SKS Construction Tips on Balcony & Exterior Walkway Longevity

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Your balcony and exterior walkways are essential parts of your home, providing outdoor space for relaxation and enjoyment. However, to ensure their longevity and structural integrity, proper maintenance and construction are crucial.

At SKS Construction, we understand the importance of preserving these areas, and we've compiled some valuable tips to help you achieve just that.

Regular Waterproofing Maintenance:

The top paint layer of waterproofing decks should be reapplied every three years to uphold the integrity of the waterproofing. This step is vital in preventing water damage and preserving the structural integrity of your balcony.

Avoid Flooring on Waterproof Decks:

It's essential not to place any flooring on top of waterproof decks. Doing so can compromise the waterproofing and lead to water infiltration, potentially causing structural damage over time.

Clear Water Drainage Systems:

Ensure that water drainage systems, such as scuppers, gutters, and floor drains, remain clear of any debris. Proper drainage is essential for preventing water buildup, which can lead to damage and deterioration.

Slope Balcony for Drainage:

During construction, ensure that the balcony is appropriately sloped to facilitate water drainage. Standing water should be avoided at all costs, as it can weaken the structure and lead to water damage.

Minimize Water Exposure:

Limit the amount of water exposed to the deck by avoiding the use of planters or flower pots that gather water at the base. Excessive water exposure can compromise the waterproofing and accelerate deterioration.

Avoid Heavy Loads:

Balconies are not designed to support heavy loads such as home gym machines, refrigerators, or washer/dryers. Be mindful of the weight placed on the balcony to prevent structural damage.

Monitor Structural Components:

Regularly inspect the flooring, railing, supports, and connections for any signs of damage or deterioration. Cracks on deck flooring or stucco and gaps between the deck and stucco should be addressed promptly to prevent further damage.

Limit Occupancy:

Avoid overcrowding the balcony by limiting the number of people at any given time, typically to about six individuals. Excessive weight and movement can strain the structure and pose safety hazards.

Handle Railing with Care:

Refrain from leaning on or shaking the railing, as this can weaken its integrity over time. Treat the railing with care to ensure its longevity and stability.

Install Sun Protection:

Consider installing awnings, umbrellas, or shade sails to protect the balcony from prolonged exposure to sunlight. UV rays can cause fading, warping, or degradation of materials, so providing shade can help preserve the balcony's appearance and structural integrity.

Establish Maintenance Schedule:

Develop a maintenance schedule for your balcony, including tasks such as sealing, painting, and inspecting. Regular maintenance is key to identifying and addressing issues before they escalate, ensuring the longevity of your balcony and exterior walkways.

By following these tips and partnering with SKS Construction for your construction and maintenance needs, you can ensure that your balcony and exterior walkways remain beautiful, functional, and safe for years to come. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help enhance the longevity of your outdoor spaces.

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