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Glazing of verandas and terraces: functions and design options

A large number of films and illustrations on the theme of a quiet life show their own beautifully decorated houses where people live for their own pleasure. Because of this, it rests on everyone's mind that this is the crucial part of a successful life. The terrace or the glazed veranda give a feeling of calm and solitude in many ways.

Features and Benefits

Country houses are built to have the opportunity to relax from the daily hustle and bustle. Hence, people who do not waste money upgrade their homes with all possible attributes of coziness and comfort. Now it is difficult to imagine a country house without a terrace or veranda, thanks to which a person can relax and enjoy nature, allowing, without deviating from civilization, to become part of the natural atmosphere. In order to fully understand the characteristics of the terrace and porch, you need to know their definitions.

The terrace is an extension of the house, which in most cases is a platform for relaxation. Such an attached area is a room that is not enclosed by the air and is usually equipped with a roof, a railing or a special frame. Often the terrace is on the floor, as the extension on the floor is quite easy to realize. There are also cases of its location above the ground floor when the construction of the building allows it. The upper floors are mostly equipped with a terrace.

The veranda is a specially equipped room without heating.

It is designed in an existing building from the side of the wall facing the street. The veranda can also be an extension of the house. Its peculiarity is that it is protected from the street space by a glass cover. The advantage is that glass does not interfere with the merging with nature and the view.

Porch and terraced floors are typically extensions and, by definition, are very similar.therefore, they are often confused. This is due to the fact that, despite the severity of the conditions, only the owner of the house decides how to organize your own porch or terrace. This means that the terrace can be glazed and the veranda can be provided with heating. The extensive experience of glazing the extensions made it possible to assign a large number of functions to this coating. Depending on what you want to get from the glazed fence and choose its type.

The main advantage of the glazing surface is that it creates an invisible wall that holds back undesirable effects on the room. The unpredictable climate and swarms of insects cannot disturb the peace. At the same time, the positive aspects of the recreational areas remain unaffected. After all, visual satisfaction in a glass box is the same as without it. You can fall in love with a feeling of watching the rain and staying dry.

Thanks to the glazing of the veranda and the terrace areas in the house, you can embody many design ideas.

Without additional effort, it will be possible to organize a place for a family vacation., social gatherings, bring to life a corner of civilization that will coexist with nature, and only streaks on the glasses, which of course need to be washed often, can prevent this.


There are currently many options for glazing verandas and terraces. They are considered individually for each house and in relation to the wishes of the owner and depend largely on the design of the existing building in which the extension is being organized. But you also need to imagine yourself in a cozy corner and find out what you are going to miss. Furthermore, the identified deficiencies can be smoothly smoothed out or removed with the help of glazed walls.

Glazing types can be classified according to the following parameters:

  • Temperature regime - cold or warm glazing;
  • covered volume - full or partial glazing;
  • the style of the room is frameless or framed;
  • visual perception - panorama or not;
  • Opening method - slide and swing.

Cold and warm

The choice between warm and cold glazing is due to the need to use the veranda at any time of the year. If you only want to relax on the veranda in the warm season, you do not need to install warm glazing; it will be cold enough enough that the temperature on the veranda will be five degrees more than that on the street. Of course, in winter without additional heating in such a place is undesirable.

Full and partial

When installing all or part of the glass, the boundaries of the original building structure play an important role. Full glazing is possible if the porch is built from scratch. That is, if there is only one base or one frame. But the porch is often built into the already finished house, which means that some walls will be sewn into the foundation. In such a situation, only partial glazing of the site is carried out.

Frameless and with a frame

There is no functional need to choose frames or not to choose them. Rather, the question lies in the style of the house and in the design idea. On the one hand, framed glass appears rather mundane due to the usual appearance of house windows. But many designers perfectly choose the frame with which they will emphasize the unique features of the room or the surrounding nature. At the same time, frame glazing is leased cheaper than frameless. And, accordingly, it is much easier to repair the partial and full frame structure.

