Make Deck And Balcony Safety Your Priority

Monday 07 Sep 2020

Rotting timber, fungus growth, corroding screws, warped bracing, cracked posts and split planks are just some of the dangers found by building inspectors on some of Queensland’s worst decks.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has issued a warning to home owners not to be complacent about deck health as the Queensland sun has been baking decks across the state.

QBCC Commissioner Brett Bassett said having a decay free deck will reduce the risk of any unwanted disasters.  “Decks, balconies, balustrades, stairs and handrails all require regular and effective maintenance to help ensure their long-term safety.

The QBCC recommends homeowners conduct checks on their decks and balustrades to keep a close eye on potential failings or maintenance issues.

“We recommend a visual inspection at least every 12 months, however the frequency of any maintenance depends on the materials, type of finish, climate and the degree of exposure to the weather”, he said.

“We always recommend using a QBCC-licensed contractor to carry out any renovation or repair work on your deck or balcony, but before calling someone, it pays to give your deck a regular visual inspection.”

“The QBCC recommends homeowners conduct checks on their decks and balustrades to keep a close eye on potential failings or maintenance issues”.  Mr Bassett said that fixings, bracings, posts, bearers and joists were the key areas that needed to be checked.

The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) is also encouraging rental property owners/managers and tenants to ensure they check their properties.

As your property managers, First National Rochedale carries out routine inspections to ensure the property is well cared for and to check if there are any noticeable maintenance or health and safety issues. We are continually training our staff on safety matters but your property manager  needs their landlord’s support when they spot any issues.   

Each year around July/August you will receive a Safety Audit invitation from PropertySafe. This company is associated with Maintenance Manager and provide owners extra comfort by conducting a professional safety check of their investment property. 

The attendants from PropertySafe are trained professionals and will identify any issues in and around the home that are unsafe for your tenants.  Keep an eye out for your PropertySafe invitation coming out in August 2020.