New decks can take the load off

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Home Inspector with Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA

In many instances, new decks can take the load off the amount of reporting that's required. For years, deck builders in metro Atlanta Georgia have been making the same mistakes when it comes to methods of ledger board attachment.  Mistakes that include missing flashing, incorrect attachment of ledger boards and direct attachment to cantilevered overhangs including bay windows.

Per code, the deck ledger should not be attached and supported by fasteners through brick veneer. Brick veneer is a wall cladding. It is not intended to support loads and it can crack. Instead, the deck attached to homes with brick veneer should be built as "free-standing" which means supported independent of the wall cladding.

A preview of a new construction home I will be inspecting this week provided some confidence in the workmanship of the sub-contractor.  The ledger has continuous flashing (the exposed metal located above the ledger and below the deck board against the wall), metal joist hangers, diagonal bracing, and 6"x6" posts beneath the ledger boards. There will be a small recommendation, but it pertains to the attachment of the guard railing posts on the top side (not pictured).

Ledger board attachment through brick veneer

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Rainer
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Matthew Boswell
Mortgages - Mississauga, GTA
Mortgage Architects: Matthew Boswell, Mortgage Planner

Hank, I did not know that. Although the code may be different where I am, the principle - safety, is still the same. thanks for posting.

November 14, 2010 09:58 PM
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Hank Spinnler
Atlanta Home Inspector
Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA

Matthew - Around here, if the home has a basement or crawlspace, it usually has a deck of some sort. Decks have lifespans too. Had one last week that had absolutely nothing going for it. Recommended it be torn off and rebuilt.

November 14, 2010 10:04 PM
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Joshua Frederick
Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio
Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC

Wow, don't see many like that, meaning that it is actually built properly.

November 16, 2010 05:29 AM
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Hank Spinnler
Atlanta Home Inspector
Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA

Joshua. Fortunately, they're getting better at building them and municipalities are requiring more attention to following the code.

November 16, 2010 12:03 PM
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if attaching the deck to house you actaully do not need diagonal bracing perpendicular to the house

 

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