Fire-Rated Decking, Balustrades, Drainage, Soffit, & Fencing Systems For Complete Balcony Solutions

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FAQ2024-04-18T10:41:39+01:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Are AliDeck aluminium decking products fire resistant?2024-01-02T11:22:05+00:00

Yes. All elements* of the AliDeck System have been fire tested for fire safety and are Euroclass A-rated, achieving A2,s1-do and A2fl-s1 certification.

What do Euroclass classifications mean?2022-06-09T12:29:26+01:00

The Euroclass ratings have several elements which each indicate a performance rating. The first element regards combustibility and is fire rated from A to F, with A representing non combustible materials.

The second element relates to smoke emission level and is rated 1 to 3, with 1 indicating smoke emission as weak or absent.

The third element relates to the production of flaming droplets and is rated 0 to 2, with 0 indicating no droplets produced.

Finally, the inclusion of “fl” indicates that the products have been specifically tested for flooring applications.

Are AliDeck decking products compliant with fire regulations?2020-04-27T08:39:54+01:00

Yes. All AliDeck A-rated boards, joists, pedestals and accessories are fully compliant with all fire-safety legislation, meeting and exceeding all recent updates.

What gap should I leave between AliDeck decking boards?2020-04-27T08:52:27+01:00

We recommend a 5mm gap is allowed between boards, but a minimum of 3mm or a maximum of 8mm is acceptable.

Can I install the AliDeck System onto waterproofing?2020-04-27T08:52:47+01:00

Yes. We strongly recommend that additional spreader plates or padding are used to distribute the load and prevent penetration of the waterproof membrane. AliDeck cannot be held responsible for penetration damage to existing waterproofing. If unsure of application, please contact us.

Can I cut AliDeck decking boards to width and length?2020-04-27T08:53:47+01:00

Yes. AliDeck boards have been designed to allow pre-installation cutting, please refer to our installation guide for precise notes.

Do AliDeck decking boards require repainting every few years?2020-04-27T09:01:35+01:00

No. The AliDeck boards are powder-coated with Qualicoat, a powder-coat process for aluminium in architectural applications, which has a lifespan of 30 years and beyond.

How often should I clean my AliDeck decking boards?2020-04-27T09:05:19+01:00

AliDeck recommends that all installed elements are cleaned at regular intervals, at least twice a year, to prevent build-up of dirt and substances which may cause damage or create an increased risk of slips and trips. In coastal or industrial settings, we recommend cleaning at least every three months.

What should I clean my AliDeck products with?2020-04-27T09:09:18+01:00

AliDeck recommend cleaning your decking and its structure with a solution of soapy warm water and a lint-free cloth, before throughly rinsing with clean warm water. No abrasive materials should be used. Never use bleach or similar chemicals to clean AliDeck decking products. Please refer to our installation guide for more information.

Will the AliDeck System accommodate various build-up heights?2020-04-27T09:22:13+01:00

Yes. The AliDeck System has been designed as a configurable family of decking products, including boards, joists, pedestals and accessories, and all elements are inter-compatible. This allows for a wide range in flexibility as AliDeck products can be mixed-and-matched to suit your build-up height requirements.

Does AliDeck provide installation training?2020-04-27T09:24:08+01:00

Yes. AliDeck is proud to offer the AliDeck Training Academy to help installers understand how to use our products in the best and correct way. Training is carried out at our head office in Rochester, Kent. Please visit our Training Academy page to find out more.

Will there be corrosion problems if installed alongside steel?2020-04-28T07:48:07+01:00

No. Galvanic corrosion can occur when aluminium and steel are in close proximity but all AliDeck decking boards are powder-coated on all faces to ensure the aluminium is protected. As an extra precaution, we do offer a fire-retardant tape that could be used as a barrier between the decking boards and steel framework for total peace-of-mind.

Am I able to affix a door stop to the balcony boards to stop my door swinging?2020-04-30T08:58:29+01:00

Yes. We recommend attaching a standard door stop using a simple nut and bolt rather than a self-tapping screw, as a nut and bolt would be a more secure option.

If I affix a door stop to the balcony boards, will my warranty be affected?2020-04-30T09:03:38+01:00

No. A simple hole through a balcony board to affix a door-stop will not void your warranty.

Are AliDeck products covered by a warranty?2020-04-30T09:03:23+01:00

Yes. AliDeck provide a 30-Year Manufacturer Product Warranty for all AliDeck System products. You can view our warranty on our downloads page.

Do you have an aluminium metal decking brochure that I can download?2023-10-03T11:51:31+01:00

Yes. We have our latest brochure available for download here.

Can you send me samples of your aluminium metal decking?2023-10-03T11:55:07+01:00

Yes. You can order samples of our aluminium decking products here.

How do you serve architects who are interested in specifying aluminium metal decking?2023-10-03T11:55:35+01:00

AliDeck is committed to providing a second-to-none service to architects and specifiers as they specify products for the nation’s new homes. We have developed a central location for our Architect’s Service on our website.

Are AliDeck aluminium metal decking products available in NBS or BIM Library?2024-05-01T15:42:19+01:00

Yes. AliDeck metal decking boards, joists and pedestals are available in NBS Spec and BIM Library. Find out more at our Architect’s Service page.

