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  • Planning and designing a deck
    Hoppings Softwood Products
    Planning is probably the most important issue to get right with decking to ensure good results. Select the location of your deck carefully, having regard for privacy and sun, shade or wind. Decks built in highly shaded positions...
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  • Timber decking for schools and education facilities
    Marley
    Timber decking for schools and education facilities Decking specified for schools and playgrounds needs to be aesthetically pleasing, easy to clean and not present a hazard to playing children. Timber decking is a very popular...
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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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  • 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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  • Can you get class A decking that looks like wood?
    Alfresco Floors
    If you’re a specifier looking for decking that looks like timber but that needs to achieve a Class A fire rating, either for a high-rise building’s balcony or terrace, then you might be struggling for choice. Building regulations...
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  • Why is Aluminium Decking suited to balconies?
    Alfresco Floors
    Why is Aluminium Decking suited to balconies? Quite often, balconies can be a real selling feature of an apartment, hotel, restaurant and office space. The ability to catch some fresh air whilst in the confines of a tall building...
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  • Specifying non-slip decking for accessible areas
    Marley
    What to consider when specifying non-slip decking for accessible high-traffic stairs and ramps When specifying decking in high-traffic public areas such as stairs and ramps, certain criteria should be addressed to ensure the...
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  • Why our forests matter
    WoodBlocX
    In the UK we sometimes take our forests, woodland and green space for granted, but you may be surprised to learn that the UK is one of the least wooded areas in Europe. Only 13% of our landmass is woodland, which is far less than...
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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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  • 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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  • Slip resistance considerations for balcony decking
    Alfresco Floors
    As you are well aware, the use of Class A rated materials is essential on any specified attachments on the external walls of a building over 18 metres in height. However, it’s also important to consider other health and safety...
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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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  • 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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  • Specifying non-slip decking for roof gardens
    Marley
    Specifying non-slip decking for roof gardens Specifying decking for roof gardens usually means there will be several competing requirements, including space restraints, slip risk, accessibility, aesthetics, maintenance and...
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