08 Sep Fire-Rated Pedestals: The Hidden Heroes
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Since the 2019 change in Building Regulations in regard to fire safety, many manufacturers have developed fire-rated flooring solutions specifically for ‘specified attachments’ above 18 metres in height.
In order for buildings to pass fire regulations, the whole flooring system has to be fire-rated. This includes the surface material, pedestal and any other substrate.
At Alfresco Floors, we consider fire-rated pedestals to be the ‘hidden heroes’ of the external flooring application. Despite being hidden from view, these pedestals have the ability to withstand substantial loads, allow for drainage and are instrumental in the overall finish of the project.
Not to mention that they offer ultimate assurance when it comes to fire protection.
What are Fire-Rated Pedestals?
A fire-rated pedestal is a component that allows for the installation of heavy tiles, slabs or other surfaces without the need for adhesive or grout. What makes a fire-rated pedestal so unique is that it is made from completely non-combustible materials such as aluminium.
Many B-rated pedestals contain plastic, and whilst this is a perfectly effective material, it is not permitted on attachments above 18 metres in height, according to National Building Regulations.
Therefore, fire-rated pedestals have been designed for use in high-rise flooring projects. These may include (but are not limited to) balconies, terraces, walkways, roof gardens and winter gardens.
Specifying Fire-Rated Pedestals: What to Look Out For
Firstly, your fire-rated pedestal should be classified through the Euroclass system and be given an A1 or A2 classification.
This means that it produces no contribution to fire.
In order for products to be awarded a Class A rating, they must undergo rigorous testing. You can find out about this process in our blog post here.
There are also some key characteristics to look out for when specifying fire-rated pedestals. They are:
- Quick installation capabilities
- Lightweight construction
- Ability to accommodate heavy loads
- UV Resistant
- Chemical Resistant
- Suitable for use in a variety of temperatures
Providing the Full Fire-Rated Flooring System
When it comes to your external flooring project, you’ll want to ensure that every component is compliant, providing a Class A fire rating.
This means that your product selection has to be carefully considered.
With your fire-rated pedestals in place, you should now consider the fire-resistant decking you will be using for your project.
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Fire-Rated Decking & Pedestals? Look No Further
Here at Alfresco Floors, we provide the full external flooring system, from the fire-rated pedestal to the class A surface material.
We understand how the safety of the end-user is paramount, particularly when there’s a risk of fire.
With that in mind, be sure to check out The A-PED®: one of the UK’s only Class A1 rated pedestals for balconies, walkways, terraces and any other specified attachments, exclusively at Alfresco Floors.
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