A balcony is a balcony is a balcony… Or at least that’s what many assume.

 

But the truth is that there are lots of different kinds of balconies to fulfil a range of functions, beautifying your living space and allowing you to enjoy more outdoor space in your home where garden space is limited. A balcony is a wonderful place to grow flowers, herbs or even vegetables. You can lounge in your balcony while you watch the sun go down, or just enjoy your morning coffee al fresco. And when you’ve chosen the perfect kind of balcony for your home it can add aesthetic appeal and value. Let’s take a closer look at the different kinds of balcony structures…

 

Stacked balconies

 

The most common and popular balcony structure, it’s easy to implement while also having fewer structural load implications for the property. Indeed, stack balconies are technically separate structures. And on some occasions, they don’t even share a structural connection to the building itself. Balconies are stacked on top of one another over separate floors.

Balconies are conjoined by pillars which support the weight and transfer it to the ground. Concrete pads are usually cast below the balconies to better stabilise the structure.

 

Cantilevered balconies

 

Cantilevered balconies are very aesthetically appealing as they appear to defy the laws of physics. They protrude from the surface of the wall with no visible means of support. They can be made from timber, concrete or steel. These are more complicated and need to be planned further in advance than other kinds of structures. Unlike other balcony structures, they tend to have a very slight “bounce” underfoot. They typically have a maximum depth of 1500-1800mm. The lower the depth, the less movement users can expect underfoot.

 

Hung balconies

 

Hung balconies use stainless steel cables which bear some of the weight. These attach to a plate at the edge of the balcony which connects to the supporting wall via the cables at a 45 degree angle. The fixing at the wall makes the most of the available bolt strength with equal parts “shear” and “pull out” forces. While these balconies are less common, they have a distinctive look and great stability.

 

Faux / Juliet balconies

 

In researching a balcony for your home or business, you may hear the words “true” and “faux” balconies used. All of the above are considered “true” balconies. A “faux” balcony is one that has railings but no actual flooring. You’ll be able to enjoy the fresh air, but you won’t have an actual space to move out onto. These are also known as Juliet balconies in homage to Romeo’s famous wooing of Juliet on her balcony in Verona.

 

Mezzanine balconies

 

Unlike the other entries on this list, mezzanine balconies are actually installed within your home. They usually consist of a large deck area with railings. They’re a great way to make the most of your vertical space and lend more usable space to your home.

 

Want to know more?

 

Need an expert to advise you on your infinity glass balcony project? 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.

 

Sipping cocktails from an outdoor pool, partying on a rooftop terrace, or simply relaxing in the garden with your family – a beautiful, uninterrupted view can transform each of these activities into something of an even higher class.

 

Big, bulky fencing and unsightly brick walls can have a disastrous effect on your attempt to achieve that all important uninterrupted view, but what is the alternative option that can allow you and your guests to fully appreciate the surroundings? You needn’t continue your search for even a second more, as glass balustrades are the ideal option to help you create the perfect open outdoor space that’s free of confines and borders.

 

Versatility of Glass

 

The versatility of glass balustrades make them a great fit for almost every location and style preference, adding quality and aesthetic value to any outdoor space within moments of installation. Designing the ideal entertainment spot that’s bound to wow your guests has never been so simple when you make the decision to incorporate glass balustrades, as they can be used for balconies and terraces that require a boundary for safety.

Not only will a glass balustrade keep you and your guests safe at such a height, it will also allow you all to see straight through for miles of uninterrupted views and endless sunlight. Utilising metal fencing or brickwork to create a border will knock several points off your properties aesthetic value, whilst also creating the atmosphere of a compact and claustrophobic space. You simply won’t be able to appreciate the surrounding areas of your property if you do not invest in the most suitable features, so don’t make the mistake of choosing the wrong materials for your needs.

