A deck or balcony can be the perfect place for relaxing or entertaining at home, but it also has the potential to be one of the most dangerous. In fact, recent estimates indicate about 12,000 homes across the country are dangerous structures. Deck safety is a crucial, though often overlooked, aspect of home ownership.
What Factors Negatively Affect Deck Safety?
While there are myriads of factors which can contribute to unsafe deck and balcony conditions, there are some common indicators of danger for which homeowners should be on the lookout.
Signs of Damage or Disrepair
Wooden decks and balconies can last for more than twenty years, but are only safe if they’re properly maintained. Keep an eye out for these common signs of damage and disrepair to ensure the safety and structural integrity of balcony and deck structures on your property.
Concrete decks, patios and balconies have an estimated life of 40 to 50 years, but should also be regularly examined for signs of damage. While sources of potential trouble can be more difficult to spot in concrete structures, there are still some common indicators for which homeowners should be looking.
Make Deck Safety a Priority
Structural damage to decks and balconies can result in tragic consequences, which is why its of vital importance for homeowners to be vigilant about deck maintenance and repair. If you’re purchasing a new property which features a deck, are considering the addition of a deck to your property or simply have concerns about the structural integrity of an existing deck or balcony, it’s wise to consult a professional to have those concerns addressed. Qualified and reputable building inspectors can help you to uncover areas of potential concern, making your deck a safe and secure place to entertain or relax at the end of a long day.
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