To be or not to be…the owner of a glass Juliet balcony. Arguably, and indeed since Shakespearean times, many people have wondered ‘what is the point of a Juliet balcony’ and considered why should they install one.
While today’s Juliet balconies are rather different from that famous stone structure portrayed in the Bard’s well-known Romeo and Juliet story, their appeal still resonates. Modern materials, contemporary construction styles and changing lifestyles have all played a part in the evolving design of this centuries-old building element.
Firstly, it is important to recognise that a Juliet balcony is different to a larger ‘walk on’ balcony with its access to open outdoor space. Providing a ‘guard’ or security barrier to sliding doors or inward opening full-height French Doors on a first-floor room or above, a Juliet balcony lets in more natural light, and fresh air when the doors are open.