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    Museum of Zoology Cambridge ASP paving support pads

    Achieve stunning finishes

    • Convert unused rooftops and decks into attractive, hard-wearing, useful areas and increase the footprint of your building
    • Cover and protect unattractive waterproofing membranes
    • Allows ground floor patio areas to be made flush with the house without compromising damp course


    Suspended System

    • Raising the paving slabs or decking allows water to drain freely and underneath, so there is no standing water left on the surface. This prevents ponding and associated slip hazards and helps to aerate and ventilate the surface beneath.
    • Unsightly objects such as cables, water pipes and drainage outlets can be hidden underneath paving slabs or decking, improving the aesthetics and optimising the building footprint, bringing increased yield to the developer

    Fully Adjustable

    • Achieve millimetre precision with our pedestals
    • Create a flat surface irrespective of imperfections on a slab
    • Cope with falls in more than one direction and accommodate large drops and channels

    Paving applications

    The ingenious headpiece incorporates 4 x positioning lugs (fins) laid out in a crucifix formation set towards the edges of the headpiece:

    • Lugs separate paving slabs and tiles to allow sufficient drainage
    • They create a uniform paving line so the slabs are laid completely straight
    • Being a suspended system, the weight of the slab holds everything in place
    • Rainwater runs between and under the slabs so no standing water is left on the surface making the paved area safer

    If you need to support underneath the centre of the slab simply snap off the lugs.

    If you do not need lugs and are ordering a large quantity of pedestals we can supply a flat headpiece.

    Video: how to pave up to a wall

    Video: how to cut the pedestal for paving up to a wall


    Decking applications

    The lugs (fins) are set out towards the edges of the headpiece giving a 55mm gap between them. This will house a standard 4″x2″ timber joist between the lugs and decking boards are then fixed to the timber joist frame.

    Adjusting the pedestals rather than cutting furrings dramatically speeds up installation.

    When laying very large joists, or for areas where a junction of joists occurs, simply snap off the lugs.

    If you need to order a large quantity of pedestals without lugs we can supply a flat headpiece.

    Video: see how easy our pedestals make this decking installation



    This is our standard range of adjustable supports.

    The lugs on our universal head are positionined to accommodate both paving slabs and joists for timber decking.

    Height range: 35mm up to 365mm

    For more technical information click on the Installation, Specification and Technical data tabs below.

    Universal Extra

    Universal Extra

    Use our Universal Extra pedestals to install paving and decking across a huge height range, from 85mm up to 380mm but in just three different products:

    • 85mm-135mm
    • 125mm-215mm
    • 210mm-380mm

    This cuts out any confusion about what size to choose. Heights are marked out every 10mm on the side of stems – see at a glance the exact height you are adjusting to.

    For more technical information click on the Installation, Specification and Technical data tabs below.



    What are pedestals used for?

    The construction of hard landscaping areas including concrete paving slabs, porcelain tiles, natural stone slabs and timber, composite and metal decking for terraces, balconies, flat roofs and podium decks.

    What are the advantages of using pedestals?

    Improved drainage, ease and speed of installation, protection of the surface beneath, future-proofing (can be lifted at any time for maintenance). Lengthen the life of timber joists as they are lifted out of standing water.

    How many will I need?

    This all depends on your tile size, as well as the area and heights you require. We will let you know the measurements we require to help us calculate the correct quantity and type of pedestals you need.

    How are they installed?

    They are placed on a flat, hard surface/membrane. No mechanical fixings are required.

    What subsurface do the pedestals work on?

    A structured surface e.g. concrete or rigid insulation. They are not suitable for placing directly onto non-compacted earth.

    How long will they last?

    The pedestals are made of virgin plastic and are warrantied for 15 years.

    How do I maintain a level surface on a slope?

    Our Balance self-levelling pedestals will help provide a level finish to your new deck or paving and can be used to counter slopes of up to 5 degrees. If using our heavy duty Megapads, slope correctors are available.

