Balcony Designs

• Monday, May 14th, 2018

Frameless Glass BalustradeGlass fencing is getting more and more popular, probably due to our warmer summers and the growing popularity of pools.

Fencing made of glass, is another application for the glass balustrade that is being used more and more in new builds as well as renovation projects. A glass fence is made of toughened glass that is held at the base and often also with a handrail around the top of the balustrade glass.

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• Monday, May 07th, 2018

Glass Blacony with Aerofoil HandrailGlass Balcony Choices

Your glass balcony choices are many. Here is a quick rundown on how to select, according to your specific needs and budget.

First of all, what is known as a glass balcony is actually a glass balustrade (upright low wall) which is sitting on a balcony. If it were really a glass balcony, even the decking would be made of glass.

Below are more details on your options and their prices.

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• Monday, April 30th, 2018

Decking Glass BalustradeWhen spring is in the air there’s nothing lovelier than spending time outside. Hear the birds singing, feel the welcoming warm rays of the sun and see nature spring back into life. Dining outside feels like a real treat at this time of year; whether you’re sitting on the decking for a lazy Saturday morning breakfast, enjoying a quiet cup of tea, or putting on a lunch for the whole family out in the sunshine – al-fresco eating is a delight after the dark days of winter.

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• Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Why the Best Composite Decking Fixings are a Hidden Secret

Composite Decking FixingFitting your composite decking is exciting. It will be just a matter of time before you’re sitting on it enjoying a well-earned mug of coffee. Fitting Balconette’s extensive range of composite decking means you’ll benefit from more than just good looks, a realistic wood-effect and a long-lasting resilient surface. Because in addition to this, the Balconette range of composite decking has a hidden secret you’ll love.

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• Monday, April 09th, 2018

What is Composite Decking Material?

Golden Oak Composite DeckingStrong and durable, Balconette Composite Decking looks just like wood, but is a modern, low maintenance and eco-friendly alternative to traditional timber decking. This new generation of external composite decking material is made from a unique polyurethane and mineral blend that lasts a long time, yet requires minimal maintenance.

The system is moulded with the appearance of natural prime oak boards. Each board is then hand-coloured to exactly replicate the detail of natural timber, so no two boards look the same – just like the real thing.

It’s also available in a variety of finishes and colours, so suitable for all types of locations and settings. So if you’re considering installing composite decking in your next project, here are some key points to consider.

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• Monday, April 02nd, 2018

Embrace the Sunshine this Spring with a Glass Juliet Balcony

 

Glass Juliet BlaconyDon’t you just love spring? Open your windows and doors to the outside world; let in the sweet-smelling air and blow away the cobwebs as you hear birds singing happily in budding trees.

Spring is the time when your Juliet balcony comes into its own again. What better way to breathe life back into a bedroom or apartment than to open your doors wide and inhale the mild spring air as the sunshine floods through. And what could be nicer than leaning over your balcony early on a Sunday morning with a cup of tea, watching the world go by.

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• Monday, March 26th, 2018

The curved door fulfils the architects’ vision for the Tate in St. Ives​

Curved Glass Sliding DoorsVisitors to a new £20 million cliff-face extension at the Tate St Ives art gallery in Cornwall are brought closer to the Atlantic Ocean through an impressive curved sliding glass door.

The brief from the architect was to maximise the sea views and form a curved on plan door for the hemispherical domed Clore ’sky-studio’, which opens out onto a terrace and seating area.

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• Monday, March 12th, 2018

Coastal Equals Corrosive

Rust on FixingsCoastline homes and apartments with sea views are the most expensive properties around. The intriguing lure of the ocean and seas have a special effect on us human beings.

Full height glass doors and windows are one way to enjoy this view but an external balcony overlooking the sea has been since the time of ancient Rome and Greece a pleasant amenity to enjoy life.

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• 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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