Cantilever decks

This is two stories up The solid deck balustrade is also clad in texture coated fibre-cement. Note the hand rail is side fixed, which may explain why the prepurchase inspector gave it the all clear.

However, I wasn't convinced and cut out a panel underneath, at the corner....

Below a couple of close ups of the fungal growth on the cantilevered joists - they were quite literally falling to pieces.

In this case it was due to a failure of the Liquid Applied Membrane to the deck above, as well as water coming down inside the solid balustrade from the plastered, flat top seen in the first picture.

Quite dangerous, actually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos

A selection of photos of remediation related issues. See also:

Apron flashing ends

Stucco

Fibrocement

Another deck with a failed liquid applied membrane

Misleading moisture content readings

Decks

This was a fairly ordinary looking cantilever deck on a house which had had two recent inspections - a "prepurchase" one and then, later, an "expert". While the prepurchase guy gave the house the all clear, the "expert" did find fault with the solid deck balustrade

Another deck with a failed liquid applied membrane

Apron flashing ends

Stucco

Fibrocement

Misleading moisture content readings