrained eye and could save you from extensive repairs by catching
adverse deck problems at infancy stage with less intrusive repair.
So in conclusion if you are experiencing some noticeable issues with your
deck or stair coating it is time to call DeckTech, Inc. and get a free
Deck Inspection. 805-544-3325