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The Ideal Juliet balcony Guide

A juliet balcony is a balcony system that is ideal for ensuring that views are unhindered and safety standard are met. With minimal windows juliet balconies, you will achieve a completely frameless, integrated finish that projects from any potential of falling from upper floors with slim sliding doors. Many glass Juliet balconies will feature larger pressings and fittings on the exterior of the building to provide protection, however the minimal windows systems can be installed within the building to minimise the fittings needed.

A more traditional juliet balcony can be seen on almost every street in France, Spain and Portugal. These balconies allow for people to stand outside on a very thin platform with higher railing to enjoy fresh air without risk of falling. These are commonly referred to as “balconets”.

Slim sliding doors with a juliet balcony

When our ultra slim sliding doors are specified, the goal is often to achieve the clearest views with as little framework visible. A common misconception is that juliet balconies will affect the viewing experience and frameless effect. After various developments, the team at minimal windows have found a solution to ensure that using frameless glazing will be strong enough to function as a Juliet balcony.  Using laminated glass technology, juliet balconies appear as seamless integrations into a sliding door system.

They are often designed to match the width of the glazing opposed to matching the whole system as the frame may be more noticeable if covered by a balcony. This is mainly considered for internally installed balconies.

What’s so great about a juliet balcony?

A Juliet balcony is a fantastic addition that maximises natural light penetration and offers unobstructed views throughout the year. Frameless structural Juliet balconies blend in quietly and enhance any external facade’s architectural design.

When opened, the balcony’s slender sliding glass doors improve airflow in the inside living spaces. Safety on higher levels is ensured by toughened glass balustrades in front of sliding glass solutions, which also make maintenance and cleaning simple.

Any length can be inquired about for Juliet balconies; however, site delivery, installation, and relocating the balustrade to the installation location must be taken into account. As a result, a lot of balustrades have glass pane ‘breaks’ that line up with the sliding system’s interlocks if the balustrade is more than one pane wide. 

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Previous projects with juliet balconies.

Edis Street

The rear extension of this London home features two sets of minimal windows sliders that provide garden access from both levels of the home. The sliding doors installed on the first floor of the home feature a bespoke staircase leading down to the garden area. Due to this staircase, a frameless glass balustrade was installed and therefore extended to cover the whole sliding system. This has created a dual-purpose balustrade.

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Welbeck Street

Welbeck Street features a very unique internal balcony that has been fitted onto the carpet flooring creating a 75% frameless finish. This finish may not be desirable for achieving a fully frameless look, however the carpet flooring meant that the base plate had to be installed on top of it to ensure full structural soundness.

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Chester Street

At Chester Street, frameless Juliet balconies are linked with sliding doors. When the sliding doors are opened, these inside balconies act as a barrier to provide protection. Juliet balconies are designed and installed so as not to obstruct the look or operation of our narrow sliding doors. Its frameless construction ensures that no views will be blocked.


If you have any questions for our team regarding these projects or juliet balcony systems. Contact us here.

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