28 February 2018
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....
10 January 2018
Specifying decking for stairs and ramps brings its own set of challenges. In order to help meet these challenges Marley Eternit has developed a high visibility antislip deck board designed to work with both CitiDeck and AntiSlip Plus deck boards.
The new deck board has a wide insert and a second standard insert in bright yellow for ease of visibility to identify any change in level. The new product has been designed for use to on level changes, stairs and at the end of decked area...
When are smooth profile deck boards better than grooved?
When are smooth deck boards better than castellated? How do you know which suits your project best? It’s easy to make a traditional choice of castellated timber decking for your project but here is a guide of the best product to use in different environments.
Typically, castellated boards are a first choice in the UK, due to the aesthetic appeal of continuous and textured grooves. In the US and Europe smooth boa...
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...
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.
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...
What is antislip timber decking?
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...
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 ...
06 November 2017
Specifying antislip 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...
09 May 2017
Antislip 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....