Knox County Building Inspector Roy Braden looks at decks differently than most people. What he discovers often leaves him speechless.
Braden finds critical structural components missing from many decks in East Tennessee, such as joist hangers.
“Decks are the number one place where people are going to get injured,” said Braden. “Usually, there are injures that are substantial injuries. My plea to people out there would be this: obtain a building permit. Require your contractor to get one.”
The main problem, the inspector believes is homeowners either don't know building permits are needed to build decks in many Tennessee municipalities or they don't care.
Braden said 90% of decks are built without a building permit, according to the International Code Council.
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