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?
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.
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).
I have a 30ft long wraparound balcony that cantilevers off the house by 6ft. It's a reinforced concrete construction.
"While I love wood, I really don't like the mtce that goes with it"
mtce = maintenance I believe..
Yes - sorry -- maintenance.
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.
"mtce = maintenance I believe.."
Sounds like you have neglected routine maintenance if you associate mice with balconies.
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?
Why would you paint concrete? Of course then it's a maintenance nightmare...
Maybe you should go with stainless steel?
You need to use something like this....
Why not just use SPAM!!!
Would it be covered?
houseofsticks -- No, I was thinking of a balcony that projects from the building, so uncovered.