British Homeowners like nothing more than to carry out home improvements to add value, improve their living space and create kerb appeal.

But have you ever thought that it can also have a positive impact on your wellbeing too?

 

Here’s how:-

 

Safety First

If you have small children or pets you’ll be well aware of the dangers of a raised terrace or an unsafe balustrade. Sunrock’s Infinity Glass Balustrades and Juliet Balconies act as an attractive barrier to prevent accidents. They are built to UK Building regulations so your mind can be put at ease that your family will be safe.

 

The UK’s Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. They are developed by the Government and approved by Parliament to ensure the safety and health for people, including those with disabilities, going in or about those buildings.

 

As an example, we follow the main regulations for balustrades below:

  • Balustrade will be minimum 1100mm high from Finished Floor Level.
  • At 1100mm height there is no more than 25mm deflection with a load of 0.74kn.
  • There will be no gap in the balustrade that a 100mm diameter ball can fit through.
  • If there is no handrail then Toughened Laminated Glass is used to provide a barrier if one of the panes are broken.

Sunrock’s Infinity Glass Balustrades can transform a terrace from what could be an unusable space to one that will provide a safe area with the added benefit of being shielded from the wind.

 

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In addition, our new Infinity View Juliet Balconies provide a safe way to fill your room with light and fresh air too.

 

Sunrock Balconies infinity glass balcony and balustrades

 

Sunny Situation

We all love the sun – it has a huge impact on our mood and also boosts health and wellbeing. The vitamin D derived from sunlight boosts the immune system and UV promotes the production of serotonin which improves our mood and levels of energy. Our Infinity Glass Balustrades and Juliet Balconies allow large amounts of light to flood into the room compared to wooden fence or metal railing so they have a positive impact on your outlook in more ways than one!

 

Sunrock Balconies infinity glass balconies and balustrades

 

Feel at Home

For smaller gardens, our Infinity Glass Balustrades really come into their own. They are the ultimate design feature for breaking down visual barriers between your indoor and outside living areas. Beautifully designed they create a feeling of space from inside as well as providing more living space outside. This will help to change your lifestyle by giving you the opportunity to really maximise your garden, giving greater access to a pleasant and useful space so you can feel good about your home.

 

Sunrock Balconies infinity glass balconies and balustrades

 

Having read this you may want to tap into the feeling of wellbeing and let Sunrock Balconies make the difference you are looking for – Add style, function and appeal to your home and bring the outside into your home today. Get in touch – we’d be happy to answer any questions or discuss a job you have in mind.

There is a real threat to the supply of glass to the Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) industry. Some suppliers have found availability of some types of glass is limited or has been delivered late.

The price of glass is also a real issue not only for the suppliers but for customers wishing to buy glass products from them. Manufacturers will inevitably have to pass on their costs to their customers and this is a tricky situation for any industry.

 

Sunrock Balconies glass shortage blogWhat is the cause of the glass shortage?

 

Europe is going through a strong construction phase but at the same time key float lines have been closed down. Float lines are where sheets of glass are made by floating molten glass on a bed of molten metal which gives the sheet uniform thickness and a very flat surface. In the UK, very little glass is produced for own use, mainly because the larger firms have scaled back their production. As a result, we have to import a lot of glass from Europe which is adding demand to a dwindling supply.

In recent reports suggestion has been made that the shortage has been engineered to justify price increases. However, when there is a demand for a product that is short in supply, whether it’s deliberate or not, price is a genuine problem. It’s also been mooted that the IGU sector has kept prices artificially low in recent years. As prices rise therefore, those who have sold on price only, will now have no room to move. So, lack of supply and price may well see some of these companies closing because they cannot survive in such a market.

For the larger glass producers, the UK is not a very profitable market. Poor exchange rates and a slowed GDP (Growth Domestic Product) along with growth of European construction means they can make the commercial decision to actively focus on supplying glass to Europe and beyond. In other words, they can pick and choose who they supply to because glass is becoming a very valuable commodity.

For some the outcome could be very serious. If there is no glass to create their product, installation companies will have to source it elsewhere and pay the higher cost which could break them. However, if like Sunrock there is a strong and loyal business to business relationship between them then this provides a more positive outlook.

 

Plan don’t panic

 

This situation has been brewing for some time, but panic and speculation can have a detrimental effect on it too. So, it’s all about planning. Sunrock will ensure that stock is secured and allocated for orders already placed. For those customers who have had a quote we will honour all it for 60 days from its date. However, if you would like to proceed with a Sunrock order, we suggest you place it as soon as possible to lock in current prices. We can then ensure the components are reserved as well as maintaining the price.