Do AliDeck have a CPD relating to aluminium metal decking?2023-09-19T09:09:04+01:00

Yes. AliDeck has developed an online CPD with our sister company, Able Canopies. The CPD covers Fire Resistance Requirements for Balconies on Residential Buildings and will help architects gain a greater understanding of fire regulations pertaining to balcony elements and the risks of using flammable materials. Please visit our Architect’s Service page to find out more.

How can I find out technical details about AliDeck aluminium decking products?2020-04-30T10:48:15+01:00

AliDeck has produced in-depth technical datasheets for all of our aluminium metal decking products. Please visit our downloads page to download them.

What is the depth of AliDeck aluminium decking boards?2020-04-30T10:51:08+01:00
Is there an AliDeck metal decking product designed for retrofit projects?2020-04-30T11:04:31+01:00

All AliDeck aluminium metal decking products can be used in retrofit and replacement projects. We have also developed the AliDeck Lite Board and Lite Joist specifically for this market as a cost-effective, quick-fit, low-profile solution for timber and composite replacement projects.

Do you have support material for installing AliDeck aluminium metal decking?2020-05-01T08:02:16+01:00

Yes. We have prepared a comprehensive Installation Guide, which is available for download at our Maintenance and Installation page.

In what ways can AliDeck complete and ship my aluminium metal decking order?2020-05-01T10:14:05+01:00

There are several ways that we can handle your order, as follows:

Custom Extrusion

For large orders (minimum of 350KG per extrusion) we are able to arrange for custom extrusion to the precise quantity required. These extrusions are then coated and shipped direct to customers.

Stock Lengths

We hold a stock of uncoated, mill-finish decking boards and clips in 4m and 6m lengths, and joists and gutters in 6m lengths. These are then powder-coated according to order and are shipped to customer directly from our coating facility.

Cut To Length

We can cut extrusions to length for our customers. We do this at our warehouse in Rochester, Kent, and deliver from there. This service is subject to a labour charge, which varies according to quantity.

Should I install the aluminium decking at a pitch for drainage?2020-05-01T12:09:15+01:00

Yes. We recommend a 1:80 fall, which is about 0.75 degrees.

Do you have an overview of your aluminium metal decking safety tests available?2023-10-03T11:58:00+01:00

Yes. We have produced our Certifications & Test Evidence digital booklet, which provides an overview of our fire resistance, slip resistance, wear resistance and deflection resistance testing and includes key test result data and certificates. Please visit our downloads page to access it.

What is the depth of the Senior Decking Board?2020-05-19T09:35:37+01:00

The depth of the AliDeck Senior Decking Board is 30mm.

What is the depth of the Senior Flat Decking Board?2020-05-19T09:35:12+01:00

The depth of the AliDeck Senior Flat Decking Board is 30mm.

What is the depth of the Junior Decking Board?2020-05-19T09:34:50+01:00

The depth of the AliDeck Junior Decking Board is 20mm.

What is the depth of the Junior Flat Decking Board?2020-05-19T09:33:27+01:00

The depth of the AliDeck Junior Flat Decking Board is 20mm.

What is the depth of the Lite Decking Board?2023-06-29T12:09:02+01:00

The depth of the AliDeck Lite Decking Board is 20mm.

What are the standard lengths of AliDeck decking boards?2020-05-19T10:05:15+01:00

All AliDeck decking boards are available in stock lengths of 4m or 6m. We are also able to cut to length for a labour charge.

Who is eligible for aluminium decking training at the AliDeck Training Academy?2020-05-27T15:40:05+01:00

Installation training at the AliDeck Training Academy is offered to our new and existing customers.

What does training at the AliDeck Training Academy consist of?2020-05-27T15:40:53+01:00

The installation training is completed in a single day and we will take you through the installation of each of our aluminium decking systems and teach you everything you need to know about them. We will work with you and your team for as long as it takes for you to get a comprehensive understanding of the full AliDeck system.

How much does aluminium decking training at the AliDeck Training Academy cost?2020-05-27T15:41:42+01:00

The installation training day is free to all customers who have purchased AliDeck aluminium decking, the aim of our training academy is to train and support your staff so you can become experts in our product range.

Where is the AliDeck Training Academy located?2023-09-19T15:43:29+01:00

All installation training days will be held at the AliDeck Head Office in Rochester, Kent; the full address is: Europa & Jenner House, Victory Park, 1-2 Trident Close, Medway City Estate, Rochester, ME2 4ER

What is the maximum amount of trainees permitted per Training Academy session?2020-05-27T15:42:50+01:00

We currently allocate one Installation Trainer per session and therefore only train up to 6 persons in one go to ensure each trainee can gain the most from their day. If you require more than 6 employees to be trained, please contact us.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the AliDeck Training Academy on the day?2020-05-27T15:43:46+01:00

It is advisable for each trainee to have a notepad and a pen to hand so they can jot down notes if required. Everything else, including PPE, will be provided by AliDeck.

Are my expenses covered when attending the AliDeck Training Academy?2023-09-19T15:41:28+01:00

We are unable to cover your expenses such as travel, accommodation, and food and drink throughout the day, so it is advised that you bring a packed lunch with you. Alternatively, there is a Cafe and Newsagents nearby where you can purchase refreshments.

How can I book my session at the AliDeck Training Academy?2020-05-27T15:44:59+01:00

Call us on 01622 235 672, email us at info@alideck.co.uk or fill in the form on our contact us page to find out more information or to book your training session.

