The process of home improvement consists not only in the design of the living space, but also in the improvement of the balcony, which today is considered an integral part of any apartment or house.
Siding acts not only as a decorative element, but also as a reliable protection against external factors. The frame made of modern material is not afraid of temperature extremes, sun rays, frost and wind, while performing the function of heat and sound insulation. The popularity of siding balcony cladding is also due to the fact that the building material is characterized by a beautiful appearance and has many advantages. In addition, finishing the balcony in this way, both inside and outside, is a completely uncomplicated event that you can do yourself. Before starting installation work, the most important thing is to properly prepare the surface and ensure that all the necessary tools are available.
Features and Benefits
The external facing of the balcony allows you to perform not only high-quality restoration of the old coating, but also reliably protects it from atmospheric precipitation, gives the style of decoration a peculiarity and individuality. When decorating a balcony, it is necessary to choose the right siding, it must be in harmony with the general interior of the room. During finishing work, the following nuances should be taken into account:
Low-quality material at high temperatures can emit toxic substances, so you should give preference to well-known manufacturers and not save on price
The appearance of the siding fades over time, loses its original color
Balcony cladding in this way is characterized by simplicity of installation work, which in turn allows it to be carried out without the involvement of craftsmen
Siding is resistant to ultraviolet radiation, withstands high temperature drops well
The material is presented in a wide range, has various colors and textures
The siding surface is easy to clean and easy to clean. When cleaning it, you can also use any detergent
Affordable price. Modern material at its cost is available to everyone
Thanks to this type of finish, you can significantly increase the thermal insulation of the structure and hide all unwanted surface imperfections
Siding panels are made from a variety of materials. They can imitate brick, stone and natural wood. Typically, panels are 2 to 6 meters long and 10 to 30 centimeters wide. Siding is secured using special screws and snap locks, which are placed on the panels. According to its configuration, it can be made in the form of a herringbone and a bar. Due to its unique design and positive characteristics, siding can be used for many years without additional restoration and painting. For some cases, a combination of siding with corrugated board is suitable.
On the construction market, there are 6 main types of siding, which differ in material properties and appearance. Particularly noteworthy are the models made of wood, they are made from resin and repositioned wood fibers. Cement siding, which includes cellulose and cement fibers, is also considered to be no less popular. It is very heavy and highly durable, and such panels are difficult to assemble and cut.
Despite the huge choice of material, basement siding is considered the most expensive and popular. It is used not only for decoration, but also for wall decoration. It perfectly imitates all types of natural finishes. Ceramic siding made of clay is characterized by high fire resistance and environmental friendliness.
If you need to find a building material that is affordable, then vinyl siding is the right choice. It is made from polyvinyl chloride, thanks to which it is resistant to temperature extremes. Such siding does not burn. During installation, its panels are installed on a wooden or metal crate.
The surface of the panels can be rough, smooth or wood-like. Due to the presence of holes in the lower sections of the material, air circulation is constantly provided. This is very important for additional protection of the insulation and the sheathing from condensation, which can cause the process of decay and the appearance of corrosion.
As for metal siding, its panels are mainly made of zinc, steel and aluminum, in addition, the surface of the material is covered with soil and polymers. It is very practical, but expensive. Metal siding resists corrosion well, is not afraid of mechanical deformation, does not burn and is presented in a huge selection, among which panels decorated with natural stone and wood are especially popular.
Color plays a huge role when choosing a finishing material for a balcony. It should fully fit the overall interior design. Each manufacturer has a different color and structure of siding. At the same time, when sheathing the walls of the balcony, it is necessary to select a color that would be in harmony with the roof and windows. Most often they prefer natural contrasting shades, a range in dark and pastel colors.
In order for the balcony clad with siding to have a classic look, panels are selected in the color of coffee beans or coffee with milk
If the design contains wooden decor elements, it is recommended to purchase material of terracotta or eggplant color. Shades of spring foliage, in brown, olive and chestnut colors, look no less beautiful.
Most designers recommend taking into account the climatic zone when choosing a siding palette. For areas where rainy weather prevails, bright and warm colors are perfect. For hot areas, gray shades will be the best option.
Sheathing the balcony with siding from the outside is within the power of everyone, the only thing that when finishing work, you need to know and adhere to certain rules. They will not only facilitate the installation process, but also help to avoid all kinds of mistakes. Like any other type of decoration, siding installation begins with preliminary preparation of the surface and the fence. As fences, slate, metal profiles or iron rods are mainly used. Therefore, all the old casing is initially dismantled, and the metal rods are cleaned from rust with a special brush.
The next stage of work is priming and painting the rods. Please note that before installing the panels, the balcony must be cleaned of dust and dirt. Also, all ebbs and railings are subject to dismantling. In the event that there are distortions on the balcony, and this can be checked using a level, the crate is installed with this in mind. In addition, irregularities on the balcony may indicate that it is in an emergency condition, and therefore may require additional repair work and strengthening the structure.
The next stage of sheathing will be the installation of the lathing. To do this, the rods are fixed on the bars, previously set at the belts from the bottom and from the top. At the same time, the height of the beams should not exceed 8 cm. The wooden structure is attached to the walls on metal corners or with the help of liquid nails. The lower belt of the lathing is laid on special sides or directly on the concrete base itself.
After the lathing system is installed, you can proceed with the fasteners of the additional elements. Particular attention should be paid to the outer corners, which play the role of nests. Corner strips are inserted into them, having a V-shaped notch in the middle and a 90-degree fold. In order for the casing to be strong and reliable, when fixing the plastic, it is recommended to slightly warm the panels.
The first siding panel is fixed in line with the top edges of the battens. It is attached to factory hooks, which, after installation, are brought out to the outside of the balcony. The installation of subsequent panels is carried out in the same way, they are screwed with self-tapping screws. Then, in the structure of the lower belt, the outer corners are strengthened; for this, a small amount of construction glue is used. When covering a balcony, it is best to start work from the side walls, and then move smoothly to the center.
The last step in the installation is to fix the final planks. They are worn over the last strips of siding.