Arranging your own home is a long, painstaking process, but with intensive work, a good result will not keep you waiting. Loggia is a resting place in a city apartment, when there is no way to go out into the garden and breathe fresh air. That is why this part of your home should be inviting and cozy. The interior decoration of the loggia allows you to turn a nondescript space into an attractive teremok. One of the most popular materials for decorating loggias is clapboard.
The difference between a loggia and a balcony
Many people often confuse, and sometimes do not distinguish at all, two such architectural details as a loggia and a balcony. In fact, this is far from the same thing. Speaking of a balcony, we mean the part of the slab protruding outside the building and having fences on three sides. Most multi-storey buildings are equipped with a balcony, which can be glazed and insulated or remain in its original form without any frills.
The loggia is an immediate part of the building, its continuation. Unlike the balcony, this part of the room has only one open side - the front. All other sides are closed. Loggia is considered more comfortable and functional than a balcony. It is much easier to insulate it, since most of its sides are capital. Initially, the loggia can be open or glazed. In any case, glazing the loggia yourself is much easier cheaper than carrying out this procedure with a balcony.
The loggia is also good in that many owners of small-sized apartments can increase the living space at the expense of it. To do this, it is enough to remove the partition between the apartment and the loggia and insulate the space. Many homeowners move the radiator outside the apartment.
Features and Benefits
It is difficult to find a modern person who would not know what a lining is. This building material is widely used for interior and exterior decoration of premises. Initially, this building material was used exclusively for finishing the space in carriages, from which it got its name. The material is easily recognizable due to the dimensions adopted in accordance with GOST. The appearance of the modern lining is somewhat different from the one that was used in the last century. But the material retained its properties, remaining incredibly smooth and attractive.
Many people associate planks with wood, although now there is also a plastic lining, which has received the Euro marking. Both plastic and wood are widely used in the decoration of walls and ceilings indoors. Wooden lining, if properly used, can last up to 20 years, retaining its original appearance. And if you treat the surface of the boards with special anti-fungal agents, then you can enjoy the beauty of the walls forever.
The cost of the lining depends on the type of wood from which it is made. Planks made of oak are considered the most expensive, material from pine is considered to be cheaper.
Extra. This class of lining is considered the highest and best. The material is made from the finest wood species, which are carefully selected. The boards are perfectly cut, do not have a single knot and not a single crack on their surface. Naturally, a surface finished with such a material will look luxurious and attractive. Your loggia will become a truly work of art that you want to admire without taking your eyes off
The only drawback of Premium cladding is its high price. Compared to the rest of its comrades, this material will cost much higher. But such a lining is much easier to mount, since the percentage of defective boards is minimized.
Class A. The material in this category also looks pretty good, but there is a high probability of bumping into knots. But many builders and finishers consider such a lining even more beautiful, since it has a natural heterogeneous structure, and the knots encountered add a certain zest to the material. Such a lining looks more natural, it resembles a tree trunk
But still, it is lower in class than Premium, because it has a rougher surface, and the scrap rate increases significantly. And the installation of defective boards can significantly spoil the entire sheathing algorithm.
Class B. The farther from the initial letters of the alphabet, which mark wooden boards, the lower their class. Class B lining, even externally, is very different from the first two. There are many knots and hints on its surface, cracks and chips may occur. All this significantly affects the quality of wall cladding, their appearance. But the material of class B is much cheaper than all the others, so such a lining is also in demand
Class C. The material in this category is considered the lowest, therefore it is more suitable for wall decoration in industrial premises, where aesthetics are not the most important role. Despite the fact that class C planks have many knots, tar stains, holes and cracks, they have a right to exist. After all, such material is still natural, so it is chosen for wall decoration in rooms. Lining in any case retains the unique smell of wood, which is much better and more pleasant than just whitewashed walls
As for the finishing of the loggia with clapboard, then the material of the Premium class and class A is best suited for these purposes. It is in this case that your loggia inside will look great. If you plan to paint the walls after finishing them with clapboard, then you can give preference to class B. Under a layer of colored paint, all flaws are well hidden, and the surface of the boards becomes smoother and more even.
Euro lining. The material got its name due to that. That they were the first to start making it in Europe, where there are no such rich resources and a large amount of various wood. Manufacturers have adjusted the plastic panels to the size of the wooden ones, so PVC panels are similar to wooden planks. The material is popular all over the world due to its availability and minimal waste after use. You can easily turn your loggia into a beautiful and cozy corner on your own by covering the walls with Euro lining
Euro lining is widely used for finishing loggias. You have the opportunity to create a loggia space in any color scheme, to combine colors. Plastic lining is quite durable, does not deteriorate when exposed to moisture. But many are confused by the fact that the material is not natural and is capable of emitting an unpleasant odor, especially at the initial stage of operation.
Loggia, sheathed with plastic, looks quite aesthetically pleasing, it is easy to care for it. The main issue when choosing this building material is color. The wide color palette can take you by surprise
How to choose?
Despite the fact that in all hardware stores, the lining is already divided into categories, you should be extremely careful when buying it. This process is somewhat similar to buying fruit, when an unscrupulous seller tries to slip a rotten specimen.
If you purchase a Premium or A class lining, then carefully inspect each board so that there are no knots on it or their number corresponds to the declared category.The higher the class of the lining, the more it costs. It is unlikely that you want to overpay for a low-quality product.
In addition to the surface of the boards, it is also worth paying attention to their size and the quality of the grooves with which they will be connected to each other. All planks must be the same size.
DIY finishing tips
Sheathe a loggia with your own hands is not difficult even for those who have never done this. The most important thing is to properly prepare the surface. Most often, clapboard cladding is the final stage of space insulation and has a decorative function.
Before starting to mount the planks, make sure that the surface is perfectly flat. The building level will help you with this. The surface on which the boards will be installed must be treated with anti-fungal agents. This will save you from unpleasant black spots during the operation of the loggia.
After the surface is completely ready, you can start cladding it. After the end of this stage, the question of covering the lining with varnish may arise. This item is not a prerequisite, because the boards look great even without varnish. You can use varnish if you want to be sure that the lining will last longer without changing its color.