    Do the pedestals need to be fastened to the deck?

    No. This is a suspended system. The pedestals are loose-laid – the weight of the slabs or decking hold everything in place – meaning the membrane is not compromised.

    Can I place my decking boards directly on top of the pedestals?

    No. Decking boards should be fixed to a joist grid which in turn can rest on top of the pedestals.

    What additional support systems can I use pedestals with?

    Pedestals can clip into our integrated rail system, connecting to a 2m long aluminium rail to support tiles or decking.

    What heights do they come in?

    Our pedestals come in a huge range of fixed and adjustable heights ranging from 5mm to 1,020mm.

    How much gap do I need to leave between my paving slabs?

    As standard, our heads are fitted with 2mm spacing but we also have 4mm.

    How much weight can these take?

    Even our standard Universal and Balance ranges are designed to take up to 680kg. If you have a commercial job that includes large planters or heavy objects, our Megapad range takes up to 2 tonnes.

    Can the pedestals break?

    We have never had a pedestal fail that was correctly installed since we launched the range in the UK in 2003.

    To make choosing and estimating easier our Adjustables range is broken down into three categories:

    • Standard Universal range: 35mm up to 365mm
    • Universal Extra range: 85mm up to 380mm
    35-50mm120mm200mm2.2mm x 10mm683kg1,171kg-40°C to +75°C
    50-70mm120mm200mm2.2mm x 10mm683kg1,171kg-40°C to +75°C
    65-100mm120mm200mm2.2mm x 10mm683kg1,171kg-40°C to +75°C
    95-130mm120mm200mm2.2mm x 10mm683kg1,171kg-40°C to +75°C
    125-160mm120mm200mm2.2mm x 10mm683kg1,171kg-40°C to +75°C
    155-190mm120mm200mm2.2mm x 10mm683kg1,171kg-40°C to +75°C
    185-220mm120mm200mm2.2mm x 10mm683kg1,171kg-40°C to +75°C
    210-245mm120mm200mm2.2mm x 10mm683kg1,171kg-40°C to +75°C
    240-275mm120mm200mm2.2mm x 10mm683kg1,171kg-40°C to +75°C
    270-305mm120mm200mm2.2mm x 10mm683kg1,171kg-40°C to +75°C
    300-335mm120mm200mm2.2mm x 10mm683kg1,171kg-40°C to +75°C
    330-365mm120mm200mm2.2mm x 10mm683kg1,171kg-40°C to +75°C
    * Weight tolerance = the point at which the pedestal ends its normal behaviour and starts to deform (according to CATAS test 179112/1)
    Maximum load = the point at which pedestals start to collapse in laboratory tests (according to CATAS test 179112/1)

    Slope correctors can be used with all Universal, Balance & Mega Balance pedestals

    SLOPE 1200mm82mm1%0.57°
    SLOPE 2200mm82mm2%1.11°
    SLOPE 3200mm82mm3%1.71°

    NBS Source

    BIM Library

    CAD Drawings - Universal

    • 35mm-50mm universal adjustable pedestal
    • 50mm-70mm universal adjustable pedestal
    • 65mm-100mm universal adjustable pedestal
    • 95mm-130mm universal adjustable pedestal
    • 125mm-160mm universal adjustable pedestal
    • 155mm-190mm universal adjustable pedestal
    • 185mm-220mm universal adjustable pedestal
    • 210mm-245mm universal adjustable pedestal
    • 240mm-275mm universal adjustable pedestal
    • 270mm-305mm universal adjustable pedestal
    • 300mm-335mm universal adjustable pedestal
    • 330mm-365mm universal adjustable pedestal
    • Universal headpiece 2mm-10mm
    • Universal headpiece 4mm-10mm

    CAD Drawings - Universal Extra

    • Universal EXT - extra adjustable pedestal 85-135mm
    • Universal EXT - extra adjustable pedestal 125 - 215mm
    • Universal EXT - extra adjustable pedestal 210 - 380mm

    Universal Pedestals Gallery