Entries by Deck Inspectors Author

How Often Should You Have Your Deck Inspected

Decks have a lifespan so it is important to consider deck inspection services on a regular basis. In fact, it is advised to have an annual inspection or safety check for any deck over 10 years old.     According to the National American Deck and Railing Association, over 40 million decks in the United […]

Dangers to Be Aware Of With Second Floor Balconies

When you are going to build second-floor balconies, there are certain requirements that you need to meet in order to prevent accidents. This includes Senate Bill 721 or the SB 721 inspection requirements that building owners associated with balconies and decks.     SB 721   This bill covers balconies and decks and their associated […]

Housing Code Qualifications for an Exterior Elevated Element

There is a housing code in California that requires the inspection and certification of an exterior elevated element. The requirement involves property owners of residential buildings with 3 or more sleeping units.     So these are weather-exposed elevated elements such as wood and metal decks, balconies, guardrails, handrails, landings, stairways, and walkways, among others. […]

Elevated Decks Should Be Designed With Safety as Priority

There are many factors that impact the design for elevated decks. Among these factors are engineering, slow work conditions, and safety issues, which add up to high bids.     Depending on the height involved in building elevated decks, it is critical to apply caution and planning to get the job done. Here are important […]

Why it pays to Have Balconies and Decks Inspected

Balcony decks can be the highlight of a home, which is why it’s very important to make sure that they are safe, secure and sturdy enough to be enjoyed for the years to come. And with the passing of Senate Bill 721 in California last year, deck inspections are now more important than ever.   […]

Why Your Deck or Balcony Should Be Inspected

Decks, balconies, and porches have been important elements to many houses for many years. Although home designs have evolved immensely throughout the years, these external structures have remained staples because of how they add that extra space perfect for entertaining and how they can increase the overall value of a property.   But this great […]

SB-721 and Chapter 445: The New Balcony Law Explained

Everything You Need to Know About SB-721 (Chapter 445) Property managers, building owners, and the real estate world at large have reason to be concerned in California. With the passage of the landmark “Balcony Law,” also known as SB–721, property owners are now financially responsible for periodic, destructive testing of their property’ balconies, decks, and […]