Does AliDeck supply fixings?2020-07-21T15:57:22+01:00

We supply M8 bolts, nuts, and washers to fix our aluminium decking boards to our joists, but only when our boards and joists are purchased together as a decking system. We do not supply fixings when only our boards are purchased.

What fixings should I use to fix AliDeck decking boards to steelwork?2020-07-21T16:01:10+01:00

Stainless steel self-drilling screws are able to be used to fix AliDeck products to steel framework. However, we strongly recommend that you understand precisely the specification and construction of the steel you are looking to fix AliDeck products to and choose the appropriate fixing to suit your specific situation.

If we are able to use self-drilling screws on our project to fix to steelwork, what kind can we use?2020-07-21T16:04:08+01:00

When you are sure that stainless steel self-drilling screws are suitable for your application, we recommend the following;

  • For steelwork less than 3mm thick, coarse-thread self-drilling screws should be used
  • For steelwork greater in thickness than 3mm, fine-thread self-drilling screws should be used

It is essential that self-drilling screws with thermal washers are used. The rubber washer provides a thermal break between the screw and the decking board and reduces the risk of cross-contamination between steel and aluminium. Self-drilling screws with washers of the correct size to comfortably fit within the central fixing area of our decking boards are readily available.

Can I use impact drivers to tighten fixings?2020-07-21T16:12:00+01:00

We strongly recommend that impact drivers are not used to tighten fixings when installing our products. The use of impact drivers can over-drive the fixing and cause damage to the head, weakening or potentially breaking the fixing altogether.

Can I drill fixings straight through the decking boards?2020-07-21T16:13:53+01:00

We strongly recommend that clearance holes are pre-drilled in the decking board. This will help to ensure that the fixing will have minimal interaction with the aluminium and minimise the risk of galvanic corrosion.

What grade of stainless steel fixings should I use?2020-07-21T16:15:00+01:00

We strongly recommend that fixings are stainless steel grade A2 or A4. Fixings made from other materials such as nickel-plated brass or zinc are not advised.

Are the End Plates supplied with the AliDeck boards?2020-07-29T15:34:32+01:00

No. If you wish to close the board ends you will need to purchase AliDeck End Plates when you place your order.

What is the AliRail Balcony Balustrade System?2022-10-14T11:35:25+01:00

AliRail is a balustrade system, designed for use on balconies but able to be used on terraces and walkways also. Our AliRail with Vertical Infills option is our neat and versatile solution for a classic balcony balustrade design.

What is supplied with an AliRail Balustrade Kit?2022-10-14T11:01:23+01:00

AliRail is supplied in pre-fabricated elevations plus handrail sections for simple installation. Fixings are also supplied.

Is AliRail part of the Balcony Kit?2022-10-14T11:39:26+01:00

Yes! AliRail is part of all of our balcony kits and can be made to bespoke specifications. Other elements of our Balcony Kit are AliDeck aluminium decking and AliClad soffit cladding.

How is AliRail Delivered?2022-10-14T11:55:37+01:00

AliRail can be delivered in plot-specific, flat-pack kit-form if required or in sorted elevations to suit fabrication.

What is a Balustrade Infill?2022-10-14T11:56:17+01:00

A balustrade infill is whatever fills the space between the handrail and the bottom of the balustrade. Our AliRail vertical infill balustrades have spindle infill, with multiple spindle shape options available.

Do you have balustrade technical datasheets and specification downloads?2022-10-17T17:04:55+01:00

Yes, we have technical downloads for all of our systems.

Click the links below to find the datasheets and specification downloads for the AliRail Vertical Infill balustrade system:

 

Do you have an installation guide for the AliRail system?2022-10-17T17:04:48+01:00

We do, you can find an in-depth video at the link below:

Can I request a sample?2022-10-14T14:14:41+01:00

Yes, you can request a sample via our Request Form at the link below:

Is AliRail easy to install?2022-10-14T16:34:55+01:00

AliRail with Vertical Infill is easy to install to your steel bolt-on or slide-on balcony, and is fully compatible with the AliDeck and AliClad systems. Supplied in kit form, the pre-fabricated balustrade elevations are simply fixed to the steelwork.

Is AliRail available with any Upgrade options?2022-10-14T16:34:30+01:00

Yes, LED lighting in the handrail is optionally available for a high-end finish and to create an aspirational “balcony living” specification, with a range of light colour options, including RGB.

How long is the warranty on balcony balustrades?2022-10-14T16:55:01+01:00

AliRail is supplied with a 30-year warranty against splitting, cracking, warping, splintering, rotting, twisting and material or manufacturing defects and has a minimum 60-year life expectancy.

What colours are available for AliRail Balustrades?2022-10-15T10:23:03+01:00

AliRail with Vertical Infill can be coated in any of our 10 Standard Colours, although any RAL colour of your choosing is available on special request (lead-time may be increased with non-standard colour selection).

Click the link below to view our standard RAL colours:

What are the benefits of using AliRail Balustrades?2022-10-15T10:20:14+01:00

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Kit-form, supplied in pre-fabricated elevations
  • Warranty: 30 Years
  • Life Expectancy: 60 years
  • LED Lighting options into the handrail
  • Fire Rating: A2-s1, d0
  • Loading performance up to 1.5kN/m

For more, check out our product benefits section at the link below:

What fixing options are available for your Vertical Infill Balustrade system?2022-10-17T04:45:55+01:00

AliRail Vertical Infill Balustrade has 2 fixing options, Top-Fix and Plate-Fix, which you can view at the links below:

Do you have a gallery of Balustrade systems?2022-10-17T05:16:58+01:00

You can, we have a range of imagery available from the design renders all the way through production and finally to completed installations available at the link below:

What testing has AliRail been through?2022-10-17T15:39:48+01:00

You’ll find an in-depth coverage of all our AliRail testing results available at the link below:

What type of aluminium is AliRail made from?2022-10-17T15:51:04+01:00

AliRail is constructed completely from 100% aluminium (6063 T6 grade), up to 67% of which has been recycled to make this system eco-friendly and much better for the environment.

