Even though the elevated structure statute does not apply to concrete and steel balconies, they should still be inspected and included in an association's reserve study. This especially includes waterproofing and railings.
Concrete is porous and any water migrating into the structure can cause the reinforcing steel to rust. This causes the metal to expand, which cracks the concrete and leads to spalling (concrete breaking off in fragments).
The picture on the right shows the ceiling in an association's parking structure. Regular maintenance of the waterproofing can avoid expensive concrete repairs down the road.
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