Balustrading compliance

Metsä Wood provides fully tested range of balustrading products

Published: 18/07/2012 00:00

Metsä Wood (formerly Finnforest) has one of the only fully tested ranges of balustrading products available. The range has been tested in accordance with BS 6180: Part 1 – the Code of Practice for barriers in and about buildings.

Metsä Wood also provides supporting information to help trade customers select the balustrade with the right loading requirements for their job, in accordance with BS 6399: Part 1 – the Code of Practice for dead and imposed loads. A helpful matrix of the legal requirements and relevant products is available. The merchant can use this to help their customer select exactly the right products to meet the legislative standards.

This all means that merchants working with trade professionals can sell the benefits of Metsä Wood balustrading into a broader marketplace, helping to widen sales opportunities and increase volumes.

From turned or square timber spindles; traditional; more contemporary glass such as the Clearview, or metal Tuscany balustrading, the range provides a wide choice for the trade customer. With a 15-year guarantee Metsä Wood’s balustrading is fully pressure treated, so it can be stained, painted or left to weather naturally. Environmental legality is demonstrated through PEFC/16-37-006 certification for softwood and FSC® C002779 for Clearview, Tuscany and Traditional balustrading while all have been rigorously tested in accordance with BS 6180: Part 1.

Metsä Wood supports this with clear information to help the trade customer make an informed choice about the specific balustrading style to purchase, according to BS 6399: Part 1. This depends on the type of occupancy for the building or structure and therefore the loading required - from residential, to office, congregation areas and those with fixed seating, areas with or without obstacles, areas susceptible to overcrowding, retail areas and vehicular areas. These types of occupancy are categorised from A to G under the standard and Metsä Wood has made it easy to select the right balustrading to ensure the installation complies with the loading requirements accordingly.

Darren Pack, Metsä Wood’s Head of Merchant Sales, explains the significance: “It is worthwhile for the merchant to take some time to understand the trade customer’s requirements. This way they will leave the branch with products that comply with the legal demands of the job, while merchant staff have the opportunity to identify linked-sales and increase value too.

“Handrails and balustrades are specified not only for decking installations, but also within commercial, leisure, hospitality and retail applications for a number of reasons.  They can be used to provide safety for external walkways around buildings, ramps to access points, to denote safe area zones or as a safety precaution where levels may change suddenly. For these types of application it is a demand of the building regulations, for local planning authorities and for the installer, to ensure that the products used comply with the requirements. Metsä Wood’s clearly presented information makes it easy for the merchant and his customer to make the right choice.”

For further information on Metsä Wood’s range of fully tested balustrading visit www.metsawood.com/uk or cal 0800 004444.