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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR IRON BALCONY
DecIron Balconies have been in the market for more than 10 years now. The concept is very simple; you order your balcony online or by calling us directly, and you can instal them very efficiently on your window or french door as easy as 1,2,3. No need to major construction home injuries to extend your floor out. This is a bolt on system.
They do not require lower brackets to hold the weight if your wall has been built as per our framing recommendations. However, they include 2 structural decorative S brackets for extra support. The reason they do not need lower brackets is because of our proprietary design; which makes the side rails a structural member/bracket on itself. The platform is made of 11 GA material with inside reinforcements to minimize deflection and allow you to instal any type of flooring. The platform also attaches to the house with 1/2x6 wood lag bolts provided, making the balcony invincible, provided your house framing is in good condition. In addition, the platform rests in a lose angle called shear angle or level angle, which is the first part to be installed.
In total the balcony consists of 5 to 7 pieces plus hardware:
1. Structural side rails with long bots welded to the lower 1/2 x 1/12 rail. (2)
2. Front rail that attaches to the side rails with self tapping screws or bolting, depending on the balcony model. They can also be ordered already welded together in one piece. (1 or 3 lose pieces)
3. Balcony platform (1 piece)
4. The shear angle on which the platform rests.
5. Optional platform under cover: This will make the platform look entirely flat from underneath (1)
5. Structural decorative Brackets. Used mostly in the event that the wall is suspected not to hold the balcony by means of the structural side rails, or for decorative purposes. (2)
6. Hardware: 1/2 x 6 bolts, #12 self tapping screws, back plates and angles to reinforce the framing.
CODE REQUIREMENTS AND ENGINEERING
Our company guarantees our balconies will pass code requirements in any state of the union. With the proper framing the system should super exceed the 100 lb per square foot required.
You can download the engineering data and the specs. However a local engineer has to seal the documentation if required by the county or city. Most cities are ok with just the information we provide. We are not allowed by our insurance to stamp the specs for every case, because there is conflict of interest and because in some cases it might be required inspection by the engineer.
We can certify the installation if a video is sent to us with pictures of the entire process. That way you will be covered by us entirely.
INSTALLATION OF YOUR IRON BALCONY
Installing a DecIron balcony is a task that any skilled handyman with basic power tools and a set scaffolds can fulfill. No welding is necessary.
The first thing to do is to install the shear angle (1/4x 3 x 3) to the proper elevation. This balconies allow 1 inch for floor extension, therefore the shear angle should be 4 inches bellow finished floor; or 3 inches below finished floor if you intend to stand on on metal.
After that install the platform on the angle using self tapping screws provided and fix it to the scaffold using temporary supports (2x4).
Once the platform is in place, place side railings in position against the wall and mark the holes. Drill the pass through holes and attach the back plate to the framing in the back matching the holes. The back plates has extra fixing holes. Use decking screws and construction glue to attach the backplates to the framing.
Now, assemble the side rails to the platform with the provided bolts and attach the balcony to the wall using the treaded rods, nuts ,and washers provided.
Now seal the interphase to avoid water filtration. Make sure the balcony base is perfectly level or slightly slanting out.
Instal the treshold provided, to block the water from traveling in.
After that, install the optional cover using self taps provided, and tighten the side rails bolts.
If you are using lower brackets, you can install them after the cover has been secured, for the brackets align with the bolts coming down from the side rails, making all the balcony a one piece assembled unit.
You can also install the balcony brackets without the cover straight to the platform, by removing the bolts that hold the side rails to the platform.
We have included 1" floor allowance to enable you to install any flooring: tile, laminate or hardwood.
Depending on the thickness of the floor you are planing to instal determine the elevation of the balcony.
The railing height is 37 inches from the deck to the upper handrail and for commercial or California code 43 inches.
DRESSING UP YOUR BALCONY
Stucco: To stucco the balcony paint the surface with tar and then attach wire mesh sheets using self tapping screws. Stucco on top.
Wood: Cover the balcony with 3/4 inch plywood using self tapping screws and install the finish wood on top of it using finish nails as needed.
Lights: Your electrician can drive power lines through the platform and install light fixtures under the balcony. You can also hang lights from the holding bolts or from the brackets. The balcony includes 2 light holders for that purpose.
