Balcony renovation homemade: How, how!

A balcony does not last forever wind and weather, at some point it will be time for a renovation. The extent of this necessary construction measure is determined by the damage already existing - and also the claims of the balcony owner play a role. If you want to invest as little money, the balcony renovation itself. But attention: The statics is and remains professional thing!

You can carry out these measures yourself

If the statics of the balcony is not compromised, then you can go to work yourself. However, restrictions apply to the seals and the drainage system: If you are not sure about this work, it is better to consult a specialist.

Water damage quickly affects the entire fabric of the building, so you should definitely avoid it for the future. You may also mount a railing yourself, but all legal requirements must be observed.

Relatively unproblematic are the self-laying of a floor covering as well as all painting work. In addition, the handyman can of course remove the old tiles and derust the railing.

Rebuilding your own balcony: You should pay attention to this!

Moisture entering the building is the main cause of damage to the balcony - with far-reaching consequences. Chipping and cracks in the concrete are a warning signal! Now it is important to dry the balcony first and then to ensure a professional seal.

For sealing different 2-component synthetic resin products but also one-component plastics are suitable. The coating systems can also serve as a floor covering, because there are different colors and structures to choose from.

If you opt for a tiled floor, decoupling makes sense. Use a special protection mat to separate your flooring from the screed so that it does not transfer any tensions that could lead to cracks.

Other important points to keep in mind

  • Balconies in the form of protruding concrete slabs should be completely insulated to eliminate cold spots.
  • Rain gutters should comply with the structural requirements in terms of size and angle of inclination.
  • The balcony should have a slope of about 2% percent, so that the rainwater drains off.
  • Drainage mats for the balcony, but also on external stairs, contribute to efficient drainage. They also serve for decoupling.
  • It may be worthwhile replacing the balcony door in the course of the balcony refurbishment. Air-tight, thermally insulated exterior doors save a lot of heating energy.

Tips & Tricks

Remember, building measures that increase the energy efficiency of a building or remove barriers are often eligible for state funding. Inquire before the start of construction at the relevant institutions, for example at KfW.

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