Code Enforcement Urges Residents to Inspect Decks, Balconies and Porches Ahead of the Summer Season

Thursday, May 12, 2016

With summer just around the corner, many people can look forward to spending warmer days and nights on their decks and porches. To help ensure an enjoyable, and more importantly, safe time outdoors this season, Code Enforcement is encouraging citizens to have their decks, balconies and porches inspected and to have necessary repairs completed in a timely manner.

According to the North American Deck and Railing Association, an estimated 40 million residential and 10 million commercial decks in the U.S. are more than 20 years old. As structures age, routine evaluation and maintenance are even more necessary. Regular inspections of these structures are especially important as they are often built with materials that weather and deteriorate over time and frequent use. In most cases, inspections are only required and conducted during the initial construction of these structures.

Code Enforcement recommends citizens have their decks, balconies and porches inspected regularly by a licensed professional (i.e. certified home inspector, deck builder, general contractor or engineer). Resources are also available to help property owners with proper maintenance and basic safety checks. However, the only way to certify if these structures are safe is to hire a licensed professional.

For more information and resources on deck, balcony and porch safety, visit www.vbgov.com/decksafety.

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