About our project: Our Brighton Metal Walkout Balcony
We were engaged by the client’s building contractor to design, manufacture and install a metal framed walkout balcony. A structural engineer was subcontracted to design specified concrete pad foundations and the general steelwork which was attached to the building structure. What made this project tricky was the area in which drains and services were present.
The client’s project brief was that they wanted an anthracite steel frame balcony with composite decking and a frameless glass balustrade system with a brushed finish stainless steel handrail around the balcony perimeter.
We surveyed the project and advised the client of all the important considerations from metalwork finish, glass specification, and flooring options. See below what specifications our client decided to go with.
Specifications of the Steel frame Walkout Balcony Project
- Project Location: Brighton, East Sussex
- Installed area: Back Garden
- Fixing method: Track-based balustrade, drilled and tapped directly to the steel frame
- Balustrade type: Frameless with a handrail
- Glass type: 15mm toughened glass
- Handrail: no handrail
- Flooring: Composite Decking
What is a walkout balcony?
A walkout balcony is an outdoor extension of a building’s upper floor, typically accessible through a door. It offers additional outdoor space and can provide views and fresh air.
Do I need planning permission to add a walkout balcony?
This depends on your local authority. In many areas, adding a balcony to a building requires planning permission, especially if it affects the external appearance or structure of the building and if you can look into a neighbour’s yard/house. Under planning, you might need to have a privacy screen to the side. We would always advise that you check with your local planning office.
What materials are used for walkout balconies?
The balcony structure or frame is normally made from galvanised steel. The galvanised steel provides excellent corrosion resistance in external setting but more importantly in coastal or harsh marine environments. The galvanised finish can be coated to a colour of your choice.
The flooring is normally composite decking set of timber or metal joists
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Customise your walkout balcony
All of our walkout balcony solutions are bespoke. This means that you can fully customise your walkout balcony to your requirements. The options that can be customised are the style of the metal framework, from circular columns to square columns.
The balustrade can be customised, with frameless and fully framed options available. You can even match the colour of the metalwork to match the glazing or other items of your property.
Below are some basic customisation options for our walkout balcony projects
We recommend that all external metalwork be galvanised. This is a very important finishing process as it adds a layer of zinc to the metalwork. The zinc coating provide excellent corrosion resistance. We advise that all structures should be galvanised at a minimum.
Can you leave the balcony as galvanised metalwork? Yes, you can leave the frame galvanised however, you might want to have it coated so that it does not appear too industrial.
When the walkout balcony has been galvanised, we recommend finishing the galvanised metal in a colour. We can finish all metalwork in a variety of colours normally known as RAL colours