Non-combustible, slip-resistant, durable AliDeck Aluminium Decking is perfect, fully-compliant choice for your balcony decking
Following recent building regulation changes, it is now mandatory for all materials used in the external envelope of a building at height to be non-combustible. This is a major change for the industry and property owners to adapt to but wholly necessary in light of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower. The ramifications for balcony construction are clear but understanding all the available options and their wider compliance, safety, and cost implications is no easy task.
You will be pleased to learn, then, that we have the answer to this problem; the AliDeck System.
AliDeck, as part of the Milwood Group of aluminium extrusion specialist companies, have decades of experience in manufacturing aluminium outdoors living systems. Launching AliDeck as a standalone brand in 2019, we have continually developed our range of aluminium decking products to stay at the cutting edge of fit-for-purpose and compliant balcony deck solutions.
The AliDeck range of products is now a fully-developed and inter-compatible aluminium decking system, able to cope with any balcony scenario or specification.
To talk about your balcony decking requirements, please call the AliDeck team today on 01622 235 672 or read on for further information.
Building Safety Program bans use of combustible materials in the external walls of buildings above 18 metres
In the aftermath of the Grenfell fire, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government launched the Building Safety Programme as a review to ensure that buildings are safe, now and into the future.
With a natural focus on flammable wall cladding, the review led to the banning of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings above 18 metres in height in December 2018. Subsequent to this, the Government issued an Advice Note on Balconies on Residential Buildings. The effect of this advice note was to definitively include balconies in the new, more stringent regulations.
AliDeck provide an off-the-shelf fully-compliant balcony decking solution
As stated, the new regulations required an immediate shift away from the specification of combustible materials for new-build, high-rise projects. With the expectation being that new legislation outlawing combustible materials at any height will soon hit the statute books, architects and developers have embraced the non-combustible properties of aluminium decking for their balcony packages.
The AliDeck System is a fully-certified and regulation-compliant range of products. With a host of 20mm and 30mm decking boards available in flat or ridged specification, along with various support joists and pedestals, the AliDeck System is appropriate for any steel or concrete balcony applications.
Richard Izzard, AliDeck Managing Director, said “We have developed the AliDeck System with the intention to be a one-stop shop for balcony decking projects. With an absolute focus on producing compliant and safe products, we invested a great deal of effort in our design process in ensuring that our whole range and received certification for fire-resistance, slip-resistance, and wear resistance that proves it.”
“Another aspect that has been crucial to our success is our willingness to listen to feedback,” continued Richard. “We’ve always looked to build strong relationships with our clients and have been eager to invite feedback on our products, which we’ve often then rolled into our continual R&D programme to refine and evolve existing products or to create completely new products altogether. The end result is that our AliDeck range is the most complete aluminium balcony decking system on the market today.”
The AliDeck System of Aluminium Balcony Decking Boards, Joists, Pedestals and Accessories
The AliDeck System of aluminium decking has proved popular with steel fabricators, developers and architects for use in balconies, terraces, and walkways, in new-build and retrofit projects. This is due in part to its excellent versatility, intelligent design, first class build quality, ease of installation, and value for money.
With an in-house Research & Development and Mechanical Engineering resource, AliDeck have been able to continually refine and evolve our offering to be at the forefront of the shift in the construction industry away from combustible materials and towards the safety, durability, and versatility of aluminium metal decking.
The AliDeck range is non-combustible, slip-resistant and durable
Safety is our primary concern and ensuring that our products are fit for purpose in this regard has formed the core of our research and development process.
Independently fire-safety tested to EN 13823, EN 13501 and EN ISO 1716, all elements of the AliDeck System achieve Euroclass Classifications of A2-s1, d0 and A2fl-s1, satisfying legal requirements and ensuring compliance for new build and retrofit projects. Additionally, AliDeck decking boards have undergone Slip Resistance testing and all AliDeck boards have been certified as “Low Risk” for slips in wet and dry conditions.
Alongside our Fire and Slip Resistance certification, our AliDeck Boards have undergone and passed Accelerated Wear testing. These tests included an “automatic foot” stepping on the board surface 100,000 times. The test results stated that the AliDeck boards passed and showed “no observable wear”, thereby earning Accelerated Wear certification.
|A1||Non-combustible/No contribution to fire|
|A2||Non-combustible/No contribution to fire|
|B||Very limited contribution to fire|
|C||Limited contribution to fire|
|D||Acceptable contribution to fire|
|E||Acceptable contribution to fire|
|F||No performance requirements|
|S1||Smoke emission absent or weak|
|S2||Smoke emission of average intensity|
|S3||Smoke emission of high intensity|
AliDeck are the UK’s aluminium metal decking experts
AliDeck, as part of the Milwood Group, has decades of experience in manufacturing outdoors structures from aluminium with a huge portfolio of installed canopies, verandas, carports and more in all areas of the UK.
Launched as a standalone brand in 2019, AliDeck have co-developed a non-combustible, sustainable and easy-to-install aluminium metal decking system with unique and patented features to improve slip-resistance, drainage, and durability while achieving excellent cost-effectiveness compared to traditional timber, composite decking or other metal solutions.
With developers and architects across the country working in a renewed atmosphere of scrutiny following the Grenfell tragedy, AliDeck’s expertise has been relied upon to ensure that all specified decking elements exceed safety standards and comply with all new legislation.
AliDeck’s decking products have been installed in balcony, terrace and walkway projects the length and breadth of the country and AliDeck are fast becoming the go-to decking supplier for architects and contractors for new-build and retrofit sites.
Independently tested to EN 13823, EN 13501 and EN ISO 1716, the AliDeck System achieves Fire Ratings of A2-s1, d0 and A2fl-s1, exceeding legislation and ensuring compliance for new build and renewal projects. Additionally, AliDeck decking boards have undergone Slip Resistance testing and all boards have been certified as “Low Risk” for slips in wet and dry conditions.
Beyond these crucial safety aspects, AliDeck have received very positive feedback from contractors regarding the unique installation aspects of the System. Most impactful has been the increased spanning abilities of the AliDeck boards, saving up to 50% on installation time due to reduced framework fixing and thereby reducing contractor overheads and helping projects deliver on budget.
Additionally, with fixings made directly through the AliDeck boards rather than by using brackets, installation is quick, easy, and very stable. Finally, having passed Accelerated Wear Testing, the durability of the AliDeck products has been a key feature, giving contractors and developers the peace-of-mind of knowing that the products will last for decades, backed by the AliDeck 30 Year Product Warranty.
The AliDeck System of aluminium decking for balconies, terraces, and walkways
The AliDeck System is a family of configurable aluminium metal decking products, including decking boards, joists, pedestals and accessories. With all elements of the AliDeck System being compatible with each other, total flexibility is provided to cope with any balcony, terrace or walkway decking situation.
Designed as a cohesive suite of products, the AliDeck System is continually developed to always meet the requirements of our clients. Recent innovations include a cost-effective entry-level decking board designed for the retrofit and replacement market, a positively-drained Balcony Drainage System and a simple but effective load-spreading plate.