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Cheap easy way to stop water buildup and leakage from a balcony the builder messed up

Discussion in 'Building' started by codyg, 30 Mar 2018.

  1. codyg

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    We have a garage with an unfinished apartment above it which has a balcony. Whoever built it did not put a slope to drain the water. Its down to plywood as the flooring. In the past we have had a tarp over the balcony nailed to the railing and side of the garage but snow, heavy rains and wind keep detatching it. Anyone know a cheap way that we could keep the water from pooling/leaking through the floor to the padio below. There is also a ceiling fan under it so electrical problems are a concern. The cheaper the better but idealy it would be maintenence free for a few years. We dont use the balcony so it does not need to be pretty.

    Thanks you all, Cody
     
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    photos will help

    I'm thinking about a sheet material laid on or over the balcony with a slope on it, perhaps a corrugated plastic, or multiwall polycarbonate as used on shed roofing. Easy to cut with a fine wood saw, cam be drilled and screwed.

    Will need to be well fixed down or the wind will catch it.
     
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    A balcony is just a flat roof that is walked on.

    Form a flat roof, cover it with flat roof material of your choice, put down a walking surface such as promenade tiles, slabs or decking.
     
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    You tend to find that the ladies can't walk on these on balconies - especially if wearing heels. And are generally a bit slippy anyway. :rolleyes:
     
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    on google. in june 2015 in berkeley ca.a balconey collapsed and 14 people were killed or injured. water leaks hadcaused dry rot to the projecting/cantileverd floor joists.
    doubt that youl get that many peeople on your balconey but even if you dont use it the next owners might.
    i'd get the work done by a professional not diy itt.
     
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    How large is the balcony floor area?
    This is a uk site, and USA roofing is different to ours, but water is the same!
    How about a pond liner type membrane? I would strip back the balcony and add wood to make a rake. Then more ply and the liner, so it drains
     
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    ...with the added headache of a 1100mm high handrail that needs connecting to the flattie in a clever way that won't leak and look good.
    I have yet to meet a designer that has done this 100% successfully.

    Steer clear of balconies.(y)
     
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