Article Spotlight Using Desert Crete AsAn Alternative to Other Deck Coatings The article that ECHO broke their rules to publish! Most magazines don't publish 3-4 page “ads” for products. When ECHO read this article though, they changed their mind and featured our article on their cover. Read why HOA's will benefit by using Desert Crete on their decks.
Excerpt-one of the most important qualities of the Desert Crete system, is the life span of the sealer it uses. Remember above where I explained the longer UV life span? Desert Crete's sealer has a UV life span of up to five years—two to three years longer than other products.
What does this mean to an HOA? Simple math shows that a deck with a typical deck coating system with 1000 square feet needing to be cleaned and resealed every three years, at a cost of, say $2 per square foot, will cost $2,000 each time. If the life span of the coating is thirty years, you will need to reseal that deck ten times over the thirty years. At today's cost of $2,000 each time, multiply that by ten and the maintenance cost of that one deck is $20,000. Add in the initial cost of purchasing that deck and you have your true cost of ownership.
Summlemental Article by Bill Leys DRY DECK OVER LIVING SPACEThis article was published in the Journal of Light Construction several years ago. It describes the installation of the Desert Crete decking system.
DESERT CRETE IS RATED CLASS “A” FOR FIRE-RESISTANCE
AND CCW GETS GRADED “A” ON SERVICE
Fire resistant Metal Roof, check, fire resistant Stucco siding, check. Failing fire resistant deck? Check. In this job profile, the old Dex-O-Tex system on the home was nearing 20 years old…there were splits and cracks in it and the age, the cost of renovation and the life expectancy left lead the owner and ourselves to the conclusion that the best course was replacement of the deck system with a new one. The home has a metal roof, stucco siding and triple glazed windows. It's situated on the top of a hill, with great views looking east over San Luis Obispo. With trees and brush below in open space, the home was a fire target.
My discussion with the owner led to his concern that the decking system be fire resistant. Our Desert Crete system has a Class A fire rating as well as a seperate “One Hour” rating from ICC-ES as per their ICC report 1661 We showed the owner our report and that cleared that concern away. A local competitor who sells a polyurea spray on deck system was asked for an ICC-ES report but could not provide one. Their claim that they had a fire resistant “top coat” did not convince the owner…
At the end, the client our selected Desert Crete on it's merits-ICC-ES report, Class A and One Hour rated, manufacturer with 70+ years being in business and a factory warranty. We stripped off the old Dex-O-Tex system, discarding it. New flashings were installed around the perimiter, and then new drains were installed. After the deck was prepared, the Desert Crete system went in.
Our client loves his new deck and he loved the job performed by us so much he gave us an “A” grade on Angie's List.
When the home was built some years ago, it was proclaimed the “Most Fire Resistant Home” in San Luis Obispo. With Desert Crete on the deck, it rightfully keeps that claim.
Bill Leys Presents “Best Practices for Building & Waterproofing Decks” at JLC LIVE!
JLC Live Residential Construction Show Portland OR: On December 9th 2011, Bill Leys, owner of DeckExpert.com & CCW, presented an 1 1/2 hour seminar on the best practices needed to build and waterproof decks over living spaces. Attended by apx 70 people, the Powerpoint seminar led the audience through the building of a deck from framing up to the final waterproofing and finishing of the deck. Attendees were asked to rate the program and 97% rated it as “Good or Excellent” If you need an expert to provide your group an educational seminar on decks, call us today at 805-545-8300. We can customize a seminar to your needs.
MANUFACTURER PROFILE-DESERT BRAND
Integrity, Quality, Safety, and Service…this has been the message of Hill Brothers Chemical Company since the day we opened our doors in 1923. For more than seventy-five years Hill Brothers has provided a variety of chemical products to both the Industrial and Construction markets. Hill Brothers is a Western United States based company with annual sales in excess of $65 million. Our specialty is the marketing and sales of specialty and/or commodity products into a variety of markets. With a technically proficient sales staff, R&D and Technical Services Lab in Southern California, and a Corporate Sales & Marketing Division, we are able to penetrate specific market industries quickly and with great success.
“The vulnerability of decks to wildfire will depend on the decking material, any combustible materials stored under the deck or kept on the deck, abd the topography and amount and condition of vegetation leading to the deck. Even though non combustible decking products are available (eg Metal decking and lighweight concrete) many decking products are combustible. Untreated wood and wood treated with fire retardant, as well as plastic and wood-plastic composite products are all combustible and therefore vulnerable to ember and other wildfire exposures.
VALUABLE COUPON MAY IS HOA DESERT CRETE SAVINGS MONTH! Take 2% off your invoice when you pay us within 10 days of completion. HOA's only, no dollar limit on discount amount. Offer limited to HOA's. No GC's please.
Expires May 31, 2012 No Cash Value Please Save paper-just mention this special