Live in the WUI? Fire Harden The Deck on Your Home With a Class A/One Hour Fire Rated Deck System

Fire Chief Blame’s Wood Decks as Cause of Fires Getting Into The Home , Advises Getting Rid of Them

WildFire and WUI experts such as Stephen Quarles of UC Berkeley, Jack Cohen of University of Montana and many others agree,  attached wood decks are a danger to homes that are otherwise fire hardened. Stucco homes with tile roofs have burned in nearly every wildfire when ember showers from the fire being whipped by wind land on the deck ahead of the fire actually reaching the home. The wood deck ignites, items on the deck and under it ignite, and can then climb the walls into the attic area.

This video discusses fire hardened homes and why they still burn-often from wood decks igniting and entering the house.

Well we have the perfect alternative to the problem with wood decks-Division 7 Pedestrian Traffic Coatings. Our manufacturer’s listed here all have at a minimum a Class A fire rating as a roof covering. Meaning they resist ember storms wood decks can’t.

Not only do they resist ember storms, but our deck systems also waterproof space below and provide an easy to maintain surface that needs an occasional cleaning and resealing.

Dex-O-Tex published a case study a few years back on a home with Class A Dex-O-Tex Weather wear on the decks. The home, in Glendale CA, was subjected to a wildfire along with it’s neighboring homes. After the fire burned through, the only home left standing was this one. Read the case study here Dexotex case study fire resistant house

With deck season in full swing, now is the time to consider building your next deck with unique, beautiful, waterproof and fire retardant deck systems from DeckExpert.com manufacturer’s.

Search our site for your perfect deck and learn more here.

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Get Trained On Your Job Site to Install Metal Lath Decking Systems By The Deck Expert!

 

Smart Contractors Are Learning This Highly Prized Skill & Putting Additional Profits In Their Pockets, Instead of Giving It Away
Want to add more skills to the services you already offer? Learn to install the largest selling deck coating systems from me, the Deck Expert, Bill Leys. I have over 15 years of experience and can teach you about selling, estimating and installing a metal lath deck coating system.

 

 

I'll be by your side, showing you how to do the tasks and ensuring you and your staff learn the right way to install a deck system.
ON THE JOB OVER SITE!
I am a former or current authorized applicator of Desert Crete, Pli-Deck, Mer-Kote, Dex-O-Tex + Life Deck!
 I’ll be on the job with you as I was here in Mariposa recently, teaching a contractor how to install a Desert Crete system. I can teach you how to install Life Deck AL system, Mer-Kote Shur Deck and Weather Deck System (former Mer-Kote approved applicator) Westcoat ALX, Pli-Dek and Desert Crete systems among the many available.
You’ll get help in estimating the job, sourcing materials, tips on selling the job and then when it’s sold, I come to the job with the specialized tools to help you professionally train and learn to install the system.
Learn the right way to install flashings, assess a deck, ensure that it's ready for waterproofing!
You’ll learn about flashing decks, including at doors, edges and walls. 
 The tips and tricks it’ has taken me 12 years to acquire are handed down to you! I teach you the secrets experienced installers know.
Learn our trade secrets that save time and money! Our service doesn't cost, it pays. How much does it cost to go back and fix things? More than what it costs to learn to do it right.
I’ll teach you the tips and trcks I’ve learned from 15 years in the field!
 We’ll spend time at the back of the truck having discussions and teaching your crew on tools, procedures, safety and more, then we’ll be on the deck installing a system from start to finish!
You’ll learn how to apply simple decorative finishes that will impress your clients. Easy to install, easy to maintain! 
Our clients job in Mariposa turned out great and so will yours! I give you follow up telephone support free! Call today and start on your way to learning how to install a metal lath decking system! I service all of California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Washington.
Call Bill at 805-801-2380 or send me an email to Bill at centralcoastwaterproofing.com
See our articles in Journal of Light Construction, Professional Deck Builder & more!

 

A Reader Asks The Deck Expert About a Tiled Deck

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The Deck Expert answers readers questions for only $25.00 Recently one reader asked us this question about his tiled deck.
“I saw your site on the web.
I have a tiled exterior deck. I have discovered it was not hot mopped before laying tile.
Obviously, it leaks.
I have been advised to use sealants but they don’t waterproof.
Is there any product that will waterproof the tile without removing the tile, hot mopping and retiling?” 
Jay Q Los Angeles
Our Answer
Dear Jay,
Sadly there isn’t any sealer that will waterproof the tile. Sealers will help reduce moisture absorbed into the tile and down through the mortar bed, but will never succeed at actually waterproofing it.
A proper waterproofing system for a tiled deck is installed prior to the tile and mud bed being set. A pre-sloped substrate is waterproofed with a membrane suitable for tiling over, then a drain board is set on the waterproofing to allow water that does get through tile/grout/expansion joints to evacuate to a drain or an edge.
Hot mop waterproofing is pretty much a method of a by-gone era and isn’t used much anymore. Your deck I’m afraid will need to be completely stripped down to the framing and rebuilt. If you want to put tile down again, you’ll need to hire the best craftsmen available, using the best industry standard methods for framing/substrate and the waterproofing and tile assemblies.
You should expect that this will run an average of $70 to $100 per square foot for a complete rebuild, a little less if you go with a walking deck system that looks like tile. The picture above is a decorative faux tile walking deck system from Pli-Dek.
Do your job right the first time, get the right information here at DeckExpert.com.

