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Deck Coatings and Their Care -
An article by Bill Leys of

"Waterproof deck coatings and Condominiums seem to go hand in hand in western states. It seems that nearly every HOA complex has them, either over a living space or attached off a room. Residents love them because their decks are often used as another room of the house, the Board of Directors and HOA managers usually detest them because of the problems that seem to always come along with them.

Some Associations Boards seek to minimize their exposure to these problems by seeking to change the CC&R’s, making owners responsible for these exclusive use areas. Other Boards just put their heads in the sand, repairing decks as a complaint comes in, usually with the bare minimum of work to stop the deck from leaking. Smart managers and Boards will tackle the problem head on, looking to get their deck problems under control right away. As a former HOA manager, I saw first hand how ignoring maintenance on waterproof decks could be very expensive.

The cost of a new waterproof coating isn’t cheap, but the cost of repairing dry-rotted framing supporting the deck is a lot worse. An Association I once managed signed a contract for..."   read the entire article here (opens in new window as .PDF file.)


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