If you are thinking about installing a Victorian balcony you will need to think about what materials you want the balcony made from, while wrought iron is one of the more popular building materials you have a plethora of composite materials that could go into the construction of your Victorian balcony. This is not the type of project you should attempt on your own, if the Victorian balcony is not installed properly it could pose a safety hazard to you and those around your home. The first item of business is to check your local bylaws to find out whether you can install a balcony, if you are allowed then you will need a permit to do the work. Never try to build anything without having the proper permits or you could be with costly fines so do not do it.
Since this is not the type of job you should do on your own you will need to look for contractors that specialize in building these balconies. Get the names of all the contractors in your neighbourhood that are licensed to do this type of work. The only way to know whether they are licensed or not is to go to their website and in the “about us” section you should be able to get that information. Do not hire an unlicensed contractor or freelancer, if you do your home insurance will not protect you against any and all liabilities. When you have identified the contractors that are licensed find out how many Victorian balconies they have made in the past 5 years and to show them to you. This would be a great time to ask the contractors to provide you with references so you can call these former clients and find out what kind of experience they had with the contractor who is installing the balcony. You will never come across a contractor that has a perfect track record but they should have considerably more positive reviews than negative. Once you have found the contractors with the greatest number of satisfied clients you should ask them to prepare a quote for you and in this quote it should itemize the costs of the entire project and it should also provide you with a warranty for 5 years, during the course of 5 years if there are any defects in workmanship the contractor will correct these problems at no additional cost to you. Since these balconies are made from metal it is perfectly reasonable to ask for this type of warranty. While comparing these quotes you should never presume that higher prices mean better quality nor should you go for the lowest price either but somewhere in the middle. These are the things you need to consider when install a Victorian balcony but it will be worth the effort when you are the envy of your entire neighbourhood.Comments Off on What You Need To Consider When Installing A Victorian Balcony