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  • Where can you use composite decking?
    Alfresco Floors
    Where can you use composite decking? Composite decking is becoming one of the most common materials used on balcony flooring and other external projects, and for good reason. Not only does it provide a timber aesthetic that is...
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  • What types of composite decking are there?
    Alfresco Floors
    Whether you’re looking at technology, cars, or even outdoor balcony decking, the same always applies. You want to get it right. Making the right choice from the get-go means you can move on to the next project without any...
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  • What is composite balcony decking?
    Alfresco Floors
    The options available for non-combustible balcony decking are increasingly wider as manufacturers focus their attention on producing A-rated external flooring products. With choices ranging from aluminium decking to porcelain,...
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  • 2022 Balcony flooring fire regulations
    Alfresco Floors
    Despite the most recent updates to the building and fire regulations having been in place since 2018, it’s still important to highlight them and understand what they are, why they were introduced and what it means for your future...
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  • Mike Wilderink talks changes in building fire regulation
    Alfresco Floors
    Back in December 2021, our Managing Director, Mike Wilderink spoke on ‘The Green Room’ podcast – a monthly podcast hosted by Catherine Barratt of Furnitubes – which explores all things landscape architecture, urban design and...
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  • Non slip decking for balconies and residential areas
    Marley
    Non slip decking for balconies and residential areas Specifying decking for residential balconies brings its own set of challenges. For the resident, an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space is the priority. For the specifier,...
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  • Should I use Aluminium decking in 2022?
    Alfresco Floors
    2022 is already upon us and you’ll be starting to think about your projects over the next year. When you’re looking at balcony flooring, it’s fair to say that over the past couple of years, finding the perfect flooring materials...
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  • Why you should use composite Balcony Decking?
    Alfresco Floors
    Timber is one of the most sought-after materials when it comes to balcony flooring, but for obvious reasons, it isn’t always suitable. Highly combustible and requiring regular treatment to ensure longevity, architects and...
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  • The best balcony flooring for 2022
    Alfresco Floors
    With the new year around the corner, you might already be thinking ahead to 2022 and your next projects. But what was on trend previously, might not be what the 2022 customer has in mind. As quickly as balcony flooring materials...
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  • Choosing the right deck boards for your job
    Marley
    The popularity of deck boards for use in outside spaces is growing, and traditional grooved decking is still the most commonly used type. Contrary to popular belief, grooved board can be more hazardous than smooth when wet,...
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  • The Benefits of Using Class A Aluminium Decking
    Alfresco Floors
    Class A decking is an important element of any high rise project as it is a non-combustible external flooring solution, but what are the other key benefits to aluminium decking? Aluminium decking is a popular choice due to its...
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  • Balcony flooring - Dos and don'ts for 2022
    Alfresco Floors
    When it comes to specifying balcony flooring, compliance with building and fire regulations is essential. We’ve discussed a range of important balcony flooring regulations, but as we head into the new year, it’s important to get...
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  • Deck finishing – success comes in the preparation
    Silva Timber
    Nick Taylor, Managing Director of Silva Timber Products and Sjoerd Bos, VP of Sansin, provide advice on how best to finish decking. Whether you are a garden designer looking at a deck for a residential client, or an architect or...
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  • Smoking Shelters – providing cover for your employees
    NBB Outdoor Shelters
    You may be wondering why you should provide a smoking shelter for your premises. A smoking shelter is a built structure and installed in a designated area to accommodate smokers in public areas. By providing a covered structure...
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  • 5 Considerations for Specifying Class A Decking
    Alfresco Floors
    Due to current UK regulations, high rise residential buildings (over 18m) must specify non-combustible decking i.e. Class A decking on balconies. This means that all balconies and other external specified attachments must choose...
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