There seems to be no shortage of news stories about balcony failures lately. At times, sub-par contractors, or homeowners, take shortcuts in their building processes to stick to their deadlines and maintain costs. Because of this, the implementation of components can get overlooked, resulting in deficiencies and damages that quickly become problematic. Let’s take a look at the ways uncovered damage due to construction deficiencies and water intrusion can present themselves.
There are two primary types of residential wood-framed balconies: concrete topping or wood/composite decking. Wood decking or composite decking is attached directly to wood beams and allows water to pass through the edges of the decking and to the space below the balcony.
Improper sloping in decks can cause water to be directed towards the building rather than away from it. These defects can result in water intrusion causing damage to the interior and exterior of the building. They can also create an environment that can cause mold and dry rot to grow out of control.
Reasons for Many Defects Include Failure To:
- Properly slope the deck away from the building
- Waterproof balcony and deck members
- Install and seal deck drains
- Back prime wood members
- Connect the deck to building properly
- Properly flash sheet metal
Signs of Balcony Damage Are:
- Interior and exterior finishes that become stained
- Windows, doors or door thresholds that leak
- Difficulty opening and closing windows due to the wood swelling
- Peeling, blistering, or splitting paint at critical areas
- Exterior wood trim deteriorating or splitting
- Weakened joints
If you’re concerned about your balcony or any of the surrounding areas, the professionals at AAA Painting and Renovation can help. Our team has a wide range of experience with balcony construction and would welcome the chance to speak with you or your company to explain more about how we can help.