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Introduction to Terrace:
A terrace is an open, wide, flat area near a building. It may be on a landscape, or on a flat roof. Terraces are used, generally, for refreshments like sitting, walking, or taking rest. There are two parts of a house or a building. One is the covered part or roofed area encircled with walls, and the other is roofed but open from the sides. Although terrace may be on landscape, as well as upon a roof, however, the general notion about a terrace is up-stair on the roof. A terrace can be structured on the piers or walls. The roof-terraces are accessed by means of a staircase.
Benefits of Terrace:
- A terrace provides open-air for breathing, which can not be obtained while staying in the rooms for the whole day and night.
- Exposure to the sun while staying at home is only possible by means of terraces.
- We can not stroll in rooms. A terrace provides an opportunity for strolling and walking on the premises of the house.
- We can dry the washed clothes by hanging them in the open air of a terrace.
- A roof terrace may provide open space like a landscape space of the ground floor, to the upper floor of the building.
Difference between Terrace and Balcony:
Balcony and terrace, both are constructed for the same purpose, viz. open air and direct sunlight. The difference between both is due to their different sizes, location, and construction.
- A terrace is a large open space of the building, which can either be attached or detached from the building (by means of a partition wall), while a balcony is a small protruded part of the room, which is so small to accommodate one or two persons at a time. A balcony can not be separated from the building by means of a partition wall.
- A terrace can be accessed through multiple entrances, whereas a balcony is accessed only through one door or window of the room. Only one door can be used for entrance as well as for getting out.
- Terraces are considerably larger than balconies and it can facilitate the large venues for grouping of people, gathering, and partying. While a balcony is confined to accommodate only a few people, and just to overlook the view of the outer surroundings.
- A terrace can be built on the ground, as well as on the roofing portion of the building. While, a balcony, on the other hand, can only be constructed at an elevated level, alongside a room.
- Architecturally saying, a terrace can be a stand-alone structure, while a balcony looks like an integral part of the room.
Types of Terrace:
Terraces are classified into 9 types.
- Romantic Roof Terrace:
Veranda type terrace covered with roof shingles. Its construction is very. One side of the terrace is supported by the wall of the house, and the other side is supported by means of pillars or abutments.
- Textile Roof Terrace:
It is covered with a roof of the textile sheet. At the time of enjoying the full portion of the sun, you can even remove the textile roof.
- Red Roof Patio:
It is a paved outdoor terrace, which adjoins your house building. It is made of timber bellies and logs covered with a non-waterproof roof, which hardly keeps out the rain until some other impervious cover is put on the roof. Nonetheless, it provides full protection from sunlight and heat.
- Tempered Glass Patio Terrace:
The terrace is made of a frosted or tinted glass, which allows gives a light shade and prevents the rainwater to enter. This kind of structure is very durable and strong.
5. Sketch Fabric Terrace:
It is a light and summery roof made up of a sail-like stretched sheet of fabrics. It prevents sunlight. Its roof is flexible and you can use it in different areas. It also protects from rain.
6. Roof Terrace with an Awning:
The awning is a sheet of canvas. A sheet of canvas covers the terrace roofing in order to protect from sunlight. It is also waterproofed and does not allow the rainwater to sink through the awning.
7. Patio with Curtain:
This type of patio is constructed with wooden or steel pillars with a roof of either wooden, glass, or fabric material. It differs from the rest of the patios because of the curtains hung from the opening sides of the terrace.
(8). All for the Terrace:
It is a remote-controlled electronic roof, which is has a series of moving strips. When you press the button the strips close and unclose up to a commanded level. When you need more light, you can unclose the strips. Similarly, you can fully close the strips if you need full shade.
(9). A Hovering Steel Roof:
It is roof staying hovered in the air. The purpose of this type of terrace is also to protect from sunlight and heat in an open-air.