Balconies should be one of the most maintained areas of an apartment. It’s best to have it regularly inspected by an engineer and architect, so repairs can be made quickly. However, if you notice a problem yourself, don’t wait for the annual inspection to get it fixed. What are some things to watch out for when looking for dangers on your balcony?
For cement balconies:
- Cement cracks
- Spalling and flaking cement
- Rusting steel
- Loose glass
For wood balconies:
- Cracking and splintering
- Loose nails and screws
- Wobbly support posts or railing
If a balcony is left without any proper maintenance, it can easily become one of the most dangerous parts of the apartment. Do everything you can to ensure the balcony remains safe, attractive, and functional.
Almost all balconies are located at a height, and even if it’s a low height, a fall or other accident can still lead to injury or worse. Not only is it a safety issue for those using the balcony, but those under as well. If debris falls, it can cause severe injuries. Proactive repairs and annual inspections are no longer recommended but are a necessity in regard to keeping the balcony safe.
- Structural Damage Prevention
Damage caused to the balcony can sometimes spread to other parts of the apartment building and apartment unit if it is not dealt with properly. Whether the damage occurs due to regular wear and tear, water damage, or termites and other pests, these issues can get worse without being addressed immediately. Water damage and pests can especially affect the remaining areas of the property if they are left alone for too long.
The effective way to extend the lifespan of your balcony is to perform regular maintenance checks. If small repairs are dealt with right away, it can save time, money, and resources on larger repairs if the problems become too big or dangerous to handle. By watching for cracks, flaking, creaking, and other signs of decay, these issues can be dealt with quickly and avoid bigger problems in the future.
A common misconception about balconies is that there is a limit to the amount of weight it can take before problems start to occur. It’s common for some residents to add wood boards or tiles to the initial concrete slab, and while this can help with the aesthetics, you still need to be mindful of the additional weight being put on the balcony as well. Other objects like large plant pots, outdoor furniture and cabinets, and other decorations can add to the problem if too many are added.
Keeping up with repairs and maintenance is essential to complying with safety regulations for your balcony. Depending on the area you live, annual inspections are mandatory in order to ensure there are no legal issues. Addressing repairs before these inspections can help reduce or avoid fines or penalties that will be issued if the balcony is not up to standard.
Ensuring your balcony has proper drainage is essential, as balconies can be an ideal place for water to gather. This is especially true with a condition called ‘concrete creep’ where additional loads on the balcony can deform the slab and create small pools for water to gather. Ponding water can cause excessive water infiltration and damage if the issue isn’t resolved. Internal cracks can form, which is especially dangerous as it’s not a crack that can be spotted right away. Prioritize waterproofing the balcony to prevent this from happening and protect the structural integrity of the balcony and property.
One of the most prominent parts of an apartment is the balcony. Therefore, keeping it clean, usable, and safe is important when you’re trying to sell a unit to a potential buyer. If a buyer plans to use the balcony often, then it’s very important to ensure the balcony is in top shape for the new resident to use.
Not only can balconies attract buyers and renters, but a well-maintained balcony can help increase an apartment’s property value as well. Keeping up with repairs and complying with annual inspections can show everyone that the property is well taken care of and safe to live in and use.
Contact Mcmillian Contracting Services
If you live in the San Diego area, Mcmillian Contracting Services is an excellent service to contact for any contracting project. Whether it’s a renovation or a repair, Mcmillin can improve your property at a reasonable price. They improve your property safely without cutting corners anywhere. Whether remodeling a kitchen or an exterior, Mcmillian is the place to turn.