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Plexiglass panels for balcony - where to purchase and install?

Hi all,

We recently signed a contract for a 3rd floor apartment in Thalwil. While there is a railing around the balcony, with three boys we are nervous about it and we are looking to have plexiglass installed all the way around to increase the height. Does anyone know where we can purchase these panels, as well as a company that can come to install them? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Plexiglass panels for balcony - where to purchase and install?

Just to be clear - are you renting, or do you own the flat?

If renting your first contact should be your landlord. If the panels need to be mounted to the balcony you might need the LL's permission as screws/whatever could impact the railing. Even if you don't need the LL's permission his/her input would be helpful. The LL might have a preferred supplier/handyman to do the work.

In general, if you rent - before changing any permanent structure, do have a chat with the Landlord. If the LL is aware of exactly what is being done and you have his or her permission/input/blessing to do the work your life will be much easier when the time comes to move out.

If you own: The DIY solution is likely Hornbach, Bau and Hobby, perhaps even Landi. (BTW, Hornbach has a service where they put you in contact with partner tradesmen who can do installations of materials bought from them.)

Another possibly a bit more expensive solution would be to put the job on Renovero:
http://www.renovero.ch

This is a platform for small renovation type jobs. You describe the project, folks interested contact you with a bid.


You also mention increasing the height - this is something that needs to be checked for building regulations. These could be at the building level as part of the Gestaltungsplan (bear in mind neighbors' rights), or at the Gemeinde level within general building regs.

There might be no issue at all, but best to find out first rather than going to all the work and expense only to be told to take it down. Again, speak to the landlord if you rent, or to the building management/Verwaltung if you own.


Good luck with the project.
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Re: Plexiglass panels for balcony - where to purchase and install?

Thank you. This is very helpful. We are renting, so we will definitely check with the landlord first. Thanks again!
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Re: Plexiglass panels for balcony - where to purchase and install?

I have not seen extensions in plexiglass only in glass. A mate had some installed which cost about 100 per metre. There are fittings normally used for handrails that you could extend the height by adding a new top rail that might work out cheaper /easier to install. Standard height is now 1000 mm but older buildings maybe only 900, either way discuss with the landlord first.
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Re: Plexiglass panels for balcony - where to purchase and install?

This thread might contain some useful info for the OP.

Securing Penthouse Balcony (baby on balcony)

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Old 21.08.2016, 11:43
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Hi all,

We recently signed a contract for a 3rd floor apartment in Thalwil. While there is a railing around the balcony, with three boys we are nervous about it and we are looking to have plexiglass installed all the way around to increase the height. Does anyone know where we can purchase these panels, as well as a company that can come to install them? Thanks in advance.

Jim
Despite your saying that you'll contact the landlord, be aware that most will not agree to this kind of installation

a) if you need to alter anything on the outside walls of the building (e.g. drill rather than use tension rods and similar stuff which doesn't damage the walls)

b) because they can say that it ruins the "look" of the building (your flat having plexiglass walls while the others don't, plexiglass not meeting their sense of style, plexiglass giving the building a "lower grade" appearance compared to what it looked like without plexiglass, etc. This is often said when it comes to tenants wanting to install cat nets.

If your landlord does agree, make sure you get that agreement in writing and that you also clarify if you will need to remove the installation at your cost when you move out or if you can leave it in and the landlord will pay you (whatever) amount at the time of your move out in exchange for upgrading his flat.
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Re: Plexiglass panels for balcony - where to purchase and install?

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Hi all,

We recently signed a contract for a 3rd floor apartment in Thalwil. While there is a railing around the balcony, with three boys we are nervous about it and we are looking to have plexiglass installed all the way around to increase the height. Does anyone know where we can purchase these panels, as well as a company that can come to install them? Thanks in advance.

Jim
Jim,

How old are the children and what is it that you want to achieve? Obviously you don't want the children to take the most direct route from balcony to earth, but do you want to cage in the balcony, or just reduce how "climbable" the railing is?

Could you post a pic of the railing, preferably with a bit of detail about how it connects to the walls and floor?
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Re: Plexiglass panels for balcony - where to purchase and install?

In hardware stores and garden centers, they sell thick plastic sheeting about 3 feet wide, it is fairly flexible, and can be cut with scissors, but with some difficulty. It is sold on a roll, displayed vertically with a guillotine, and you can buy the length you need.

It might not seem very high, but if you fix it inside the balcony railings, the boys will not be able to climb up the slippery surface, and being clear plastic, they can see through it, and they will not be curious enough to climb over it.

You can make small holes along the edges of the sheet, and fix the sheet to the railing with plastic electrical cable ties.

When you leave, this can be easily removed if the next tenant does not want it.
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In hardware stores and garden centers, they sell thick plastic sheeting about 3 feet wide. It is sold on a roll, and you can buy the length you need.

It might not seem very high, but if you fix it inside the balcony railings, the boys will not be able to climb up the slippery surface, and being clear plastic, they can see through it, and they will not be curious enough to climb over it.

You can make small holes along the edges of the sheet, and fix the sheet to the railing with plastic electrical cable ties.

When you leave, this can be easily removed if the next tenant does not want it.
Probably less expensive than an electric fence too.

This is what I was thinking of if the aim is to stop them climbing.
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Re: Plexiglass panels for balcony - where to purchase and install?

Which kind of balcony is it? Is it concrete? Is it metal bars?

Putting pexiglas to increase the height will probably be refused (it will completly change the look of the fassade, and you would need a hard structure to hold the sheets). If the balcony is at least 90cm high (or 70 + a handrail at 90), it keeps with the security norms, so you wouldn't have that as a back up.

In any case, if explaining to your children that climbing is a big no-no doesn't work, then you can try another trick: flower pots. Not on the floor, mind you (that would just be a stool to help the climbing... ), but directly on the rail.

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Re: Plexiglass panels for balcony - where to purchase and install?

OP, in case you didn't see it in the thread BM linked to, there is mention of securing the balcony doors. You can do this very easily for CHF 23.

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This would be a solution for your kids to not get on the balcony when you're not around.
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Re: Plexiglass panels for balcony - where to purchase and install?

It may be acceptable to install a privacy screen over the balcony railing. These are generally made of nylon and are easy to attach.
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