The balcony windbreak

It can get really windy, especially on a balcony. In some cases, a windbreak is essential so that you can feel comfortable on the balcony. However, numerous aspects must be taken into account when retrofitting a balcony windbreak, which we have summarized for you below.

A balcony in particular is often drafty and windy

Due to the special location, namely high and on a house facade, balconies can be in a particularly exposed position with regard to the amount of wind. It's usually not about such little things as the blown tablecloth or the ash that is constantly being blown out of the ashtray. It can be quite annoying and uncomfortable if there is constant or frequent strong drafts.

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A windbreak for the balcony is then a must

A windscreen for your balcony creates remedy. But you can not necessarily attach any kind of wind protection according to your ideas on the balcony. That depends on numerous different factors:

  • Building legitimate situation (a wind protection can change the building fabric resp. represent the façade)
  • Conditions by landlords, house or owner administration (preservation of a uniform facade)
  • Consideration of their own individual situation
  • Other tasks that the wind protection should meet possibly
  • Mounting options Large windscreen, if strong winds can prevail

Building Layouts and Laws on Balcony Windscreen

The building law conditions must be examined first. Depending on how your wind protection for the balcony fails, the state plan order of the federal state where you live can provide information about it. But there may also be special requirements at the municipal level, which can be found in the development plan.

Landlords, property managers and property managers and their views

In addition, there are requirements of the landlord, a property or owner management. For example, a majority of the owners' association often decides what a facade should look like or how structural measures such as a windbreak for the balcony may be implemented.

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Often only certain conditions have to be met

This can mean, for example, that wind or privacy protection for the balcony has to be installed without drilling. But there may also be requirements and regulations with regard to the materials, colors or the scope of a windbreak. You must then adhere to this as an apartment owner as well as a tenant.

If the balcony windbreak should not only protect against wind

Once these questions have been answered, it is a question of what other requirements are placed on the balcony windbreak. Should it be a privacy screen for the balcony at the same time? But a heat-insulating or shade-giving effect for the rooms behind can also be aimed for. It can also be desired that the windbreak should only keep out strong winds, but still be able to provide fresh air.

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What is a balcony windbreak suitable for residents?

After answering these questions, different windbreak options are shortlisted for wind protection. With some of these options, however, your personal situation and the position of the balcony must also be taken into account. For example, if you are often away from home for weeks for work reasons, plants are certainly the wrong choice. You have to consider the maintenance required for a natural windbreak from plants.

The right material

But even a north side or a particularly sunny or shady balcony does not necessarily allow every plant that you imagine as a windbreak. If you also have little time or are perhaps less skilled in terms of craftsmanship, you might aim for a permanent, almost maintenance-free installation. For example, made of plastic instead of wood. After all, you need to regularly paint a windbreak or privacy screen like a wooden balcony.

Tips & Tricks Glass and acrylic glass are materials that are increasingly used as privacy screens in conjunction with wood and metal frames. You can make them transparent, but you can also not make them transparent. Under "Balcony with wind protection made of Plexiglas " or. You can find out more about acrylic glass and "balcony with glass windbreak" in the house journal.