What maintenance will AliRail require?2022-10-17T16:14:17+01:00

AliRail is aluminium and finished using the 5 stage Qualicoat system, therefore little-to-no maintenance is required other than cleaning with a warm, damp and scratch free cloth.

Weight per balustrade system per linear metre?2022-10-17T16:33:00+01:00

The approximate weight per linear metre of AliRail is 16kg. This may vary slightly according to design specification and installation options.

What British Standard is AliRail tested to, for loading performance?2022-10-17T16:35:59+01:00

All AliRail products have been independently tested for loading performance to BS 6180: 2011, Barriers In and About Buildings

What height is the integral toe board of the AliRail balustrade set at?2022-10-17T16:48:03+01:00

To comply with Approved Document K, we ensure that the toe board height is equivalent to half of the gap between spindles.

What is the maximum gap between Spindles and aluminium balustrade?2022-10-17T16:53:03+01:00

In line with Approved Document K, the maximum gap between spindles is set at less than 100mm.

Is AliRail right for my project?2022-10-17T16:54:22+01:00

AliRail is perfect for new build construction projects, due to production efficiencies, we have found that AliRail is most suited to medium and large-scale projects

What is AliClad?2022-12-21T09:24:36+00:00

AliClad is our range of non-combustible aluminium soffit cladding for balconies.

What is soffit cladding?2022-12-21T09:24:56+00:00

Soffit cladding is the cladding used to conceal the underside of balconies.

Why use soffit cladding?2022-12-21T09:25:42+00:00

Soffit cladding provides a neat aesthetic finish to a balcony underside by concealing the internal structure from view. Having an imperforate layer in the soffit also helps to prevent fire and smoke spread, as well as prevents any debris or water from falling to balconies below.

What AliClad options do you provide?2022-12-21T09:26:08+00:00

AliClad is available in three types; AliClad Flow, AliClad Decor, and AliClad Lite.

What does AliClad Flow do?2022-12-21T09:26:33+00:00

AliClad Flow is our balcony soffit water-management solution, designed to provide compliant edge-drainage as far from the building as possible at the front edge.

What is the fire-rating of AliClad?2022-12-21T09:26:47+00:00

AliClad soffit cladding is fire-rated A2,s1-d0.

What is the maximum span of AliClad?2022-12-21T09:27:03+00:00

AliClad Flow and AliClad Decor require support when the span exceeds 1200mm. AliClad Lite’s maximum span between supports is 1000mm.

Is AliClad Flow compliant with BS8579:2020?2022-12-21T09:27:19+00:00

Yes, edge drainage as provided by AliClad Flow is compliant with the requirements of BS8579:2020.

What is the AliDeck Lite Board?2023-06-29T11:13:23+01:00

The AliDeck Lite Board is our entry level aluminium decking board, designed to support value-engineering and remediation projects for all of our customers and Approved Installers.

What are the main differences between the Lite Board V1 and V2?2023-06-29T11:14:42+01:00

The main difference between the Lite Board V1 and V2 is the fixing system. The V1 board used a bottom clip fixing system, while the V2 board uses a top-fix channel system. This makes the V2 board easier to install and in line with our other aluminium decking boards.

Why have you redesigned the Lite Board?2023-06-29T11:15:19+01:00

We take product innovation very seriously at AliDeck, updating our existing products frequently. Following feedback from our customers, we felt this was a huge step in supporting their needs for hassle-free installation on future projects, at no extra cost!

What are the benefits of the top-fix channel system?2023-06-29T11:16:03+01:00

The top-fix channel system has many benefits, these include;

• Ease of installation than the previous bottom clip fixing system
• It is more secure, as the boards are fixed directly to the joists
• The new design falls in line with our other aluminium decking boards

What are the other benefits of the Lite Board V2?2023-06-29T11:17:09+01:00

The Lite Board V2 also has the following benefits:

• Fire rated to A2-s1,d0 & A2fl-s1
• Slip-resistant and wear-resistant
• Lightweight
• 30-year manufacturer product warranty
• Made from aluminium 6063 T6 grade

Who is the Lite Board V2 ideal for?2023-06-29T11:17:44+01:00

The Lite Board V2 is ideal for a variety of projects, including:

• Remediation projects
• Refurbishment projects
• Value-engineering projects
• New build projects where steel centres are around the 600mm mark

Will I require installation training to use the new lite Board V2 on my future projects?2023-06-29T11:18:18+01:00

We always recommend our installation training; it allows us to best support your team as we seek project success together. However, if you are experienced with installing AliDeck’s Junior or Senior Decking Boards, install training is not essential.

Where can I find more information about the Lite Board V2?2023-06-29T11:18:50+01:00

You can find more information about the Lite Board V2 on our website. You can also contact our sales team for more information.

