ACCESS INTERFACES, CLADDING, AND SERVICES
The area where the decking and door sill interface can become complex so we tend to have three options.
Utilising a walk on structural door sill avoids the cutting in of decking boards (when
butted up to the sill).
Deck boards cut in supported from structural door sill .
Deck boards cut in supported from brackets fixed back to the rear member of the Cassette® frame.
For recesses deeper than a single deck board width (i.e. >150mm), support is required
from the building or façade structure.
GRC (Glass-fibre Reinforced Concrete) cladding
and other similar composite materials, have
recently become more common on balconies.
Typically this is to give the balconies and façade, a more flowing aesthetic
feel. Most commonly, Sapphire will create a frame, or brackets fixing to the Cassette® to
allow the stone fascia’s, etc. to be fixed easier.
Alternatively, there are realistic stone affect powder coatings and finishes which can be
applied to standard aluminium soffits, which are lighter and can often be a cost saving,
as well as avoiding further finishing works during, or after balcony delivery/install.
To avoid unsightly services, balconies
are often used run pipes, wires, etc.
hidden from view, rather than on the
outside of the building facade.
Lighting, whether in soffits or within deck boards, can be inserted with wires hidden in the
balcony Cassette®. Other services for the balconies can be hidden within the same Cassette® void.
Alternatively an additional void can be created below the balcony. These are often used for hiding
balcony drainage connections, extracts, or with continuous balconies, sometimes a number of other
services are added underneath, then clad to match the balconies soffits and fascias.