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18.05.2023 - A guide to balcony renovations with UHPC

5 things to consider when you are renovating

5 things to consider when you are renovating

From planning to final installation


Renovating old or outdated balconies can be a challenging task. Still, it is often a necessary measure to ensure a safe and sturdy structure or to optimize already existing buildings for new purposes. Renovating a balcony is a smart investment that can enhance aesthetic appeal, improve energy efficiency, increase safety, and add value to the property. By incorporating UHPC balconies into your project, you ensure that you include a number of essential properties, which you can take advantage of.

In this post, we will guide you through 5 essential steps to consider when embarking on a balcony renovation project with UHPC balconies - from planning to installation.

Consideration 1:

Define the purpose of the renovation

Renovating a balcony can be a smart investment that provides a range of benefits for your property or project. For instance, if the balconies in question are old or outdated, it may be necessary to renovate them to improve their safety and stability, as well as make them more durable and long-lasting. Renovating balconies can also enhance the overall aesthetics of your property, providing an inviting and comfortable outdoor space. Additionally, by renovating your balcony, you can add value to your property, making it more appealing to potential buyers or tenants. A renovated balcony can greatly improve the energy efficiency of your building as well, leading to lower energy costs, making it a smart investment in the long run.


By defining the purpose of your renovation project, you can choose the right budget, design, and timeframe that best suits your specific project – as well as ensure that the renovation project meets your specific needs and requirements.


Consideration 2:

Determine the budget for the project

Before embarking on a balcony renovation project, it is essential to determine the budget of the project. It is important to have a clear understanding of your financial means before starting the renovation process, as it will help you to make informed decisions about the materials and design options that are available to you.


Having a realistic budget can also help you avoid overspending or unnecessary expenses during the renovation process. It is important to consider not only the cost of materials and labor, but also any additional expenses that may arise during the project.

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Consideration 3:

Sustainable considerations and requirements

When planning a balcony renovation project, it is important to consider the environmental impact of the materials and processes. Additionally, with increasing constraints in the form of sustainability requirements for renovation, this aspect should be considered, before the design phase.


To start, the choice of materials is critical. Hi-Con’s own UHPC material, CRC i2, offers multiple benefits when compared to steel and traditional concrete. Because the balconies are slim, we use less cement to produce them, compared to traditional concrete, which results less materials used, less transportation, and smaller cranes at the construction site. The material also has a lifespan of 100 + years, ensuring safe and beautiful balconies for a long time to come.


Another important aspect of sustainability is energy efficiency. Balcony renovations can provide an opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of a building, reducing the overall energy consumption and costs. As balcony elements produced with UHPC CRC i2 are slender, they provide more space for extra insulation when renovating a facade, which is valuable when you are looking for energy-optimizing solutions. 


Our experts are happy to discuss how to incorporate sustainable requirements and considerations into your balcony renovation project, to ensure a more sustainable and environmentally friendly outcome.

Consideration 4:

Finding the most suitable balcony design

Once the budget is decided and agreed on, you need to decide on the balcony design. Renovating buildings requires extensive knowledge and experience to analyze the existing building's structures, physics, and functions, and to develop a design that brings the final result as close as possible to the planned outcome.


At Hi-Con, we offer customized balcony solutions, ensuring that you find the best design solution for your project. Our UHPC material possesses a number of qualities that provide the architect with the freedom to design and shape the balconies in accordance with his or her dream and vision for a specific renovation project. This freedom is only provided because of the extreme strength and durability of the material. The building’s structure, load capacity, and age also play an important role in how the balconies are designed and installed. Therefore, we always recommend our collaborators to involve us early in the process in order to provide the best possible solution.


For renovation projects, UHPC is an excellent material that possesses a number of essential properties, which you can take advantage of. The free shape-ability of the material is one of the main benefits of the material, as it is ideal when renovating buildings where the existing balconies need to be replicated to stay true to the original architecture. Additionally, we cast very slender elements that put less load on the building and thereby we are able to mount much larger balconies or facade elements on an already existing building compared to traditional concrete. Our experts are happy to help guide and support you in the decision-making process to ensure a smooth and successful renovation.


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Consideration 5:

Production and logistics

Lastly, the production of balconies and logistics is a crucial consideration before starting a renovation project. Careful planning and preparation are key to ensuring the project's success, and the production process plays a significant role in this planning. By considering the production process, you can guarantee that you have the necessary resources, workforce, and equipment, to complete the renovation process efficiently and effectively.


At Hi-Con, we take pride in our production facilities and skilled workers who strive to create visually stunning and durable UHPC structures. Our use of precast elements minimizes installation time and hassle, and our customizable designs make it easy to achieve the desired look. Additionally, our lightweight materials are easy to manage during transportation and installation while remaining incredibly strong, ensuring the highest quality for every balcony produced.


Do not let a renovation project overwhelm you. Let our expert team guide you through the process, of ensuring a smooth and efficient renovation that meets your needs and budget.

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