How is the AliDeck Lite Board different from the other AliDeck products?2023-06-29T11:20:59+01:00

The Lite board uses less aluminium than our Junior and Senior decking boards, making it an ideal solution for value-engineering projects. It offers a 600mm between supports on a 2kN point load.

How will the new design of the AliDeck Lite Board benefit installers?2023-06-29T11:22:24+01:00

Lite board V2 has been specifically designed to innovate our entry-level system and provide a hassle-free installation. The new fixing channel design allows for ease of installation without the need for any unnecessary drilling, while the board clip provides a seamless finish.

What projects is the AliDeck Lite Board being specified for?2023-06-29T11:23:00+01:00

It’s the perfect cost-effective solution for retrofit and new-build applications, if the span requirements fall within the 600mm range, and can be used with all of our support systems and gutter systems if required.

How long is the manufacturer warranty for the AliDeck Lite Board?2023-06-29T11:23:28+01:00

Like with all of our products, we offer a 30 year manufacturer warranty providing you and your customers with full peace of mind.

How long is the lifespan for the AliDeck Lite Board V2?2023-06-29T11:23:58+01:00

Residential buildings are currently designed to have a minimum expected lifespan of 60 years, our aluminium decking boards and balcony components align with this requirement.

How do I clean the AliDeck Lite Board?2023-06-29T12:13:39+01:00

You can download our free in-depth maintenance schedule on our downloads page, along with plenty of other supporting material you may require.

 

What are the dimensions of the AliDeck Lite Board?2023-06-29T13:55:44+01:00

Individual board dimensions are as follows:

  • Length: 4 & 6 metres
  • Width: 120mm
  • Depth: 20mm

More information can be found via the Lite Board product page.

How much does the AliDeck Lite Board weigh?2023-06-29T12:15:39+01:00

The weight of the Lite board V2 including the central clip is 1.295kg per linear metre.

More information can be found on the Lite Board product page.

What is the price of the AliDeck Lite Board?2023-06-29T11:27:20+01:00

Please contact our sales team for a free quote on your upcoming projects.

Please note: the more information you can provide, including drawings, will support or team of technical support experts to provide you with the most accurate and cost-effective pricing.

Minimum order restrictions may apply.

Can I get a sample of the AliDeck Lite Board?2023-06-29T11:27:57+01:00

Samples are available for request through our website, or you can contact our sales team to arrange standard or bespoke samples to suit your project requirements.

Lead times are usually no longer than 2 weeks for bespoke orders, if you require your sample sooner, please let us know so we can try and arrange something for you. Samples can be supplied in mill finish or our Qualicoat equivalent powder-coating finish

How can I contact AliDeck if I have more questions about the Lite Board?2023-06-29T11:28:33+01:00

We are open Monday – Friday between 8am and 5pm with our dedicated team of technical experts on hand to provide any support you may require.

Is the board recyclable as my project requires use of sustainable materials?2023-06-29T11:29:09+01:00

Yes, all of our aluminium products are 100% recyclable and made from 67% recycled materials.

I’m an architect, can I access Lite Board V2 on NBS?2023-06-29T11:29:44+01:00

You can, we list many of our products on NBS Source to support project specifications for architects and specifiers.

Can AliDeck Lite Board be used in wet areas?2023-06-29T12:26:30+01:00

Of course, aluminium is not only corrosion resistant but our board designs and powder-coating finish provide excellent slip resistance. For exact testing figures, please see the Lite Board product page.

What are the lead times for AliDeck Lite Board V2?2023-06-29T11:31:01+01:00

Our lead times are usually around 3 weeks, but these can vary. Please contact our operations team if you have any queries.

Are there any AliDeck Lite Board case studies?2023-06-29T11:31:31+01:00

Not yet, but we will be sure to update you as soon as they are live on our website. The boards are already specified on several exciting projects, so keep your eyes peeled on our projects & case studies page in the coming months.

How many drainage systems do AliDeck have?2023-08-08T13:58:30+01:00

AliDeck have 3 drainage systems:

  • An interlocking system at deck level to navigate water left and right to supporting gutters with downpipes (flow capacity and years protected must comply with AliDeck Flow Rate Report). AliDeck Deck Level Drainage
  • A Soffit system, which collects water underneath the balcony steelwork and navigates it back to the building into a gutter at the building edge which is then piped away. AliClad Flow Piped Gutter
  • A soffit system which navigates the water to the front of the balcony edge, where it is thrown clear of balconies or structures below via a 30mm projecting gutter. AliClad Flow Edge Drainage
Where do I need an Overflow Spigot?2023-08-08T13:59:55+01:00
  • The overflow spigot is crucial to NHBC compliance. This is required on both sides of the AliDeck deck level drainage system and piped once on the AliClad Flow soffit system. It must be equal to, or the equivalent of (65mm) the main rain water pipe (RWP). The purpose of this is to identify when a gutter becomes blocked.
If the deck level system’s gutters are connected at the front, do I still need 2no Overflows and 2no RWPs?2023-08-08T14:01:47+01:00
  • No, if the gutters are connected at the front, this becomes a complete drainage system, which then only requires 1no Overflow and 1no piped outlet (RWP)
Do AliDeck produce drainage reports to assist specification?2023-08-08T14:03:15+01:00
  • Yes, the AliDeck Balcony Drainage Report will be sent over via a member of our Technical Team and this will detail flow capacity and 1:50 year and 1:100 year storm protection. This can then be submitted to the insurance provider alongside and project specific drawings. Email: compliancequeries@alideck.co.uk
Do you offer a cutting service?2023-08-08T14:03:45+01:00
  • Yes, we offer a cutting service and custom extrusion. This eliminates as much waste as possible and increases the speed of installation on site. Cutting/ Custom EX can add approximately 2-3 weeks to lead times
Do you have Approved Installers?2023-08-08T14:04:18+01:00
  • Yes, the AliDeck Approved Installers list is available through any member of our team, for more details please email: info@alideck.co.uk
Can I always use edge drainage?2023-08-08T14:04:50+01:00
  • No, Edge Drainage is only available at soffit level via the AliClad Flow Edge system and only on balconies projecting less than 2.5m
What are the life expectancies / warranty?2023-08-08T14:05:40+01:00
  • AliDeck offer a 30 year product warranty and a 60 year life expectancy.
What are the new Eco 30 and Eco 50 joists?2023-10-03T09:48:48+01:00