We’re Growing Again! Two New Page’s Added to Our Site!

We’ve added two new pages to our site recently!

Our first new page is a collaboration with North America Deck & Railing Association  and it allows visitors to DeckExpert.com to find deck inspectors that have passed NADRA’s Deck Inspection Training. You’ll go to NADRA’s page when you click on their links.

Click here to find a deck inspector in the US & Canada. 

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The second page we’ve recently added is for online web based courses on decks NADRA has an agreement with the Building Code College for you to either audit four courses on deck building, or to sign up and become a certified decking expert. The first version is free and we encourage everyone to audit the courses, Glen Mathewson, a recognized deck expert on building codes, wrote most if not all of the material. If you build/frame decks, this knowledge is very important. Take the time to take advantage of these educational opportunities and lets work towards making decks as safe as they can be.

Click here to start your way to becoming code proficient.

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Orchard Supply Hardware Can Help With Your #PatioEnvy Problems

I was at @OrchardSupply yesterday and was glad to see that they still have a large outdoor deck and patio furniture selection on display.

If you’re looking for ideas to decorate your deck or patio and keep your #patioenvy addiction in check, stop into one of their stores. Meantime, scroll through our pics to see what they have.

Urethane Polymers International Seeks San Diego Area Sales Rep

From LinkedIn.

Territory Sales Representative

Company NameUrethane Polymers International  Company LocationGreater San Diego Area

New  Posted DatePosted 23 hours ago  Number of views28 views

  • Be one of the first 10 applicants
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 Easy ApplyApply to Territory Sales Representative at Urethane Polymers International

Job description

Position Description:

  • Call on contractors, building owners and architects to sell UPI waterproofing and deck coating systems for vehicular and pedestrian traffic decks and walkways.
  • Manage the business as if it was your own – “entrepreneurial mind-set”
  • Develop new markets and accounts through solution selling.
  • Manage and grow existing business within the territory.
  • Utilize the various construction lead development sources to help develop new business opportunities.
  • Heavily commission based compensation plan allowing for excellent earnings potential.
  • Operate a home/virtual office.

Background/Experience: UPI is seeking sales representatives with the brainpower, strong work ethic, and a desire to build their own business. S/He should have the following experience and attributes

  • Aggressive and take-charge attitude
  • Goal-oriented
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set
  • Highly independent and self-motivated
  • Committed to excellence
  • Very energetic

EDUCATION: It is preferred that the finalist candidate have a bachelor’s degree in a science or technical discipline from an accredited university.

COMPENSATION: An attractive base salary with heavily commission based compensation allowing for excellent earnings potential, company equity, paid expenses, and benefits.

What is Urethane Polymers International?

Urethane Polymers International, Inc. (UPI) is a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance polyurethane, polyurea, acrylic, and epoxy waterproofing and flooring solutions designed to form seamless watertight barriers over concrete, wood and masonry. With more than 40 years of experience, UPI has developed some of the commercial building industry’s most durable, wear resistant waterproofing coatings for pedestrian, vehicular and roof decks as well as below grade construction. Each system is uniquely formulated to withstand varying levels of impact and abrasion while providing superior protection against deterioration and moisture penetration. These versatile, liquid-applied systems can be used in new construction or to repair existing surfaces and are engineered for easy application.

Established in 1971, UPI has built its reputation on superior product performance and an undeniable commitment to its customers. To ensure consistent product performance and superior quality, UPI manufactures all of its products in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and employs a stringent quality control process. Additionally, UPI maintains a staff of long-time employees experienced in the formulation, compounding and use of polymeric materials and consistently updates product formulations to improve the durability, sustainability and performance of its waterproofing systems.

Urethane Polymers International, Inc. is an employee owned subsidiary of The Garland Company.

The Garland Company, Inc. is one of the worldwide leaders of quality, high-performance roofing and building envelope solutions for the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For over 100 years, Garland has continually developed unique product and service offerings that have raised the bar of performance while exceeding the individual needs of customers throughout the world. Today, our network of over 200 local building envelope professionals is ideally positioned throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to provide quality building envelope solutions for single and multi-property facilities. The Garland Company Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.

 

Watch “Desert Crete vs Tufflex BBQ Fire Test” on YouTube

We wondered about how well a Class A rated deck system would do against a non rated Tufflex Rubber Deck System in a head to head BBQ contest. No I didn’t BBQ the decks with BBQ sauce, I used Mesquite coals though and “spilled” them accidentally on a couple samples. This video demonstrates why selecting the best coatings over the cheapest is always a better option. 

https://youtu.be/8hYtufQBft8
This also demonstrates why a Class A system will help harden your home against embers from a wild fire. Embers on the Desert Crete deck won’t ignite where on a wood deck they probably would. 


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