Uninterrupted Views

 

Sunrock Balconies glass balustrades uninterrupted views

 

If you have a garden or piece of land that backs onto your property which maintains pleasing views, having to erect a tall wooden fence to identify the borders of your home can have a terrible effect on the way that you are able to appreciate your outdoor space. Again, the feeling of confinement can be amplified with the use of bulky materials, yet glass balustrades offer a whole new aesthetic. Opting to utilise glass balustrades in your garden will allow you and your family to appreciate Mother Nature to her full potential, as uninterrupted views are easy when there’s no fencing or wall standing in your bath. Summer sun soaked barbecues and outdoor get togethers have never been so enjoyable with the addition of a jaw dropping view, so don’t let such a selling point go to waste by investing in the wrong perimeters.

 

Poolside luxury

 

Even the luxury of an outdoor pool can be upgraded by the use of glass balustrades, as an unspoilt view appreciated from the water can be a whole new experience without the usual unsightly fencing or brickwork. Nothing says opulence quite like a rooftop infinity pool perfectly partnered with a set of glass balustrades.

 

There’s no time like the present to invest in your wildest dreams. 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 https://www.sunrockbalconies.co.uk/.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrock Balconies - Keeping your outside space COVID-19 protected

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly everyone across the globe.

But, as things slowly start to open up again and everyone begins to adjust to a new normal, people are looking for ways to reconnect with friends and family, relax, and have fun – especially during the summer months.

Thankfully, being in your outside space is a great way to enjoy company and stay safe – if you take the right measures to do so.

Before you enjoy time on your balcony, outdoor living room, or looking out over your infinity glass balustrades, it’s important to make sure your outdoor space is clean, sanitised, and protected from potential viruses.

It’s a relatively simple process you can repeat several times this summer to ensure you and your guests stay safe.

 

Declutter Your Space

 

A good rule of thumb is to completely empty your outdoor balcony of all furniture, plants, decor, etc. in order to have a clean slate. This will give you the opportunity to properly scrub and sanitise each individual piece, and you won’t have to “work around” items as you wash the deck itself, or the infinity glass that surrounds it.

 

When you move everything off of your balcony, you also have the chance to clear away any dust and debris. While these things might not spread viruses, they can be harmful to people with respiratory issues. Start your cleaning from the top of the balcony and work your way down.

 

As often as possible, sanitise anything your family or guests will come in contact with on your balcony or outdoor living room. You can use an easy solution of one part bleach to one part water to sterilise most outdoor surfaces with a mop or sponge.

 

Keeping Your Guests Safe

 

In addition to keeping things as clean and sanitised as possible, it’s still important to take proper precautions when gathering in groups. While being outside is helpful and reduces the risk of exposure, it doesn’t completely prevent it.

So, while you might want to reconnect with friends and family, keep your gatherings small and in line with Government guidance. Try to limit your outdoor events to only a few people, if possible. Keep bottles of hand sanitiser available in different spots around your outdoor space for your guests to use as often as they would like.

 

Additionally, you can make small changes that could make a big difference. For instance, label cups or glasses for each guest so there is no confusion when it comes to drinks. Instead of offering a ‘buffet-style’ option for food, offer pre-made plates, or serve your guests yourself. If people have to go inside to use the bathroom, encourage only one or two people in the house at once.

 

It’s exciting to be able to spend time outside again with the people you love. But, it is still important for everyone to remain diligent. At Sunrock Balconies, no one loves spending time on a beautiful infinity glass balcony more than us! But, we want to make sure all of our customers, our friends, and our families, remain safe in the wake of this pandemic. Keep these tips in mind throughout the summer to make sure anyone who enjoys your outdoor space stays healthy.

To contact Sunrock Balconies or to request an online quote, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re a homeowner, then it’s important that you’re making the most of all the space that your property provides.

While most people take plenty of care when it comes to the inside of their homes, many overlook the exterior area of the house. But it’s well worth taking the time to upgrade this outdoor space. It’ll allow you to enjoy being outdoors with your loved ones, and can also nudge the value of your property in the right direction.  

In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some tried and tested methods for bringing your garden up to speed. Take our tips on board, and it won’t be long before you’re enjoying all that having a picture-perfect outdoor space can bring.

