Rotting deck dangers-Brisbane,

Building inspection, carried out by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service.

Examples of why it is not advisable to construct a deck without a roof above it.

  • Decks without a roof above them for protection are not practical.
  • No many would consider it comfortable to try and relax on a deck that is exposed to rain and extreme summer sun.
  • Exposed timber rots very quickly (even if treated).
  • Structural supports of a deck also deteriorate rapidly, often without you knowing.
  • Rotting decks can be potentially dangerous and may collapse, causing serious injury or death. Often without warning!

Rotting deck dangers-Brisbane

Rot to flooring, joists and bearer of this exposed deck.

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This rotting deck was very dangerous for anyone to walk on.

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Rotting exposed timber stairs, attached to the deck.

Tips:

When having a deck built.

  • It is worth considering what you want its purpose to be.
  • Do not build any exposed timber structure without constructing a roof above it.
  • Create a decent eave overhang for protection.
  • Conduct periodic inspections yourself and keep the timber well maintained, especially softwood!
  • Most importantly monitor securings, railings, main supports for any signs of deterioration.
  • Lookout for rotting of main supports also columns for rust to their bases.

Otherwise you have built a money pit, that requires constant upkeep and replacing prematurely.

Rotting deck dangers-Sunnybank.

Important areas to watch out for:

  • Early signs of timber rot, especially softwood.
  • Joints of timber where water is trapped and keeps the timber moist.
  • Bolts and brackets for rusting.
  • All exposed metal securings must coated in “Hot Dipped Galvanising” not zinc plated.
  • If possible, use high quality Stainless Steel bolts, nails and brackets, especially near Pools.
  • Maintain timber and securings of safety railings.
  • Decks that are considerably tall must be properly braced and well secured.
  • Check for deterioration of the main vertical supports around their bases, also lookout for movement.
  • Look for unevenness of the deck, this may indicate movement and/or deterioration.
  • Use high quality paint to maintain timber.
  • Inspect on a regular basis and maintain.

Make sure the structure has been constructed according to local Authority requirements.

If in doubt, have the structure and railings checked by a licenced contractor and repaired or replaced.

Related information that may assist you.

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/planning-and-building

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/planning-and-building/do-i-need-approval/residential-projects/structures/building-a-deck

https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/Deck%20inspection%20guide.pdf

https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/contractors/forms-fact-sheets-publications/publications

For independent Building Inspections Brisbane in all suburbs, Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. qbis.com.au