Natural lighting has always been more captivating than artificial lighting and being able to have an additional room, in which the sky acts as the ceiling, can only fascinate, especially if outside, for example, it is snowing and you are comfortably crouched on a sofa, surrounded by the magical halo of this atmospheric phenomenon. Furthermore, the research and in-depth study, which are the basis of the advanced technology with which the new building materials are produced, which constitute the supporting skeleton and the windows of today’s verandas, make these constructions as solid and safe as the perimeter walls of house and, the construction of these structures, offers the best solution to be able to acquire additional square meters of living space, redeveloping your property in an evident and substantial way. Being able to use a balcony, a portion of terrace or garden at any time of the year, a space that otherwise would have obvious limitations of use, by using this additional room as a study, hall or living room, is the motivation that drives the realization of this project. Since glass is its main feature, the veranda must be built with particular design criteria, so that it is thermally insulated, that there are no infiltrations and that the supporting structure is made of suitable materials, suitable to withstand the stresses produced by external agents. . Optimal insulation and perfect insulation will avoid all those problems that may be encountered over time, therefore consult more specialized companies and do not skimp on thermal and acoustic insulation. A veranda, built with poor quality materials and with an unprofessional installation, will risk becoming an icebox in winter and an oven in summer, thus nullifying any possible benefit and ending up weighing on your household economy in terms of heating and air conditioning. Therefore, the choice of materials helps to transform an idea into a concrete, fully liveable environment, obviously taking care to prepare in advance all the necessary documentation, required by the Town Plan of the relevant Municipality, in addition to the building permits and permits issued by the Condominium, in the event that the property is located in this structure.
There are basically two types of verandas, both characterized by load-bearing and glazed structures, normally resting on one or more walls of the house. The first is intended as the total closure of a balcony or terrace, while the second involves the construction of a structure on part of the terrace or garden, for a total area equal to 25% of the usable outdoor area. The skeleton that constitutes the veranda and which is anchored to one or more walls of the house, is normally made of extremely robust materials, suitable to withstand any atmospheric stress, such as hail, snow, thermal variations and wind. The flooring can be placed in line with the rest of the house or in a slightly higher position, accessed via an elegant step. There are no rules that establish which material is most suitable for paving a veranda and this leaves any design possibility open. The glass doors, front and side, can be made with different types according to the needs, the spaces available and personal tastes. There are sliding, folding, hinged doors, even concealed ones, but they all have one particularity in common: the glass must absolutely correspond to the required safety standards. The beauty of a veranda is precisely constituted by the windows that compose it and these must be able to withstand hailstorms, thermal shocks, vandalism or break-in attempts. Furthermore, the doors can be equipped with internal or external handles, locks or special devices for opening and closing. Seeing the world, outside our security perimeter, must be a pleasant and relaxing experience and this can only happen with the guarantee of the quality of the materials and of the installation.
The frame is made of sturdy and durable materials such as wood treated with suitable impregnating agents, PVC, the most widely used, reinforced steel and aluminum prepared for the outside, all particularly suitable for resisting bad weather, wear and thermal variations. The choice of the material constituting the skeleton of the veranda falls almost exclusively on purely practical and aesthetic considerations. Some will need some maintenance, like wood, others have been made to last forever, like PVC. The armored glass can be chosen in various types that can be combined with each other: laminated or coupled, that is made with two or more vitrified sheets held together by a PVB film (PolyVinyl Butyral is the primary element that constitutes the composition of the laminated safety glass ) which allows, in case of glass breakage, to keep the parts together, as happens for the windshields of cars; tempered, that is five times more resistant than normal glass and therefore unbreakable; reflective or absorbent, which guarantees a cool environment by reflecting or absorbing the sun’s rays; self-cleaning, able, thanks to a particular procedure, to dissolve dirt using the heat offered by the sun, especially useful for the glass placed on the ceiling, which are difficult to reach for proper cleaning; low emission, which retains almost 90% of the heat generated internally, avoiding heat dispersion in the winter months; sound-absorbing, system specially designed to acoustically isolate the veranda from external disturbances. Also very important are the covers. Made specifically to protect from sunlight and prying eyes, the covers are divided into two types, external and internal. The external ones are fixed or mobile, or equipped with manual or electric systems that facilitate opening and closing. They can be identified with the awnings placed externally on the canopy or with the panels installed on the side and front windows.The internal ones are usually curtains that regulate the amount of light and provide a decorative element to the environment and can be both classic in fabric and venetian blinds produced with different materials.
It is good to know the procedure that allows you to create our little corner of paradise. The latest ruling of the Court of Cassation establishes that the veranda is not intended as an act of restructuring or extraordinary maintenance, but as a real implementation and therefore subject to all those laws that regulate building constructions. Therefore, in order to proceed it is necessary to contact a professional in the sector (surveyor, architect, engineer), who will carry out a project to be submitted to the Technical Office of the relevant Municipality, together with the request for authorization, in addition to the authorization issued by his own Condominium, in which the unanimous and positive opinion of the condominiums is highlighted, in the case in which it is precisely a condominium building. There are some basic requirements that need to be considered before proceeding so that your application for authorization is not rejected. The veranda must not modify the facade of the entire building, it must remain within the surface limits established by the Municipality, it must be able to be removed if necessary, therefore it must not have masonry parts and must not inhibit the brightness and the air at pre-existing neighboring buildings. Taking all this into account, know that each structure is unique and custom designed and the creation of a veranda will surely unleash your imagination, making you immerse yourself in a universe made of fabrics, woods, terracotta floors, polished or matt steel for the finishes. , rather than a more classic style made of wicker or bamboo furniture, or a country decor, suitable for evenings around a table, in the name of a nice barbecue with friends.