Decks are one of those items that everyone takes for granted until someone’s foot falls through or until sponginess is felt by an owner. Sadly at that time the damage has been done and all that remains is the extensive cost to repair that may include replacing not just the sealant but the underlain plywood and worse still the posts and beams on which it rests. Unfortunately decks are not the most readily visible element of an association, often above the eyesight of a pedestrian and behind closed doors. This does not mean they should not be periodically inspected and maintained. This means literally walking into and onto each deck in every unit. Maybe one can hop a balcony wall on the ground floor but one still needs permission. Having done periodic plumbing, roof and HVAC inspections in all of our rental properties we know it is time consuming but we also know that we have solved a much larger problem form looming in the future. We once inspected every unit in a smaller condo building, and found 3 leaking toilets or sinks plus of all things a bath running 24 hours a day. When asked how long the water had been running we were told about a year by the owner who was formerly a board member. There is nothing particularly frightening about doing an inspection in fact not doing it is particularly unwise. Obviously one needs to have an experienced person in the field walk each unit. We did such an inspection in a 70 plus complex and found fully 1/3rd in dire need of work about 1/3rd Ok and about 1/3rd that could be worked on at a later date. The 1/3rd that needed immediate attention was estimated to cost over $5,000 each.