As winter settles in, we probably find we aren’t using our decks and balconies as often as we do in summer. This makes it the perfect time to check them out for signs of wear and tear. Like all parts of our homes, the deck and balcony require routine checking and regular maintenance to keep them in good shape and prevent emerging issues and dangerous environments. With this in mind I would like to outline some causes of damage and offer some guidelines on making sure your deck and balconies are safe.
First, you should check the quality of handrails, balustrades, supporting beams and joists. By applying light pressure and using a push and pull action, look for any rattling, unusual movement or loose fittings. If anything seems out of the ordinary, then it should be attended to immediately to prevent any disasters. It is important to only engage with licensed tradespeople to do any adjustments or building work to ensure top quality and safety. If you are dealing with someone new, you can easily check licenses at fairtrading.nsw.gov.au
Common structural issues can be caused my numerous elements including insects, water damage, corrosive effects from the coast or the addition of heavy loads, for example air conditioning units, furniture or pot plants. To avoid any damage to your balconies and decks, make sure there is proper drainage, you pest spray and have pest inspections regularly and be mindful or how much weight is being supported on the area. Weather erosion is difficult to manage, however for properties by the sea and subjected to salt, I suggest applying oil-based paint to all exposed timber to protect it from harsh conditions and rust.
So as winter is here for a little longer, make it productive and take the time to inspect your balconies and decks for damage to avoid any disasters to both your well-being and your wallets.