There are no retaining connections in the frameless version. Not so long ago, the frameless glass coating was given the title of an elite exterior in architecture. However, when arranging the veranda there are some disadvantages - poor tightness, which increases heat loss. Even outside it is impossible to hang nets that serve as insect protection in the room.


When choosing the type of glazing, the panoramic version is often preferred. The method is easy to perform and allows you to feel part of the surrounding natural space. The entire structure is assembled between the finished roof and the foundation of the floor. Also for its implementation requires the absence of embedded walls.

Slide and swing

Regardless of the choice of glazing, the veranda must be opened. The entrance door to the relaxation area can slide or be hinged. From the name it is clear that the sliding type of opening includes opening the door leaves. For this purpose, compartment doors that resemble a train compartment are used.

The door of the compartment can also be glazed and, depending on the purpose, move along the guides along the wall. Spreading can be done habitually with the help of additional shelf fittings or by assembling the "accordion" design on the edges of the opening.

Swing is glazing in which the door and window are opened inwards or outwards by plowing.

There is nothing new and unusual here. Everything is like ordinary windows and doors. We can only recommend the use of modern window rocking mechanisms for personal convenience.

The above methods can glaze both the porch and the terrace. But it happens that the necessary attributes of the veranda are not so important for the terrace. For example, a veranda is often built in the square of a country house, so it is right to arrange warm glazing in it. And for the terrace, heat is not so important, which means that in this case you can save.

The choice of method

The main function of glazing can be called the ability to store heat. Above all, the choice of glazing has to be decided whether a warm option is to be used or not. Cold glazing is simply a protective layer. It prevents dust, wind, precipitation and has the ability to shade the site in the hot season. It is more suitable if you want to glaze the terrace.

The porch is part of the house and is often connected to the heating system.therefore it makes sense to install warm glazing. In turn, it will largely store the heat and allow it to get into the veranda even in winter. Then the veranda can become a full-fledged living room and you can even take a nap.

Warm glazing is a complex system with high operational requirements.

For this reason, the installation of such glass fences must be entrusted to professionals. Correct calculation and high quality installation will allow you to benefit from the design, for what it is installed.

Having decided on a functional problem, it is necessary to understand the original construction of the house. and understand what restrictions make in the choice of the place where it is planned to build glazing for the veranda or terrace. If the relaxation area in its original form is a frameless open space, then you can give yourself the freedom to choose. Since there are no restrictions in the foundation, you can freely design frameless, framed, full or panoramic or other glazing.

In this case, many prefer frameless full glazing. The basis of such limiters are transparent glass surfaces, the thickness of which is 1 centimeter. Glass squares are close together and tightly sealed at the joints. It is fastened with the help of metal fittings. Everything together ensures a high level of tightness, prevents unwanted dust particles and rain from entering.

It may seem that the design is very fragile, but frameless glazing is considered to be of high strength.

Production uses special technologies that reinforce the material. As a result, the glass coating is almost impossible to break. With full glazing and no frames, it will not be difficult to install doors and windows that should open inwards or outwards. The compartment doors are used less often in this case.

Despite the popularity of the frameless version of the veranda, it has some drawbacks. If the house is close to the streets and active city life, it becomes difficult to relax on a fully glazed porch because the frameless version is quiet. And it is worth noting that you can only wash tempered windows with gentle detergents, otherwise you can ruin the film that protects against glass scattering.

Sometimes the porch is built right into his house. Then it turns out that the site is fenced with load-bearing walls, the shape of the room and the like. It is also possible that they are planning to glaze the porch on the second floor. The scope of work compared to a one-story house is significantly different. Then, after weighing all the constraints that determine the foundation, select the incomplete glazing with a frame.

No problem, the choice is a bit limited. There are many good options for incomplete frame glazing. However, the best thing would be to consult with the designer and specialist in installing glass walls.

They will help you choose the perfect option that will suit your home.

Windows play an important role in the production of high-quality and practical glazing. How they are opened depends on the type of glazing chosen. For example, for glazed walls with frames, windows with a pivoting system are suitable. Today this mechanism is in great demand. This is due to the comfort provided by the ability to open the sash in any direction and fold it up.

