When designing or building a new balcony or deck, there are several things Engineers/Builders must take into account to ensure the safety of the structure.
Engineers should talk to the Owner/Property-Strata Manager/Architect to understand how they intend to use the deck or balcony and whether they plan on placing heavy weighted items such as pot plants, barbecues, large tables and furniture on the structure. This extra weight may require the size of the footings, supporting members or fixings to be increased.
Where the deck or balcony is close to the sea or other corrosive environments, practitioners must use galvanised or stainless steel fixings, rather than plain steel, to prevent corrosion.
Balconies and decks should be waterproofed to prevent water ingress to the supporting structure and to ensure compliance with Australian Standard AS 4654 – Waterproofing membranes for external above ground use.
A structurally designed and constructed deck or balcony will mitigate future catastrophic collapse. In addition, it is essential that all Owner of balconies and deck require to still need to carry out regular maintenance and check the balcony or deck for any signs of deterioration.
Such diligence is crucial in the upkeep and integrity of balconies and decks to ensure possible catastrophic collapses are avoided.
Engage Silver Wolf Projects to undertake your structural design, inspection and certification of new and existing balconies and decks in accordance with AS 1170.1 and AS 1684.