I’ve been getting beat up a little bit in a pricing battle with one of the larger local competitors in San Luis Obispo lately…
one of my clients, who is a little more astute than the average guy, came back to me and started asking questions about my competitors bid and product. They had got a bid from local competitor DeckTech, who is using “NCS Granite Deck”
They sent me the other company’s proposal for me to review. After investigating the product they were proposing to use, I found out that it’s a Polyurea 2 part spray applied coating. The manufacturer, Nevada Coating Systems of Rancho Mirage CA, offers their “NCS Granite Deck” (sounds tough right?) as a solution for walkways and decks.
Nevada Coating Systems website is found at http://www.nevadacoatings.com/; we invite you to look for yourself. On their site is all kinds of mfg specs, videos and marketing yackety yack about how good the product is for various coating needs.
The problem is that their Granite deck IS NOT an ICC-ES evaluated traffic deck coating (I could not find any ICC-ES report at the ICC-ES website) that has been tested and evaluated independently. So while maybe you could put it on, my question is why would you want to?
Reading their literature they have a “warranty” that is predicated on frequent maintenance that traps you into having to use the original installer for the next 10 years. Then I read their disclaimer, which basically negates their warranty…
Then I read their literature on NCS Granite deck….click here to read it yourself at the Material Safety Data section…see firefighting measures and then ask why would I want a coating on my deck that if it catches on fire or is exposed to flame, can …well read it for yourself below…
5. Fire-Fighting Measures
Suitable Extinguishing Media: All extinguishing media are suitable.
Special Fire Fighting Procedures: Firefighters should be equipped with self-contained breathing apparatus to
protect against potentially toxic and irritating fumes. Use cold water spray to cool fire-exposed containers to
minimize risk of rupture.
Unusual Fire/Explosion Hazards: Toxic and irritating gases/fumes may be given off during burning or thermal
So, no ICC-ES report, doesn’t meet traffic coating requirements that it be Class A fire resistant (so people can escape burning buildings safely), emits potentially toxic fumes when burned or exposed to flame…
DECK EXPERT GIVES THIS PRODUCT A “F” for failure, failure to protect, failure to meet the needs of code compliant building products, F for &$!*ed up as a product being sold to unwitting consumers.
I can only recommend that you STAY AWAY far far away and seek a better product that meets code requirements.
Our investigation also shows that Nevada Coating Systems is backed/owned by Dave Krubinski, former manager of Mer-Kote. That explains the shitty “warranty”. Krubinski used this same basic warranty/sales formula when he was king at Mer-Kote, to twist extra money out of clients on a maintenance contract.
Further investigation shows that we could not find where NCS granite deck polyurea and their other products is manufactured; by snooping around my competitors trucks, I saw “Reactamine” polyurea on the truck…so by reviewing their website at www.reactimine.com, it’s my opinion that Reactamine sells to NCS and NCS is simply a private labeler, not a manufacturer. Unless NCS is making the stuff in their garage…but that’s probably illegal, since the address listed in NCS’ website is a residential address.
The 2 companies color charts are virtually identical too; see for yourself by clicking the links and comparing…. NCS Color Chart Reactimine Color Chart So is their “Disclaimer”. If I were a betting man, I’d bet Reactimine makes NCS’ products under a private label deal..
Polyureas has a place as a coating, but not for decks under it’s current formula. But that’s just my opinion using my right to free speech.