The Scary Consequence of Not Having Your Deck Checked

Following a catastrophic failure of a deck in Victoria, we’re once again reminding  homeonwners and landlords to have the decks and verandahs on their houses and investment properties checked regularly by a professional.

Our Australian climate is very harsh and even the most durable construction materials will eventually degrade. The defects might not be visually obvious to you – so have a professional Check your Deck!

Builders and building inspectors are at risk of being sued even if the structure is poorly maintained after it has been installed. The responsibility for maintenance rests with the homeowner after a building has been constructed – but incorrect construction techniques or poor workmanship mean that the risk remains with the builder – potentially well after the 6 year statutory warranty period.

Deck being built

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/balcony-death-family-to-sue/story-e6freoof-1226360649808

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-01/architects-say-up-to-12000-decks-at-risk-of-collapse/5359072

If you have a deck, are you CERTAIN it is safe? A structural engineer, architect or builder can assess the safety of your deck.

Check timber decks for timber splitting

Timber Queensland recommends that decks be constructed by licenced building professionals and that regular inspections take place.

http://www.timberqueensland.com.au/Docs/2-April-Check-your-deck.pdf

Check out this guideline by Department of Housing and Public Works. Be aware of the risks, but always use a licenced professional to conduct a thorough inspection of your decks and verandahs.

http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/DeckBalconyAndWindowSafetyGuideline.pdf

If you still have any questions, or you want to schedule a full inspection of your deck or verandah, call Cornell Engineers on 07 3102 2835.

New Decks

The best way to start a new deck project is with a building designer. After that, you’re ready for a structural engineer to put the finishing touches on sizing the joists, bearers, posts, bracing, connections and footings.

if you want to get ahead of the game, read The Australian Decks and Pergolas Construction Manual first.

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