Balconies epitomise the modern day design of residential properties to fulfil the desires of homeowners for additional space in which to enjoy a quality of life. They provide a variable area of external space in which to enjoy the outdoor weather, particularly during the summer months, without having to leave the household.
Buildings or flats which do not provide an outdoor garden area are more likely to be constructed with external balconies to provide homeowners with similar uses. Residents can enjoy dining and preparing food on a grill or barbeque (so long as the balcony area provides enough space away from a house to prevent build-up of smoke or a fire hazard), or allowing their dog to roam outside without fears of it running away.
While they also provide extra freedom and an area away from neighbours to entertain friends and family, the safety aspect of balconies is of paramount importance. Due to the potential number of people who may be use a balcony (in addition to any plants or furniture placed across its area), the overall structure must be sturdy, durable and be considerable weight-bearing. This not only secures the overall design style and aesthetic appeal of a building, but also protects people who venture onto a balcony.
Balustrade systems play a fundamentally important role within the use and overall presence of balconies. Without a balustrade installed, a balcony would lack the protective perimeter around its outstretched area away from the household. This can result in the building being unsafe and non compliant, as they could potentially fall off a balcony and suffer from serious injuries.
All balustrade systems installed upon all balconies should be considerably sturdy and durable to be effective within the overall structure. well-chosen handrails can allow people to rest their hands or arms upon its surface whilst enjoying the outdoor view or talking to other residents and friends. A balustrade that is neither fitted properly or is made of the wrong hardwearing materials can not only corrode and weaken with adverse weather conditions and wind, but also tend to make users feel unsafe due the absence of sturdiness which, when rested upon May feel unsafe. When installing guardings many storeys above the ground it is essential that balustrades not only are safe but feel safe, whether Juliet balconies, terrace areas or cantilever bolt on balconies.