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Deck Inspections


Who doesn't love a deck?  Decks are used for family gatherings, celebrations, and just to hang out and relax.  When we have people over, we are not thinking of what if.  What if one of the kids gets hurt climbing the stairs?  What if  the railing breaks?  What if the deck collapses?  What if...

Why would I need an inspection for my deck?  Outside of the items mentioned above, there are quite a few issues that could cause one of your friends or loved ones to sustain a deck related injury.  Ask yourself, when was the last time you crawled beneath the deck to check the framing or the attachment to your home.  The usual answer is never.  Chances are that you bought the house with the deck already there or you had a contractor or friend build the deck for you.  Unless your specially trained what to look for, you would not know what your looking at.  This is no insult to you, it is just what most people do.  Most people do not think to examine their deck components unless a problem shows up.

What is involved with a deck inspection?  A deck inspection is a visual inspection of all the visible components of your deck.  The inspection includes checking the posts holding your deck up and the attachment to your home.  Most deck accidents are due to failure of the components that hold the ledger board to your home.  This could be due to water damage to the ledger board or using the wrong hardware to make the attachment.  Deck inspections also inspect for extra items like drainage from your gutter system that drains towards the deck support posts or sprinklers that spray water onto some of components causing the wood to rot prematurely.  Pool decks and other detached are also considered deck inspections.

Why hire us?  First we take the time needed to inspect it right the first time,  We do not rush through inspections to get to the next one.  I am a professional, licensed by the state of Texas as a Professional Inspector.  This statement alone says that the level of knowledge is much greater than a Real Estate Inspector.  A Real Estate Inspector requires about 90 hours of training to obtain a license.  I was required to have about 360 hours.  Back in the late 70's, I was on various construction crews that installed roofing, siding, insulation, additions, electrical wiring, installed doors/windows and much more.  I have never put the hammer down since.  This is over 40 years of actually doing the job, not just studying it.  Monroe Inspections LLC.    Inspected right the first time, every time!

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