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Balcony flashing and railing

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Balcony flashing and railing are important components of a balcony system that serve different functions:

  1. Balcony Flashing: Balcony flashing is a piece of material that is used to prevent water from penetrating into the building's structure. It is typically installed between the balcony and the building's exterior to protect against water damage.

  2. Balcony Railing: Balcony railings serve as a barrier to prevent people from falling off the balcony. They also provide support and stability for the balcony structure.

Balcony flashing and railing should be inspected regularly to ensure they are functioning properly and are in good condition. Issues such as corrosion, rust, and loose fasteners should be addressed promptly to prevent further damage and ensure the safety of the balcony's users.

It is also important to ensure that balcony flashing and railing meet local building codes and regulations, as well as manufacturer specifications, to ensure the balcony system is safe and up to code. Consulting with a professional contractor can help ensure the balcony flashing and railing are installed and maintained properly.

As the deadline for compliance with SB721 and SB326 in California draws near, EEEAdvisor, a top engineering inspection company, is offering advice and support to help clients meet the new regulations. The California Balcony Law requires all exterior elevated elements, such as balconies, decks, porches, and walkways that extend beyond the exterior walls of a building and are more than six feet off the ground, to undergo inspections and meet safety standards. EEEAdvisor is assisting businesses and families to understand the criteria for compliance and the inspection process, ensuring that they are ready for the January 1, 2025 deadline.

According to SB-721, exterior elevated elements are defined as structures, including their supports and railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above the ground. SB326 defines exterior elevated elements as the load-bearing components and their associated waterproofing system. EEEAdvisor is working to inform clients about these definitions and the regulations outlined in Senate Bill 721 and Senate Bill 326, helping them to comply with the deadline and ensure the safety of their buildings.

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