MALA BALCONIES & TERRACES<br />

MALA Balconies & Terraces

We are specialists in replacing combustible materials with non-combustible materials for balconies and terraces on both mid and high rise buildings throughout the UK. Our installation team are uniquely trained to install the majority of leading retro-fit systems available.

We have carefully selected the very best systems and specification within each price category in order to provide the most cost-effective quotations and ensure a buildings’ balconies and terraces are non-combustible and fully compliant under current legislation.

Class A Rated Supply & Installations

MALA Balconies & Terraces provide a wide range of Class A Rated, non-combustible decking, paving and grid systems from the UK’s leading manufacturers.

As we offer such a wide range of choice we are able to work closely with our clients (advising when required) to determine the most suitable system to hit the brief and ensure the product chosen is not only fit for purpose but is best in class.

Class A Rated Supply & Installations

Our Systems

There are a wide range of retrospective Class A Rated non-combustible balcony and terrace systems available in the UK. It can therefore be confusing to know exactly what the correct solution is for a particular building.

The MALA Balconies & Terraces team assist developers and property managers, helping them decide which system best suits their building’s requirements and then install it for them.

Aluminium decking, porcelain paving and decking, metal subframe, wind uplift systems, drainage and handrails are all for consideration in terms of cost, compliance, warranties, performance and aesthetic.

Our specialist knowledge of these systems and our ability to install them, makes MALA Balconies & Terraces the perfect partner for retrospective fitting of non-combustible materials.

We are accredited to install the majority of systems available in the UK today and our team take part in continuous professional development (CPD) to ensure we are always strengthening our knowledge and skill set within this specialised sector.

Class A Rated non-combustible balcony and terrace systems

Aluminium Decking Benefits

Non-combustible aluminium decking is an excellent choice for balconies and terraces, as it offers a highly versatile, low-maintenance solution that is both durable and attractive.

Unlike traditional decking materials like wood or composite, aluminium decking is non-combustible, making it a safer choice for outdoor spaces. In addition to its fire-resistant properties, aluminium decking is also highly versatile, available in a variety of stock or bespoke colours to suit any design aesthetic.

Aluminium Decking Benefits

Some of the benefits of non-combustible aluminium decking include:

1. Non-combustible: Unlike traditional decking materials, aluminium is not susceptible to fire, making it a safer choice for balconies and terraces.

2. Versatile: Available in a range of stock colours, aluminium decking can be easily customised to suit any design aesthetic.

3. Low-maintenance: Aluminium decking is resistant to rot, mould, and mildew, making it a low-maintenance option for outdoor spaces.

4. Perfect Timber Replacement: Aluminium decking is a popular choice for when replacing timber decking.

Porcelain Paving Benefits

Porcelain Paving Benefits

Porcelain paving decking is an excellent choice for those looking for a non-combustible, low-maintenance solution for balconies and terraces and comes in a variety of stock colours, so you can choose the one that best matches your style and aesthetic preferences.

Porcelain paving decking is highly durable. Porcelain is a hard-wearing material that can withstand heavy foot traffic, extreme weather conditions, and exposure to UV radiation. It also resists staining and fading, making it an excellent choice for outdoor spaces that are prone to spills and other mishaps.

Overall porcelain is a low-maintenance, high-performance solution for balconies and terraces.

Why MALA Balconies & Terraces

Our specialist knowledge of the vast majority of Class A Rated non-combustible balcony and terrace systems available on the market today, coupled with our ability to instal, makes MALA Balconies & Terraces the perfect partner to make a buildings balconies and terraces non-combustible and complaint.

We work closely with a client to ensure that an installation is carried out on time and within budget as well as minimalizing disruption to residents.

Why MALA Balconies & Terraces
How we work

How we work

 We understand each costing process may differ depending upon our client and their tenant’s requirements, in some cases both residential and commercial.

In the first instance we undergo a site survey and client meeting to understand the project’s key objectives and produce recommendation documentation which will include a quotation and general method statement.

This documentation provides an overview of the systems available that are suitable, a cost and a suggested installation process.

Legislation

 

Wind Uplift 

In the UK, building regulations require that balcony and terrace designs must consider the potential effects of wind uplift. Wind uplift occurs when the wind blows over the surface of a balcony and creates an area of low pressure, which can cause the balcony to lift or even detach from the building.

To comply with regulations, balcony designs must be tested and certified to ensure they can withstand the expected wind loads in the location where they will be installed. There are various methods and systems available to help prevent wind uplift, including:

Metal Wind Uplift systems: These are barriers that are placed around or under a terrace or balcony to divert wind around the structure or block the wind from rising up through the structure to prevent paving or decking being dislodged during high winds.

Adhesive Wind Uplift systems: where the underneath of a balcony or terrace is exposed to wind an adhesive based wind uplift system can be used to prevent paving or decking being dislodged during high winds.

Mechanical Fixed Wind Uplift systems: where the underneath is exposed to wind can be mechanically fixed in the case of aluminium plank deck can be physically fixed into a subframe structure to prevent it being dislodged during high winds

In exceptional circumstances: For building over a certain height or in high wind areas additional fixing points can be used to secure a new deck system to an existing structure.

It’s important to note that wind uplift system legislation can vary depending on the specific location, building type, and other factors. Therefore, it’s best to consult with a qualified engineer or architect who is familiar with local regulations and can provide specific guidance on balcony design and wind uplift prevention.

 

Non-Combustible Decking Regulations UK

In the UK, there are regulations that require decking materials to be fire-resistant, especially in buildings with multiple floors or where there is a risk of fire spreading. The most stringent regulations apply to high-rise buildings (18m or more in height), which are required to have non-combustible materials for balconies and terraces.

The UK government has implemented new regulations for non-combustible materials in the construction of high-rise buildings and remediation in existing buildings. The regulations require that all external wall systems, including balconies, terraces and their associated components such as decking, must be constructed from materials that are classified as A1 or A2-s1,d0 (non-combustible or limited combustibility). These requirements apply to all new buildings as well as existing buildings undergoing significant renovation or refurbishment.

Therefore, it is important to select decking materials that meet the appropriate fire resistance standards. Materials that are commonly used for non-combustible decking include steel, aluminum, porcelain and fiber cement.

It is essential to work with a qualified architect or engineer who is familiar with local regulations and can provide specific guidance on decking materials and their compliance with the relevant standards.

MALA Balcony and Terrace Class A Rated Installations will make a full assessment and recommendations if required.

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