Timber decks and concrete balconies both provide homeowners with a versatile outdoor living space in which they can entertain, or simply enjoy the weather. Unfortunately, these spaces can also be quite dangerous if not properly maintained. While timber decking is often associated with collapses and injuries, the truth is balconies or decks of either material can be hazardous under the wrong conditions. This makes it even more important for homeowners considering renovations, potential buyers scouting new properties and those planning a construction project to make a concerted effort to learn the differences between the two.
Timber Decks: Pros and Cons
Unlike composite decking materials, timber decks are comprised of natural lumber. In many cases, natural timbers are treated to prevent some weakening or water damage. Homeowners who are considering the addition of timber decks to their property or those who are beginning the process of seeking out a new home with such outdoor spaces should always take a moment to learn more about these structures, and how they can affect the safety of a property.
Concrete Balconies: Pros and Cons
Often reinforced with metal for added stability, concrete balconies are also a popular choice with many homeowners. While the maintenance requirements for concrete structures will differ from those of timber decks, it’s still important to make sure balconies are carefully maintained over their lifetime.
Though there are some risks associated with improperly maintained decks and balconies, they shouldn’t necessarily be considered an inherent safety hazard. Through proper upkeep and regular evaluation by a professional building inspector, you can create an outdoor living space which is both beautiful and reliable without risking the safety of your family, visitors or property.
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