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Get a grip on the latest decking issues

In this blog we delve behind the glossy marketing claims and discuss some of the issues with composite decking products which are not well documented. These include slip risk over time, why they are not as sustainable as many believe when looking at the whole life cycle, static shocks, the requirement for a more substantial sub structure, disclaimers on product guarantees and insufficient fire ratings when looking at the present advice.

Pre-order your TDCA 2020 charity calendar today

Written by Tom Anderson | 27th August 2019

Timber   Industry News   Gripsure News  

Copies of the TDCA's 2020 charity calendar are now available to pre order. Gripsure are delighted that our two entries in the competition will feature in the calendar, with our Rising Path Project at the Botanical Gardens in Cambridge named as the overall winner and will feature on the front cover.

Bear Wood opens to the public

Written by Tom Anderson | 14th August 2019

Timber   Gripsure News  

Here at Gripsure we are delighted to see our non-slip boards in situ at the Wild Place Project's latest attraction - Bear Wood. The 700 metre elevated boardwalk guides visitors through ancient woodland to give unprecedented views of the bears and other species re-introduced at the exhibition.

Following a recent advice note on balconies on residential buildings from the Ministry of Housing we have seen an increase in queries and enquiries from housing associations, developers, architects and contractors seeking clarification on what fire rating their deck boards need to achieve to meet the current building regulations. In this blog we will explore what prompted the recent advice note, the changes made to the building regulations last year following the Hackett review and what fire rated products Gripsure offer.

From time to time, we get asked to provide our deck boards structurally graded to C16 or C24. This is something we can offer our clients on request, but is this really necessary for timber deck boards?

In this blog piece, we explore how softwood boards are appearance graded at source and discuss how the structural grading rules cannot be applied to deck boards due to the application of the timber.