Is your balcony or deck safe?

Is your balcony or deck safe?

Recently, I have been hearing a lot about accidents and deaths occurring as a result of unsafe balconies and decks.
Did you know that all balconies and decks must be constructed to the requirements of Australian standards and the Building Code of Australia? Make sure you do your due diligence when purchasing a property.

For those of you who have timber decks or balconies, we recommend that you check for wear and tear and arrange regular termite inspections to prevent your deck from being destroyed. Water can also affect timber so it is important that it is regularly treated.

If you have concrete balconies or decks, make sure you check for signs of leaning, look for flakes in the concrete or cracks. Inspect the side and under the balcony to see whether you can see rust stains or exposed steel.

Landlords must ensure that their balconies and decks are regularly inspected and maintained. If you are unsure of what to look for during your inspections, I would suggest you engage an expert. Licensed builders, building inspectors, structural engineers and surveyors are all qualified to inspect and give you the peace of mind that your balcony or deck is safe.

Would like a balcony safety guide for your property? If so, please feel free to give me a call on 9199 7501.

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