The balcony glazing should be approached very seriously. Today, there are many different design options for balcony rooms, and each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. From a wide variety of materials, it is worth highlighting frames made of wood.
Advantages and disadvantages
Today, many balconies can meet beautiful wooden frames. They attract attention, since most often we can observe frames made of white plastic.
- Many owners choose a tree because it is safe and environmentally friendly. This raw material is able to create a favorable indoor microclimate.
- It should be noted the durability of such frames. They serve for many years. This property is due to the fact that the tree is regularly treated with special impregnations.
- The beautiful appearance of wooden frames is beyond doubt. They look very expensive and noble. Such frames retain their appeal for a long time. Modern firms offer models of different colors and shades, with which you can decorate the room in any style.
- Glazing with wooden frames is easy to install. Installing such structures is no more difficult than plastic ones.
- With the help of such frames, you can save heat in the balcony. For this reason, they are most often contacted by people who use the balcony room all year round. If you install warm glass and equip the area with a "warm floor" system, then it will be comfortable to be on it even in the most severe frosts.
- Many owners of such window frames note their excellent noise insulation characteristics. You can forget about annoying street noise with such glazing.
- Most often, such glazing is cheaper than plastic or aluminum. It all depends on the pricing policy of the company in which you ordered the window.
However, wooden frames are not perfect. They have several disadvantages:
- Such designs are not very resistant to adverse environmental conditions. Rains over time will cause dampness of the wood, and the aggressive effect of sunlight will lead to drying out and cracks in the material.
- Wooden frames must be regularly treated with special impregnations. They extend their lifespan and maintain an attractive appearance. Not all people are ready to regularly provide such care, so many refuse wooden structures.
- Over time, framed wood will begin to age. This is manifested in the form of fading, dryness and cracking.
Glazing with wooden frames can be installed on any balcony or loggia. An exception may be only those rooms that are in disrepair and require serious repairs.
Similar elements will fit perfectly into many interior styles. Today, apartment owners are increasingly turning their balconies into functional rooms, so everything should be beautiful and cozy in them.
Often a balcony is combined with a kitchen or living room. This results in a very large and free space that can be used productively. Sometimes owners create workrooms, small gyms or recreation areas in the balcony. Wooden windows look easy in all cases.
It is not recommended to put such window frames if you live in a dry and hot area. These external factors will quickly spoil the material and deprive it of its former attractiveness. Over time, when you open / close, extraneous noises and clicks will begin to appear. The tree will gradually dry out and deteriorate.
Types of glazing
If you have decided on the material of the frames, then it is worth deciding what type of glazing you need. It all depends on how and for what you are going to use your balcony block. If you plan to operate it all year round and want to equip a full-fledged room on it, then it is better to choose warm glazing. If you need windows only to protect the room from wind, snow and rain, then you can get cheaper - cold glazing.
It is worth disassembling everything in order.
With cold glazing, ordinary wooden frames with single glass are installed. Its thickness can be different - from 4 to 6 mm. In places of joining glazing beads glass and frames are always subjected to reliable sealing. This type of glazing is aimed at protecting the balcony of the building from the ingress of street dust, rain, snow. However, heat will not be stored in such areas.
On the territory of cold balconies, various heaters can be used. They can be complemented by walls and floors. However, such equipment is unlikely to warm the room in cold weather.
Many owners bring to such balconies various heating appliances and portable heaters. However, even they will not provide comfortable conditions for a long stay in winter or autumn.
Excellent heat and noise insulating properties boasts warm glazing, providing double-glazed windows. Similar designs are more practical, but cost more. With such a glazing on the balcony will be warm at any time of the year.
Often the owners of such balcony rooms remodel them into cozy recreation areas, winter gardens or small workshops. Such transformations are not possible for a room with cold glazing.
If there is a “warm floor” system on the territory of such a balcony, there are additional heating appliances, then you may not notice that the window is at minus temperature and a blizzard is howling.
However, there is one minus in such glazing. In the hot summer season, the balcony heats up very quickly, and it will be hot and stuffy on it.
It is necessary to approach the choice of glazing a balcony very seriously and responsibly. Not only the appearance of your home, but also its functionality depends on this:
- First you need to decide how you are going to use the balcony room. The choice of the type of glazing (cold or warm) will depend on this.
- Choose frames that fit harmoniously into the overall interior of your apartment in color and shade.
- Make sure the quality of the materials. There should be no cracks, chips, scratches or other defects on the wood. If the frames have a faded shade and seem old, then they should not be installed, as they may be of poor quality.
- Order glazing at well-known companies in your city whose services are in demand.
Even an inexperienced person, far from construction, can start installing wooden window structures. To do this, you need to know the basics of installing glazing and prepare a balcony, as well as the structures themselves.
- First you need to remove all the excess from the balcony. Nothing should interfere with the dismantling of old frames and the installation of new ones.
- Make sure the balcony unit is secure. Inspect it for cracks and other serious defects. It is not recommended to proceed with the installation of glazing until you solve such problems.
- First of all, it is necessary to get the glass from the new wings. This is necessary for easier and safer installation. Structures along with glass are heavy, and in the process you can break or damage them.
- Using a conventional nail puller, you need to dismantle the old frames. Specialists recommend dismantling work exclusively in the plane of construction. This is because efforts exerted across the parapet can simply destroy it.
- After removing the old frames, it is necessary to clean the surface of the fasteners from above and from below. If necessary, the parapet should be repaired. This can be done using a conventional cement mortar. There is another way: just install a wooden block over the old parapet.
- On the side parts, you can install support posts from metal corners. A similar detail can make the whole structure more rigid and durable.
- It is necessary to make all measurements of window frames. Try to do this very carefully to prevent mistakes. Today, many firms offer their measurement services. It is recommended that you contact them if you are not sure of the correctness of your actions or are afraid to make a mistake.
- After such a simple preparation, you can proceed directly to the installation of glazing. You can do this yourself or entrust the work to professionals from a window company.
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