Photo: 41 year old deck… its time has come and now it needs to be gone.
Today’s inspection was of a well built house in Davis Bay. Almost a half century old with exterior wooden stairs and decks that have seen better days. What’s to like? Sunken footings for the raised deck supporting columns, tilting deck structure, perimeter joists that are well and truly rotted out, wood guardrail posts with crumbling bases.
Sometimes enough is enough and you have to call a spade a spade. No amount of paint, fiber-glassing or board repairs are going to make these wooden structures any more secure, or more importantly, safe.
Four decades of service is already two decades more than they were originally intended to last. It’s up to the property inspector to point out the obvious to the home buyers and stress that demolition is the only option.