If there is one material that adds a little luxury to the home, it’s glass.

Yes, that shiny, sparkly material that makes any normal home space look attractive and luxurious just by existing. The world has been producing glass for thousands of years, and there is a reason that architects use it as a material to impress the masses. The best thing about glass, whether it’s glass floors, room dividers or stair balustrades, is that it’s timeless.

You can transform your living space simply by switching out your material choices and it’s one of the biggest reasons that architects and interior designers choose glass for their designs. Infinity glass just doesn’t go out of style, so here are some of the ways that glass can add that touch of class to your living space.

Luxurious Homes

Here’s a great example of how Sunrock Balconies can transform your property. This stunning three storey beach house was built to take full advantage of the incredible sea views. The addition of infinity glass balustrading which are accessed via bi-fold doors provides an uninterrupted view of the ocean.

 

 

Let There Be Light

Depending on the design and material you use, glass will let a lot of natural light flood into your home. Whether it’s frosted or not, glass allows you a window to the outside world and you already know that there are tons of health benefits to natural light streaming into the house. Glass can prevent the light smacking into walls; it just flows right through the house. Harnessing the sun to brighten your home from wall to wall is much better for your health than any other material. You can have everything from infinity glass balustrades and stairs to the glass floors you’ve seen in magazines!

 

 

All About Aesthetics

Glass has clean lines to it, and you can use glass in many different stylish and beautiful ways. From glass furniture and table tops, to frameless walls and glass doors, there are several ways to ensure that the interior of your home is one clean line and aesthetically pleasing as a result. Glass balconies are another way of allowing in more light, a seamless join between the outside and inside – a sleeker look to the home overall.

Opening the Space

Glass allows the light to flow through each room in the house, especially if you choose to have glass floors or stair balustrades. Glass allows your home to feel more open, warm and inviting. The glass doors, for example, can allow you a better sense of space, which also means that you can link rooms together and offer continuity to the house, too. It’s a very modern look, and it’s one that’s having a positive impact in the interior design world.

A Modern Touch

Speaking of glass making the space more modern, you can transform older homes and buildings simply by switching older, darker materials to glass. Glass is one of the most ideal materials for transformation, and it’s particularly useful for property modification.

Versatility

Glass is a versatile material and can be used for any number of applications in the house. You can build a whole balcony or extension to your house with it!

At Sunrock Balconies we create outdoor living rooms using infinity glass designed to your specifications.  We offer a complete end to end service from design to quotation to full installation for both residential and commercial customers.  We can also consult with your architect, contractors or tradesmen to get the best results for your balcony project.

Get in touch today and we will walk you through our hassle-free process. Why not call us on 01204 668 207 or send a message to info@sunrockbalconies.co.uk.  Further information about our full service range can be found on our website.

Imagine tossing and turning in your bedroom or living room sofa and daydreaming about the beautiful outdoor view, with a gentle breeze caressing your skin.

This daydream can become a reality if your home comes with a balcony; there’s no need to sweat it out indoors all the time.

Allow yourself to enjoy your outdoor space by creating a seamless blend between your indoors and outdoors. It doesn’t matter the size of balcony you have (whether a generously sized deck or a tiny patio), it is possible to spruce it up to add lustre to your home, creating the intimacy and comfort you desire. Are you lacking inspiration for your balcony? We’ve got some ideas for you.

A touch of glass

There are few things more relaxing than taking a break on your balcony, enjoying the outside view, and watching the rest of the world go by, with your favourite drink by your side. If you love to enjoy your exterior view, consider using infinity glass and balustrades to help bring the outside view in; not only will your balcony space be enhanced, but it will also help you make the most of the view.

Go green

Plants are pretty much one of nature’s best gifts as far as home decor is concerned, and one plant can be enough to change your balcony’s ambience. From vines to potted plants in planters, you can choose from different varieties, depending on what meets your fancy. If space is an issue, stick with plants that will grow vertically.

Plants also come with added health benefits, as they exchange your carbon dioxide with oxygen; it’s a win-win situation.

