Balconies & Facades: The details behind effective weather resistance

March 30, 2011
Publication: Construction Specifier v 64 n 3 p 36-44
Author(s): Olson, Eric K.

Abstract: The article illustrates the risks of failing to properly design and construct projecting balconies, and the walls and fenestration assemblies rising above them, to resist water exposure. It presents various examples of buildings in which structural and interior wall damage have occurred due to water infiltration. The article presents steps to help eliminate these risks by improved planning of the building façade and balcony configuration and provides concepts for reliable flashings and drainage.