LOAD RATING AND DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
Per code the capacity of the balcony should be at least 100 lb live load (people) per square foot, which is a number three times bigger than the actual weight of people. This accounts for the bolting provided and its capacity in conjunction with the framing, and the fact that the iron balcony is a solid rigid structure (unbreakable). This values are meant to be used to design your wall.
Based on this our standard balcony capacity is:
67x24 platform: 117 lb. live load
80x24 platform: 1367 lb. live load
80x36 platform: 2000 lb. live load
80x48:2667 lb. live load
106x36: 2650 lb. live load
106x48: 3553 lb. live load
This values are meant to be used to design your wall. We provide our requirements fon standard framing.
The actual load your balcony is going to receive is based on occupancy and 200 lb. per person and 100 lb. for a child (0.5 people)
67x24 platform: 2.5 people: 500 l.b
80x24 platform: 3 people: 600 l.b
80x36 platform: 4.5 people: 900 l.b
80x48: 5.5 people: 1100 lb
102x36: 3825 lb. live load5.5 people: 1100 lb
102x48: 8 people: 1600 lb
The 5 lag bolts that hold the shear angle and the lower brackets work on shear which is 60 % of the tensile strength of the material (120000 lb/square inch). The bolt shear capacity is jus overwhelmingly greater than the weight you could ever put on the balcony. However your engineer cannot rely on that, he has to calculate the capacity of the connection, which depends on the type of wood and the installation procedure. The 1/2" threaded rods (B7) have a tensile strength of 125000 lb per square inch (psi)but for design purposes it is assumed 70000 psi, therefore its shear strength is 42000 lb. a 1/2 inch dia bolt has a section of 0.196 square inches. Therefore each bolt is rated on shear 8000 lb. Both on tension or shear and tension the rods are super far from failing. For that reason the responsibility falls entirely on the wall.
A lag bolt connection is entirely safe as well as one can see in the enfgineering data we provide; however we recommend back plates, specially if you are not using lower brackets.
The back plates, and reinforcement plates and angles we provide will transfer the load and momentum to the entire house; making this system 100 percent safe.
How the lower brackets help.
The brackets bolts work on compression and the bolt connection works mostly in shear. The capacity of the lower brackets is, therefore, far greater than that of the upper brackets. Just provide good backing.
In case you have a brick wall or CMU wall your local engineer needs to determine the capacity of the wall. We provide thicker back plates for this purpose that you need to special order.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
Our turn around time is 6 weeks from the order, unless we stock your balcony, then shipping is immediate and if it is in semistock, the turn around is two weeks.
HOW DO THEY SHIP?
Dec-Iron balconies ship fully crated. Therefore, no worries, your balcony will arrive as it left our facilities.
When you fill out the form, then you will give us shipping information to be able to maximize your savings on shipping.
They usually write off with the sales tax if you are out of North Carolina.
WHAT IS THE WARRANTY ON THEM?
We offer a limited life time warranty, that basically says that as long as we are in business, your balcony welds and integrity is covered, and that the finish is covered for one year. A year is enough time to detect any defects on the finish and remediate them. Your balcony finish should really last for a long, long time for we give a double powder coating process, zinc rich primer coat first and then a polyester finish coat.
But you need to keep in mind that there might be deep scratches during installation that need to be addressed, and any signs of rust need to be addressed as they appear. Specially on the very intricate scroll balconies, sometimes the powder may not reach a tight spot; it is your responsibility to take care of them early.
Instructions for maintenance will come along with the balcony.
If you provide video proof of the installation we will certify the wall, and it will be included in the warranty.
CAN I RETURN IT?
No, our balconies are not returnable; for we provide all necessary information to assist you with your decision, and we know that we always exceed your expectations. In case the balcony ships the wrong size or with defects, we will replace the balcony as soon as possible.
If for any reason you cannot wait any longer for the replacement, then we will return your money.
Please refer to our return policy page.
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This is one of our very first balconies with cover. This cover shown was meant to be placed after the brackets, that is why you see the slots. Our current design includes two brackets and the cover does not include slots, but is sandwiched by the platform and lower brackets.