Furniture

It’s hard to imagine a relaxing balcony space without the right furniture. When shopping for furniture for your balcony, comfort and relaxation are the most important things to consider. A few items that will add a nice touch to your balcony if you have the space for it include:

  • Rocking chairs
  • Day beds
  • Swing chairs
  • A single sofa
  • A hammock

You can also use something as simple as wooden crates for your furniture; just cover them with cushions, and you’re good to go. Let your outdoor furniture complement the ones indoors to help create a seamless transition.

Lighting

Lighting up your balcony should be able to serve two primary purposes:

  • Making it possible to spend beautiful nights in your outdoor space – You don’t need anything too bright; something warm-toned and stylish should do the trick. You can even opt for some candles to create a romantic touch. 
  • Serving as a form of security – You can use an electric lantern. The right number will depend on the space you have.

Bear in mind that the lighting shouldn’t be too harsh.

Flooring

The right flooring choice may depend on where the balcony is located. For example, if it’s right after your kitchen, tiles may be the way to go. But if it connects to a wooden floor area, then a deck is appropriate. No matter the flooring you already have, you can always cover its centre space with a beautiful rug. 

You can also add some shade if you expect to spend a lot of time on your balcony. 

Are you wondering how to make your balcony a desirable place to be? At Sunrock Balconies we create outdoor living rooms using infinity glass designed to your specifications. We offer a complete end to end service from design to quotation to full installation for both residential and commercial customers. We can also consult with your architect, contractors or tradesmen to get the best results for your balcony project.

Get in touch today and will walk you through our hassle-free process. Why not call us on 01204 668 207 or send a message to info@sunrockbalconies.co.uk. Further information about our full service range can be found on our website

 

When it comes to winter, it can often mean that for many gardens they end up being ignored or go un-used.

However, if you’ve got the right setup you can still continue to use it actively when you want to. Your winter garden can be just as good of a source of enjoyment as it will often be in the summer. Many households look for the Scandi ‘hygge’ way of life nowadays! Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of cosiness and comfort.

So, if you’re someone who wants to make good use out of their outdoor area and create this outdoor ‘hygge’ mood this winter, here are some tips on how to make a winter garden cosy.

 

Ambiance with lighting

 

The ambiance is important because if you’re not providing the right elements to the outdoor space, it can often look cold and uninviting. Lighting can be a great way to create the right atmosphere that a garden will be lacking during the wintertime.

They don’t need to be anything over the top or grand, but something simple like fairy lights can be impressive. The twinkly effect they provide is like the sky at night and can provide just enough lighting to make it comfortable.

If you want to go a bit beyond fairy lights, you could always get some standing lighting that are pinpointed all over the garden to allow illumination to and from the house. There are some great options out there from UV powered to wired light fittings.

 

Creating shelter

 

Shelter from the elements is key. When making your winter garden cosy, try to mimic the indoor feel and security that your indoor areas can provide. That means creating a type of roofing that will catch any rainfall and help reduce the wind from blowing through too.

 

Glass Balustrades

 

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your garden upgrade, you can always turn to Sunrock Balconies for Infinity Glass balconies or balustrades. they offer stunning visual benefits even in the dark. The glass balustrading provides the feeling of an openness and space. Not only that, they can help provide shelter.

 

Provide a source of warmth

 

It’s a cold time of year so you want to think about providing yourself with a source of warmth. This can be in the form of a fire pit or gas patio heater.

Providing blankets and throws will help to keep everyone warm and cosy too.

 

Keep it in good condition

 

And finally, be sure to keep your garden in good condition by mowing your grass and keeping any shrubs or trees cut back and neatened up. Pathways should be cleared of leaves, moss or algae to avoid slipping.

At Sunrock Balconies we create outdoor living rooms using infinity glass designed to your specifications.  We offer a complete end to end service from design to quotation to full installation for both residential and commercial customers.  We can also consult with your architect, contractors or tradesmen to get the best results for your balcony project.

Get in touch today and we will walk you through our hassle-free process. Why not call us on 01204 668 207 or send a message to info@sunrockbalconies.co.uk.  Further information about our full service range can be found on our website.

 

 

 

 

When buying furniture for your home, you want to make sure that you’re picking out the best provider that’s going to offer you quality and value for money.