The Eco 30 and Eco 50 are new additions to the AliDeck aluminium decking system. They are specifically designed for installations that require low build-up and long spans, respectively.

Watch the videos below to take a closer look:

How do these new joists fit into the existing AliDeck range?2023-10-02T14:58:06+01:00

These new joists complement the existing range by offering more options for different project requirements. They are designed to work seamlessly with AliDeck decking boards, joists, and pedestals.

What are the key features of the Eco 30 joist?2023-10-02T14:58:27+01:00

The Eco 30 joist has a 30mm profile height and a maximum recommended span of 600mm. It is lightweight, cost-effective, and easy to install.

What are the key features of the Eco 50 joist?2023-10-02T14:58:18+01:00

The Eco 50 joist has a 50mm profile height and a maximum recommended span of 1000mm. It offers multiple fixing options and is designed for quick and easy installation.

What are the benefits of using Eco 30 and Eco 50 joists over traditional materials like timber?2023-10-02T14:58:50+01:00

These joists are fire-rated, low maintenance, and recyclable. They also offer increased span capabilities compared to timber or composite materials.

What types of projects are best suited for the Eco 30 and Eco 50 joists?2023-10-02T14:19:39+01:00

The Eco 30 is ideal for projects requiring low build-up heights, such as terraces and walkways. The Eco 50 is designed for installations requiring long spans, making it suitable for balconies and terrace areas.

What is the maximum span for each of these joists?2023-10-02T14:35:33+01:00

The Eco 30 has a maximum recommended span of 600mm, while the Eco 50 can span up to 1000mm.

What are the dimensions and weight of the Eco 30 and Eco 50 joists?2023-10-02T14:59:56+01:00

The Eco 30 has dimensions of 30mm (depth) x 80mm (width) and weighs 1.187 KG/lm. The Eco 50 has dimensions of 50mm (depth) x 80mm (width) and weighs 1.576 KG/lm.

How do these joists contribute to cost savings?2023-10-03T08:47:24+01:00

Both joists are value-engineered to provide cost-effective solutions. Their lightweight nature and easy installation process also contribute to labour savings.

Are these joists fire-rated?2023-10-02T14:38:20+01:00

Yes, both the Eco 30 and Eco 50 joists are fire-rated A2-s1, d0 and A2fl-s1. A1 when mill finish.

What is the warranty and expected lifespan for these joists?2023-10-02T14:39:17+01:00

Both joists come with a 30-year product warranty and have an expected lifespan of 60 years.

Are the Eco 30 and Eco 50 joists recyclable?2023-10-02T14:40:47+01:00

Yes, both joists are made from 67% recycled content and are fully recyclable.

How do I install these joists?2023-10-02T14:59:24+01:00

These joists are designed for quick and easy installation and are compatible with AliDeck adjustable pedestals.

Can these joists be used with AliDeck adjustable pedestals?2023-10-02T14:43:02+01:00

Yes, both the Eco 30 and Eco 50 are designed to work in conjunction with AliDeck adjustable pedestals.

Are these joists available in different finishes?2023-10-02T14:43:55+01:00

Both joists are available in either a PPC (Polyester Powder Coating) or in mill finish, depending on your project requirements.

What is the loading capacity for the Eco 30 and Eco 50 joists?2023-10-02T14:45:04+01:00

Both joists can handle a 4kN loading between pedestals.

Are these joists compatible with all AliDeck decking boards?2023-10-02T14:45:54+01:00

Yes, these joists are designed to work with the entire range of AliDeck decking boards.

What is the recycled content in these joists?2023-10-02T14:47:24+01:00

Both joists contain 67% recycled content.

What are the maintenance requirements for these joists?2023-10-02T14:48:19+01:00

Being made of aluminium, these joists are low maintenance and stable in all weather conditions.

Can these joists be custom-cut to specific lengths?2023-10-02T15:14:30+01:00

The joists are available in 6m lengths as standard, but you may need to consult with AliDeck for custom lengths.

What is A-Fence?2023-11-01T10:22:35+00:00

A-Fence is an aluminium fencing, gate, and balcony divider product. It is manufactured entirely out of Aluminium, providing a robust, aesthetic, and safe solution for balcony dividers, fence panels, and gates.

