Guaranteed strength and durability
Paving and decking pedestals are designed to bear considerable weight. When utilised beneath podiums, platforms, and terraces, they must withstand pressure from heavy foot traffic, furniture, planters and even small structures and buildings. Fortunately, modern pedestal design means these products can support significant weight.
Most high-quality pedestals will be strength-tested by the manufacturer and an independent third party. This usually involves compression testing, whereby pressure is applied to the pedestals to ensure they can support the required weight. In most cases, they are tested by adding weight incrementally until the pedestal reaches the point of failure.
When looking for pedestals, always check the manufacturer’s compression testing certification. If you require further assurance, find out whether the testing organisation is using a fully calibrated and certified testing rig and enquire about what product warranties and guarantees are available.
However, pedestals are just one component in balcony and terrace systems. Your choice of deck boards or tiles will also impact the overall load-bearing capacity. While well-designed pedestals are critical to ensuring structural integrity, their performance can be enhanced or compromised by a particular tile.