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The difference between a balcony and a loggia

Almost all residential or administrative buildings have balconies or loggias. But only a specialist can correctly answer the question, what is their difference. For the average man in the street, there are certain criteria by which he determines how to classify this “extension”. But for the most part they are wrong, and only misleading. Let’s try to figure out what are the fundamental differences between a balcony and a loggia.

The difference between a balcony and a loggia

The difference between a balcony and a loggia

But first you need to clarify, is it really that important? If this structural element already exists, then it cannot be altered – what is, that will have to be used. But the fact is that different requirements are imposed on balconies and loggias in terms of the specifics of operation. The relevant information is detailed in SNiP. That is why, in order to exclude possible troubles during reconstruction, “modernization” of your home (for example, when combining a loggia with a room), it is necessary to determine the terminology regarding a specific “extension”.

For example, nowadays it is not uncommon when the balconies are glazed from all sides, and their interior design is performed. The owner decides for himself how to equip his home. At the same time, it is forbidden by law to carry out heating in such an additional room, making a branch from the general house circuit.

The difference between a balcony and a loggia

The difference between a balcony and a loggia

Balcony

Its slab (platform, floor) protrudes beyond the perimeter of the building. In fact, this is a hinged structure, which has only 1 support (along the line of abutment to the wall of the house).

There is another engineering solution when beams (as a rule, concrete goods) protruding from the wall serve as supports.

In some cases, vertical posts are installed under the platform, which serve as an additional support for the slab.

There are other options as well. But a common feature – a protruding plate – is indicated. Everything else – glazing, the presence of side walls (partitions), the type of fencing, external and internal decoration – is already secondary.

The difference between a balcony and a loggia

The difference between a balcony and a loggia

Loggia

Sometimes, outwardly, it does not differ much from the balcony, since the options for its execution may also be different. The main feature is that its 3 sides are the walls of the structure. That is, the loggia can be either built-in (part of the room) or taken out (but at the same time, its sides are natural extensions of the walls of the room). The difference is constructive – the loggia has not 1 (like a balcony), but 3 lines (support points).

By the way, sometimes the project already provides that the heating circuit is started on the loggia, with the installation of radiators there (this is more typical for administrative buildings).

Conclusion – if the floor slab extends beyond the perimeter of the building and has only 1 “point” of support, then this is a balcony. In other cases – a loggia.

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