You know what they say about first impressions? Imagine yourself in a home with a gorgeous interior, yet the exteriors look neglected and worn out? Here at On Point Home Inspections, we encourage our clients to give the exteriors as much attention as they give to the interiors.
Porches and decks are important components of your home’s exterior. This is where you go to unwind and relax during good weather. A well-constructed porch can withstand significant weight. If poorly maintained, they run the risk of collapse.
Our porch and deck inspections are included within the home inspection.
As time passes, the wooden supports, handrails, posts, and steps on your porch or deck begin to rot and the overall structure begins to lose strength.
Whenever you contact us, the first thing we review are these points of interest. Call us now for a complete home inspection.
How Can Our Inspection Services Benefit You?
Safety. The primary reason most of our clients call for our services is to make sure that their loved ones can enjoy their outdoor spaces without fear of dangerous situations arising. A well-built deck or porch can last for years and years without the need to be rebuilt.
With a complete home inspection and proper maintenance that will both ensure your porch deck is stable and secure as possible. It is quite common to hear of balcony, deck, or porch collapses due to its inability to withstand the weight.
If you are lucky, no one gets hurt. But more often than not, serious injuries may happen. In isolated cases, these accidents could be fatal.
We do not want this to happen. That said, our expert inspection services of porch and deck are designed to ensure the possibility of you having to deal with this. Our expert team of inspectors know exactly where to check for deficiencies and abnormalities in order to prevent such tragedies. We detect problems quickly.
In a normal porch and deck inspection, we check for irregularities such as broken or split posts, rotting wood, missing nails and screws, or misplaced ledger flashing among other things. We recommend getting these problems corrected immediately.
It is surprising to learn how many hidden problems can be present in a seemingly perfect looking deck or porch. However, it takes a keen eye and years of experience from certified inspection experts to uncover problems that are hidden away.
What you may not realize is that the weather influences your deck or porch. For example, during winter, the porch or deck has to endure a sudden dip in temperatures. Additionally, that same deck/porch has to handle the weight of the snow as it accumulates day by day.
Wetness caused by thawing ice can not only compromise the structure’s strength but also create an ideal environment for mold and mildew growth. Weaker construction may mean your home has missing ledgers, leading to more damage.
Newer homes have the ability to resist moisture damage and support significant weight. For older homes, the story is slightly different. At Onpoint Home inspections, we thoroughly check your porch and decks.
The laws that govern construction in Milwaukee continue to change and this is why newer homes have less to worry about when it comes to Poor construction and irregularities that might eventually lead to porches and decks collapsing. Where does this leave older homes?
It is surprising to find out that a ten-year-old house is still considered old due to the new construction laws.
We stay updated with new building practices and do our best to apply them to older homes. When we visit, we know exactly what to look for during the inspection.
In a typical porch and deck inspection, we look for: