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Fire rated decking is essential for the safety of your outdoor flooring projects.

British Building Regulations make it a necessity on high-rise residential buildings above 18 metres (11 metres in Scotland, and from December 1st, England too), however many specifiers are making the conscious effort to select class a fire rated decking on all projects, regardless of height or building purpose.

If you’re not specifying fire rated class A decking on all of your balcony flooring projects, you’re behind the curve and potentially missing out on projects.

Alfresco Floors’ Class A fire-rated mineral composite deck board, ZERODECK, has officially been welcomed to NHBC Accepts alongside the A-PED, providing additional levels of confidence to clients and the wider industry. The system comprises of a fully adjustable sub-frame, with built-in slope correction, aluminium joists, and clip-fixed deck...

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 concern.

Composite decking is becoming a much more universal choice for architects and specifiers looking for a non-combustible balcony decking option. However, it’s not as simple as selecting composite decking, there are varying levels on the market which could affect your project and its fire rating.

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, stone, and everything in between, it can be easy to stick to what you know.

Despite this though, one material continuing to make an impression on the industry is composites. Providing a non-combustible alternative to timber, it’s becoming a common choice for specifiers and end-users alike.

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 specifiers are using alternatives that not only meet the latest fire regulations but also give a similar aesthetic.

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 has been more difficult. With fire safety regulations and tighter building legislation, you are now working with a reduced menu of materials to choose from.

Despite this, you can be assured that there are plenty of options available.