Balcony covers. What are they for
The choice of creating a roof for your balcony has, before an aesthetic purpose, a function of protecting the space inside the balcony from atmospheric agents and, more generally, represents the best way to create a shield to protect the privacy of those who live daily the balcony for sunbathing or eating outdoors, gardening, housing a pet or just hanging out the laundry. The proposals on the market also allow us to intervene with solutions capable of responding to the functional need to cover the balcony without renouncing an intervention of embellishment of a part of the house that can help improve the appearance of the external facade or even solve a problem of excessive ventilation or exposure to light. Whatever our goal, it is essential, before making a choice among the many proposals, to proceed to an inspection of the balcony verifying, as first and most important thing, the state of the structure and of the walls to which to fix the roof. If these are not well solid or if there are cracks and structural failures it might be preferable to opt for a less invasive roofing system, such as for example the panels of gratings, which for one, such as the installation of tents, canopies or pergolas, which may involve more invasive interventions.
Models and types
The technology on the spot comes to us with multiple solutions, adaptable to all types of spaces and customizable. But let's start with a roundup as comprehensive as possible of what we can find on the market. If the purpose is to completely cover the balcony, to close it, also by visually isolating it from the outside then you can realize the classic precarious structure. Almost as effective as a wall, because it is made using PVC panels or totally insulating glass, it allows creating a new environment in the balcony, a new room without requiring building permits and licenses as by law precarious structures do not need them ( if they do not exceed certain measures and if they are not property subject to restrictions) a technical report to the municipality of residence is sufficient. Then with the choice of opaque panels or tinted glass you can get the effect of not being seen even having the chance to see. The modules of the frames or sliding panels can be opened and closed at any time, allowing the room to be ventilated, light and air to pass through, but without the bulk caused by the opening of doors or doors. When choosing this type of solution, with a strong structural impact, usually the purpose is to use the balcony as an external kitchenette, a small laundry room or a storage room, however obtaining a new covered environment to put at the service of the house where it is also possible to hold in appliance function. When instead our aim is to realize a non-static system of protection from rain, wind, sun, which also creates a corner of external privacy, then there are so many possible solutions. It starts with the curtains, to get to the grills, the pergolas, the gazebos, the shelters or the canopies, from the classic ones to the more innovative ones. Both the curtains and the canopies, in fact, in addition to being made in a large quantity of materials so that they are more or less insulating, you can choose motorized, thus facilitating the operations of opening and closing through the use of a simple button so without the use of pulleys or winding systems. The curtains are usually equipped with extendable arms, which can also be used with the classic manual method. The curtains can then have vertical guides, a canopy or a total box and there are more suitable models for verandas rather than balconies. The choice will always depend on the function that the cover will have to fulfill and partly also on the balcony's construction features. Pergolas and gratings are notoriously to be preferred in a natural environment where there is a need, due to the presence of plants or small urban gardens, to let air and light filter through the balcony or, if desired, to create the covering using a climbing plant. In this case, the pattern formed by the grating strips is ideal for growing climbing plants, furnishes and closes the balcony like a backdrop of leaves and flowers, if you want on all surfaces, from the perimeter to the roof. The anchoring operations of the gratings will only involve a small intervention on the floors and / or walls where holes will have to be drilled. But if you choose to use grating panels already fixed to planters to be placed side by side, you will not need to drill any holes.
Balcony covers: Materials and technical features
Even the pergola can be motorized and can be combined with the tent. The materials used make the product suitable for specific needs. The curtains can in fact be alone to resist yellowing and dryness, from rain, therefore made with waterproof and anti-mold materials or suitable to resist the wind. For curtains, gratings and pergolas, wood, iron and aluminum are the most used materials, to be chosen also according to the furnishing, the overall look of the environment and the effect you want to give. In fact, wood adapts more to a natural or rustic environment. Iron and aluminum go well everywhere. Both can be found in a wide range of colors, lacquered or painted and those in wood, in particular, undergo a chemical treatment that makes them impermeable to water, resistant to mold and fungus and generally to atmospheric agents.