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As people head out to their holiday homes - or look at the home maintenance jobs they might be doing over the summer holidays – checking the deck or balcony should be on the ‘to do’ list.
Certain kinds of decks and balconies are at greater risk from leaks and decay; those supported by untreated kiln-dried timber or where water pools on the surface rather than draining freely.
In extreme cases, structures have not only rotted but collapsed.
Where timber balustrades are enclosed within claddings or the floor is covered with a waterproof surfacing, it’s possible for water to leak in behind the surfaces and create decay and corrosion.
If the property has a balcony or deck, consider these risk factors.
Look at the barrier or balustrade. These factors all pose further risk.
Balconies and decks that move when walked on.
Open timber decks constructed with durable treated timbers are less likely to be of concern. However, check that there is no corrosion (balustrades and posts should not wobble) and keep an eye out for timber decay.
Remember that all types of deck, balcony and balustrade must be designed and constructed to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code and be maintained throughout their lifetime.