Garden furniture

Verandas for terraces


Verandas for terraces


Natural lighting has always been more appealing than the artificial one and being able to have a further room, where the sky acts as a ceiling, can only fascinate, especially if it is snowing outside, for example, and you are comfortably crouched on a sofa, surrounded by the magical halo of this atmospheric phenomenon. Moreover, the research and in-depth study, which are the basis of the advanced technology with which the new building materials are produced, which constitute the supporting skeleton and the windows of today's verandas, make these constructions as solid and safe as the perimeter walls of home and, the realization of such structures, offers the best solution to be able to acquire additional living square meters, redeveloping in an evident and substantial way its own building. Being able to use a balcony, a portion of a terrace or garden at any time of the year, a space that would otherwise have obvious limitations of use, using this additional room as a study, living room or bedroom, constitutes the motivation that leads to the realization of this project. As the glass is its main feature, the veranda must be built with special design criteria, so that it is thermally insulated, that there are no infiltrations and that the supporting structure is made of suitable materials, suitable to withstand the stresses produced by external agents . Optimal insulation and perfect insulation will avoid all those problems that can be found over time, so consult more specialized companies that are not spared in terms of thermo-acoustic insulation. A veranda, built with low-quality materials and with a non-professional installation, will risk becoming an icebox in winter and an oven in summer, thus eliminating any possible benefit and ending up weighing on your home economy in terms of heating and climate control. Therefore, the choice of materials contributes to transforming an idea into a concrete, fully livable environment, obviously taking care to prepare all the necessary documentation in advance, required by the Regulatory Plan of the pertinent Municipality, in addition to building permits and permits issued by the Condominium, in the event that the property is located in this structure.

Types



There are basically two types of verandas, both characterized by load-bearing and glazed structures, normally resting on one or more walls of the house. The first is intended as a total closure of a balcony or small terrace, while the second involves the construction of a structure on part of a terrace or garden, for a total area equal to 25% of the external area that can be used. The skeleton that constitutes the veranda and which is anchored to one or more walls of the house, is normally made of extremely robust materials, suitable to withstand any atmospheric stress, such as hail, snow, thermal variations and wind. The flooring can be placed in line with the rest of the house or in a slightly higher position, accessing it through an elegant step. There are no rules that establish which material is most suitable for the paving of a veranda and this leaves any design possibilities open. The glass doors, front and side, can be made with different types according to the needs, the available space and personal tastes. There are sliding, folding, hinged doors, even retractable, but they all have in common a particularity: the glass must absolutely correspond to the required safety standards. The beauty of a veranda is precisely the windows that compose it and these must be able to withstand hail, thermal shock, vandalism or break-in attempts. In addition, the doors can be equipped with internal or external handles, locks or special devices for opening and closing. Seeing the world, outside of our safety perimeter, must be a pleasant and relaxing experience and this can only be done with the guarantee of the quality of the materials and the installation.

Materials



The frame is made of sturdy and durable materials such as wood treated with suitable impregnating agents, PVC, the most widely used, reinforced steel and aluminum prepared for outdoors, all of which are particularly suited to withstand weathering, wear and temperature variations. The choice of the material forming the skeleton of the veranda falls almost exclusively on purely practical and aesthetic considerations. Some will require some maintenance, such as wood, others have been produced to last forever, like PVC. Armored glass can be chosen in various types that can be combined with each other: laminated or laminated, ie made with two or more vitrified sheets held together by a PVB film (PolyVinyl Butyral is the primary element that constitutes the composition of laminated safety glass) ) which allows, in case of glass breakage, to keep the parts together, as in the case of windshields of cars; tempered, that is five times more resistant than normal glass and therefore unbreakable; reflective or absorbent, which guarantees a cool environment through reflection or absorption of sunlight; self-cleaning, able, thanks to a special procedure, to dissolve dirt using the heat offered by the sun, especially useful for ceiling-mounted glass, which is difficult to reach for proper cleaning; low emissivity, which holds almost 90% of the heat generated internally, avoiding heat loss in the winter months; sound absorbing, a system specifically designed to acoustically isolate the veranda from external disturbances. Also very important are the covers. Designed specifically to protect from sunlight and prying eyes, the covers are divided into two types, external and internal. The exterior is fixed or mobile, or equipped with manual or electrical systems that facilitate opening and closing. They can be identified with the awnings placed externally on the roof or with the panels installed on the side and front glass panels. The internal ones are usually curtains that regulate the quantity of light and provide a decorative element to the environment and can be either classic fabric or Venetian blinds produced with different materials.

Useful tips


It is good to know the procedure that allows us to create our little corner of paradise. The last sentence of the Court of Cassation establishes that the veranda is not intended as an act of restructuring or extraordinary maintenance, but as a real implementation and therefore subjected to all those legislative norms that regulate building constructions. Therefore, in order to proceed, it is necessary to contact a professional in the sector (surveyor, architect, engineer), who will carry out a project to submit to the relevant Technical Office of the Municipality, together with the authorization request, in addition to the authorization issued by his own Condominium, which highlights the unanimous and positive opinion of condominiums, in the case in which it is precisely a condominium building. There are some fundamental requirements that must be considered before proceeding, so that your application for authorization is not rejected. The veranda must not modify the entire building facade, it must remain within the surface limits established by the Municipality, it must be able to be removed in case of need, therefore it must not have masonry parts and must not inhibit the brightness and air at pre-existing neighboring buildings. Taking all this into account, know that every structure is unique and custom-designed and the creation of a veranda will surely trigger your imagination, making you immerse yourself in a universe made of fabrics, woods, terracotta floors, polished or matt steel for the finishing touches , rather than a more classic style made of wicker or bamboo furniture, or country furniture, suitable for evenings around a table, with a nice barbecue with friends.