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How to Choose the Right Contractor for Your Aluminium Decking Project

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When it comes to enhancing the aesthetics of your outdoor space, aluminium decking emerges as a favoured choice for many homeowners and commercial entities. Not only does it infuse a modern touch, but aluminium decking, especially when crafted by renowned brands like Alideck, also ensures durability, resilience, and minimal maintenance. The Unique Outdoor Living Group understands the importance of quality outdoors design, and as such, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to select the right contractor for your aluminium deck project.


Before delving into the selection process, it’s pivotal to comprehend why aluminium decking, often referred to as balcony decking, stands out. Unlike traditional wood, an aluminium deck is resistant to warping, splintering, and rotting. It’s also environmentally friendly, as aluminium is recyclable, reducing the carbon footprint of your outdoor design.

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Research & Recommendations

Begin by conducting research. Look for contractors who have a proven record of working with aluminium decking, especially products from reputed brands like Alideck. Personal recommendations from friends or family can also provide a trusted starting point.

Examine Previous Work

A reputable contractor will have a portfolio showcasing their past projects. Focus on the intricacy of their outdoors design, quality of installation, and the finish of the aluminium deck.

Check for EWS1 Certificates

For properties in the UK, especially high-rises, the EWS1 Form legal requirement is pivotal. The EWS1 Form under 18m and its variants ensure the safety and compliance of materials used in external wall systems. Ensure that your chosen contractor understands and adheres to these requirements.

Get Multiple Quotes

Don’t settle for the first quote you receive. It’s prudent to gather multiple quotes to ensure you’re getting the best value for your money. This will also give you an opportunity to gauge the professionalism and responsiveness of the contractors.

Ask About Warranty and Aftercare

Aluminium decking is an investment. Hence, it’s crucial that the contractor offers a warranty for their work. Moreover, inquire about aftercare services – routine check-ups, maintenance tips, or repair services can add immense value.

Verify Licences and Insurance

Ensure that the contractor holds all necessary licences to operate. Additionally, they should have liability insurance, protecting you from potential mishaps during the installation process.

Communicate Your Vision

An aluminium deck should reflect your vision of an ideal outdoor space. Whether it’s the aesthetics, the placement, or any specific outdoors design features – make sure the contractor understands and can execute your requirements.

Important Note on EWS1 Forms

For those unfamiliar, EWS1 Forms were introduced following the Grenfell Tower tragedy to ensure the fire safety of external wall systems in buildings. If you reside in a building taller than 18m, or even under in certain circumstances, obtaining an EWS1 Certificate is a legal necessity. The right contractor will not only be aware of this but will also guide you through the process, making it seamless and hassle-free.


    Choosing the right contractor for your aluminium decking project can significantly influence the longevity and quality of the final product. By following the steps outlined above, not only can you ensure a stunning aluminium deck but also that all safety and compliance measures, like EWS1 Forms, are diligently adhered to. Remember, your outdoor space is a reflection of your style and sensibilities. Trust it with a contractor who values quality, understands the importance of aesthetics, and prioritises safety. Unique Outdoor Living Group wishes you a successful decking journey.

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