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Updated Regulations on Aluminium Decking on Balconies

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In recent years, the construction landscape has rapidly evolved, particularly in high rises and apartments throughout the UK. One notable trend emerging in regions such as London and Dorset is the shift towards using Aluminium Decking, with brands like Alideck leading the charge. The appeal of Aluminium Decking extends beyond its sleek aesthetics. Durability, safety, and ease of project management have contributed to its rising popularity, especially in applications like Balcony Decking.


But as with all construction materials, compliance with current safety standards and regulations is paramount. This article delves into the updated regulations surrounding Aluminium Decking in the UK and how these changes impact builders, homeowners, and property managers.

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EWS1 Form: The Pivotal Catalyst

The advent of the EWS1 Form has been a transformative moment in the UK’s construction industry. Initially, the EWS1 Form was seen as a measure necessary for buildings over 18 metres following the Grenfell tragedy. This external wall system assessment aims to ensure that the materials used, including balcony materials, comply with fire safety guidelines.


However, with continued concerns about safety, an EWS1 Form under 18m has also become a focal point. Even though, as of my last update, it wasn’t a blanket legal requirement for buildings under 18 metres, it’s increasingly becoming a common practice. EWS1 Certificates are now being requested by many mortgage lenders and insurers irrespective of the building’s height.

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The Advantages of Aluminium Decking

Beyond fire safety, an Aluminium Deck provides multiple benefits:

  1. Durability: Aluminium doesn’t rot, warp, or rust, making it a long-lasting choice.
  2. Maintenance: It requires minimal upkeep compared to wooden decks.
  3. Sustainability: Aluminium is recyclable, presenting an eco-friendly option.
  4. Project Management: Aluminium decks are consistent in quality and dimension, making the project management process streamlined.
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Navigating the Complexities of EWS1 Forms

The intricacies of EWS1 Forms can be challenging to navigate. While it might not yet be a legal requirement for buildings under 18m, many in the industry believe it’s only a matter of time before it becomes standard. For property managers and developers, particularly in high-density areas like London, understanding these nuances is crucial. Not only from a safety standpoint but also to ensure that properties remain mortgageable and insurable.


It’s recommended for those in the industry, whether dealing with high rises in urban centres or apartments in regions like Dorset, to consider proactive project management. By integrating fire-resistant materials like Aluminium Decking early in the planning stages, potential future complications with EWS1 Forms can be minimised.

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The UK’s construction landscape is ever-evolving. With updated regulations, particularly concerning fire safety, it’s crucial for industry professionals to stay informed. Aluminium Decking, with its inherent fire-resistant qualities, offers an innovative solution to many challenges posed by these regulatory shifts. Whether you’re a developer in London or a homeowner in Dorset, embracing these changes can lead to a safer, more efficient, and aesthetically pleasing future.


Our team of experienced professionals ensures a seamless installation process, tailored to the unique specifications of your project. With an unwavering commitment to quality and detail, we promise to deliver not just a deck, but a lasting addition to your property.


Don’t compromise on quality or safety. Reach out to us today and let’s transform your apartment buildings with premium aluminium decking that promises both form and function.

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