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Terrace and balcony systems now come with mechanical fixings to secure your flooring in place and resist the force of wind uplift.
Wind uplift is now compatible with rail systems. The mechanical fixings fit onto the rail and secure the paving finish in place.
Aluminium decking systems can be ballasted under the system to increase its overall weight.
Wind uplift occurs when strong winds hit a building and are forced to accelerate up and over it, resulting in a suction effect on horizontal surfaces such as balconies and terraces.
The air pressure along the horizontal surface becomes so low that it can cause the lifting of paving and decking materials from their supporting substructure.
Wind uplift can cause significant structural damage to terraces and balconies, destroying a beautifully designed space, and resulting in a great deal more than just unsafe conditions in and around the building. When paving or decking tiles, slabs and other materials lift and shift in windy conditions, they can crack and break into smaller fragments. Flying surface materials and debris can pose a high risk to public safety and lead to substantial remedial costs as well as having a significant impact on reputation.
An out-of-sight fixing to paving or decking can guarantee structural integrity in winds well in excess of 200 mph, futureproofing terraces and balconies, and giving architects and designers the peace of mind they deserve. Securing a surface can be achieved in a number of ways, using either our wind uplift pedestal or rail system, which utilize a hidden mechanical fixing to ensure the entire system is ‘clamped’ securely in place.
An onsite survey by a specialist surveyor, completed before specifying terraces or balconies, will provide you with the necessary detailed report to secure any project against the risk of wind uplift.
Ryno works with architects daily to help them de-risk their projects to avoid this kind of scenario.
We can advise a suitable, rigorously tested solution for any terrace or balcony design.
Speak to an expert or book a survey today.