Help - Deck flashing and inspections

I am selling my house, and the buyer's inspector is indicating that there is no flashing between the deck and the house. Is this something that I will need to repair? From my internet scanning, flashing between the deck and house became a requirement by CABO 703.8 since 1995. Since the house was built in 1991, I should not be required to fix this, correct?
Here is the pertinent info: House constructed in 1991 in North Carolina. House has Abitibi hardboard siding. Deck boards run perpindicular to the house.
The deck floor surface is about 1 foot above ground.
It is entirely possible that the deck is free standing and not attached to the house, but I don't remember and I am unable to look at the present time.
Thanks a bunch. --Jim snipped-for-privacy@twcny.rr.com
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
a lot of inspectors, especially the younger ones, only know (?) the current code and not when different things were put in. we had one that insisted a lot of the current codes were mandatory-to-fix in my 1970 built home that i was trying to sell.
regards, charlie cave creek, az
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
snipped-for-privacy@twcny.rr.com says...

I'd be suspicious, perhaps because I was burned by this. My deck, house rim-joist, and sill all rotted out about seven years ago. It was a mess, but not *terribly* costly. It cost me about ~$300 for a contractor to come out and fix the rim-joist and sill. I repaired (rebuilt actually) the deck myself. That was another few hundred dollars. It could have been *much* worse.

It's possible the flashing isn't required by code, but it really should be there. It can (likely will) cause a lot of damage otherwise. BTDT!

You're likely to trap a lot of moisture under the deck and against the house. My deck is about the same height.

I rebuilt mine as free-standing. I didn't want to go through the angst of having the sliding glass door almost falling into the basement again! Of course if it's free-standing there won't be any flashing, since it's not connected.
--
Keith

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
says...

correct?
* to avoid this is the future *
I always cut 1" pieces of pvc pipe for spacers behind the deck rim joist. using 1/2" x 5" lag bolts staggered every 16" (bolting through the pvc spacer) thus allowing water to go behind the deck joists and also allows for air to dry it out.
works for Chief
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
(remove NS to use the address) 614.937.0463 voice 208.975.1011 fax
http://worthingtonengineering.com
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

correct?
1. Legal point: was the 1995 standard retroactive? Probably not: your lawyer knows.
2. Marketing point: lack of flashing is defective (lack of) waterproofing so a seller's tool to negotiate the price down a couple of hundred dollars.
-- Don Phillipson Carlsbad Springs (Ottawa, Canada) dphillipson[at]trytel.com
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
I am selling my house, and the buyer's inspector is indicating that there is no flashing between the deck and the house. Is this something that I will need to repair? From my internet scanning, flashing between the deck and house became a requirement by CABO 703.8 since 1995. Since the house was built in 1991, I should not be required to fix this, correct?
Code has nothing to do with it.
A buyer's inspector is not a code inspector, for exactly this reason. He would have to determine when a given system was built or installed (deck, hot water heater, electrical panel, door) and what the code was at that time in that jurisdiction (city, county, etc.)
There's no way anyone can do that, and even if there were, there's no way anyone can tell when a given component was built or installed.
Buyer's inspectors, furthermore, aren't trained for code inspections. It's an entirely different issue, with entirely different standards. If they were, they'd be working for the relevant agency. Buyer's inspectors are home inspectors, not code inspectors.
Buyer's inspectors inspect for whether or not a given component is installed correctly and functioning as it was designed to function.
A deck with no flashing between it and the house wasn't installed correctly, and will cause other problems. That's why the inspector called it out.
It needs to be fixed. Whether you fix it or cut the price because of it is up to you. You have a few options, and your real estate agent can explain them to you.
Best of luck, and let us know how it comes out!
--
Lyle B. Harwood, President
Phoenix Homes, Inc.
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

OK, now let's get back to reality.
Keep the deck from having leaves and crap building up in the corner , keep some caulk on it, and it will likely never cause a problem. -- Jim in NC
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Thu, 25 Sep 2003 02:55:18 GMT, someone wrote:

You may be confusing two different concepts when you ask if this is "required". Required by WHO? Apparently it would not be "required" by the city or town authorities.
But it may well be "required" by the BUYER. What does your contract say, that you only have to fix violations? That they can only inspect for violations and have to accept anything that is not a violation? Or is it more open-ended? The buyer may consider this a "defect" or a "shortcoming". So if the buyer wants it fixed, who is going to blink first?
He is certainly not bound by usenet opinions.
-v.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
I believe you can go one of two ways.
If your house "band" is P.T. , flashing is not required by code in NC.
Flashing is much better than not.
I install P.T house bands (where deck connects) AND use flashing. Just to be on the safe side.
db

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Site Timeline

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.