03 Apr Delivering Fire-Rated External Floors With The A-PED™
The A1 Fire-Rated Pedestal For External Balconies, Terraces, Walkways, Roof & Winter Gardens
If you’re an architect or specifier, you’ll have no doubt that the construction industry has come under intense scrutiny in recent years. Incidents like the blaze at Bolton University and, of course, Grenfell Tower, has led to authorities questioning the quality of materials that have previously been used in construction projects over the UK.
Whilst we know that the use of highly combustible cladding was what caused the fires to spread at such an alarming rate, Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety uncovered a number of inefficiencies in the Building Regulations, highlighting that they were:
- Overly complex
- Too prescriptive and;
- Overall, ineffective
Fast-forward to today and rightful changes are being made, for example, banning the use of combustible cladding on high-rise buildings above eighteen metres, which will soon change to eleven metres.
Architects, specifiers and other decision makers within the industry are more acutely aware of the need to provide a solution driven by safety on, not only high-rise projects, but all projects-irrespective of height.
As a result, Alfresco Floors sought the need to provide a fully A-rated, non-combustible system that gives you the confidence to deliver a safe, long-lasting solution.
And, thus, The A-PED™ was born.
What Makes The A-PED™ Unique?
The A-PED™ is one of the only pedestals on the market that is fully A1 rated, meaning that it cannot contribute to a fire at any stage, including a fully developed fire.
Alongside this, our new A-Rated pedestal houses a number of other benefits, including:
- A1 Fire-Rated
- Quick Installation
- Superior Strength
- UV Resistant
- Chemical Resistant
- Suitable for use in temperatures from -30°C to +90°C
What Applications Is The A-PED™ Most Suited To?
Due to its non-combustible properties, the A-PED is the ideal system for use on external terraces, balconies, walkways and other high-rise projects.
With its low build-up possibilities and adjustment range starting at 45mm, the A-PED™ offers the versatility needed for a variety of applications. Users will benefit from the ability to admire the city skyline on a system that is safe, strong and built to withstand the everyday rigors of an external public or private space.
Accompanying Fire-Rated Materials For Use Alongside The A-PED™
It would be counter-intuitive to provide a non-combustible pedestal without the ability to provide the fire-rated material that sits on top. Alfresco Floors’ aluminium decking, porcelain, natural stone and concrete ranges will allow the specifier to execute on a fully-fire rated external solution that meets the requirements for latest Building Regulations.
Conclusion: Look no further for fire-resistant pedestals
As leaders within the external flooring market, Alfresco Floors is committed to providing a trusted range of products that you are confident to specify.
You will find our products and workmanship on most of the prestigious outdoor spaces in the country, including the largest pedestal and porcelain terrace in the UK.
We are experts in Class A fire-rated external flooring systems. Our extensive hands-on experience means we can provide you with the safest and most robust solution to whatever space you are working on.
The A-PED™ is a high quality, fire-rated product in line with changes to building regulations.
For more information on our new, non-combustible pedestal, The A-PED™, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an expert today.