• Monday, April 23rd, 2018
Why the Best Composite Decking Fixings are a Hidden Secret
Fitting 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.
• Monday, April 09th, 2018
What is Composite Decking Material?
Strong 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.
• Monday, April 02nd, 2018
Embrace the Sunshine this Spring with a Glass Juliet Balcony
Don’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.
• Monday, March 26th, 2018
The curved door fulfils the architects’ vision for the Tate in St. Ives
Visitors 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.
• Monday, March 12th, 2018
Coastal Equals Corrosive
Coastline 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.
• Monday, February 12th, 2018
Refurbishing Buildings with Glass Balustrades
Retrofitting 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.
• 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.
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.
• Monday, January 22nd, 2018
What do Architects and Specifiers Need and Want
What architects don’t need is a headache. They want a company and a product that works well in their design and comes with all the backup and support so it is easily implemented on site. Not all projects and not all clients are the same. Here at Balcony Systems we deal with small, medium and large sized projects. Every project will have a different focus and different weight given to different aspects. Some clients will pivot the project around the cost and yet others will adhere to the design intent and will be willing to put up the required budget to meet their design.
• Monday, January 15th, 2018
About Juliette Balconies
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.
• Monday, January 08th, 2018
Effi Wolff joined his father’s company in 1993 after his military service. The company had been successfully creating glass banisters and balustrades in Israel since it’s formation in 1984. After eleven years, in 2004, Effi brought the concept to the UK. Bringing innovation to the already popular trend, he was able to bring down the cost per unit, even when making customs sizes and shapes. The company took off and is now the leading UK manufacturer of glass balustrades and Juliet balconies, as well as curved patio doors and windows.