Balcony - Mtce Issues?

mjlbSeptember 20, 2012

I like the idea of a balcony, but at least in apt. bldgs, they seem to be a maintenance nightmare. If you wanted a projecting balcony in your home, what type of construction or materials would you use?

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millworkman

Wood or engineered lumber that had been properly specified after the structure of the house was inspected to be certain that it was even doable and a complete set of architectural drawings complete with a PE stamp was completed.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 12:27PM
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mjlb

Thanks, millworkman. Your comment seems to be more for adding a balcony to an existing home. Would you broaden your options for a new-build? While I love wood, I really don't like the mtce that goes with it (have that for deck at my current house).

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 2:57PM
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galore2112

I have a 30ft long wraparound balcony that cantilevers off the house by 6ft. It's a reinforced concrete construction.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 3:08PM
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brickeyee

"While I love wood, I really don't like the mtce that goes with it"

What?

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 3:23PM
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dbrad_gw

mtce = maintenance I believe..

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 4:08PM
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mjlb

Yes - sorry -- maintenance.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 5:14PM
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angel411

LOL I clicked on the thread because I thought you had mice issues on your balcony. Sorry I'm no help, but thanks for the giggle.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 8:43AM
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brickeyee

"mtce = maintenance I believe.."

Sounds like you have neglected routine maintenance if you associate mice with balconies.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 10:13AM
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mjlb

eek!... I'm off my desk, feet on the floor...

Now, class, let's get back to the subject matter! :))

Re: reinforced concrete mentioned by jrldh. My husband's old condo had that, and it was a maintenance (note: spelled out fully!) nightmare. The condo assoc. was repairing, patching, painting every other year. Similarly, wood requires pressure washing, staining, and eventually rots. I was thinking perhaps something metal. Is wrought iron still used? That rusts, tho', doesn't it?

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 4:53PM
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galore2112

Why would you paint concrete? Of course then it's a maintenance nightmare...

Maybe you should go with stainless steel?

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 5:14PM
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robin0919

You need to use something like this....

http://www.neuwoods.com/

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 11:29PM
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millworkman

Why not just use SPAM!!!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 9:09AM
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Houseofsticks

mjlb,
Would it be covered?

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 9:18AM
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mjlb

houseofsticks -- No, I was thinking of a balcony that projects from the building, so uncovered.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 12:01PM
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