As part of a full pre-purchase building inspection, Action property Inspections includes a pergola, decking and/or verandah inspection (as part of the house exterior inspection). A deck inspection is very important as decay damage, inadequate bracing, and loose boards all compromise deck safety. To be aware of any potential problems, it is therefore vital to incorporate a comprehensive analysis of deck, verandah, and pergola structures.
Outdoor living pre-purchase inspection checklist:
- General building compliance
- Undersized timbers
- inadequate bracing
- Decay damage
- Loose boards
- Overspaning boards
- Incorrectly installed decking
Verandah Structure Checklist
- Building compliance
- Adequate bracing and tie downs
- Overspaning timbers
Deck Safety: Key Things to Look For.
Your deck faces the harsh elements of the outdoors all year long, especially in Queensland. Being exposed to extreme heat and rain can take a toll on you deck and can cause a lot of damage. Here are some key things to look out for when checking for damage on your deck.
Many modern decks are made of wood that is treated with chemicals to keep the bugs away. However, a majority of house from before the 1980s, especially old Queenslanders, would not have been treated with insect repellent. This makes it more likely for insects to get into the framework and structural damage.
Rusted Fasteners, Connectors & More
One of the most important places to check when evaluating deck safety is under the deck. Rusted fasteners, connectors and joists are extremely dangerous and if you notice any rust on your deck you need to call a building inspector.
Cracks & Rotting
While some cracking and splintering of wood is normal over time, it is very important to keep an eye on any cracks located near fasteners or between joists as they can lead to serious problems. Staining and treating your decks every few years can help reduce damage.
If you notice any mould or mushrooms appearing on your deck, you need to immediately call a building inspection as it could lead to a much bigger issue. iceberg” situation.
If you have any concerns or questions about your deck, get in touch with Action Property Inspections.
What happens if my deck fails the inspection?
Failing a deck inspection means that you are going to have to make some repairs or corrections to your decks to ensure the safety of the deck users. To find out what specific areas caused your deck to fail the inspection, talk to the inspector and read over the final deck inspection report. Once the issues are fixed, you should call for a re-inspection.