Balconies are fast becoming a popular trend in new residential and commercial property construction and most modern high-rises sport balconies with glass balustrades. There are a number of different types of balconies that can be incorporated into a structure and that will be dependent on the architectural styling of the building.
The choice of balcony system is crucial to achieving the desired functional & aesthetic specification, whether it’s a walk-on balcony or Juliet balcony feature. A well-designed balcony, that complements the building’s architectural style, adds character, floor space and value to the property.
However, balcony specifications are much more than achieving the right look. The choice of product is likely to be influenced by aspects such as space, the geographical location, and budget limitations. Here we take a detailed look at the different types of balconies and complementing balcony balustrade styles:
Different Balcony Balustrade Styles
#1 Juliet balcony
This feature isn’t a balcony in the true sense of the word; it is a balustrade fitted to the exterior walls in front of a French door on an upper storey. This feature is one of the most effective ways of bringing an open and spacious feel to the indoor space, in areas where it isn’t possible to have a projecting balcony. This is a very cost-effective balustrade style; but since it doesn’t have a deck construction, you can’t use it as a break-out space.
#2 Integrated balcony
This is a type of projected balcony in which the balcony platform is incorporated into the building’s structural frame. These features are often made of concrete slabs and are an extension of the indoor spaces they are connected to. The balustrade features installed in these types of balconies have to be very strong with posts to support them, as they protrude from the external walls of the building.
#3 Self-supporting balcony
This is also a protruding balcony that generally has a metal framing. The entire weight of the structure, the deck as well as the balustrade is supported by legs or columns. These features help minimise the cantilever forces that are typically supported by the building’s frame; and they combine the practical & aesthetic appeal of walk-on balconies. Frameless glass balustrades are an ideal installation for self-supported balconies as they aren’t as heavy as concrete or metal features.
#4 Steel structure cantilever
These are perhaps the most popular features of modern homes. Steel structure cantilever balconies are cantilevered from the frame of the building without any visible means of support, except for the fixing to the façade. The balconies, along with semi-framed or framed balustrades, are fabricated off-site as this minimises the time and cost of onsite construction.
Hire the frameless glass balustrade specialists
We at Quantum Frameless Glass are the frameless glass balustrade specialists that can custom design all types of balustrade and fencing systems for your commercial or residential property. Not only will we customise the styling and design, but can also provide different glass panel and hardware options based on the setting, your specific preferences, and budget.
All the glass balustrade features that we install will be in line with the relevant Australian Standards; the best quality materials and workmanship are used in the work and this ensures you get strong and durable balcony installations that will add value to your property.
In addition to providing structurally-sound, high quality and long-lasting balustrade installations, we also ensure that the features are cost-effective and fit into your budget. For any more information about our glass balustrades, call us at this number – 1300 282 248. You can also contact us using this online form. and we will revert quickly.
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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
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