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A Reader Asks The Deck Expert About a Tiled Deck

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. 



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.



DeckExpert.com Joins North American Deck & Railing Association

DeckExpert.com Joins NADRA in our quest to expand the waterproof deck coating market and to promote deck safety.

In our efforts to amplify our influence and voice, DeckExpert.com has joined NADRA, the North American Deck & Railing Association, a non-profit that promotes decking and deck safety. I’m hoping to expand these versatile and all in one solution pedestrian walking deck coating systems to all markets in the US and NADRA is a good vehicle to utilize in that quest. Along with their strong emphasis on deck safety and influence with deck building codes, NADRA’s educational opportunities and strength in numbers makes this group a worthwhile club to be in.

NADRA Mission Statement
The mission of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the Deck and Railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers.

DeckExpert.com encourages our walking deck manufacturer’s to consider joining NADRA and working with us and Duradek to bring our market to deck builders and homeowners.

Duradek Announces Home Show Dates for Fall 2017

Duradek has announced their home show and trade show dates for fall 2017. If you are at any of these stop by you can learn all about Duradek’s products, commitment to excellence and see their lines of decking and available colors.


Oct. 26 – 27, 2017 | R | D | J Show (Deck Expo) | Nashville, TN
Venue: Music City Center | Visit us and distributor
Duradek MidAtlantic at booth #1441

Oct. 26 – 29, 2017 | Vancouver Fall Home Show | Vancouver, BC
Venue: Vancouver Convention Center West | Look for us at booth #122

Jan. 9 – 11, 2018 | International Builders Show | Orlando, FL
Venue: Orange County Convention Center | Visit us at booth #S728

Feb. 14 – 15, 2018 | Buildex Vancouver | Vancouver, BC
Venue: Vancouver Convention Center West | Visit us at booth #307

Feb. 21 – 25, 2018 | BC Home & Garden Show | Vancouver, BC
Venue: BC Place Stadium | Visit us at booth #1764

Dex-O-Tex Announces Trade Shows They Will Be Displaying At in 2017

Dex-O-Tex announced a series of trade shows they will be appearing at on the show floor with their lines of decking and flooring systems.

Be sure to check them out of you’ll be at any of these shows, and remember, if you want to learn how to install waterproof decking systems, DeckExpert.com provides on the job training. Learn more on our training page here


ASHE (American Society of Healthcare Engineering) San Diego, CA Mar 20-23    1202   
Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo Philadelphia, PA May 3-6        1262
AIA National Expo Philadelphia, Pa May 19-21         4114
NRA (National Restaurant Association) Chicago, IL May 21-24          263
TRA (Texas Restaurant Associaion) Marketplace Houston, TX June 26-27 818

Westcoat Announces Spring Dates for Product Demonstrations

Division 7 Walking deck manufacturer Westcoat Specialty Coatings announced a series of spring dates for product demonstrations of their various decking & interior flooring lines. These demonstrations show prospective contractors about the systems, the basics of installing them and get them interested in becoming applicators. Demo’s in the Washington & Oregon areas, along with Hawaii, California and Texas will occur in the next months-check out the schedule below and click to RSVP to one near you.

If you want to get trained on the ALX system one on one with on the job training, contact us for a quote. The cost of doing it wrong far exceeds the cost of learning to do it right. I include my training manual, checklists for inspecting decks before and during, forms to use in your work to CYA and more. Experience matters, learn from the best, using Westcoat products and start making more in 2017!


April 12th at Sealant Specialists
ALX Plywood Waterproofing System and TEMPER-CRETE Urethane Cement


April 14th Sealant Specialists
ALX Plywood Waterproofing System and TEMPER-CRETE Urethane Cement



April 20th CanDo Supply
Waterproofing Systems 8:30am – 12:00[m


Epoxy Systems 12:00pm – 3:00pm



April 27th Lowry’s Placentia
Waterproofing Demo Featuring ALX and MACoat



TAA Lone Star Expo April 27-28 – Ft. Worth Convention Center


PCBC June 28 & 29 – San Diego – Booth 624