Balconies

• Monday, February 12th, 2018

Refurbishing Buildings with Glass Balustrades

non compliant glass balustradeRetrofitting glass balconies onto an older property is an excellent way to update a building’s exterior. This isn’t difficult, provided the underlying structure is strong enough to hold the extra weight of the glass.

A “glass balcony” is a bit of a misnomer but used frequently, as generally the platform projecting out from the wall is not made of glass but if you have a sturdy platform, then the old railing come be taken off and a new glass balustrade attached to it and secured to the main structure of the building at the same time. Elsewhere, we have provided more information about the various balcony structures that exist.

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• Monday, February 05th, 2018

How do you choose the correct method to fix a balcony to your structure and what are the advantages of each option.

Cantilevered balconies

cantilevered balcony structure

These are balconies constructed in a manner so that the balcony protrudes from the face of the building without any visible supports other than the fixing to the face of the building. The weight and imposed loads are supported by cantilevering the structure off the wall. These balconies will not need or have gallow brackets or chains. This type of balcony, while possessing the most aesthetic end result, will require to be designed in advance and will impose larger point loads on the building. This type of balcony cannot be added on but must be predesigned.

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• Monday, January 15th, 2018

About Juliette Balconies

balcony systems juliet balcony

As very different from a “walk on” type balcony, the term Juliet Balcony in simplicity is a guarding or barrier placed on the outside of full height French doors that are installed on the first floor or higher floors, that do not lead to a balcony.

The modern house build utilises the use of full height windows and doors in the creation of a larger “virtual space” in a small environment. This creates an extension of the outside visibility and enlarges the viewpoint from the inside by giving a downward view from further away.

The traditional Juliet balcony was made from steel, usually painted black, with vertical bars. This would be installed onto the wall outside and work as a barrier. This kind of steel Juliet Balcony has a heavy set feel to it and gives a “cage” sort of look both from the inside and from the outside.

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• Monday, December 25th, 2017

frameless juliet balconyIf you’re considering fitting a Juliet balcony to your property, then why not consider one of our stunning frameless balconies? Conventional railing or balustrade Juliet balconies might seem like the simple choice, but we think a frameless Juliet balcony is a beautiful alternative. Here are seven great reasons why you might want to consider treating your building to a frameless Juliet balcony.

Enjoy the view

With a frameless Juliet balcony nothing obstructs your view. So if your window looks out over stunning countryside, a buzzing urban scene or a garden you’ve spent hours on, don’t obstruct your view with posts and railings; make the most of it with a clear glass frameless Juliet Balcony.

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• Monday, December 18th, 2017

Which is the right material for you?

composite decking

Planning some new decking? With so much choice, many people are surprised at the complexity involved in choosing the right decking. But the most important decision is one of the first you should make. Will you choose a composite decking solution or go for wood?

Wood is the traditional choice, and for many it’s the only choice. But this is often because people aren’t aware of the wide range and the benefits of composite decking. For instance, composite decking doesn’t suffer the same eventual fate as so many wood decking solutions. It doesn’t get slimy and slippery, it doesn’t rot and it’s very low-maintenance. In fact, it’s a million miles from the decking boards that have put so many people off in the past.

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• Monday, November 20th, 2017

Best of both worlds

Anodised AluminiumHere at Balcony systems we offer a finish like no other. We call it Royal Chrome.

This proprietary finish gives the best of both worlds; a sleek smooth finish like stainless steel with no need for polishing or regular special cleaning to keep it from tarnishing.

The development of this special finish has been driven from customer needs and clients requests to have the advantages of the maintenance free Balcony Glass Balustrade System and the still have the smart look of stainless steel.

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• Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Commercial Sales DirectorBalconette is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Mulligan as its new Commercial Sales Director. Peter has considerable expertise and experience within the glazing and construction industries throughout the UK and Europe. He joins Balconette at an exciting time to coincide with the on-going development of the company’s unique range of innovative products for the UK commercial market.

Balconette is a leading manufacturer of highly aesthetic, competitively priced Glass Balustrades, Glass Juliet Balconies and Curved Glazing. We offer a complete design, supply and installation service to meet any requirements that you may have.

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• Monday, November 06th, 2017

Do I Need Planning Permission for a Juliet Balcony?

Juliet Balcony Planning Permission

One of the questions we frequently hear asked is “do I need planning permission for a Juliet balcony?” The answer tends to be no, but there is no straight answer. Read on to understand more about planning regulations for Juliet balconies. A Juliet balcony is not a traditional balcony so planning regulations are more lenient. As you do not need an external platform for the balcony, very little alteration is taking place to your property.

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• Monday, October 16th, 2017

Make the Most of Your Bedroom with a Glass Juliet Railing Balcony.

Bedroom Juliet RailingChances are your bedroom is a private sanctuary. A place where you can relax and recharge in privacy. A Juliet balcony is a wonderful way to add to the serenity of your bedroom. Add light, a sense of space and fully appreciate your surroundings with the beauty of our non-obtrusive glass balconies.

Let the Light In

A glass and metal Juliet balcony lets you take advantage of natural light at its best. Enjoying those early morning rays as you sit in bed with a cup of tea must be one of the best ways to start the day; all that natural light will set your day off perfectly. And come the autumn and winter, you’ll have an unhindered view of the night sky, perfect for a spot of stargazing before bed.

On a more pragmatic angle, a Juliet balcony will bring more light into bedrooms that are a bit too dark and dingy. Perhaps you have an embarrassingly dark guest room? Fit one of our balconies and your guests may love their room so much they don’t want to leave.

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• Monday, October 09th, 2017

Give your Patio the X-Factor with Glass Railings from Balconette

glass patio railings Fancy making your patio the talk of the town? Then why not install glass railings? More than just a fence; there are many ways patio glass railings can turn your garden or patio into something very special.

Zone your Garden

Good garden design has a lot to do with zoning. It can make your outside space work more effectively and make things look much more spacious. Clever use of patio glass railings can help you separate your patio from the rest of your garden for a distinct area that transitions from the house into the garden making it perfect for al-fresco suppers or your morning coffee. And with a choice of features, ranging from the slick frameless glass railings to the more distinct separation of a handrail balustrade, you’ll find something to suit your patio beautifully.

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