One of the primary concerns relating to the installation of a new outdoor decking system relates to safety, especially when the completed deck is located near to a swimming pool, jacuzzi or near the beach and therefore likely to come into regular contact with water.
Creating a Slip Resistant Finish
iDecking have spent many years perfecting an innovative, environmentally friendly, non-splinter timber decking solution offering all the good looks of the real thing but without the flaw of other products.
Unlike many other traditional decking materials, the systems which have been developed by iDecking, completely waterproof your deck or roof deck area with an attractive, durable and slip resistant finish.
Offering Further Evidence
To help offer further evidence relating to the slip resistance of the iDecking boards we have carried out some slip tests on our decking products recently. The tests are carried out according to BS7976 -2 Pendulum Slip Test.
The test is carried out via a pendulum testing machine in at least 2 directions, both in a dry state and in a wet state. The results are as follows:
Selecting The Correct Products
It really is not possible to over-emphasize the importance of choosing a decking product which offers the longest lasting and safest solution for the particular project. Designers should always be aware of the uses on schemes which they are specifying and therefore select the correct decking products accordingly.
With a number of cheaper, inferior products on the market, it is essential that designers and installers choose products which are specially designed and selected to fit the purpose of the project. Thankfully, the range of iDecking products ticks all of the right boxes.
Composite decking is widely accepted to be one of the most effective decking products available due to the fact that it boasts a number of qualities highlighted by a longer lifespan than traditional wood.
Whilst many of the old composites were made from sawdust mixed with cheap polymers, so they absorbed a lot of moisture. They were also susceptible to attack from insects, mildew, turned green and very slippery over time and were also prone to rotting due to the high wood fibre content.
However, the introduction of the iDecking Revolution products offers a new generation of materials which have been developed to look and perform much better in the long term.
Developed by iDecking Revolution, DURO is a brand new material which has been developed with the following goals in mind:
These new systems offer a new mindset for artificial decking. They will not fade significantly, absorb hardly any moisture and do not swell or split. In addition to this, any scratches or blemishes can also be sanded down to almost French Polish the scratches out, since it is solid throughout ensuring that long term maintenance very possible and effective.
These products are high end, top quality materials, and are designed to ensure that they do not fade significantly. Essentially, they are in many ways better than tropical hardwood. Despite its formula being kept as a secret, DURO’s main ingredient is Rice Husk; a by-product in the processing of rice. This husk, when blended together with virgin polymers, makes it an incredibly versatile, strong and durable material.
What actually is a blue roof? A blue roof is an evolution of the existing green roof concept but has been specifically designed to store water and in particular rainfall.
The goal of a blue roof is to ensure that rather than allowing water to drain from the roof at the earliest possible stage, the blue roof will deliberately retain some or all of the water above the waterproofing membrane, either temporarily or over a longer period of time and then deposit the water through a designated channel, such as a drain outlet to an area that will cause less damage.
There are 3 primary areas where the installation of a blue roof can prove to be beneficial
For all of their qualities, the storage of water above the waterproofing membrane in a blue roof also poses a number of potential risks which cannot be ignored and must be addressed.
The main areas of concern are as follows:
Please Note – Whilst there are definitely concerns relating to the installation of a blue roof, due to the modular nature of the M-Tray®, the potential risks can be substantially reduced by utilising our innovative modular roofing option as part of a blue roof.
There is a common misconception currently that green roofs require absolutely no maintenance whatsoever.
Just as you would not expect to leave your garden alone for a prolonged period of time without any type of maintenance, green roofs do require some maintenance to ensure they do not die.
Spring has definitely now ‘sprung’ and as such, now is the ideal time for your green roof to receive a little care and attention to ensure that it is ready for the spring and beyond.
Some vegetation types such as sedum are planted as they require less maintenance than grass roofs for example. However, regular attention to soil moisture and feed levels, as well as the removal of weeds, is essential to maintain optimum performance.
To help ensure that your green roof remains in the best possible condition, we have used our extensive experience to help draw up a list of suggestions to put into practice.
Please Note – When maintaining a wildflower green roof, it is crucial to remember that wildflowers are weeds. As such, care must be taken during maintenance NOT to pull out healthy and desired plants.
Wildflowers by their nature thrive on poor soils where there is little competition however they are more vulnerable to drought. Drying of stems and leaves will be seen through hot dry periods and although irrigation can be applied it is not a requirement as the ‘stressed’ plants will flower and seed to propagate themselves and will often recover with the onset of rain.
Green roofs are suitable for both residential and commercial properties. Thanks to the modular nature of Wallbarn’s innovative M-Tray®, we are able to complete installations quickly and with the absolute minimum of disruption.
The case study below offers the perfect insight into how all of the pieces will come together to create a durable and sustainable modular green roof offering a variety of benefits for both the property and the local area.
https://youtu.be/AcD0sX-FjV4Quickfire green roof installation at Hammersmith high-rise