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The fall of timber: 5 reasons why aluminium decking is on the rise

Decking design is undergoing something of quiet revolution. For years two materials – timber and wood-polymer composites – have been the overwhelming choice for flooring applications in gardens, terraces, balconies and external walkways. That duopoly has been broken in recent years by a rapidly emerging alternative: aluminium open grille decking. Demand for aluminium decking has…More

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Get up to speed with new balcony regulations

As countless people in the construction industry will readily acknowledge, knowing the Building Regulations inside-out is no guarantee that the progress of a project can be navigated without obstacles. Below the surface of official legal compliance, there are often undercurrents of preferred practice which architects and developers need to be aware of and follow with…More

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Balustrade Design Guide – Part 4: Materials & Finishes

Balustrade for stairs, mezzanine floors, partitions and barriers involves a wide range of technical and aesthetic considerations. Neaco’s Guide to Balustrade Design is a four-part series which explains each key requirement. Having covered stanchions, handrails and infills in Parts 1- 3, our final part focuses on materials and finishes. This aspect can be very important…More

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Balustrade Design Guide – Part 3: Infills

Having covered stanchions and handrails in Parts 1 & 2 of Neaco’s Balustrade Design Guide, Part 3 focuses on  balustrade infills. This element offers the most variety of choice in terms of aesthetics. Each option has its own attributes and suitability for certain environments. Responsibility for compliance to regulations lies with the architect, so it’s…More

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Balustrade Design Guide – Part 2: Handrails

Balustrade for stairs, mezzanine floors, partitions and barriers can be a complex design requirement with a wide range of aspects to consider. With that in mind, Neaco’s Guide to Balustrade Design is a four-part series which explains requirements for each key balustrade component. Part 1 focused on stanchions. In Part 2, we’re focusing on handrails…More

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The importance of decking in fire safety for balconies

Whilst they are not yet enshrined in Building Regulations, fire safety measures for balconies are increasingly being stipulated by building warranty providers and regulatory bodies. Architects and developers should be mindful of these issues at the design stage of their projects. Choosing fireproof aluminium decking is one step that can make a real difference.   Visit the…More