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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. 

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 factors to make sure your installation is as safe as it can be. One of these is making sure that the flooring used is also slip-resistant and that it meets the standards expected of certain HSE guidelines.

This means that when you’re choosing material for your next project, as well as making sure it is non-combustible, you should consider materials and coatings that are slip-resistant.

In this blog, we’ll highlight certain HSE regulations that you should consider as well as the materials that offer these levels of protection, making sure you’re next flooring project is as safe as it can be.

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 in the UK mandate that only non-combustible materials are to be used on residential buildings above 18m. As this includes balconies and other specified attachments, external flooring must therefore achieve a fire rating for Class A1 or A2.

A1 materials are completely non-combustible whereas A2 materials have limited combustibility. Both types are considered non-combustible and are permitted on external applications on buildings of any height.

Although you might not be able to specify timber or composite decking, there is now another option available to you other than aluminium decking.

With fire safety standards and building regulations constantly changing and updating, helping to increase the safety of high-rise buildings, it can be difficult for specifiers and architects to find balcony flooring options that are both attractive and class A-rated.  

What’s more, with uncertainty surrounding legislation and whether the 18-metre height requirement will be reduced to 11-metres or lower, Class A-rated materials are becoming more common on all projects, as a means of best practice for the industry.

With this in mind, this blog helps you discover the variety of Class-A rated balcony flooring options available on the market.

Read on to find out more.