How can I tell if a cantilevered balcony safe?
I am purchasing a home with a cantilevered balcony, built in 1960. T
The balcony runs the entire length of the house (42 ft) and is 5 ft wide. The floor of the balcony is covered with plywood which is topped with outdoor carpet.
The roof completely overhangs the balcony and the underside of the balcony is also enclosed with plywood. Therefore the joists are pretty well sealed up.
My question is....how can I be sure this balcony is safe without being able to see the joists?
Could the joists be rotted even though they're sealed up? How would I know? Could water be getting into the house? Would there be any signs?
I'm afraid of getting stuck with a huge problem safety-wise and money-wise. Any advice? Would it be difficult to convert the balcony to a larger deck?