What are the main parts of the A-Fence product?2023-11-01T10:23:58+00:00

The A-Fence product consists of three main parts:

  • Balcony Dividers: These are used to create private and secure spaces on balconies.
  • Aluminium Fence Panels: These panels provide a durable and aesthetic fencing solution.
  • Aluminium Gates: These gates integrate seamlessly with the A-Fence system, providing access where needed.
What are the benefits of using A-Fence?2023-11-01T10:24:43+00:00

The benefits of using A-Fence include:

  • A 30-year guarantee.
  • Fire-rated to A2-s1, d0 and A2fl-s1.
  • A 1.8m span between posts for fence panels and balcony dividers, and a 1100mm width between posts for gates.
  • Simple fixing for hassle-free installation.
  • A modular system, allowing for flexible design and installation.
  • Availability in Textured Anthracite Grey 7016 or Jet Black 9005.
What are the available colour options for A-Fence?2023-11-01T10:25:33+00:00

A-Fence is available in Textured Anthracite Grey 7016 or Jet Black 9005, both applied with a powder-coat finish for durability and aesthetic appeal.

What is the warranty on A-Fence products?2023-11-01T10:26:14+00:00

The A-Fence products come with a 30-year warranty against splitting, cracking, warping, splintering, rotting, twisting, and material or manufacturing defects. The product has a minimum life expectancy of 60 years.

How is A-Fence constructed?2023-11-01T10:27:42+00:00

The A-Fence is constructed completely from 100% aluminium (6063 T6 grade), up to 67% of which has been recycled, making it eco-friendly and better for the environment.

What kind of maintenance does A-Fence require?2023-11-01T10:28:29+00:00

Due to the aluminium construction and the 7-stage Qualicoat powder coating finish, A-Fence products require little to no maintenance.

Is A-Fence easy to install?2023-11-01T10:29:18+00:00

Yes, A-Fence has a simple clip system that allows for quick installation without special tools needed. The modular pieces easily connect on-site.

Is A-Fence fire-resistant?2023-11-01T10:34:21+00:00

Yes, A-Fence is fire-rated to A2-s1, d0 and A2fl-s1, ensuring it meets safety standards in BS8579:2020.

What are the dimensions of the A-Fence components?2023-11-01T10:34:59+00:00
  • Balcony Dividers: The slats for the balcony divider come in four different sizes: 50mm, 100mm, 150mm, and 120mm interlocking slats
  • Fence Panels: The slats come in four different sizes: 50mm, 100mm, 150mm, and 120mm interlocking slats.
  • Gates: The total height is 1834mm, the total width is 1290mm, and the width between posts is 1100mm.
What is the span between posts for the fence panels and balcony dividers?2023-11-01T10:35:34+00:00

The span between posts for the fence panels and balcony dividers is 1.8m.

What is the width between posts for the gates?2023-11-01T10:36:15+00:00

The width between posts for the gates is 1100mm.

What tests have the A-Fence products undergone?2023-11-01T10:36:55+00:00

The A-Fence products have undergone various tests including impact tests, bend tests, accelerated corrosion tests, acid salt spray tests, and several others to ensure their durability, quality, and safety.

What is the expected life expectancy of A-Fence products?2023-11-01T10:37:51+00:00

The A-Fence products have a minimum life expectancy of 60 years.

What is the coating thickness of the A-Fence products?2023-11-01T10:38:49+00:00

The coating thickness of the A-Fence products is between 60-80 microns.

Are the A-Fence products recyclable?2023-11-01T10:39:23+00:00

Yes, the A-Fence products are made from 100% aluminium, up to 67% of which has been recycled, making them eco-friendly and recyclable.

How does the modular system of A-Fence benefit the installation process?2023-11-01T10:40:08+00:00

The modular system of A-Fence allows for flexible design and easy installation, ensuring a hassle-free experience on-site.

What is the significance of the A2-s1, d0 and A2fl-s1 fire ratings?2023-11-01T10:41:28+00:00

The A2-s1, d0 and A2fl-s1 fire ratings indicate that the A-Fence products are highly fire-resistant, do not contribute significantly to fire spread, produce minimal smoke, and do not produce flaming droplets or particles.

How does the A-Fence product contribute to sustainable building practices?2023-11-01T10:42:17+00:00

The A-Fence product is constructed from 100% aluminium, up to 67% of which is recycled, making it an eco-friendly option. Aluminium is also fully recyclable, contributing to sustainable building practices.

Can the A-Fence product withstand harsh weather conditions?2023-11-01T10:43:05+00:00

Yes, the A-Fence product is made from aluminium, which is known for its durability and resistance to corrosion, making it suitable for use in various weather conditions.

Is the A-Fence product suitable for coastal areas?2023-11-01T10:44:00+00:00

Yes, due to its aluminium construction and durable powder-coat finish, the A-Fence product is resistant to corrosion and suitable for use in coastal areas.

How does the modular system of A-Fence enhance design flexibility?2023-11-01T10:44:36+00:00

The modular system of A-Fence allows for interchangeable parts and flexible design, enabling customers to create unique and customized solutions for their fencing, gate, and balcony divider needs.

How does the A-Fence product contribute to the aesthetic appeal of a property?2023-11-01T10:45:12+00:00

The A-Fence product is designed with aesthetics in mind, offering a sleek and modern appearance with its aluminium construction and powder-coat finish in Textured Anthracite Grey or Jet Black. This enhances the visual appeal of any property.

