Balconies and awnings are critical elements of a building that require regular checks. If these components of a structure go unchecked and are not certified by professionals, they can put not only tenants, but pedestrians and other community members at risk.
As of recent times, local councils have been encouraging owners to get in contact with qualified engineers to test and certify their balconies and awnings to ensure that they are structurally adequate to deal with the loads and conditions imposed over the next five years. This mainly applies to buildings over five years old, as many buildings after this period tend to get to a point where they begin to deteriorate and become quite dangerous.
It is suggested that owners have their balconies and awnings certified every five years to ensure they are structurally sound. These inspections and certifications are strongly recommended to owners of structures over-hanging public areas such as footpaths and roads, as they endanger not only the owner but members of the community.
Here at BellMont we possess the engineering expertise to undertake inspections and certifications of balconies and awnings. If you are concerned with the condition of your balcony or awning, you can get in touch with us by clicking the button below. Let us help put your mind at ease!
Awnings and overhead structures
Australian Standard AS 1170 is very c l e a r o n t h e p e r f o rm a n c e requirements of awnings for imposed and other loadings.
It is these loadings and the physical condition of the awnings after years of exposure that Councils throughout NSW are requiring Owners to have confirmed by suitable professional Engineers.
The stringent requirements aim to ensure structural integrity of the materials along with the performance of the design and “as installed” awning.
Generally, the older awnings are those which exhibit most pronounced signs of deterioration, however age is not the only factor. Proximity to the ocean, frequency of maintenance and construction type also affect the longevity of the structure.
Let us report on your awning and find out if you comply.