If your quote has expired, please contact us

Here at Sunrock Balconies our dedicated team of experts can help and advise you on all aspects of your project. Our aim is to help add function, style, and appeal to your home so get in touch, we’d be happy to answer any questions or discuss a project you have in mind.

 

 

Sunrock Balconies prides itself on offering a complete end to end service. From design to quotation to full installation we will work with you to get the best results for your balcony project.

 

We design the balcony to fit the exact dimensions specific to your home. The very nature of this means that every single Sunrock product from the smallest Juliet to a full Balcony Frame is custom designed for your property, then made absolutely bespoke to your specifications.

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Our guarantee is that all Sunrock Balconies, Balustrades and Juliet Balconies are designed to pass UK Building Control regulations. For some projects, however, you may need to get planning permission if you want to make a major change to your building. We’d always advise you to check with your local authority if your project will require planning permission.

 

If required, Sunrock can provide planning drawings for £750 + VAT. This is a significant saving compared to commissioning an architect and/or structural engineer to do the same thing. In addition, if you order the balcony from us we’ll discount your final invoice by £250 + VAT so the real cost for planning drawings is £500 +VAT.

 

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We’ll survey your property and provide a full set of drawings to enable you to submit them to the planning authority.  Planning Drawings are a set of simplified drawings that:

  • Illustrate the scope of works
  • Indicate the proposed materials
  • Provide a scalable plan for planning authority to determine overall size of proposal
  • Can include a Site plan, General Arrangement plans, Elevations and basic section through building

 

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Sunrock Balconies offer lots of options to make the difference you are looking for in your property. So, we invite you to add style, function and appeal to your home and to Get in touch with us today – we’d be very happy to answer any questions or discuss a project you have in mind.

Our Design and Build philosophy is borne out of experience – over 30 years of it in fact!

 

We see it from 3 different perspectives because Sunrock always wants to ensure the best possible outcome for its customers. That way, you can sit back and relax knowing everything will be taken care of from start to finish.

 

Bespoke Design

At Sunrock we design the balcony to fit the exact dimensions specific to your home. The very nature of this means that every single Sunrock product from the smallest Juliet to a full Balcony Frame is custom designed for your property, then made absolutely bespoke to your specifications.

This is one reason why we don’t provide pricing online as every property will be different.

 

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Safety

All Sunrock Balconies, Balustrades and Juliet Balconies are designed, built and installed to pass UK Building Control regulations so you can be assured they are completely safe.

As an example, we follow the main regulations for balustrades below:

  • Balustrade will be minimum 1100mm high from Finished Floor Level.
  • At 1100mm height there is no more than 25mm deflection with a load of 0.74kn.
  • There will be no gap in the balustrade that a 100mm diameter ball can fit through
  • If there is no handrail then Toughened Laminated Glass is used to provide a barrier if one of the panes are broken.

 

Peace of Mind

Leave it all to us! At Sunrock we work directly with you but can also liaise and consult with your architect, contractors or tradesmen. We will do our utmost to get the best results for your balcony project.

Our team is professional, hardworking and reliable. At the end of the project we will hand over a tidy site, on schedule and in budget.

Why not let Sunrock help and advise you on your project? We can assist you to add function, style, and appeal to your home so get in touch, we’d be happy to answer any questions or just have a chat about a project you have in mind.

Do you know what a Balustrade is? If not, here’s the official definition from Google…..

balustrade definition

To be perfectly honest, you probably did know but frequently when customers ask us to quote for a balcony we find they’d actually like a quote for a balustrade. In other words, they’ve already actually got the patio, balcony, decking or flat roof and are looking for a barrier or railing to edge it.

 

Balustrade example

Example of our infinity glass balustrade.

 

Because these areas are unique to every property, our balustrades are produced specifically to fit them. So, every balustrade we produce is completely bespoke and the glass is only ever made for that particular project. Simply put, we make the balustrade to fit your balcony not your balcony to fit the glass we have in stock! This is the main reason we don’t sell balustrade kits to be fitted by builders or self-fitted.

Sunrock Infinity Glass Balustrades are beautifully engineered and ultra-modern. They can be completely frameless or can be built with a handrail… the choice is yours.  Either way, they deliver a wonderful feeling of space but also provide a safety barrier compliant with regulations.

Sunrock Barbican Balustrades are a stunning Stainless Steel post and clamp system with bag loads of configurations so we can fit to almost anything!

