Glass Juliette balconies meet their Romeo

Juliette balconies are increasingly being specified for new buildings and added to existing dwellings, for practical and decorative purposes.

The main advantage of a Juliet balcony is that it enables a French window or patio door to be chosen instead of a conventional window, filling the room with light, increasing ventilation and creating a greater sense of space in smaller rooms. The balcony itself provides a safety barrier by means of the balustrades or railings and does not generally require planning permission, which accounts for its rise in popularity to a large extent. In addition, unlike a bolt-on balcony or other types which have a deck, they do not need the foundations of a property to be re-evaluated to accommodate them. This makes them a more widely used solution for refurbishment and renovation construction projects.

Juliet balconies fall under Part K of the Building Regulations Act 2000 which stipulate that gaps in any railings must not be more than 100mm and that the top of the balcony must be at least 1100mm from standing floor level. A railing that doesn’t conform to these regulations is not up to British Standards and is deemed unsafe.

Traditionally, Juliet balconies were made from steel and usually painted black, with vertical bars. Clamped to a building’s external facade, they could often be ugly or solid looking structures that did little to compliment the look of the building while disturbing the view from the inside with obtrusive ironworks and railings.

CRL large range of architectural hardware and railing systems include the graceful Juliette Balcony that features on sleek, clean design and are easy to install. The system comprises of just a 48.3mm diameter cap rail to secure the glass in position (12mm to 25.52mm thick) and four Balcony Connectors. Manufactured from 316 Grade Stainless Steel for peace of mind and maintenance-free, CRL’s Juliette Balcony System is available in a choice of a Brushed or Polished Stainless Steel finish. The system has been tested to a width of 2400mm.

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