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21 August 2017
What is the minimum pitch for clay plain tiles?
Some types of single camber clay plain tile can be used on roof pitches as low as 30 degrees (depending on the manufacturer), however most can be used down to 35 degree pitches.
Minimum pitch for single camber clay plain tiles
Single camber clay plain tiles are curved along their width, which creates attractive, textured roofscapes, but also leaves slight gaps in the roof installation at the leading edge of the tiles. Wind-driven rain can cause wat...
31 July 2017
Does a property re-roof or extension need to comply with BS 5534?
With smaller domestic pitched roofing contracts being awarded to independent tradesmen, it’s never been a more important time to look at the current standards set out for existing builds and extensions.
With changes to the British Standard Code of practice for slating and tiling made back in 2014, all new roofing work started from 2015 onwards should comply to British Standard 5534.
Although this predominantly applies to ...
11 July 2017
Heat stress in dairy cows
Well-ventilated cow housing and adequate levels of natural light in buildings are key elements to ensuring the continued productivity of housed cows during the hot, summer months.
Traditionally, letting natural light into cow housing is achieved by installing fibre glass panels and low level GRPs in the roof of a building. Whilst these components help to increase light levels within cow housing, they have the adverse effect of focusing the heat from the sun in certain ...
10 July 2017
Fibre cement slates guidance
Fibre cement slates are becoming more popular due to their affordability combined with aesthetics that replicate the look of natural slates. They are being used in new homes, in public sector applications such as schools and healthcare projects, and in roof replacements or refurbishments.
As their popularity increases, it is important that good quality guidance is available for roofing contractors, covering technical questions such as design and specification, and fi...
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 ...