Such a system is difficult to install on frameless glass surfaces. And in terms of style, the design will not look aesthetically pleasing. The handles of the pivoting folding mechanism are an eyesore, just as the compartment doors are not combined with the frameless option. However, the experience of glazing is great enough that you can overcome any visual flaws.

Manufacturing materials

The glazing of verandas and patio arbors is very popular today. It appears that glass is the only material used in the manufacture of glass structures. However, the design includes many additional details, the quality of which determines the durability of the entire glass wall. In addition, manufacturers offer a list of materials that can replace glass. In addition, they even outperform the glass on some indicators.

Aluminum is often used as a raw material for fastening profiles. The advantages of this metal are that it is not susceptible to corrosion, is rather soft and has a low mass. Also speaking about the benefits to the consumer, aluminum products are durable and are sold at a very low price. Aluminum is very easy to handle, so you can create a profile with any curvature and insert removable glass.

Aluminum profiles are very practical and are often used for glazing near cities. Since the rest areas are usually small, sliding systems are used for their glazing. Such systems work perfectly on aluminum profiles. It should be emphasized that the use of this metal, due to the small mass of parts, is refractory and very reliable. Among the minuses, it should be noted that it is only used for cold glazing.

Most of the country houses are made of ordinary wood.

Without deviating from the style, the owners of such houses glazed their verandas and terraces with frames. Frame glazing in a wooden house is the best known and hardly differs from window frames in apartment rooms. That is why wooden frames are preferred, as the glazing can be done independently of the glazing in this way.

Wooden frames never give up their positionsBecause wood is a natural and durable material that has good thermal insulation properties. It's also easy to work with, which is important for repair. The disadvantage of such frames is that they need to be treated with special substances against pests. It is also worth noting that the tree does not like moisture, so the windows must be carefully dried each time.

Wooden windows do not have these disadvantages. They are the most expensive glazing material. In terms of performance, double-glazed windows are not inferior to wood, they have even greater thermal insulation. And it doesn't interfere with the natural ventilation in the room. In addition, the production of wood glass is active in many companies. Because of this, there are a lot of interesting models, while in ordinary wooden frames it is difficult to bring something new.

The plastic glazing is extremely flexible.This is the most common and inexpensive option for today. In addition to the large selection of models and colors, plastic has very good performance properties. This material is easy to clean, has good thermal insulation, but there are also disadvantages - it is impossible to get rid of breaks on the spot, it is usually necessary to completely replace the part.

Also note the relatively short lifespan and not a light weight.

I would like to highlight another interesting material from which so-called soft windows are made. They are PVC films that are usually wrapped in plastic profiles. Glazing with a soft window is ideal when you need to have both an open gazebo and a closed one at the same time. PVC film is twisted into a roll at the top of the canvas and gently spread into its original, firmly attached position at the bottom. The bracket is firm enough to install a radiator inside and use the relaxation area even in winter.

PVC film is a durable material, but it still requires accuracy. It is easy to clean of impurities with normal soap and water. The only limitation in the use of soft windows is the standard of production, according to which the width of the canvas is no more than 140 cm, which means that if one does not fit into one canvas it is necessary to merge two naturally leave a visible seam that is approximately 30mm wide.

But you shouldn't cross PVC right away, there are many ways to cover and wipe the seams. They can also be hidden with the help of bindings.

The film can be attached in a number of ways, for example with clips or silicone bands.

If the web of film is removable, it means that it should be pinned from the sides from where it is being rolled. The side on which the roller is mounted is fastened with eyelets. Sometimes the usual complaints replace the mountains when the climate is unusual for high winds.

PVC film requires special attention. You need to be careful with sharp objects, they will spoil the film with a light touch. If it is especially cold outside, it is better not to turn the coating into a roll. There may be problems with the insert and with the coating of the film itself if it is less than 15 degrees outside. Unlike glass towels, you shouldn't lean on the film, even if it's light.