Juliet Balconies

Renowned for their contemporary minimalist style, our Juliet balconies feature glass panels which bring the brightness and warmth of the sun into the interior. Each Juliet balcony comes with our Lifetime Guarantee.

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These attractive balcony designs include 10mm thick toughened safety glass and powder coated rails for a rust-free finish, ensuring a hard-wearing application that can handle the most demanding environments.

The predominance of glass provides an unobstructed view out and maximises solar penetration to give interiors plenty of warmth and natural light. Our standard specification is glass panels secured by an ovular toprail with circular stem brackets providing subtle support at the base - this is certainly our most popular combination, but we also offer a number of alternative variations including railed designs for the more traditional aesthetic. All balconies are quick and easy to install without hot works such as welding, avoiding noise, mess and waste whilst minimising construction time. They can accommodate 2.5m openings without the need for stanchions.

Juliet Balcony

Toprails & Supports

Infills

Finishes

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A JULIET BALCONY?

A Juliet balcony is installed as a safety measure for floor-to-ceiling doors or windows on the upper floors of building (first floor or above). In providing a fall protection measure, it allows the interior space to open out into the exterior in the manner of the patio doors on a ground floor property. A Juliet balcony lets air and light into interiors.

GLASS JULIET BALCONIES - ADVANTAGES

Glass Juliet balconies have three main advantages. Firstly, they offer a more to unsightly meshed, railed and heavily barred balconies which often have a cage-like appearance. Secondly, they involve less maintenance than many primarily metal/railed Juliet balconies. Certain metals are prone to rust and gradual surface deterioration due to weathering. In contrast, glass Juliet balconies are rust-free and very easy to clean/maintain. Thirdly, Juliet balconies maximise the penetration of natural light, and provide an unobstructed view out, unlike railed Juliet balconies. Glass panels are often capped with a metal top rail, ideally powder coated for a more comfortable touch.

JULIET BALCONIES - BUILDING REGULATIONS

Juliet balconies should be designed in accordance with BS 6180:2011 with balustrade that meets the minimum horizontal imposed loads stated in BSEN 1991-1-1:2002 (this applies to both walk-on and Juliet balconies). the latest building regulations, which arrived in December 2018, ban the use of combustible materials in balconies. the new regulations only permit materials that are a2-s1, d0 rated or class a1 under the European classification system (Euroclass) set out in the standard bs en 13501-1. this prohibits any timber elements, such as wooden handrails, but glass and metals such as aluminium and stainless steel are fully compliant. if you use stainless steel on your balcony, grade 316 is recommended for external use due to its higher corrosion resistance. to check glass safety compliance, refer to BSEN 12600 as the new European-wide performance standard for impact safety for glass.

GLASS JULIET BALCONIES - SAFE INSTALLATION

The width of the opening and the load-bearing capability of the balcony are two vital considerations when assessing suitability. In most cases reliable balcony should withstand a uniformly distributed load of up to 0.74kn/m. It is also important to be sure of the suitability of the façade and its building fabric. If you are unsure, consult a structural engineer to confirm that the wall construction is capable of withstanding the applied load and gain advice on the most suitable fixings required to secure the balcony in place.

It is highly advantageous to use Juliet balconies comprising standardised components. It will avoid a lot of hassle if all the components can be fixed together without welding, which consumes a lot of energy as well as producing high volumes of mess, noise and waste. You can reduce your carbon footprint with eco-friendly alternatives which use ‘dry-assembly’ systems which are connected without welding.

If your individual parts come from different suppliers, there’s a chance that certain elements aren’t entirely suitable together. For example, corrosion is likely to occur when zinc plated nuts come into contact with stainless steel. In contrast, all-in-one suppliers use components with proven suitability. Everything is designed, manufactured and tested in-house to ensure that you won’t have any compatibility issues, either during installation or in years to come.

GLASS JULIET BALCONIES - CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

Glass panels and metal surfaces require periodic washing down with warm soapy water and drying off with a clean cloth. For metal components, we recommend applying a final finish using silicone spray-on polish and rubbing down with a dry, clean cloth.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO YOU I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION FOR A JULIET BALCONY?

In most cases, no - they are considered permitted developments. However, you will need to apply if it has a floor no matter how minimal (it will be considered a raised platform needing approval). If your property is listed or within a conservation zone, you will almost certainly require planning permission.

HOW WIDE CAN YOU MAKE A JULIET BALCONY?

The maximum span for a uniformly distributed load of 0.74kn/m is a 2.5 metre masonry opening. Therefore, it is recommended that your Juliet balcony is no wider than 2.5 metres. Glass Juliet balconies of a certain width may need two adjoining glass panels rather than a single panel.

WHAT TYPE OF GLASS SHOULD I USE FOR A GLASS JULIET BALCONY?

Always use glass which is glass is toughened in accordance with bs en12600. We recommend a glass panel thickness of at least 10mm.