 

Juliet balcony 

 

 

Want to improve the appearance of your home and let in as much light in as possible? Then consider adding a Juliet balcony to your property. These are especially recommended for master bedrooms since they let in so much light. On warm spring and summer mornings, you’ll be able to open your doors wide and let in that cool breeze. An infinity glass Juliet balcony isn’t a traditional balcony; it’s more an architectural feature that effectively transforms the room into one large balcony. It’ll allow you to enjoy the feeling of being outside, even when you’re in your bedroom.

 

Rooftop Terrace

 

Sunrock Balconies Infinity Glass top fix

 

When the sun is shining, you’ll want to make the most of being in the outdoors. There’s just nothing better than spending many hours under a warm sun, right on your own property. There’s sometimes just one issue: your garden won’t receive sunshine all day, because at some point your home or your neighbours’ home will block the sun. There’s one handy, awesome way to get around this issue, however, and that’s to add a rooftop terrace to your home. This will effectively give you two outdoor living spaces at your property: your back garden and your roof. Rooftop terraces are perfect for more or less all types of relaxed days outdoors, but they’re especially great for lounging and enjoying BBQs with your loved ones. 

 

Upgrade balustrades

 

Sunrock Balconies Infinity Blok Balcony

 

If you already have a balcony, but it’s looking a little dated, then consider upgrading to infinity glass balustrades. This will instantly give your home a sleek and modern appearance. This frameless feature will let in plenty of light into your balcony since there’s nothing blocking the light; there’ll be no shadows. If you have a home with a view, then you’ll get to look out at it in all its glory. There are aspects to enjoy while you’re sitting out there on your balcony, but you’ll also enjoy the view of your home from the street too. They look fantastic. 

 

If you’re ready to create the ultimate outdoor space in your home, then be sure to get in touch with Sunrock Balconies. We offer a wide range of services and have the expertise and experience you need to make your grand plans for your home a reality.

 

Sunrock Balconies - How to enhance your garden with glass

You can use a variety of materials to enhance your garden or outside space. Glass is one of the most versatile materials that you can use, both in practical and aesthetic ways.

It can create sleek lines and a contemporary feel, and it’s fantastic for increasing light and helping spaces to look bigger. If you want to use glass in your garden, you can install a range of features that have an impact on the look and feel of the space. Sunrock Balconies can offer you glass balconies and balustrades, as well as other glass products to help you make more of your garden.

Install a Water Feature

Water features are brilliant to add to any garden. They can help to create a more relaxing space, offering both a calming visual and sound. Glass water features are an excellent choice if you’re looking for a modern and sophisticated option for your garden. Consider a glass water wall, for example, where the water running down the wall can create rainbows as it catches the light. Or you might like a sphere of glass with water running down it, or perhaps a multifaceted glass water feature, where each piece feeds back into the others.

Have Glass Art or Sculptures

Art and sculptures are not just for inside your home. It’s also a good idea to add them to your garden, patio, terrace, or other outside space. There are many different things you can do with glass, both clear glass and coloured glass. Glass art outdoors often takes the form of sculpture, perhaps mixed with other materials such as certain metals or wood. You can choose something elegant and understated but effective, or maybe something bigger, more colourful, and even more powerful. Everyone has different tastes, so you have to find glass art that you enjoy.

Make Use of Mirrors

Mirrors are also a fantastic way to make use of glass outdoors. If you want to make your garden look bigger, the use of mirrors can help. Mirrors reflect the space around them and help it to look like there is more space for you to use. If you want to hang a mirror, you can find some beautiful traditional styles. However, you can also look for something more contemporary if you’re not a fan of arches or ornate frames. You could place a mirror at the end of your garden, at the head of your outdoor dining table, or somewhere else that will give the illusion of more space.

Install Glass Balustrades, Railings and Floors

 

Sunrock Balconies Enhance your garden with glass

 

Sunrock Balconies offers a range of glass products that you can use to improve not just the aesthetics of your garden, but also the functionality. Infinity glass balustrades allow you to install a barrier that doesn’t obstruct or obscure your view. The infinity glass is installed seamlessly to enhance your garden. Staircases and steps can be made more stylish with glass railings, and even glass floors on balconies can allow light to shine through to the space below.

