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Balcony Inspection Checklist

Use this premade template as a starting point to conduct your very own inspections on outdoor decks and balconies. Don't wait for the building exterior structures to degrade or collapse. Instead, conduct the proper maintenance checks to ensure their structural integrity and the safety of those who enjoy the space.

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Balcony Inspection Checklist

Type of Exterior Construction

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General Observations

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Railing Requirements

Is the deck's guard rail at least 30 inches above the grade?
Is the rail 36 inches from the top of the rail to the deck's surface?

Ledger Board Requirements

Are all the bolts, lag screws, and expansion anchors at least a 1/2 inch in diameter?
Are the lag screws at least a 1/2 inch deep?
Are the upper bolts at least 2 inches below the top edge of the ledger?
Are the Lags made of at least one of the following materials?
Ledger board must be equal to or greater than deck joist width but equal to or less than rim joist width
The ledger board is larger than 2X5
Is the balcony or deck connecting to a wood frame building?

Stairs

Is there any evidence of the following to the stringers?

Treads And Handrails

Is there any evidence of the following to the treads?
Tread width is at least ten inches
Hand rails are sturdy, securely attached, and not loose

Stringers

Is the span of a solid stringer less than 16.6 inches?
Is the span of a notched stringer less than 7 inches?
Is the throat less than 5 inches?

Footings

Is the concrete poured below the frost line?
Is the footing at least 30 inches deep and 6 inches in diameter?
Water drains away from footers?
Wood is not directly connected to the concrete?
Is there splitting in the column?
Is there any evidence of the following?

Full Name And Signature Of Inspector

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