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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.  

Ever since the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, the construction industry has been working towards creating products that are safe and entirely non-combustible.

This is particularly important for high-rise projects where the potential consequences of constructing with combustible materials can be far more serious.

With that in mind, new regulations and government legislation have been slowly introduced in the subsequent years following Grenfell. With this reform finally starting to be seen throughout the entire construction industry, particularly when it comes to balcony flooring, it’s only a matter of time before your next project has to be specified to these standards.

Introduction Since the 2018 change in Building Regulations, which were brought about by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, any residential high rise above 18m is banned from using combustible cladding. Similar regulations towards external flooring were also introduced, which means that high rise external flooring construction must specify class A rated decking systems.  In February, we heard from the UK...

We often get asked about the differences between adjustable pedestals (such as the A-PED) and rail/joist systems (AR-SYSTEMS & REIF DuraLink), since they seemingly fulfil the same function: supporting the application of raised floor areas.    However, different situations may call for different solutions (and in some cases, a combination!). In this post, we aim...