For those looking at buying infinity glass, or looking for options for your balcony, then you should look no further than Sunrock Balconies. Sunrock offers a range of fantastic infinity glass balustrades and balcony options that will allow this area of your home to stand out in the best possible way. Here are seven reasons to choose Sunrock Balconies.

 

1. End to end service provided

The quality of service is important for you as a customer, and as such, Sunrock offers end to end service from the moment you pick your design to the quotation and installation of your selected balcony.

Having peace of mind that you’ll have everything covered from start to finish, is necessary.

 

2. Bespoke design

What makes Sunrock different is its bespoke designs that make them unique. If you really want something that is built to your preferences and looks the part, then Sunrock can offer infinity glass balustrades that tick the box of everything you’re looking for in a balcony.

 

3. In line with building regulations

With over 30 years of experience in the trade, Sunrock Balconies have experience of all the necessary building regulations to ensure that whatever design you choose, it’s going to comply with the minimum standards for building regulations here in the UK.

 

4. Experience with working hand in hand with architects or building contractors

Often enough, installing balconies might be part of an ongoing project when it comes to working on your property. You might be working with an architect or with building contractors, so you want a business that can work successfully with them. Sunrock Balconies has plenty of experience of this so you can be sure the work will carried out seamlessly between us all.

 

5. Peace of mind

When you choose Sunrock, you’re also getting peace of mind. All the work that the company takes on for you is fully insured. Sunrock balustrades, balcony frames and other products are designed to fit the exact dimensions, custom-designed and bespoke to your property.

 

6. Competitive prices

If you’re looking for value for money, then you should pick wisely. Sunrock offers competitive prices that are going to help ensure you make the right decision for your budget.

 

7. Amazing customer feedback.

Feedback is important when shopping around, and our customers have nothing but good things to say about our services. If you’re hesitant, then just check out the wonderful feedback we’ve received over the years.

Hopefully, we’ve given you enough reasons to buy with Sunrock Balconies and to get the balcony design you’ve been looking for.

 

At Sunrock Balconies we create outdoor living rooms using infinity glass designed to your specifications.  As we’ve already said we offer a complete end to end service from design to quotation to full installation for both residential and commercial customers and can consult with your architect, contractors or tradesmen to get the best results for your balcony project.

 

Get in touch today and we will walk you through our hassle-free process. Why not call us on 01204 668 207 or send a message to info@sunrockbalconies.co.uk.  Further information about our full service range can be found on our website.

In many homes, the staircase is the first thing visitors notice when they enter the front door.

However, despite being a prominent feature, most homeowners neglect the staircase aside from the standard dusting and vacuum.

Staircases are one of the key communal areas of any property with significant and constant use. So, if that’s the case, why not look to create a stunning feature of it? Not only will it be more appealing it will add value, along with a luxurious modern look, adding a wow factor in your home! Here’s how you can do it:

 

Experiment with Colour

 

By experimenting with paint, you can personalise your stairs and bring about a wonderful transformation. You may decide to paint the entire staircase or focus on select parts like the spindles. For a professional looking finish, you should ensure that all the surfaces are clean before painting. Have the old paint and varnish removed before the application of the new decoration.

You can create space and light by using different paint, textures, colours, and shades. Using contrasting shades for the treads and the risers such as a lighter colour on the riser and a darker colour on the tread will create a great look.

 

Be Creative with Carpeting

 

Attractive carpets can work wonders for a tired staircase. Carpeting may be the ideal option for staircases made from MDF, plywood, or concrete. Available in a wide range of colours, designs and textures it means you can be creative!

To add more style, if your staircase is still in good condition, you could carpet the centre of the stairs and paint or vanish the visible areas of the tread.

 

Use Lighting

 

You can give your stairs a new look by installing lighting. Illuminating the staircase will not just create the necessary light, but it will also bring out a stunning effect. You can choose from various staircase lighting options:

  • Linear step lights
  • Illuminated handrails
  • Tread lights
  • Backlighting
  • Up-down lights
  • Hidden lights

 

Install Infinity Glass Balustrades

 

 

Transform your staircase by installing infinity glass balustrades. In commercial and domestic settings, glass balustrades add a touch of class and luxury to any staircase. They allow light to flow freely and create an illusion of space. Infinity glass is easy to clean, making it easy to work with.

