If you are a Specifier, Contractor or Installer and looking for options on decking that will achieve a Class A fire rating, either for a high-rise building’s balcony or terrace you already know that Aluminium Decking is a non combustible external flooring solution but what are the other key benefits to aluminium decking?
We will be exploring the benefits of Teckwood’s Proactive 600 series Aluminium Decking to help you deliver a professional Class A decking solution that will achieve building regulation compliance.
Aluminium Decking is the new choice for Decking design
Professionals across the globe have been discovering the modern marvel of aluminium decking solutions. Unlike wood and other forms of decking boards, aluminium decking not only offers a seamless beautiful deck in a wide range of colours but it can also create a waterproof and drip-free environment below the decking so that it can be used for balconies and upper decks.
Homeowners and businesses alike are choosing Teckwood’s Proactive 600 aluminium decking as the most cutting edge choice when planning for a high quality and long term decking solution.
Why should you choose Proactive 600 Aluminium Decking?
1. Aluminium is non-combustible
As mentioned in the introduction, aluminium is a natural Class A fire-rated material. As metal is non-combustible, it is a safe and effective option for projects where external flooring must meet strict fire safety building regulations.
Building regulations in the UK requires all external walls and specified attachments of residential buildings above 18m to be built with non-combustible materials. This means a fire rating of Class A1 or A2, s1 d0 according to BS EN 13501-1. A1 materials are completely non-combustible whereas A2 materials have limited combustibility.
However, both classifications are considered non-combustible and are permitted to be used in those circumstances and any other scheme where the maximum fire-rating is required.
A-Rated aluminium decking will never catch fire or contribute to the spread of flame.
2. Aluminium is durable
Aluminium is a lightweight metal, but despite that, it is more than twice as strong as other comparable external flooring materials.
Aluminium is also extremely durable and resistant to wear and tear. This means it will resist scuffing, scratching, especially important on terraces and balconies where furniture might be moved about regularly.
If you are using a powder-coated product, make sure you are using a good quality product to ensure that the coating retains its integrity.
3. Aluminium works despite the weather
Aluminium is naturally corrosion-resistant, even in extremely harsh environments.
When powder-coated, its longevity only increases, whilst also providing the options for different colours or textures. Moreover, on hot days, aluminium surprisingly stays cool, making it one of the coolest decking options on the market.
This makes it an even more desirable external floor system when end-clients will potentially want to be walking across it barefoot.
4. Cool to the Touch in Direct Sunlight
The first and most important thing we can say about aluminium decking is that it is cool to the touch. Aluminium decking is not just aluminium, it is treated with an advanced powder coating finish that remains cooler than the outdoor temperature.
In fact, aluminium decking technology has advanced past the heat diffusing qualities of classic wood to create a cooler decking solution for bare feet than ever before.
5. Aluminium is sustainable
Aluminium is arguably the most sustainable building material in the world due to several factors. Not only is it recyclable, but can be manufactured from recycled materials, giving it remarkable green credentials. The recycling process of aluminium is efficient, meaning the final product loses none of the physical properties of primary aluminium.
Recycling aluminium also only uses 5% of the energy it takes to create virgin aluminium. As a lightweight metal, aluminium is also easy to transport, reducing environmental impact and cost of transportation.
6. Aluminium is low maintenance
Aluminium, unlike other decking options, is remarkably low maintenance. No need for annual staining, repairing or pest prevention.
As it is also weather-resistant, it doesn’t need the upkeep of other products, while still maintaining its shine, colour and scratch-resistance.
7. Aluminium features integrated water management
Waterproof and drip free decking is perhaps the best thing about Teckwood’s aluminium decking boards. They form a completely waterproof and drip-free space beneath.
This makes aluminium deck boards an ideal solution for overhead balconies that will form a roof of a shaded are for the patio below.
While the deck boards appear to be made of a classic design, the space between the boards is a unique innovation that channels water away to side gutters much like your roof.
8. Aluminium has low slip potential
A colourful 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 aluminium decking an excellent solution for poolside designs.
9. Aluminium has guaranteed long-term performance
Aluminium has a significantly longer service life even with constant exposure to UV light. The paint may wear with time, but the underlying aluminium alloy only grows stronger, ensuring your deck is safe at all times.
10. Aluminium has impressive thermal properties
Aluminium has impressive thermal properties that make this material especially suitable for use in outdoor areas such as a deck. Aluminium absorbs heat fast and its excellent thermal conductivity allows it to lose heat at an equally fast rate, allowing your decking area to remain cool even in the summer.
11. Seamless Appearance for Classic or Modern Look
Finally, it’s vital to remember that aluminium decking boards can look just like the classic wood boards of your grandparent’s 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, creating your dream house, or breaking the boundaries of modern design with something totally new, aluminium decking panels can be used to make your design plans into reality.
Building regulations in the UK requires all external walls and specified attachments of residential buildings above 18m to be built with non-combustible materials. This means a fire rating of Class A1 or A2, s1 d0 according to BS EN 13501-1. A1 materials are completely non-combustible whereas A2 materials have limited combustibility. However, both classifications are considered non-combustible and are permitted to be used in those circumstances and any other scheme where the maximum fire-rating is required.
Aluminium Decking is a great surface material for your external flooring. When conducting product research on Class A Decking options, Teckwood’s Proactive aluminium decking is a great option, especially for high-rise balconies and terraces. It the event of fire it prevents the spread of fire and smoke keeping exits safe and allows fire fighters faster access.
If Class A fire rated, durability, low maintenance, and customization are a priority when selecting decking systems for your property, consider Teckwood’s Proactive 600 Aluminium Decking.