Introducing Splinter Proof & Slip Resistant Decking From Wallbarn

iDecking Installation

One of the major concerns facing many decking installation teams relates to safety, particularly 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.

It really is not possible to overemphasise the importance of choosing a decking product which offers the longest lasting and safest solution for the particular project.

Thankfully, a new innovative decking product is available in the UK which offers both slip-resistant and splinter proof properties. This product is called iDecking.

Key Features of iDecking

A complete decking solution made up of a lightweight aluminium substructure and composite or hardwood boards

A truly innovative system which allows you to install decking effortlessly

Key features:

  • Coloured before extrusion
  • Woodgrain effect – available in four colours
  • Eco-Friendly – 100% recyclable
  • Low maintenance
  • Extremely stable and durable
  • Splinter-free
  • Extremely slip-resistant
  • Weatherproof & waterproof
  • Insect-resistant
  • Class B1 fire rated

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 decking
area with an aesthetically pleasing, and durable, slip-resistant finish.

Independently Tested

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:

Slip_Tests_For_Decking

Don’t Accept Second Best

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.

For more information relating to decking, please click here.

3 Reasons Why Green Spaces In Cities Are More Important Than Ever

close up of a completed green roof installation

As cities around the world continue to grow, more and more people are moving into spaces which are already crowded.

With this being the case, what can we do to help transform these areas into healthy places to live? An increasing body of research tells us that we should be letting nature back in.

A tremendous article on the National History Museum website highlighted the following 3 reasons why creating green spaces is more important than ever.

  1. By 2050, 68% of the global population will live in cities. That’s 2.5 billion more people than today. In Europe, three out of four of us already live in urban areas, and the consequences of that are becoming clear.
  2. Researchers estimate that nine million people die every year as a direct result of air pollution. In London, two million people – of which 400,000 are children – are living in areas with toxic air.
  3. Green spaces in cities mitigate the effects of pollution and can reduce a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect, which refers to heat trapped in built-up areas.

“Dr Cecil Konijnendijk is a Professor of Urban Forestry at the University of British Colombia (UBC). He studies the role of nature and green spaces in cities and towns, and how we can use the natural world to make urban environments healthier and more liveable.”

‘Research shows really clearly that we need nature in our surroundings. We need trees in our streets, plants in our gardens and flowers on our balcony. We need nature as our neighbour all the time.

‘We have a responsibility as human beings to take care of nature in our cities. In return, the benefits to our health would be huge.’

For the full article, please click here.

An image of a completed green roof installation

How can green roofs help?

Perfect for retrofit projects, our M-Tray® modular green roof system offers the ideal solution to help increase the green spaces in built-up areas.

Some of the benefits include:

  • They are perfect for hard-to-access areas such as single-storey extensions, working hotels and other commercial spaces which can make installing roll-out very challenging
  • M-Trays® can be handballed into even the most awkward areas discreetly and with minimum mess
  • Each M-Tray® module is 500 x 500mm and can be carried by one operative and therefore installed much faster than traditional roll-out
  • Our modules are conveniently packaged, palletised and delivered to site

For more on the M-Tray®, please click here.

Save the Date – World Green Roof Day on 6th June 2020

World Green Roof Day

It is with great excitement that we announce the inaugural World Green Roof Day taking place on the 6th June 2020.

This new annual day of celebration belongs to the world of green roofing and is the perfect opportunity to share images, projects and case studies of all the fantastic green roof and roof garden projects around the globe.

To engage with World Green Roof Day on social media just use the hashtags #WGRD and #WGRD2020 on the day and in the run-up to it.

World Green Roof Day

What is #WGRD?

A celebration of green roofs all over the world and the benefits they bring to people and nature.

Why #WGRD?

Towns and cities globally are going green to adapt to climate change. Green roofs also provide vita wildlife habitats and make life better for everyone.

We believe World Green Roof Day is a tremendous idea by the team over at Bridgman Landscapes and encourage everyone to get involved.

Can Green Roofs Help Reduce Flooding?

An image of a completed M-Tray green roof installation in Sydenham

Green roofs can play a crucial role in helping cities cope with extreme rainfall.