The design of balustrades should be such that it discourages children from climbing on it. Some conventional staircases, especially those with wooden railings, do not comply with this requirement. A great solution to this is infinity glass balustrades. They not only add a modern twist but are also sturdy and safe. Any balustrade installed by Sunrock Balconies are designed, built and installed to pass UK Building Control regulations.

 

How Sunrock Balconies can Transform your Staircase

 

 

At Sunrock Balconies we use infinity glass designed to the specification of the staircase in your property.  We offer a complete end to end service from design to quotation to full installation for both residential and commercial customers.  We can also consult with your architect, contractors or tradesmen to get the best results for you.

Whether you seek to transform your interior or exterior staircase, or your terrace or balcony area, you can’t go wrong with infinity glass balustrades from Sunrock Balconies.

Get in touch today and we will walk you through our hassle-free process. Why not call us on 01204 668 207 or send a message to info@sunrockbalconies.co.uk.  Further information about our full service range can be found on our website.

 

Heat soaked glass Juliet Sunrock Balconies

Toughened glass is the best material for constructing infinity glass balustrades and Juliet balconies.

 

However, if inferior glass has been used, some customers experience problems with breakages after installation, occurring months or even years later.

Heat soaked glass offers another great solution to the range of toughened glass used for glass balustrading to ensure it will look its best for years to come. Read on to find out all about heat soaked glass, how it’s made, and its benefits.

 

What is heat soaked glass? 

 

The majority of toughened glass contains small amounts of Nickel Sulphide, which changes state during the toughening process and cannot revert to their original form when the glass is cooled. Although steps are taken to remove the Nickel Sulphide inclusions, no glass manufacturer can guarantee that they are not present.

 

In most cases, this isn’t too much of a problem, but sometimes, the Nickel Sulphide eventually returns to its original form and expands in size as it does so. This can lead to cracks and breakages in glass sometimes several months or years later.

 

Heat soaked glass solves that issue. The toughened glass will be placed in an oven at 295-300 degrees and left for 4 hours. If there are any Nickel Sulphide inclusions, they will expand during this process and cause a breakage. However, if the glass does not break, it indicates it’s safe to use and it’s very unlikely to break at a later date.

 

What is the benefit of heat soaked glass?

 

The obvious benefit of heat soaked glass is that it reduces the risk of breakages in the future. In fact, it is estimated that the heat soaking process removes up to 98% of all glass with Nickel Sulphide inclusions, so the chance of breakage is minimal.

 

Sunrock Balconies are now offering heat soaked glass for Juliet balconies. We can create outdoor living rooms using heat soaked infinity glass as an option designed to your specifications. We also offer a complete end to end service from design to quotation to full installation for both residential and commercial customers. We can also consult with your architect, contractors or tradesmen to get the best results for your balcony project.

 

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality infinity glass balustrades and Juliet balconies to our customers and having heat soaked glass for Juliet balconies as an option is just one way of demonstrating this.

 

Get in touch today and we will walk you through our hassle-free process. Why not call us on 01204 668 207 or send a message to info@sunrockbalconies.co.uk.  Further information about our full service range can be found on our website https://www.sunrockbalconies.co.uk/.

 

 

 

So, you have a new home with a beautiful vista – congratulations! You may be considering some glass balustrading to make the most of it.

This could be an excellent choice, but as with any big decision, there are many factors to consider. Go into this decision with your eyes open by considering the pros and cons of Infinity glass balustrades.

 

Why you should choose glass balustrades for your project

 

A balcony made entirely of infinity glass is the perfect way to enjoy the landscape beyond your back door. Whether you look onto the ocean, the forest, or the city, you would rather get a full view of the scenery instead of it being mostly obscured. It gives you a sense of space rather than confinement.

Balconies that don’t use glass create a barrier between the inside and the outside. Conversely, a glass balustrade dissolves the barrier without losing it completely, giving the illusion of a large open space, looking out.

A glass balustrade could add value of your property. Glass balconies offer a more luxurious and upmarket look giving it increased curb appeal too.

If you are landscaping your property, you will roundly benefit from having a glass balustrade. For one thing, you will not need to consider the aesthetic implications of a traditional design that may impact your landscaping decisions. Instead, your glass balcony will complement any creative vision. You can enjoy your creation from the inside.

