Most of the owners of their own homes, in one way or another, come to a decision about glazing a balcony in the apartment. This approach is welcome, because its implementation provides the owners with the following benefits:
But before you start installing windows, you should be careful about preparing the balcony for the glazing.
Strengthening the supporting structure
Under preparing the balcony for glazing full technical inspection of all structures included in its structure is understood. In this case, you will need to pay attention to the state of the balcony fence, which can not always withstand the additional loads associated with the installation of windows. These complications usually occur for the following reasons:
Strengthening the balcony
Thus, immediately before the glazing of the balcony you most likely will have to do to strengthen its fencing (parapet), which is a prerequisite for the reliability of the balcony structure with significantly increased loads.
Parapet hardening works can be combined at the request of the owner with the adjustment of its height.
Metal piping of the balcony
Next we look at Possible ways to strengthen the balcony structure, the choice of which is determined by the expected load on the fence.
The first of these options is to use metal corners welded to the corner joints of the structure as fasteners. In the case of a dilapidated metal balcony fencing, you will most likely have to completely upgrade it. Thus, the modernization of the balcony can be reduced to the preparation of a solid welded structure ("strapping"), encircling the old parapet and rigidly fixed on the outer wall of the building. This design is able to take on all the load of the future glazing system and is suitable for balconies of any type and condition.
Strengthening by foam concrete
Another option to strengthen the balcony structure is to use so-called foam concrete for this purpose blocks. Recall that this material has excellent characteristics, due to which, simultaneously with the strengthening of the structure, you can significantly improve its thermal insulation. The list of advantages of foam concrete can be continued by the following points:
Balcony sheathing with
siding We add to this that the foam concrete parapet is usually strengthened by its reinforcement. In addition, to beautify the resulting structure, you can sheathe it outside with siding (or galvanized sheet), which will provide additional protection for balcony spaces from bad weather and bad weather.
The procedures for preparing the balcony for glazing are completed by cleaning it from dirt and dust with the subsequent processing of the gaps and voids in the construction with assembly foam. Upon completion of all basic preparatory operations, you can invite professional glaziers or glaze your own balcony.
Why it is necessary to prepare the balcony for glazing: