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Timber Decking on Balconies No Longer Fit for Purpose

It is evident that there are a significant number of buildings across the UK that already have timber decking installed, and the challenges of fire safety have become increasingly challenging for property managers and building owners.


At this apartment block in London, the timber decking boards were replaced with aluminium decking boards, designed, manufactured and supplied by AliDeck.

Richard Izzard, Managing Director at AliDeck, said “In addition to facilitating fire spread across buildings’ external walls, timber balcony decking carries safety risks. Among the causes of balcony fires reported in our annual report are human error, such as careless disposal of smokers and the use of portable barbecues on combustible surfaces.”

Timber decking has an expected lifespan of around 10 years if looked after correctly. Without regular reapplication of wood treatment or paint, timber decking will rot, losing its beauty quickly. Aluminium decking will provide tenants with a stress-free outdoor living area and increase the property’s value.

“Following rigorous testing, all AliDeck Systems are fire-rated to meet A2-s1, d0 and A2fl-s1 standards for full compliance. We, therefore, offer non-combustible, fire-resistant products that ensure that fire-safety remediation works on balconies will be completed successfully,” Richard added.

Fire Risk Assessments of External Walls (FRAEW) are now required for all multi-story, multi-occupancy buildings. The purpose of PAS 9980 is to reduce the likelihood of fire and we are continuing to see cautious approaches to all buildings, but particularly to those over 11 meters high.

By moving away from timber, this conscientious building owner has future-proofed their property and will avoid a costly future remediation process.

If you would like to discuss your timber decking replacement requirements, please contact AliDeck.

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