The magazine “Everything about Reconstruction of Apartment Buildings 2019” has an article on frameless glazing by Lümico:
Glazing of balconies is becoming more and more popular year after year!
Glazing of balconies has been very popular in Estonia and our northern neighbors for many years, reducing heat loss in the home, bringing spring ahead, expanding the surface of the apartment and reducing noise in the rooms. An enclosed balcony or porch is a great place to grow plants, a bright reading corner or a nice dining area.
“The windows protect the home from external influences, help keep the balcony clean, reduce the need for balcony and facade renovation and costs, and give parents confidence in the safety of babies and animals.
For example, our balconies have a child-proof button, ”says Martin Saar, board member of OÜ Lümico, a manufacturer of custom-made windows, doors and glass-aluminum systems.
He adds that many new developments already have built-in balconies in the project. “But not everyone, unfortunately, though with balcony windows everyone wins. The good thing is that once they have received support through KredEx, they have the requirement that they have balcony windows, as they reduce heat loss. Among other things, glazed balconies increase the price of both the apartment and the house
– both the sale value and the rent. Balcony glazing protects against adverse weather conditions as well
for the attention of unwanted neighbors. ”
As there are many old apartments in Estonia with different sizes, layout options and balcony shapes, a Lümico specialist is always on site to check the situation. There is no separate charge for the survey, but as a general rule we will carry out a survey of the balcony when the initial price offer is convenient for the client. In the case of glasses, the possibility of attaching them is important. As the solutions offered by Lümico are not a hanging system, more sophisticated hangings are also glazed where competitors are often unable to install them. What sets us apart from the rest is that our ball bearings have “rollers” both up and down, which makes the movement smoother and more stable, and the system does not “hang” on the ceiling but supports it. The most difficult are the last floors without a ceiling, in which case the balcony has to be pre-installed with an aluminum welding frame canopy.
So-called “half-glazing” – that glass is only exposed to part of the balcony – is not recommended by specialists, because in this case the efficiency of glazing is low and the project loses its meaning. However, the “windows” must be as open as possible in order to create a genuine balcony feel in warm weather and to give the customer a free view.
Do you need a project or permission for glazing a balcony?
Permission is needed if it is a rebuild. Rebuilding means when the properties of a building change significantly. A significant change may be a significant change in the thermal performance of the building or in the technical characteristics or appearance of the building.
You do not need a building permit for glazing, as Lümico glazing technology is a frameless system, but Lümico OÜ always recommends to coordinate the glazing of the balcony with the apartment association or manager (in writing). When concluding the contract with the client, we assume that the consent of the apartment association exists and we do not require it separately.
Often, however, it is the members of the management board of the housing associations, who wish to receive an offer for the whole house. If some apartment owners do not want a private balcony or do not have the finances to invest in it, some balconies in the building can be left unglazed. At the same time, Saar still advises people to think carefully and points out that Lümico also offers Liisi’s hire purchase to customers if they wish.
Maintenance of a proper balcony glass system is not required as the accessories are plastic. It is enough to wash the glasses and clean the profiles with dust and dirt. We offer after-sales service and / or replacement of accessories.
Lümico is a group of companies that manufactures glass partitions, glass canopies and balcony railings in addition to balcony and terrace glazing and windows and doors. Custom-made blinds and blinds, home curtains and heating curtains and insect nets are also sold on request (please download, we can only offer certain products and better not to mention).
The company aims to provide clients with an individualized approach by taking time and effort for each project
making the efforts necessary to meet these expectations.