Before you start repairing the balcony, you need to decide what should be the final result. There are 2 main directions:
When deciding on the arrangement, the size of the room and the type of the building itself should be taken into account. It should be remembered that for a significant redevelopment, you will need to obtain permission from the appropriate authorities. In addition, you should take into account what the balcony was like before the start of the renovation.
When planning the renovation of your balcony, you need to solve the important issue of choosing materials for finishing. On the Russian market, they are presented in a wide range, and therefore one should take into account their characteristics and their own financial capabilities. A balcony or loggia will require finishing materials that meet the following requirements: increased moisture resistance, resistance to sudden temperature changes, simplicity installation, environmental friendliness, heat and sound insulation ability, attractive appearance.
Natural and artificial stone is used for wall decoration. The first option has a rich appearance, high strength and durability, but noticeably makes the entire structure heavier. It is suitable for an elite apartment, and does not at all harmonize with a small area. A balcony with such a renovation will be quite expensive.
Artificial stone is offered in the form of slabs and panels. It only imitates natural material, and therefore is much lighter and cheaper. It has the following advantages: simplicity of facing, harmlessness to humans, thermal insulation, resistance to decay and fungi, a variety of colors and textures.
Important! Stone cladding cannot be carried out on a wooden surface due to the significant difference in thermal expansion. Wooden elements are pre-plastered or finished with cement-bonded particle boards.