 

Will your property suit a glass balcony?

 

Traditionally glass balconies are deemed to be a luxurious and high end option. However, the cost of raw materials and production have come down and installing an infinity glass balcony will suit even with the most modest budget.

 

Glass balustrading may not suit every home. As it brings more contemporary look, it tends to suit modern, linear aesthetics, not traditional buildings and stonework. However, designers today tend to blend the old with the new, and in many cases, it works extremely well.

 

At Sunrock Balconies we create outdoor living rooms using infinity glass designed to your specifications.  We offer a complete end to end service from design to quotation to full installation for both residential and commercial customers.  We can also consult with your architect, contractors or tradesmen to get the best results for your balcony project.

 

Get in touch today and we will walk you through our hassle-free process. Why not call us on 01204 668 207 or send a message to info@sunrockbalconies.co.uk.  Further information about our full service range can be found on our website.

When it comes to design elements of your home, especially when it comes to balconies, architects and designers will look at using glass balustrades as a modern designer look and feature for your home. However, many people shy away from this because they have a big fear inside them when it comes to glass. The main concern being safety.

 

It is understandable, after all, your perception of glass is that it is fragile and could break easily. However, glass balustrades are extremely heavy duty and if bought from a reputable provider, then you can put your mind at ease. You will get the designer look you want, and the safety which is needed for the area to be utilised by everyone. However, you shouldn’t just take our word for it, here is a little more insight into why glass balustrades are safe and also how purchasing through a reputable company can give you the extra peace of mind you need.

 

Glass balustrades must be made with safety glass

 

 

There are UK guidelines in place that specify that glass balustrades must be made using safety glass and there are two types of glass that can be used. Tempered glass and laminated glass.

 

Tempered or toughened glass

 

Toughened or tempered glass means that this glass itself is heated to around 700°C and then is cooled quickly, which is known as quenching. The quenching process creates a strong layer on both sides of the glass that locks tension inside. This means that because of this process, tempered glass is four times stronger to impact than regular glass. If it does break, it doesn’t break into large shards like most glass will do, it shatters into small pieces which makes it less dangerous and also easy to dispose of.

 

Laminated glass

 

Laminated glass is a bit different. It is made by sandwiching a layer of resin or plastic membrane between two toughened glass panels. Should one of the glass panels break, the membrane then works as a “safety net” and protects the second panel of glass.

 

It isn’t just about the glass itself 

 

You also need to take into account that not only is glass part of the glass balustrades option, but you also need to consider the framing and handles. This is when the added extra security can come into play by using specific stainless steel marine grade uprights, fixtures and fittings as well as handrails and frames.

 

But what about guarantees?

 

Using glass with metal framing may mean you have the concerns about the longevity of the product. Sunrock Balconies have over a decade of experience and know exactly what it takes to give you the look, security and safety measures you are looking for. Indeed, all Sunrock Balconies, Balustrades and Juliet Balconies are designed, built and installed to pass UK Building Control regulations.

 

At Sunrock Balconies we create outdoor living rooms using infinity glass designed to your specifications.  We offer a complete end to end service from design to quotation to full installation for both residential and commercial customers.  We can also consult with your architect, contractors or tradesmen to get the best results for your balcony project.

 

Get in touch today and we will walk you through our hassle-free process. Why not call us on 01204 668 207 or send a message to info@sunrockbalconies.co.uk.  Further information about our full service range can be found on our website.

 

 

There is a great debate about whether you should use wood or composite material such as Ecodek® or Millboard when you are choosing your decking.

In the past wooden decking has always been the preferred option but now composite materials are very popular. With better structure, safety, and durability, Ecodek® or Millboard are the options Sunrock Balconies recommend.

Whether you are choosing to install infinity glass balustrades, balcony flooring, or decking outside your home, you need to consider the differences between wood and Ecodek® or Millboard. So, before you make a choice let’s take a look!

