Balconies tend to get dirty very quickly; things like bird droppings, falling leaves, dust and grime can accumulate at an alarmingly fast rate. If your balcony is looking worse for wear, here are a few things you can do to spruce it up.
Wash and re-paint it
The simplest way to improve the look of your balcony is to clean it as thoroughly as you can. Use an outdoor sweeping brush with firm bristles to sweep away any debris that has built up on the floor. Then, take a feather duster and twirl it in between the railing bars to remove dust and cobwebs.
Once these tasks are complete, you can wash the floor and the railing. Don’t use a high-pressure water washer for this activity; not only could it damage the concrete and loosen the screws on the railing, but also the water could end up spilling over the edges of the floor onto your neighbour’s balcony below. Instead, use the above-mentioned outdoor sweeping brush and a bucket of warm, soapy water to scrub away any dirt that has become embedded in the concrete. For the railings, a damp cloth is often all that’s needed to wipe away dust and droppings.
Next, remove any rust and peeling paint that has begun to develop on the railings, using either a wire brush or a piece of sandpaper. Make sure to put on a dust mask before doing this, to avoid inhaling tiny paint flecks or rust particles.
You can then move on to painting the railing. Whilst this can be quite a time-consuming project, it will significantly improve the appearance of even the shabbiest of balconies. In addition to the aesthetic benefits, painting can also protect both metal and wooden railings from corrosion and wet rot, respectively. Make sure to use a primer, and to select an exterior paint designed specifically for the material that your railings are made from.
A lot of the structural and aesthetic damage that happens to balconies is the result of water damage from rain showers and humidity. Balconies that are not waterproofed are more prone to problems such as rusting, rotting, discolouration and mould.
If the area that joins the balcony to the main property isn’t properly sealed with waterproofing substances, these issues may also begin to spread into the house; a leak that begins in the balcony could eventually lead to water seeping into the rest of the property, causing damage to hardwood floors, carpets and ceilings. Having a waterproofing membrane fitted around the balcony’s edges can act as a barrier that will prevent water from causing structural damage to the balcony or the other areas of the property.
Whilst you can purchase water-repellent sealants from your local hardware store, it may be better to hire a qualified tradesperson with experience in waterproofing balcony areas to carry out this work, as they’ll have the chemicals, equipment and expertise required to complete this job correctly. For more information, contact a business such as Lucas Water Proofing Systems Vic. Pty Ltd.