Deck Inspection

Expert Deck Inspectors: What You Need to Know

It used to be just an extension of a house, but today, decks are so much more than that. In fact, having a deck means that you have that outdoor living space for relaxation and entertainment. Investing in one can even add more value to your property. But with that addition also comes the responsibility of making sure that your deck is not only functional but also safe. This is where you’ll need to hire expert deck inspectors.

What you need to know about deck inspections

Expert deck inspectors cover different aspects of deck inspections for various types of structures including apartments, commercial spaces, and condominiums. Here’s what you need to know:

The balcony law


Also known as SB-721, the balcony law applies to structures consisting of three or more multi-family dwellings like apartments. This law doesn’t only focus on balconies but also covers porches, decks, stairways, walkways, and any other entry structures that are more than 6 feet above the ground.


According to the balcony law, commercial property owners will be responsible for inspections by expert deck inspectors. In California, owners have until January 1, 2025, to comply with this requirement.


Any external elevated structures must get inspections every 6 years from the initial inspection. In the event that an inspector reports that you need repairs, you have up to 180 days to comply. After which a report will go to law enforcement.


California law SB-236


Also called the California Civil Code 5551, this law requires all exterior elevated elements such as condominium decks and walkways to be inspected by expert deck inspectors to ensure their safety. Focusing on condominiums or multi-family housing that are under the management of homeowners’ associations (HOAs), this law covers, porches, decks, walkways, stairways, and other elevated structures.


According to the law, property owners should have their inspections before January 1, 2025, and a re-inspection every 9 years. Following this, you are to submit the inspection to the homeowner’s association.


In the event that the homeowner refuses to follow any maintenance or repairs required by the report, the board will be notified. Depending on the circumstances, the owner and/or the Board of Directors will be liable for future damages, costs, and lawsuits.

Hiring expert deck inspectors is a must for inspecting external elevated elements since they have in-depth knowledge of these structures, thus it’s easier for them to catch any issues that warrant repairs or replacements.

These experts also have a keen eye on minute details like how your bolt attachments and checking for rusty fasteners. This will help you fix small issues before they become worse and more expensive.

No matter how big or small, your deck goes through a lot of wear and tear. Even if you’ve invested in the best quality deck, you will eventually start to notice cracks, scratches, and other damages that will make your deck less safe and secure to use.

By working with expert deck inspectors, you don’t only follow the law but you’re also making sure that you can enjoy your deck without worrying about any accidents.

Deck Inspectors for Southern California is happy to offer our services in Los Angeles, Orange County as well as San Diego and all Southern California surrounding areas like: Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Santa Monica, Anaheim, Temecula, Vista, Escondido, Carlsbad, and El Cajon