Enhance your garden with glass to turn it into a more inviting space that you will want to use all year. To contact us or request an online quote, please click here.

 

Sunrock Balconies Make the most of your garden during lockdown 1

During the lockdown to protect us in the coronavirus outbreak, many people have found that their garden or balcony has been a godsend.

It provides somewhere to sit outside on sunny days and means that you’re not stuck inside even when you’re at home. If you’re lucky enough to have an outside space to use, knowing how to make the most of it will make your experience of lockdown more pleasant. While people are gradually returning to work and other activities, there’s no telling when we all might be able to get back to normal. In the meantime, it’s worth perfecting your outdoor space so you can make full use of it.

Add Additional Living Space

 

When you’re spending a lot of time at home, your home can start to feel smaller. However, when you have outdoor space, you can use it to the best of your ability to expand your home. Outdoor living space is a blessing when you want to get out of the house. It might be in the form of a patio or terrace, or perhaps a balcony. You can use outdoor living space to create somewhere to relax, eat, and drink and even cook, too, with an outdoor kitchen or barbecue.

 

Set Up Somewhere to Sit

 

Whether you have a small balcony or a sprawling terrace, somewhere to sit and enjoy your garden is essential. You can set up a seating area in several ways, whether it’s with a comfortable sofa, a bistro table and a couple of chairs, or a full dining set. When you’re deciding where to create a seating area, think about the view you will get, the position in relation to the sun and shade, and how you’re going to use the rest of the space that you have available. Choose furniture that’s comfortable and stylish, and designed for use outside.

 

Get a Great View

 

Sunrock Balconies Make the most of your garden during lockdown

 

Making the most of the view that you have is another great way to make full use of your garden. Using infinity glass for your balcony can help it look bigger and give you a better view. Having infinity glass balustrades installed by Sunrock Balconies will give you a completely frameless perimeter that enhances your outdoor space. You can also make changes to your garden to improve your view, such as trimming trees that might be blocking what you can see. You might not be able to change anything outside of your property line, but there are things that you can change.

 

Connect Indoors and Outdoors

 

Another way to make the most of your garden is to blur the lines between indoors and outdoors. You can connect the two spaces so that they flow more seamlessly into each other. Now might not be the time for any major renovations, but you can still make your existing space flow more. Use a similar decor style both inside and outside, open up your doors, and be creative outdoors to create more of an indoor look.

When you make full use of your garden during lockdown, you can keep yourself occupied and have a great space to relax. If you are looking to expand your outdoor living space, then contact Sunrock Balconies for an on-line quote or to browse our fabulous products, please visit the website here

 

 

 

Sunrock Balconies were delighted to complete a project on behalf of L & M Healthcare Hulton House in Preston.

Sunrock Balconies Hulton House

 

L & M Healthcare, a specialist provider of purpose-built nursing homes, offers personalised general nursing and dementia care. They operate a network of nursing homes throughout the Northwest and work closely with their sister organisation, Dynamic Building Solutions, for the design and build. The focus is on creating surroundings that are engaging, empathetic and welcoming whilst reflecting all the individuality and warmth of their residents’ home environments.

Care homes are a growing market for Sunrock Balconies and we are helping the contractors provide safe but welcoming outdoor spaces for residents in Dementia Plus environments at first floor height. 

