In many city apartments, glazed balconies and loggias are now immediately made when building a house. But not everyone, however, lives in new houses that have just been commissioned and, accordingly, have open balconies. They have quite a few disadvantages. On a wind-blown territory, it is unlikely that it will be possible to breed a plant or just sit with friends. And next to noisy highways, you will not want to go out to the balcony at all due to the constant rumble of cars and the dirt brought from below. Yes, and children are scared to let go for a walk without solid barriers, otherwise they can accidentally fall. So everyone wants to glaze a balcony or loggia for very understandable reasons, but not everyone can imagine how to do it. We will try to help them with this..
There are many stereotypical opinions about the glazing of balconies and loggias. For example, many people somehow think that it is very expensive. But they do not understand how long high-quality glazing can last, and they also do not know that there are cheaper options with one glass, which also serves as protection from city noise and street dust. In addition, you can make the flaps open only to the side, and not up. But deaf frames are best done to a minimum, otherwise how will you wash the windows?
The cheapest and most reliable material for the manufacture of side walls – sandwich panels.
And the glazing itself is most often done using economy class PVC. A single chamber package is usually chosen. But, of course, you will not get room heat on the balcony.
The thickness of the package should be at least 6 mm, and the inner one can be about 4. The presence of two glasses of different thickness helps the sound wave of street noise to be refracted better and disappear completely. The effect will be even better than if you choose a two-chamber package, but with exactly the same glass thickness.
It will be a little more expensive to make glazing with thermal insulation. There are special packages of three glasses, where one is with energy saving and a warm PVC or durasel frame. After installing such a system, the balcony will become a full-fledged part of the house, you can even plant flowers on it for the winter.
You need to know that the plastic swing system is the only fully sealed product of its kind on the market. Whereas aluminum swing structures are rather cold.
Installing a system for a loggia rarely raises many questions, because these are essentially the same plastic windows, only of a larger size. But if the walls are crumbling, you will need an additional metal frame for strength. Just entrust its cooking to a specialist, since absolutely all diagonals must match very accurately. A small rain canopy is required at the top of the balcony, and a drain at the bottom. You can also make a small window sill on the side of your apartment..
For balconies, things look a little different. You will need a special reinforced pipe to create a corner, which, unfortunately, is not cheap. Very carefully you need to connect the visor and the ebb, it is better to have it done by a qualified installer.
First, the windows must be fixed to the wall with bolts or plates. And then zapien. That’s the whole window installation! It is only necessary to take into account that the foam used during installation can lose its properties over time and form small, but easily blown gaps.
It can be protected from temperature extremes with the PSUL self-expanding vapor-tight tape. You need to glue it to the structure before direct installation.
If you know that the side of the house on which the balcony is located is usually not damp, then waterproofing tape is not needed. In other cases, its fastening is simply necessary, otherwise the seam can easily collapse with water. But the tape also has disadvantages – plaster does not fit well on it.
Outside glass when glazing balconies or loggias can be chosen absolutely any – to your taste. There are even multifunctional glasses available that do not let the hot rays of the sun through, but do not release the resulting heat outside. A more expensive, but truly amazing invention is self-cleaning glasses – a guarantee of cleanliness and accuracy, you just need to wait for the rain or pour them with a jet from a hose. And from the heat and prying eyes, mirror glasses are perfectly protected.
An outer PVC profile will suit any cheaper option – 58 or 60 millimeters thick. But if you want to make the balcony or loggia warmer, choose a wider one, about 70 mm.
And then there is room for your personal taste. The beads can be made rounded or more angular, the sealing rubber can be chosen from white, gray or black, there are also spacers in different colors for laminated profiles.
In general, everything is in your hands, good luck!