May is deck safety month and building safety month. Meet Glenford Blanc the owner of Pro-Spex a residential and commercial inspection company serving the Greater Washington DC area. Glen tells us what every homebuyer needs to look for when buying a home with a deck.
Episode 31: Listen Up Homebuyers – Deck Safety
Glenford Blanc is the owner of Pro-Spex a residential and commercial inspection company serving the Greater Washington DC & Baltimore area. Victoria Ray Henderson is an exclusive buyer broker serving homebuyers in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia.
1:08 What do buyers need to know when buying a house with a deck
1:36 Many decks are very old and not safe
2:06 Do you have a deck 10 years or older?
2:30 First met Glen when he was inspecting a deck for a buyer
3:00 What am I looking for when I am touring homes?
3:30 Older decks connected to the house with poor connections
3:50 Primary cause of deck failure
4:43 What are older decks bolting to when connected to the house?
5:00 new construction has requirements that make it safe
5:42 the two-story deck that is commonly built on the back of a townhouse or house
6:00 A swaying deck is not a good sign
6:20 What is under the deck? How does it look?
6:32 The support of a deck?
6:47 What is a ledger?
7:10 Look for bolts in the deck connecting to the house
7:37 What is a Joyce?
7:40 the structure of a deck, Glen explains
8:18 bolts should be staggered to prevent rotation
9:30 examine the posts supporting the deck
9:50 What is the fix for a poorly constructed deck?
10:39 Post rot is going to happen it’s a matter of time
10:50 Should have deck inspected every two years
Montgomery County Maryland offering free deck inspections this month
11:30 About swaying decks
12:00 Check the condition of the deck surface
12:45 Spring is when people go out on the deck after a long winter
13:25 About trek decking
14:00 Have your deck evaluated before you entertain on your deck
Victoria Ray Henderson