What is the Qualicoat system, and how does it benefit the A-Fence product?2023-11-01T10:45:45+00:00

The Qualicoat system is a quality label organization committed to maintaining and promoting the quality of coating on aluminium and its alloys for architectural applications. The A-Fence product, finished using the 7-stage Qualicoat system, benefits from enhanced durability, protection, and a high-quality finish.

How does the A-Fence product contribute to safety on balconies?2023-11-01T10:46:17+00:00

The A-Fence balcony dividers provide a safe and secure barrier, while the gates offer controlled access, enhancing the overall safety of balcony areas, and A-Fence is fire-rated to A2-s1, d0 and A2fl-s1

How can I ensure the longevity of my A-Fence product?2023-11-01T10:46:54+00:00

Due to its durable aluminium construction and powder-coat finish, the A-Fence product requires minimal maintenance. Regular cleaning and inspections can help maintain its condition and ensure its longevity.

How can I contact the manufacturer for more information?2023-11-01T10:53:34+00:00

You can contact the manufacturer at:

How does AliDeck respond to concerns about aluminium decking overheating?2024-04-18T10:17:22+01:00

AliDeck recognises that aluminium can absorb heat; however, due to its efficient thermal conductivity, the decking is quick to cool, often remaining at a comfortable temperature for use.

In comparison to other materials, how does AliDeck’s aluminium decking manage heat?2024-04-18T10:17:40+01:00

AliDeck’s aluminium solutions are noted for their ability to maintain a stable temperature, cooling more swiftly than alternatives such as wood or composite materials.

Does AliDeck’s powder-coated aluminium decking get hot in the sun?2024-04-18T10:18:03+01:00

While aluminium’s inherent thermal conductivity means it can warm up in the sun, AliDeck’s powder-coated finish serves as an insulator. This coating reduces direct heat absorption, thus moderating the surface temperature and enhancing user comfort.

How does the powder coating on AliDeck’s aluminium decking affect its thermal performance?2024-04-18T10:18:30+01:00

The powder coating on AliDeck’s decking acts as a barrier that minimises direct contact with the hot external environment. Although it does not completely stop heat absorption, it significantly mitigates the increase in surface temperature, making it more comfortable in sunlit areas.

What are the fire safety benefits of AliDeck’s aluminium decking?2024-04-18T10:18:51+01:00

AliDeck promotes the non-combustible nature of their aluminium products, highlighting the material’s incapacity to ignite or emit harmful fumes, which provides an added layer of safety in multi-storey buildings.

How does AliDeck utilise the thermal properties of aluminium in their designs?2024-04-18T10:19:16+01:00

AliDeck leverages the rapid heat dissipation and reflective properties of aluminium to ensure that surfaces such as balconies and decking remain relatively cool.

For thermal management, why is AliDeck aluminium preferable for commercial spaces?2024-04-18T10:19:32+01:00

AliDeck’s aluminium solutions are tailored for areas with high foot traffic, offering fast cooling and low-maintenance features that ensure consistent safety and comfort.

How do heat variations impact AliDeck’s modular components?2024-04-18T10:19:51+01:00

Aluminium, especially the T6 6063 Grade used in AliDeck products, excels at managing and dissipating heat. The thermal expansion of our products is minimal, ensuring consistent performance across all conditions. For specific tolerances, please see our Installation Guides.

Are AliDeck’s drainage solutions effective in high temperatures?2024-04-18T10:20:08+01:00

AliDeck’s aluminium drainage systems on balconies perform reliably in the heat, maintaining their function without the risk of warping or brittleness.

Does AliDeck recommend aluminium for all outdoor structural applications?2024-04-18T10:20:33+01:00

AliDeck endorses aluminium as an excellent material for balconies, terraces, walkways, and even outdoor staircases, thanks to its quick adaptation to temperature shifts, ensuring safety and comfort.

How does design influence the heat mitigation in AliDeck’s aluminium components?2024-04-18T10:20:54+01:00

AliDeck utilises design strategies that include shading and heat dissipation to combat varying temperatures, enhancing the thermal performance and comfort provided by their products.

What steps has AliDeck taken to combat heat in their aluminium balcony components?2024-04-18T10:21:15+01:00

AliDeck prioritises thermal comfort in their design process, using reflective colours and coatings, and optimising airflow and shading to maintain cooler temperatures.

How does AliDeck validate the thermal performance of their decking solutions?2024-04-18T10:21:42+01:00

Evidence of AliDeck’s decking efficiency is provided by heat tests available on their website, demonstrating their decking’s ability to stay cooler under direct sunlight.

Are there innovations in AliDeck’s range that address thermal challenges?2024-04-18T10:21:57+01:00

AliDeck’s inclusion of reflective RAL coloured finishes in their range is an innovation aimed at reducing heat absorption and ensuring the decking remains cool.

How does AliDeck’s product performance align with fire safety standards in high-temperature regions?2024-04-18T10:22:20+01:00

AliDeck’s non-combustible aluminium decking is aligned with stringent fire safety standards, offering a reliable solution for regions that experience high temperatures.

Why are AliDeck’s solutions a strategic choice for energy efficiency in buildings?2024-04-18T10:22:35+01:00

By aiding in the reduction of cooling costs through their thermal properties, AliDeck’s aluminium solutions are a strategic choice for enhancing the energy efficiency of buildings.

Where can one find detailed performance data on AliDeck’s aluminium products?2024-04-18T10:23:09+01:00

AliDeck provides comprehensive performance data and test results on their website, detailing the superior performance of their products in various thermal conditions.

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