Time to check the deck

When the weather gets colder and the barbecue is covered, this is the perfect time to check decks and balconies for signs of wear and tear.

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, explained, “The weather and lifestyle in our State are ideal for enjoying the outdoors while relaxing and entertaining with friends and family at home,” he said.

“Like all parts of the home, decks and balconies require routine and regular maintenance to keep them in good repair and identify any emerging issues. This is the perfect time of year.”

Many Australian homes have decks and balconies but unfortunately, there have been a number of incidents in NSW and other states, resulting in serious injuries or death.

To help address this, NSW Fair Trading provides a guide to help NSW residents understand how to build and maintain safe decks and balconies, identify any signs of maintenance or structural problems and to find expert assistance when required.

Balconies and decks should be checked regularly. Residents can check for any issues by applying light pressure and using a pushing and pulling action on handrails, balustrades, supporting beams and joists.

Common maintenance issues can be caused by insects, water and rot, coastal and corrosive effects and heavy loads, like pots, air conditioning units and furniture.

This story was first published in The Fence magazine.