For the past 3 years I have been consulting to Lumon, a Finnish company that is the leader in the manufacture of retractable glass wall systems for patios, decks and balconies. In this post Covid-19 era, making outdoor spaces more usable year-round is becoming increasingly important and for this reason I am enamoured with this product, especially for balconies in new and existing buildings. Although Lumon is based in Finland, it operates in many countries around the world and now has a manufacturing plant in Ontario.
While their system does not fully 'enclose' a balcony like a conventional, double-glazed window system, it does provide protection from wind, rain, noise and to a lesser degree the cold and pollution along busy streets. In many respects it is like a 'convertible' car with a large sunroof, which can be closed when it's wet and cold but open when it's sunny. I think it's a wonderful product. Here are some photos and a video I received yesterday for a major installation in Burnaby that is attracting a lot of attention! It's very short. Take a look!