All our balustrades are supplied and fitted by our expert team with a two phase installation:

Phase 1: We fit track or posts and measure for glass

Phase 2: We return to fit the glass and finish off

Here at Sunrock Balconies our dedicated team of experts can help and advise you on all aspects of your project. Our aim is to help add function, style, and appeal to your home so get in touch, we’d be happy to answer any questions or discuss a project you have in mind.

What are Building Regulations?

 

Sunrock Building Regulations

The UK’s Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. They are developed by the Government and approved by Parliament to ensure the safety and health for people, including those with disabilities, going in or about those buildings. They also help conserve fuel and power.

Enforced by building control bodies, you can either use approved inspectors or employ private building control firms. However, most people elect to use the expertise of their Local Authority Building Control or Inspectors department. They are there to protect you and your money from cowboy builders and unsafe practices.

 

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You can rest assured that as a national company with over 30 years’ experience, Sunrock Balconies are certainly no cowboys. We are experts in steel fabrication, glazing, and design. With regional offices throughout the UK we work on large commercial contracts as well as residential projects.

Because every planning authority is different, we would recommend you check with them before you start to design your balcony project. We can guarantee however, that all Sunrock Balconies, Balustrades and Juliet Balconies are designed, built and installed to pass UK Building Control regulations. So, as an example we follow the main regulations for balustrades below:

 

  • Balustrade will be minimum 1100mm high from Finished Floor Level.
  • At 1100mm height there is no more than 25mm deflection with a load of 0.74kn.
  • There will be no gap in the balustrade that a 100mm diameter ball can fit through.
  • If there is no handrail then Toughened Laminated Glass is used to provide a barrier if one of the panes are broken.

 

Glass Balcony Experts

The team at Sunrock will be happy to answer any questions at any time during your project. In addition, you will always be given expert advice, involving you at every stage particularly when decisions need to be made. Our team is professional, hardworking and reliable. At the end of the project we will hand over a tidy site, on schedule and in budget.

Let Sunrock Balconies make the difference you are looking for – add style, function and appeal to your home and bring the outside into your home today. Get in touch. We’d be happy to answer any questions or discuss a job you have in mind.

This week is all about love. Along with all the Valentine gifts and cards exchanged, it’s a foregone conclusion that the famous meeting of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet at Juliet’s balcony will be quoted. But, the term ‘Juliet balcony’ will also be used in the context of home improvements and we’re certain you will fall in love with them too!

 

What is a Juliet Balcony?

 

In a nutshell it’s a shallow balcony or railing which is secured to the external wall and sits just outside a window, pair of French doors or bi-fold doors on an upper storey of a building. When you open the doors wide, the balcony provides a safety barrier to the outside allowing you to enjoy the interior space whilst at the same time allowing the outside in.

 

Let the light flood in with a Juliet Balcony

 

Traditional Juliet balconies were made from steel, usually painted black, with upright bars. Installed on the wall outside, it would work as a barrier but have a cage like feeling from both within the room and externally too.

Today, the addition of a Sunrock Infinity Glass Juliet Balcony works well with the trend for open plan living. Whilst this type of balcony does not extend the floor space of a property, it can help change how you use the space. With the replacement of small windows with larger French doors or bifold doors, the room is automatically flooded with light making it feel larger and more pleasant. The air floods in when the doors are opened and you achieve a safe unobstructed view due to the glass balustrade of the Juliet Balcony. Essentially it converts the room into an enclosed balcony, fantastic for warm and sunny days.

 

 

Are Juliet Balconies Cost effective?

 

A Sunrock Infinity Glass Juliet balcony will add a stunning design feature to your property and delivers an elegant solution to fully comply with UK Building Regulations. They are becoming a popular feature on old and new UK properties. The key reason for this is that can usually be installed without the need for planning permission which also negates the need for an architect. It should be pointed out though that all Sunrock Balconies are built to fully comply with Building Regulations.

 

Sunrock Juliet Balcony

Other options to a Juliet Balcony

 

Of course, Juliet balconies may not suit every property. If you have the space and budget, Sunrock would be pleased to look at alternatives such as full balcony with its additional benefits.

We offer lots of options in both full and Juliet balconies, so why not take a look at them here. Let Sunrock Balconies make the difference you are looking for – add style, function and appeal to your home and bring the outside into your home today. Get in touch. We’d be happy to answer any questions or discuss a project you have in mind.

