Timely reminder for residents to 'check their decks'
Friday, 7 November 2014
With the festive season fast
approaching, Council is calling on residents to ‘check their deck’ to ensure
the structural safety of timber decks and balconies, stairs, balustrades and
Neighbourhood Planning and Development
Assessment Chairman Councillor Amanda Cooper said Council was calling on
residents to seek a professional safety check of their property from a licensed
building inspector, building surveyor, building contractor,
registered structural engineer or registered Architect.
“The festive season is a time for
celebrations and gatherings and I want to remind residents of the importance of
having compliant timber decks and balconies, particularly on homes dating
pre-World War Two,” Cr Cooper said.
“Many timber decks have been constructed
pre-1946, using methods of design and construction common at the time, but may
have deteriorated over the years.
“You may think you will be able to spot
problems just by doing a precursory check of your deck but a visual inspection
will not highlight any serious underlying structural problems.”
Cr Cooper said as we moved into the last
months of the year it was a timely reminder for residents to book an
appointment with a licensed builder or structural engineer.
“Until then I would ask residents to be
careful when using their decks, particularly being mindful of the weight load
restrictions,” she said.
“Council is committed to creating a
safer city for all residents and we want everyone in the community to have a
safe festive season.”
of the causes of deck failure can include:
For more information www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.
- Lack of maintenance (primary cause)
- corrosion of metal fittings
- termite attacks
- rotting timbers
- water exposure
- lack of bracing
- overloading of decking areas
- poor construction techniques used in owner/builder
- unsecured furniture on decks, especially during storm
- not having a regular professional check.