Here’s what we did:

  • Infinity glass balustrade 1800mm high from finished floor level
  • No handrail to the centre making it non-climbable 
  • Balcony flooring with Millboard Enhanced Grain Decking which is slip rated – tested in accordance with BS79.76 Pendulum Friction Test.
  • Courtyard balcony waterproofed to provide a stay dry space for guests if it’s raining
  • Dining Room balcony not waterproofed to allow water drips through decking boards
  • The customer branded the glass with decals

Take a look at the images of the work Sunrock Balconies completed:

Courtyard Balcony

 

Sunrock Balconies Hulton House courtyard

 

 

Sunrock Balconies Hulton House courtyard 1

Dining Room Balcony

Sunrock Balconies Hulton House dining room balcony

Sunrock Balconies Hulton House dining room balcony

Sunrock Balconies Hulton House dining room balcony 2

Balcony flooring with Millboard Enhanced Grain Decking

Sunrock Balconies Hulton House millboard decking

 

Find out more about Sunrock Balconies infinity glass balconies and our other services today by contacting us by email on Info@sunrockbalconies.co.uk. Alternatively, you can request a free quote today through our website. We look forward to hearing from you and showcasing how we can transform your home or commercial premises.

 

 

 

 

 

Glass has many extraordinary merits for you to discover. An architectural phenomenon, it’s used on millions of balustrades, door canopies, staircases and other features throughout both private and commercial properties across the country.

Whether it’s used internally or externally, there are many benefits that you can reap from opting to having it installed within a building.

As a bespoke design that’s manufactured and fitted to your property’s exact dimensions, you’ll have a custom solution that offers the following notable advantages:

 

It Brings in Natural Light

 

 

No matter where it’s located in your property or office, it will help to bring natural light in. This incredible benefit helps to reduce your energy costs, saving you money in the long term.

But it’s not only the financial benefit that you can take advantage of with this. By bringing natural light into the property you will notice the wonderful atmosphere it creates. As glass absorbs and transmits the light, it adds an undeniable beauty to the building that can’t be ignored.

No longer will you have to rely on artificial lighting – now you have a practical and delightful feature that allows for plenty of natural light to flood into the building.

 

It Adds A Feeling of Space

 

Architectural merits of glass

 

Do you feel as though your home is closed off to its surroundings? By adding infinity glass balustrades (or another glass feature) your property will feel as though it’s been opened up to nature. Adding a feeling of space, you’ll be able to go out and enjoy the outside (or admire it from the interior of the building) no matter what time of year.

This benefit is incredibly prominent when you don’t have a lot of room to play with or you simply want to make more use of the exterior of your property.

 

It Radiates Modern Ambience

 

 

 

Not only does it add more space and bring in more light but it radiates modern ambience. When a building has infinity glass features, it undeniably looks more contemporary and stylish both internally and externally. Transforming the look and the feel of it, it’s unlike any other feature you could add.

Showcasing your property in a unique way, it gives a complete aesthetic look to the structure that you wouldn’t have got from other designs. This rendered aesthetic also allows for easier cleaning throughout the year – a benefit that people often forget about.

 

Final Thoughts

 

So, there you go. Those are just some of the remarkable architectural merits that come with glass. A practical and incredibly sophisticated design choice, you’ll love the benefits that come with it the moment it’s installed in your home or office building.

So what are you waiting for? Find out more about Sunrock Balconies infinity glass balustrades, glass floors, stairs and our other services today by contacting us by email on Info@sunrockbalconies.co.uk or at one of our offices.

Alternatively, you can request a free quote today through our website. We look forward to hearing from you and showcasing how we can transform your home or building through the use of high-quality and beautiful glass.

 

In Britain, we’re lucky to be spoiled with over 19,000 miles of beautiful scenic coastline. Coastal properties are some of the most sought after in the country and an attractive sea view can add up to 50% to the value of a property.

A well-designed balcony or deck can be the perfect place from which to enjoy those beautiful views and breath the sea air.

But harsh coastal environments can cause you major headaches when it comes to maintaining your property. Salty air, wind, fog and humidity can cause corrosion and damage to your home and your balconies and balustrades will bear the brunt of this.

Glass and infinity glass balustrades are the ideal material for coastal properties for a number of reasons both practical and style based.

 

Enjoy Uninterrupted Views

 

glass railings parapet walls

 

One of the pure joys of owning a coastal property is those fantastic sea views. Why would you then interrupt those with wooden or metal balustrades?

Infinity glass balustrades allow you to enjoy those amazing sea views without interruption creating a seamless extension of your indoor and outdoor living spaces.

