28 May What To Look Out For When Specifying Fire-Rated Pedestals
Here at Alfresco Floors we are keenly aware that the system you select to support your external area is just as important as what you choose for your surface materials.
This has always been the case, but In light of the 2018 changes to building regulations (which state that only A-rated materials are to be used on the external walls and ‘specified attachments’ of buildings above 18 metres) architects and specifiers are now searching for class A fire-rated solutions for use on their projects.
Without a fire-rated pedestal system, your high-rise residential external project will not be compliant. That’s why it’s crucial that both the surface materials are non-combustible and the pedestals themselves are, too.
With an increasing number of pedestals on the market, it’s important that the specifier is aware of what to look out for to ensure the best possible solution for their project.
Read on to find more…
Are All Components of the Pedestal Fire-Rated?
A pedestal is a complex system that serves a multitude of purposes. That’s why all components of the support system must be made from con-combustible materials. If possible, we recommend that you opt for a system where individual pedestal components are made from a single material such as aluminium or steel.
With that in mind, it’s important that any additional materials used within the manufacturing of the pedestal are closely considered. For example, any plastic shims or glue may affect the combustibility rating of the pedestal.
Are Your Non-Combustible Pedestals Eco Friendly?
In a world where your environmental impact is just as important as the end result, we recommend a solution that is built with sustainability in mind.
Where possible, seek a pedestal that is made from 100% recycled material. This way, you’re delivering a remarkable finish and most importantly, not contributing to our global waste crisis. With many architects now turning to greener initiatives, now is the perfect time to utilise recycled materials as much as possible.
Do Your Class A Pedestals Prevent Rust?
The British weather (and that of Northern Europe) can be unpredictable at best and we’re all aware of what happens when metal components are subjected to moisture.
To ensure that your high-rise decking project stands the test of time (and the rigours of our weather), opt or a pedestal that is non-rusting, or one that has been especially coated to prevent rust.
Aluminium is a particularly good choice as it does not rust. Some steel products are also less susceptible to rust such as coated steel or stainless steel.
Are Your Pedestals Strong/Durable?
It goes without saying that strength and durability are key priorities of decking within a high-rise project. That’s why the materials used within the construction of your pedestals are as strong as possible. A BBA testing certificate is a great way to ensure a high-quality, reliable product.
We recommend a load capacity up to 2000KG which is concentrated at 3000KG. This load capacity ensures considerable weight bearing to meet the purpose of your project.
Are Your Non-Combustible Pedestals Self Draining?
A build up of moisture and debris can be problematic within any decking project, regardless of height or intended use. Sadly, pedestals can be a magnet for such build up, which is why careful consideration needs to be taken when researching design characteristics of the pedestals.
Some pedestals have self-draining properties. This is a major benefit and one that can save time, effort and cost in the long-run.
Do They Allow For Quick Installation?
The pedestal you choose should have properties that allow ease of use for the installer, without compromising on safety. An efficient turnaround will ensure minimal disruption to the building, which may be detrimental to businesses.
During these testing times – in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic – it’s important that any refurb project doesn’t impact on the profit margins of a business (like a restaurant, for example).
There are many characteristics that specifiers should look out for when choosing non-combustible decking pedestals.
At Alfresco Floors, our latest product, The A-PED™, delivers all of the assurances as mentioned above – giving you the confidence to deliver a result that is both practical and compliant with building regulations.
If you’d like to talk more about our class A rated pedestal, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our experts – who’ll gladly offer advice and support on your next project.