A cantilever balcony is a platform that projects outward from the building and lacks any visible support. The balcony weight is supported by a structure that is built into the load bearing beams in the building itself.
A cantilever balcony cannot be added onto an existing home and instead will need to be part of the blueprint during construction. In addition, the safety ratings of cantilevered balconies may be lower than other balcony types.
A stacked balcony will put the least amount of load on the building itself. In fact, almost all of the weight a stacked balcony holds is supported by the pillars that hold the balcony up. This style of balcony is simple to install and can come in a range of designs.
Stacked balconies can be made from a variety of materials including wood, concrete or aluminum. This gives you a range of aesthetic options, as well as a variety of weight bearing limits to suit your needs.
A loggia balcony is sometimes not considered a balcony, but instead an extension of the building itself. Loggia balconies are fully enclosed with a roof, and are sometimes called sunrooms and can hold a variety of furniture.
They can be on the ground floor, or higher floors, depending on the homeowner’s or building owner’s preferences. Loggia balconies are popular in high rise buildings such as hospitals, apartments, college dorms, and more.