The questions on balcony inspections continue to come in in California and Adrian Adams of Davis-stirling.com continues to answer them on his weekly newsletter. The importance of doing balcony inspections is without dispute however confusion reigns for many.
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BALCONY DRY ROT REPAIRSQuestions continue to come in about balcony inspections. To understand the importance of inspections, we start with a small science lesson. -Adrian QUESTION: You keep referring to dry rot. What is it? Why do we have to inspect the waterproofing if it doesn’t stop wood from rotting when it’s dry?
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The founder of Pli-Dek, Jan Bagnall, will be presenting a webinar coming up on February 4th 2021 on Fire Concerns and Code Complexities in Waterproof Deck Coatings.
Bagnall, a long-time contractor and manufacturer of pedestrian walking deck systems is one of the founders and pioneers of the metal lath/polymer modified concrete deck system industry since 1979. Pli-Dek started in Southern California and has since grown it’s market to Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Texas and other Eastern states.
With the balcony bill in force & building owners/HOA’s etc. seeking qualified inspectors, I would like to caution BOD’s & owners to be wary of deck inspectors who refer you to a company for any repairs they found needing to be done. General contractors can perform these inspections, but should not bid to repair any problems the inspection might turn up. To be completely free of bias one cannot be a deck inspector on one side & have an interest in a construction firm fixing decks. I’ve heard from a few past clients of HOA’s asking me about being referred to a contractor by their inspector & I reply every BOD should prepare specifications for repairs, work with a construction manager to obtain 3 bids based on those specifications & then award the contract (the Associations attorney writes, not the other way around) to the most responsible bidder. Note I said most responsible bidder. That’s a different subject for a different post… Let us all remember why this balcony inspection bill exists; just over 5 years ago 6 young people died & 7 others were seriously & permanently injured. Lets also remember those that stood against it… Get an inspection done, obtain specifications, have a project manager, get 3 bids, fix and then maintain…lives are at stake.
We’ve noticed of late that more than a few pedestrian traffic coating Manufacturer’s have moved their listings out of ICC-ES over to IAMPO’s Uniform Evaluation Service at https://www.iapmoes.org/.
ICC-ES has been the major evaluation service in the Building Industry for many years and is recognized worldwide. However, their long hold on the industry as the evaluation service that manufacturer’s go to is being challenged by IAMPO. We spoke with several manufacturer’s who told us that they were saving substantial sums of money on yearly fees for their products listings by switching to IAMPO.
IAMPO meets ANSI standards as an evaluation service, meeting established criteria that gives consumers, building officials and contractors confidence that the products being used are evaluated and approved for the use (s) listed in the report.
Currently under Division 7 listings for pedestrian traffic coatings we see Hill Brothers Chemical Company with their Desert Crete system, Kemper America with their urethane pedestrian traffic coating, Mer-Ko by Westcoat with the Shurdeck system and Multicoat Corporation.
One other manufacturer told us they were seriously considering moving over to IAMPO’s Evaluation service as well, citing yearly fees of $40,000 to maintain their ICC-ES listings. Well, the market loves competition so we will see how ICC-ES responds; losing fees from defecting companies hurts their bottom line.
Manufacturer’s, any comments on what your plans are? Are you considering switching to IAMPO? Let us know.
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