Wood Decking

 

Wood decking has always been a popular choice for an outer deck or balcony, and it can last up to 40 years but, it all depends on the maintenance! A wooden decking must be cared for if you want it to last.  Here are some things you need to know:

 

  • Maintenance of wood decks has to be regular to avoid the build up of algae and moss which can cause it to become slippery
  • Prone to rotting, splintering, and warping so treatment is essential
  • The wood needs to be oiled or stained all over at least every couple of years
  • Application of a sealant slow down rotting

 

Ecodek®/Composite Decking

 

Ecodek® is the perfect solution as a sustainable and low maintenance alternative to timber. Sunrock Balconies offer you a range of low maintenance options from Ecodek® that really enhance your balcony or terrace but which also provides durability too. Here’s why:

  • Composite decking is a stylish, well-established, affordable material.
  • Attractive wood grain effect outdoor boards
  • High Slip Resistance
  • High quality wood polymer composite for low maintenance
  • Long Life – 25 year warranty
  • Ecodek wood polymer composite (WPC) products are manufactured using a carbon-negative process.
  • It’s production actually removes carbon from the atmosphere which is why EcoDek is genuinely sustainable.

Millboard Composite decking

 

Millboard is another great solution to real wood. It creates a functional and stunningly attractive deck. The qualities of polyurethane create a strong and durable product. Millboard will eliminate rotting, warping and general which will be inevitable if natural wood is used. Here’s why:

  • Scratch and stain resistant
  • Designed to withstand weathering
  • Resistant to facing and sun damage
  • No Splinters
  • High slip resistance and impervious to growth of algae
  • Lightweight
  • Being solid it is resistant to warping, rotting and insect infestation.
  • It is fire tested to BS EN ISO 13501-1:2007+A1:2009. It also has a Bfl-S1reaction to fire classification (a fire test for flooring)
  • 25 year warranty

 

At Sunrock Balconies we create outdoor living rooms using infinity glass designed to your specifications. We offer a complete end to end service from design to quotation to full installation for both residential and commercial customers. We can also consult with your architect, contractors or tradesmen to get the best results for your balcony project.

 

Understanding the differences between Ecodek® or Millboard and wood will show you that the superior option they provide. The team at Sunrock would be happy to tell you more so get in touch today. Alternatively, why not call us on 01204 668 207 or send a message to info@sunrockbalconies.co.uk. Further information about our full service range can be found on our website.

Living by the coast is the dream of many. It could be the smell of the sea in the breeze, the sound of seagull cries, just being close to the beach or feeling the warm sand beneath your feet.

Undoubtedly it will not be the hassles of dealing with salt corrosion, excess moisture and rusting metal!

Coastal corrosion is a big problem for those who have homes that border the coast. With climate change and the constant onslaught of wind and rain, the right materials are a must.

 

Coastal Corrosion

Coastal corrosion can threaten your property’s integrity, and if your property is within 5km of the surf, you will notice it happening. If you’re further inland and 20km from the surf, you still may find that you are dealing with coastal corrosion. The continuous exposure to wind, high temperatures, and pollution can be the cause, though it’s much less severe than being close to the water.

 

Being close to saltwater spray is the main reason coastal corrosion occurs, as sea salt is a corrosive substance. It stays wet until the humidity levels are very low, so it erodes for longer and can cause damage.

 

If you have infinity glass balustrades on your balcony, you may notice that the stainless steel fixings are becoming discoloured which impairs the overall look. This brown discolouration, or tea staining does not affect the reliability or the durability of the structure, but it can look unsightly.

 

Deep grooves and metal folds on surfaces are more likely to erode, as these can trap salts in the small spaces. When the surface dries, the salts corrode the material faster. If you can ensure that the surfaces are smooth, less salt will be trapped in the surfaces

 

Marine grade stainless steel fixings

Marine grade stainless steel fixings are the answer. All of the Sunrock Balcony uprights, rails, and fixings used are made from marine grade 316 stainless steel because it has a high resistance to corrosion.

 

At Sunrock Balconies we create outdoor living rooms using infinity glass designed to your specifications.  We offer a complete end to end service from design to quotation to full installation for both residential and commercial customers.  We can also consult with your architect, contractors or tradesmen to get the best results for your balcony project.

 

Get in touch today and we will walk you through our hassle-free process. Why not call us on 01204 668 207 or send a message to info@sunrockbalconies.co.uk.  Further information about our full service range can be found on our website.