04 December 2017
Why use timber decking?
Combine sustainability and aesthetics with timber decking
Timber is, without a doubt, one of the most environmentally friendly building materials available, perfect for landscaping and walkways and for education sector applications such as schools and playgrounds. It is extraordinarily versatile, naturally renewable, beautifully light and strong to work with – warm and welcoming to live with.
Whether for a wetland area or coastal area, or simply an attr...
How will my timber decking age?
Timber decking is a natural and sustainable landscaping solution; suitable for the smallest of balconies to large urban spaces. When planning the external landscape great care is taken in the selection of materials and how they will look as well as perform.
Brand new deck Timber decking will age beautifully, to an attractive silvery grey as time passes
Silver deck board Less for forgiving materials, such as steel an...
Getting timber treatment right
There are a number of considerations for preservative treating timber deck boards.
All commercial anti-slip timber deck boards should be preservative treated to protect against insect attack, rot and decay. Deck boards installed in areas used for access and escape routes may also need to be treated with a fire retardant.
You also need to consider which ‘Use Class’ should be specified, depending on the application of the decking. The two classes associ...
Antislip timber decking helps prevent slips and falls in workplace and public areas
Health and safety is a major consideration for any viable commercial flooring or landscaping project. Personal injury claims through slip and trip accidents continue to increase. A study by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 2007 identified that 1 in 3 non-fatal minor workplace injuries were slip and trip related. On average, 35000 workplace area slip and trip incidents are recorded annually.
Antislip or non-slip decking is timber decking with an insert or coating to give a low potential to slip in wet conditions. Marley Eternit uses either a bauxite or flint insert and typically two inserts are all that this is required. CitiDeck® is specially designed for urban areas and is suited where there are requirements for inclusive access.
The use of anti-slip inserts is a personal choice for domestic timber decks and careful care and maintenance with regular clea...
Using smooth deck boards to help promote inclusive and Part M
Timber decking can provide an excellent solution when designing to, and interpreting Part M of the current building regulations.
To help meet Part M, a smooth deck board should be chosen to give an easy comfortable ride when accessing the decking with a wheelchair. The antislip inserts should give a low potential for slip, but at the same time, not be so slip resistant to cause a trip or stumbling hazard for those who are less able a...
Use class treatment for timber decking when to use class 3 or class 4
When purchasing timber decking and associated joists or bearers, a common question is what Use Class should the timber be treated to? The answer is dependent on where the timber deck will be used. High quality Northern European Redwood is a popular and durable choice for timber decking when correctly treated for its use.
Direct contact with either ground or freshwater is one of the most challenging environments for timber and ...