The use of glass has established itself as a key element of contemporary architecture of buildings.  As a result of new technology and innovation, sustainable products can be produced using glass. It’s these qualities that make it an attractive material to use in construction as well as it’s practicality.

Glass offers the open living that people want today. Being transparent, it offers a two way view giving a sense of space where living and outside areas become one divided only by glass. It is also a more stable and resistant building material which is easy to clean and maintain. Here at Sunrock, we use glass for balustrades and balconies to improve and enhance the style, function and appeal of homes and commercial buildings.

Sunrock glass balconyGlass Balconies

There is no doubt that a glass balcony is a great way to improve both the look and functionality of your outdoor area whether it’s a patio, deck or small garden. Made from galvanized steel with an infinity glass balustrade these are designed and built specifically to suit your property.

 

 

 

Sunrock glass floorGlass Floors

Letting more light into the area below your balcony is another way to create openness too. Glass floors with glass wells integral to the balcony decking is one option, while the other is an entire glass floor made from laminated toughed glass. All glass floors are available in a variety of shades; clear, tinted or privacy etched and all have spot grip pads added as a safety feature.

 

 

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A glass Juliet balcony can turn what could be considered a boring and unattractive façade into something really spectacular.  They offer unbroken views from your patio doors, French windows or bi-fold doors so when they are opened the light floods in. All this, knowing it is also offers complete safe too.

 

 

 

Let Sunrock make the difference you are looking for – Add style, function and appeal to your home and bring the outside into your home today. Get in touch – we’d be happy to answer any questions or discuss a job you have in mind.

Measuring and installing Juliet balconies

Important information for measuring and installing Juliet Balconies

Installing Juliet Balconies

When requesting a quote / ordering

We are always being asked:

  • How do I measure the opening for a Juliet Balcony?
  • On the day of installation what requirements/access will Sunrock need

Image A shows where to measure on your window opening – it is the distance shown by the green bar, from wall to wall.

juliet balcony opening measurement

Installation guidelines

On the day of installation, we will require you to meet with the engineers and provide access to the house and a power supply.
For installation, we will require an area the size shown in picture B to position lifting equipment. This area must be clear, level hard ground, while central to the juliet being installed.

juliet balcony installation quidelines

In addition, we will require clear access to a suitable parking space for the safe movement of the glass.
If you have any concerns regading any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Sunrock Installation team installing a Side fix Infinity Glass Juliet Balcony

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Glass Balustrades for Parapet Walls

The Infinity Glass UP

Sunrock are introducing the ‘Infinity Glass Up’– a new Glass Railing System specifically for topping low parapet walls. Therefore providing unobstructed views from patios, terraces and balconies with a minimal base giving maximum viewing.

The Infinity Glass Up base that holds the glass is only 80 mm high, and can accommodate glass up to 800 mm tall. As a result, this makes it very unobtrusive, as a way of fixing infinity glass balustrades on parapet walls.

The almost invisible base shoe creates an effect that is airy and light, although the glass railing system is actually extremely robust. It can resist linear line loads of up to 0.74 kN/m and has approval according to BS 6180.

Easy Installation

The design of Infinity Glass Up makes it a straightforward installation. The lightweight base profile is easy to position, and Q-railing’s ingenious Safety Wedge system makes for rapid mounting of the glass balustrades. In fact, we can carry out the entire installation process from inside the parapet – no scaffolding required!

The Infinity Glass Up includes the top-mount base shoe, matching end caps, and rubber sets for different glass thicknesses. Sunrock will install your glass railing project with ease – with suitable anchors for fixing, glass panels and if desired a U-profile caprail for a refined top finish. The base is currently powder coated to RAL9006 (white aluminium effect) so no additional cladding is required.

glass balustrades for parapet walls

Designed for: Indoor and outdoor use
Varieties: Top mount
Applications: Balustrades for parapet walls
Material: Aluminium powder coated RAL 9006
Infills: Glass up to 800 mm high
Glass thickness: 12 to 17.52 mm
Top finish: Cap rail, u-profile or Edge Protection

Benefits of Infinity Glass Balustrades for Parapet Walls:
Minimalist: A slimline base that maximizes the view
Easy: All mounting and adjustment takes place inside the balustrade
Quick: Q-railing’s unique Safety Wedge system for fast glass installation
Safe: Resists linear line loads of 0.74 kN/m with glass 16.76 mm thick
and 800 mm high
Flexible: Suitable for glass 12 mm to 17.52 mm thick and up to 800 mm high
Customisation: Bespoke profiles on request

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See our other options for Infinity Glass Balustrades