In our opinion, we believe that green roofs offer optimum levels of green infrastructure due to the multi-functionality of modular green roof technology:

  • They can be retrofitted to existing buildings
  • They provide biodiverse space for urban wildlife
  • They enrich public spaces
  • There is also evidence that they can improve wellbeing and even productivity
  • Additionally, green roofs can make previously inhospitable places pleasant, and provide new outdoor space for office workers.

A close-up of completed M-Tray green roof installation in Hammersmith

Highlighting The Positives

A fascinating article in the Huffington Post highlighted the positive impact the installation of a green roofing system can have in regards to effectively combating excess rainfall.

Southern California has been exposed to one of the worse droughts on record and despite a little respite with rain beginning to fall, thoughts have turned towards implementing long term measures designed to help limit the negative impact of extreme weather.

The article stated that:

“One of the best strategies for improving the city’s resilience and water efficiency is to mimic the way undisturbed environments receive rain and adjust the built landscape to reflect qualities found in nature. Prior to urbanization, the land that is now Los Angeles could easily absorb 95% of the rain that fell. Today, stormwater floods the city with polluted water–wreaks expensive havoc–and then disappears into the ocean.”

“Living roofs (aka green roofs) contribute to resilience in many other ways. Not only do they absorb and filter rainwater during storms, but they also reduce ambient temperatures during heat waves (which are projected to increase over the coming decades), through the process of natural evaporation. Drought tolerant plants grown on the roof provide insulation in summer and winter, keeping living spaces comfortable and reducing energy costs. Green roofs also pull carbon dioxide out of the air; they actively absorb one of the agents driving climate change in the first place.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Wallbarn Green Roofing Systems

Wallbarn have specialised in the growth and installation of green roofing systems for many years and have actively promoted the wide-ranging benefits to our customers.

Along with offering wide-ranging environmental benefits, the green roofing products available from Wallbarn are also incredibly easy to install.

What makes the M-Tray® green roof unique?

  • Mature, established vegetation
  • Click-together trays create a seamless connection
  • Easy to transport and install
  • Specially-mixed substrate for the longevity of plant life
  • 100mm deep cavities for healthy roots
  • Optimum drainage means stronger plants
  • No sharp edges or mess meaning minimum disruption to plants, deck structure and inhabitants!

For more on the benefits of installing a green roofing system, please visit the dedicated area on our website by clicking here.

 

 

The Perfect Decking For Poolside Areas

Waterproof Decking

Designed to innovate in the field of outdoor decking and wall claddings, the iDecking system is the culmination of years of research and development with some of the world’s most important architects, designers and qualified deck builders.

iDecking’s revolutionary decking system offers a truly high-performance product.

iDecking – stunning private home

Why is it so good?

A truly innovative system which allows you to install decking effortlessly

  • No nails, screws, drills or spacers
  • Up to five times faster to install  than traditional deck building
  • Ideal for low thresholds (whole system max 80mm)
  • Luxurious, natural-looking decking

Slip-resistant Finish

Unlike many other traditional decking materials, the systems which have been developed by iDecking, completely waterproof your deck or roof deck area with an aesthetically pleasing and durable, slip-resistant finish.

Made from recycled rice husk, it has exceptional anti-slip properties. In fact, we have just received a test score from the University of Hamburg for slipperiness, along with the extrusion it is 60 µ, perpendicular to the extrusion it is 58 µ (it looks like the requirement is > 36) – test number EN 15534-4.

These properties not only help to protect the structure to which it’s applied but also leads to a longer lifespan than other decking systems currently available.

‘Game-Changing’ benefits

Amongst the ‘game-changing’ benefits offered by this innovative modern type of waterproof decking, you will receive key features including:

    • Coloured before extrusion
    • Woodgrain effect – available in four colours
    • Eco-Friendly – 100% recyclable
    • Low maintenance
    • Extremely stable and durable
    • Splinter-free
    • Extremely slip-resistant
    • Weatherproof & waterproof
    • Insect-resistant
    • Class B1 fire rated

Not only are they easy to install, these decking systems are extremely durable ensuring that they drastically reduce the need for periodic maintenance.

The exceptional anti-slip scores and non-splinter aspects of the iDecking boards make them very valuable for pool areas.

With a wide range of colours available, designing pool areas is a much easier process than when using other WPC composite boards which tend to be similar colours and textures

For more information relating to decking, please visit the following link – https://www.wallbarn.com/products/idecking/