Balconies are a core component of many modern buildings, and if done well they can offer numerous benefits. They provide additional floor space, can be a key design element of the buildings external architecture and, whether Juliette balconies, or walk on bolt on balconies, can offer extra practicality. Given their importance, its vital balcony systems are chosen which can offer the kind of aesthetic and practical advantages as well as the technical expertise needed, and here at Sapphire we feel weve got the solution.
Where a full, walk-on balcony isnt practical for design or budgetary reasons, a Juliet version offers an attractive alternative for all kinds of residential development. Essentially a balustrade around a window or door opening, this type of balcony is still a very effective way of bringing an open, outdoor feel to an indoor space in an apartment, for example.
As the name suggests, an integrated balcony is part of the structural façade, rather than being bolted on to it. Basically speaking, the buildings concrete frame forms a projecting platform. Such applications are often used on roof terraces where, for example, a developments penthouse apartment is set back from the rest of the building edge.
Self-supporting balconies utilise legs or columns to take the weight of the balcony deck. This is a popular option with architects and designers as it combines the aesthetic and practical appeal of a walk-on balcony with a relatively simple support system which imposes minimal loads on the building frame.
Steel structure balconies
A cantilever balcony protrudes from the face of a building with no visible means of support, apart from the fixing to the facade. Because the balcony is bolted on to the building, imposing significant fixing loads on the building frame, design and fixing requirements for this type of balcony should be agreed at an early stage.
Thermal conductivity is another consideration when specifying fixings for a steel-framed cantilever balcony. Balcony connection points can cause a cold bridge from the cold balcony to the warm inside, so a thermal break must be specified to reduce the risk of condensation forming at cold points inside the building.
As part of its comprehensive range of bolt-on balcony solutions, Sapphire can now offer architects and developers an Ultra-Slim steel-framed system. With this innovative balcony system, balustrade fixing and balcony frame are integrated into one. This enables the use of slim balcony profiles for optimum aesthetics in all kinds of residential applications.