Balcony, detached

Whether the old balcony is replaced or in principle a balcony is to be added later - the question of attachment quickly arises. Here you can basically distinguish between the anchored and the free-standing balcony. The special features speak today especially for the free-standing balcony. Why this freestanding, anchored balcony is preferable is described in this article.

The balcony through the ages

The balcony is similar today to the bathroom. It had it, but the two components were not counted for a long time as a liveable living space. In some decades, such as the 1950s and 60s, the balconies were correspondingly narrow. In addition one hid oneself behind heavy curtains. Private life took place inside the apartment.

The new high priority of the balcony

These views have changed drastically. Many people have to move to the city or city for work. This trend of urbanization has continued uninterrupted for years. At magazine stands, on the other hand, more and more journals compete with statements such as "country life", "love of nature", etc., to a constantly growing readership. It is literally in the air - people miss the relation to nature.

Associated with this also increased demands

This appearance of a heightened awareness of nature is also reflected in the balcony. A modern balcony should be at least 2 to 2.50 m cantilevered. Better still would be a width or depth between 2.50 and 4.50 m. In contrast, there are existing balconies on older buildings, which often only have a depth between 1.50 and 1.80 m. Renovating the balcony is therefore often not worthwhile. Instead, cutting off the old balcony and retrofitting from a balcony is the better option.

Structural aspects of the classic balcony construction

In particular, since numerous existing balconies still bring other disadvantages:

  • they are designed as a projecting concrete slab with balcony screed
  • This creates a disadvantageous thermal bridge
  • At the connection to the facade, leaks and moisture penetrate into the masonry

Today's vital thermal insulation of the facade

At the same time, however, fundamental problems of the balcony firmly anchored to the façade become apparent. The cantilevered slab - or even beams that are anchored in it - always represent a thermal bridge. But every homeowner also knows about the strict requirements of the Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV). The anchorages of a balcony represent a massive weak point in the necessary thermal insulation of a facade.

The freestanding balcony circumvents this problem sovereign

Therefore, the freestanding balcony is today in any case, the preferred fastening technology. The freestanding balconies can be divided into two types:

  • the intentional balcony
  • the cultivation balcony

The annex balcony is on the outside of posts and on the facade he is anchored with this. However, the anchoring is not as complex as with a cantilevered balcony slab. However, the requirements for correct thermal insulation are also high here. It is best to see the front balcony. This balcony is located around posts and is attached to the façade relatively simply. The thermal insulation is not so high here.

Another important point: statics and sustainability in the stock

These are also the reasons why freestanding balconies are the preferred types of balconies on new buildings today. They affect the thermal insulation properties of a facade much less than a firmly anchored balcony.

Old and existing buildings even have another aspect that speaks in favor of the freestanding balcony. The construction of old buildings and depending on the age of existing buildings is much less stable than in modern buildings. In addition, even the ravages of time gnaw at the building fabric and negatively impact load capacity and statics.

Many old facades are not stable enough

A firmly anchored or hung on the facade balcony is therefore often not possible because the facade can not stand the burden - especially if you consider the required today load of 500 kg / m2 at a balcony. But even if the building is healthy, the freestanding balcony is much more durable.

In the medium to long term, the free-standing balcony also offers only advantages

If the balcony is then renewed after 30 or 40 years, this is also a much easier and cheaper to implement with a freestanding balcony. The free-standing balcony thus offers a multitude of advantages that can not be met by the cantilevered and firmly anchored to the facade balcony. In addition, due to the simpler design, the balcony costs the freestanding balcony are much lower.

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A similarly high standard of construction is provided by a balcony loggia or even a roof loggia or a balcony on or in the roof of a building.

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