Did you know that aluminium decking is based on bauxite, a mineral found in ample supply on our planet? It is the 3rd most abundant material after oxygen and silicone and makes up 8% of the earth’s crust.
It was discovered it in the village of Les Baux (hence the name bauxite) in the Provence region of France in 1821 by French geologist Pierre Berthier.
However, a Dane has the honour of having ‘invented’ aluminium. Christian Orstad was the first to produce aluminium, but he used an expensive chemical process. That was in 1825.
Now aluminium is used widely and there is no shortage. If we keep producing aluminium at the same rate, there will be enough for the next 1200 years.
Aluminium decking Facts
- Aluminium is fully recyclable and can simply be re-melted without any loss of quality.
- This requires only 5% of the energy required for the primary production process.
- That makes it a lot more eco-friendly and cheaper.
- Brazil is the world leader, recycling 98.2% of the beverage cans.
- Up to 95% of the aluminium in the construction and transport sector in Western Europe is reused.
- 75% of all aluminium that was ever produced is still being used.
Aluminium is safer too
Fire risk is a particularly large consideration when constructing balconies and terraces of high-rise buildings and apartment blocks. If you use Aluminium it does not need to be with aluminium.
Why? Aluminium is a non-combustible material which will not burn and Teckwood’s Proactive Decking has a Class A2 fire certificate.
Proactive aluminium decking carries an A2 fire-rating. This is in accordance with the new legislation for materials incorporated into the envelope of high-rise buildings to be classed as non-combustible.
Teckwood strive to provide products and services that incorporate the very latest technology and developments for the construction sector.
Aluminium is more versatile
There is a common misconception that aluminium is harder to work with than timber. However, this isn’t true. Provided you have a chop saw with aluminium blade, aluminium decking joist can be cut to size, just as quickly and easily as timber. Joist connections can be made simply too, using connector brackets.
Variance in the building surface is resolved with little to no effort using adjustable pedestals, which correct sloping ground and roof falls without the need to cut timber posts to size each time.
What’s more, Aluminium is far lighter than timber. Aluminium decking joists will
Aluminium is superior in strength
With its vastly superior strength Teckwood’s aluminium joists and decking boards are made from T6 aluminium and is ideal for any application that requires an A2 Fire Rating in accordance with BS EN13501, such as residential and mixed-use developments, schools, universities, hospitals & libraries.
The joists can allow a support height as low as 20mm whilst still adhering to the stringent industry loading criteria.
Aluminium is easy to use
There is a common misconception that aluminium is harder to work with than timber. However, this isn’t true. By using a standard chop saw with an aluminium blade, aluminium decking joists and boards can easily be cut to size, just as quickly and easily as traditional timber.
Aluminium is lighter
Aluminium is far lighter than timber or our composite decking types. The decking joists and boards will impose far less weight on supporting roof structures or balconies than traditional sub-frames. Did you know that the use of aluminium parts makes a car 100 kg lighter?
Teckwood’s Proactive A2 aluminium decking is
- Non-combustible: Class A2-s1, d0
- 100% Recycled Aluminium: Fully recyclable
- Anti-slip coating: Friendly underfoot
- Easy installation
- Concealed fixings: No clips
The Aluminium decking boards are available at 25mm thick that allow spans up to 600mm. The Proactive system gives greater flexibility to balcony and terrace design.
The modern, sleek lines of Proactive are preserved as a result of hidden screw-fix system the boards are screwed directly into the subframe, you do not need to use any clips at all.
Teckwood’s Proactive range has been specifically designed for the balcony and terrace market to meet the new Building Regulations.
The Proactive aluminium decking board has a surface finish that is both slip resistant and friendly underfoot.
Proactive Class A2 Aluminium Decking is the new sustainable choice for the next generation of modern decking solutions
Building professionals, architects and families across the United Kingdom have been discovering the modern marvel of aluminium decking solutions.
Unlike wood and composite boards, aluminium decking not only offers a seamless beautiful deck in a wide range of colours, it also creates a waterproof and drip-free environment below the deck so that it can be used for balconies and upper decks.
Discerning professionals and businesses alike are choosing Proactive aluminium decking as the most cutting-edge choice when planning for a high-quality and long-term decking solution.
The powder coating offers another benefit as well. Powder coating is not completely smooth like some decking finishes, leaving a gently textured surface that is uniquely non-slip. This makes Teckwood’s Proactive aluminium decking an excellent solution for whatever the great British weather throws at us.
Extremely low maintenance decking solution
Seamless appearance for classic or modern look
It is vital to remember that Proactive aluminium decking boards can look just like the classic wooden deck or they can take on a modern metallic appearance for more modern and trendy designs.
So whether you are building a deck for a heritage home, recreating your dream outdoor living space, or breaking the boundaries of modern design with something totally new, aluminium decking can be used to turn your design plans into reality.
Teckwood’s Proactive Class A2 fire rated decking boards create a seamless appearance while giving you wide selection of finishing colours and the added benefit of a waterproof space underneath.
With all these advantages, it is no surprise that DIYers and professionals are choosing Proactive aluminium decking boards from Teckwood as their new favourite decking solution.
It offers all the advantages of cutting-edge building technology with the appearance and feel of a traditional deck. For more information contact Teckwood today.