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12 June 2017
Specifying non-slip decking for hotels, restaurants, pubs and smoking areas
When specifying decking areas for hotels, restaurants, pubs and smoking areas, consideration must be given to aesthetics, maintenance and safety. Designing deck spaces for these areas using smooth decking benefits from easy to clean boards and a fine non-slip aggregate makes them safe to use whatever the British weather.
Decking design for hotel and food service areas
The right choice of deck board can have a big impact...
Specifying non-slip decking for roof gardens
Specifying decking for roof gardens usually means there will be several competing requirements, including space restraints, slip risk, accessibility, aesthetics, maintenance and performance.
In residential applications, roof decking is a popular way to make economical use of space in increasingly tight urban environments. It is also used in raised walkways and balconies to provide inclusive shared spaces in apartments and student accommodation.
09 June 2017
Non-slip decking considerations for marina, moorings, piers and jetties
Decking is often specified for marinas, moorings, piers and jetties, all of which are typically wet environments where timber can be slippery. Therefore specifying for these areas must take into account the high risk, with antislip performance and safety being key considerations for designers.
What material is best for decking in marine environments?
The different materials that can be used for decking for marinas and moori...
What to consider when specifying non-slip decking for accessible high-traffic stairs and ramps
When specifying decking in high-traffic public areas such as stairs and ramps, certain criteria should be addressed to ensure the space is accessible for all users.
There can be concerns that the castellations of traditional anti-slip decking could make the surface uneven and uncomfortable for wheelchair users. The high level of grip provided could make the change in surface difficult for some pedestr...
23 May 2017
What are the fixing requirements of BS 5534?
As we previously discussed, BS 5534 is the revised British Standard for slating and tiling for pitched roofs and vertical tiling, which came into effect on the 31st August 2014.
Fixing specifications are one of the main elements that have changed in this updated standard.
Due to the adoption of Eurocodes for the calculation of wind loads, specifications have been upgraded to ensure roof coverings are fixed more securely. When it comes to roof tiles a...
10 May 2017
Non-slip timber decking for NHS hospitals and care homes
Decking for healthcare environments, such as NHS hospitals and care homes, should be slip resistant, minimise trip hazards and not create a barrier to access for wheelchairs and the less able.
The use of outside space, with access to fresh air and nature can have an uplifting effect on everyone from young children to the elderly. Designing external areas, especially with wheelchairs, day beds and the less able in mind, can prove difficult....
09 May 2017
Timber decking for schools and education facilities
Decking specified for schools and playgrounds needs to be aesthetically pleasing, easy to clean and not present a hazard to playing children.
Timber decking is a very popular hard landscaping material for outside space at schools and educational facilities – landscape architects and contractors choose decking for large, complex projects as well as small but equally challenging projects. In either case, the product must meet the demands of...
Non slip decking for balconies and residential areas
Specifying decking for residential balconies brings its own set of challenges. For the resident, an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space is the priority. For the specifier, issues such as safety, cleaning, maintenance and sustainability are the focus.
JB Antislip Plus® or JB Citideck® decking boards are particularly suitable for urban and residential areas and can meet this combination of requirements.
Timber decking ...
02 May 2017
Why use profiled sheeting for agricultural buildings?
Fibre cement profiled sheeting is built to last, is economical, and minimises condensation. These properties, among other benefits, make it highly suitable for farm buildings.
Minimising condensation for animal welfare
Air circulation is very important in cattle buildings as the livestock produce a lot of heat and moisture. With steel sheeting, warm, moist air condenses on the underside of a roof before dripping onto livestock and bedding, es...
25 April 2017
2017 trends in pitched roof slating and tiling
Gavin White, Product Manager, Marley Eternit looks at what 2017 holds for pitched roof slating and tiling products.
A shift in sustainability standards
The government is focusing on solving the housing crisis and is stripping back many barriers to housebuilding, in my opinion, to the detriment of environmental considerations.
In 2016, the Redfern review looked at the causes of falling homeownership. This revealed how house prices have increased by...
19 April 2017
How BS 5534 can raise standards in roofing
More needs to be done to ensure consistent use of BS 5534 across the roofing industry, so a campaign to get the Standard included in the Approved Documents to the Building Regulations is good news for contractors, argues Gavin White, technical product manager at Marley Eternit.
Mechanically fixing roof coverings and accessories, in line with BS 5534, can protect against strong winds and torrential rain. The damage caused by storm Doris in February 2017...
03 April 2017
Where are coloured clay tiles used?
It is perhaps not surprising to find that clay tile usage closely correlates with areas where suitable clay is found, with clay plain tiles used to cover roofs for over 1000 years in regions including the south east of England and the Midlands.
Clay roof tiles in the south-east of England feature a subtle mix of red and orange hues. Further north in Staffordshire and The Midlands, blues and browns characterise the area.
The traditional colours used across th...
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