Balconies and Balustrades

Balconies are generally made of timber or concrete, and as they are on the façade of a building they are subject to the elements, especially on the coast in saline environments. Timber balconies can be ruined by wet rot and termites, and concrete balconies can have concrete spalling (see the tab on Concrete Works), rusting, efflorescence, or failed waterproofing and drainage. If you aren't affected by any of those issues, you may be wanting to upgrade an older building whose features are no longer safe and compliant with the Building Code of Australia (for example, all balustrades must now be at least one metre high, and lots aren't), or you may simply want to upgrade your balcony look as it is a highly visible building feature.

Regardless of why, we have help to make the process of balcony rectification and upgrading cost-effective and hassle-free. The Images on the previous page are from a recent project in Sydney, NSW. The owners were mainly focused on the water and drainage issues they had, which were caused by the failed waterproofing and too small spitter (drainage) pipes. Because of this they also had concrete spalling. As can be seen, BIRS removed the existing brick balustrades, re-cast and waterproofed the concrete slab, and created a hob (or lip) around the edge in which were larger spitter pipes. We also upgraded the balustrades (which weren't compliant because not only did they allow climbing, but they were less than a metre tall) and installed new tiles, upgrading the building aesthetic. See the before and after photos below.

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