Homeowner Associations

We find construction to be a fascinating process and want to share our passion with you. We offer this blog so you can see for yourself what is involved, how the process works, why tasks are performed in a certain order and how building components work. Consider this a tutorial for your next building project, or just satisfy your curiosity. Feel free to ask us questions and we’ll be happy to explain any of the processes. Enjoy!

Anatomy of a Plaza Deck. This is a unique opportunity to learn about multiple building system failures, diagnosis and management of repairs. The project includes complete replacement of a two-acre structural concrete plaza deck and planter waterproofing system, repairs to defective stucco and flashing transitions, and numerous aesthetic upgrades to improve the building’s aesthetic and property values. We will share our progress through investigation of water infiltration issues, preconstruction and construction services.

As an aside to our main topic of plaza deck systems, we thought a discussion on planter “anatomy” itself would respond to questions about why planters leak. The bottom line reason, of course, is water. When developers build complexes they should line the concrete planters on the plaza deck with a waterproofing membrane before they […]


January 24, 2011

by Jacklyn Wolf on February 10, 2011

Deck Coating Options. The original plaza deck coating system is a combination of elastomeric bottom layer that is flexible and can span cracks and allows for movement, with a top cementitious layer, the epoxy rock, which provides protection for the elastomeric layer. This is a high quality system that has lasted twenty years, and we […]


January 3, 2011

by Jacklyn Wolf on January 4, 2011

The basic problem we discovered during destructive testing is that the bottom plates for the exterior walls are set with very little clearance, ½” or less, to the level of the adjacent plaza decks.  Standard of care requires a 1″ clearance between the bottom of the weep screed, and the actual top of the slab (including […]