Anyone see an issue here? House is 16 years old. Screened and roofed porch was probably once a deck. Support posts showed no evidence of fastener attachment to the beams. Ledger was bolted well to the house so movement is unlikely.
(The beam perpendicular to the ledger was not typical also.)
“There are components of the wood deck that are structurally unsound. The posts were not fastened to the beam in any way we could observe. Through bolts or approved brackets are the recommended method. We can elaborate on this issue, but the entire deck should be evaluated by a competent and licensed contractor and serviced accordingly.”
Less than code decks are the norm, I have found just one deck in over 4 years that was completely built correctly. It was on a tore up foreclosure, mold infested house. The reason that the deck was correct appeared to be due to the previous use of the home (group home of some sort) and a permit was pulled for the deck. It even had grippable handrails.
Reporting on deck construction methods can range from a simple, unhelpful, “its built wrong” to trying to explain the issues with pictures etc. as Joe has done.
Both methods have possible implications and we as home inspectors have to struggle to find a good way to report deck issues. I have tweaked and tweaked my deck reporting and will continue to do so because most have their own unique issues, some of which while “wrong” are not really going to fail.