You won’t have to worry about blocking out those glorious sunrises and sunsets either as the glass will let the light through them and into your home.

 

Create A Feeling Of Space

 

Glass has been used by designers for hundreds of years to create a feeling of more space within a home, by having this transparent balustrade, you not only get a great view, but you create a seamless transition between your home, your outside space and the landscape beyond.

 

Glass Is The Most Versatile Of Materials

 

Every home is unique and you put your style on it with every choice. Whether your home is modern or more traditional in style, glass is a great choice.

Coastal properties often feature large windows to take advantage of the views. Glass will complement the existing features and can be used both inside and out on features such as staircases, balconies, pools fencing and elevated walkways.

You can choose glass in a variety of shades, tints and etchings and from a number of fixing, styles and handrails.

 

It’s Built To Withstand The Elements

 

The British weather is nothing if not erratic. Unlike most other materials, glass won’t rot in the damp, salty conditions of the coast. It’s also strong enough to deal with the high winds.

This robustness against the elements makes it a great choice when it comes to safety.  Like iron, tempered glass is very strong but won’t be compromised by corrosion.

 

If you’d like to know more about our glass balustrades or would like to talk through a project for your coastal property, Sunrock Balconies has a dedicated team of experts who 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 today.

 

 

Glass is one of the most common materials used for the production of items we use every day. Our pre-historic ancestors used naturally formed glass from volcanic lava which had rapidly solidified without crystallisation for weapons or tools. This type of glass was of great value and was very much sought after.

Archaeological evidence of the first manufacturing of glass has been found in Ancient Egypt dating back to 1500BC. However, glass from these times was produced by glazing pre-made items or beads that had accidentally formed from metalwork. It was in the Bronze Age that the first signs of glassmaking as we know it became apparent where molten glass was poured into containers.

It wasn’t until the 1st century BC that glass blowing was first used by Syrian and Palestinian workers. This changed the whole industry enabling easy production at lower costs. The Romans spread the technique across their empire, and it became commonplace not only for the production of jewellery and containers but for architectural purposes.

How is glass made today?

Glass is made from sand. Sand contains soda ash, lime and silica, which when heated, becomes liquid. We’re talking temperatures of at least 1700°C or 3090°F!

Once it’s reached this temperature it completely transforms so it will never return to its original state and even when cooled it never quite solidifies. Scientists call this type of liquid an ‘amorphous solid’. So, as incredible as is sounds, it has the characteristics of a solid and a liquid!

Why is glass so versatile?

Glass is relatively inexpensive to produce. Because it’s transparent it can be used for a variety of purposes in and around our homes and workplaces. It is commonplace within the architecture of buildings adding interest, natural light and character.

It has a resistance to heat once it is set and it is ‘chemically inert’ – in other words it’s unreactive to materials or food products place on it or in it, so it is great for storage of food for instance.

Coloured, opaque, etched, moulded or cut, glass is exceptionally adaptable but equally, can be easily recycled or upcycled.

What is Laminated Glass?

Sunrock Balconies use laminated glass for balustrades. Laminated glass has a plastic interlay placed between two sheets of glass during production. This creates a tight bond so if the laminated glass does get damaged it will remain intact because the fragments are bound on the thin film of interlay. Therefore, it doesn’t shatter into tiny pieces and reduces the risk of injury.

Laminated glass provides greater UV resistance and sound proofing compared to standard glass so it’s great for external balcony balustrading and internal glass walls.

So, we’ve established that glass is exceptionally versatile and practical. That’s exactly why Sunrock uses it for infinity glass balustrades because they match these qualities. Fabulous design features, adding interest and luxury they will add style and sophistication to your home or outside space.

All are designed to your specifications making sure that Sunrock balustrading helps to change your lifestyle and create a feeling of space from within as well as more living space outside. We guarantee everything will be compliant with UK building regulations.

Take a look through our product range to get some more ideas, or if you are ready for the next step then request a quote today. If you’re still unsure, feel free to Get in touch – we’d be happy to answer any questions or discuss a job you have in mind.