Plank decking is used for a variety of applications to provide a lightweight, strong working and walking surface. Made from extruded aluminum, planking provides an alternative to bar grating that also allows for water, light and debris to pass through. Plank can be fabricated to meet individual specifications, including applying a slip resistant surface to the top for added safety.
After deciding that plank decking is right for your application, the next step in the process is contacting a company such as Ohio Gratings for a quote, submitting drawings for the application and issuing a purchase order. Once the material has been completed and shipped to your facility, you are ready to install it. How do you install aluminum plank decking? According to Section 05 53 00 Metal Fabrications-Metal Gratings 3 part specifications listed on the Ohio Gratings website, the proper procedure for installation of aluminum planking can be done as follows:
- Field Verification
- Double check your measurements are correct prior to releasing the shop drawings to the manufacturer. Making sure measurements are correct can reduce the downtime for installation, as well as eliminate the need for fabrication in the field.
- Inspection upon arrival of the material
- The contractor should inspect the plank decking upon arrival of the material. The support alignment should be correct and should have the proper attachment and support for the decking.
- If there are any discrepancies in the material’s supporting structure and the drawings provided to the supplier, the architect or owner should be notified in writing by the contractor or inspector before installation of the plank decking.
- Installation should be done according to guidelines recommended by ANSI/NAAMM
- Plank decking may be installed according to the specifications on the drawings and the recommendations noted by ANSI/NAAMM MBG-531-09 Metal Bar Grating Manual.
- Protect aluminum from unrelated materials
- When the aluminum plank decking comes into contact with unlike metals, the plank decking must be protect from direct contact by insulating the material against contact or by applying a bituminous paint.
- When the plank decking comes into contact with materials such as concrete, masonry or some type of materials, the aluminum decking surface that is exposed should be insulated from contact or have one coat of bituminous paint applied to the aluminum.
- If the plank decking is a part of a platform, walkway, catwalk, etc. it may be installed with proper fasteners or attachment systems. The correct product to use should be noted in the drawings that were submitted to the manufacturer.
Adding a non-slip surface to plank decking can increase safety in any facility. SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring manufactures a slip resistant surface that can be applied to all types of metal substrates. Non-slip plank decking provides a 100% grit free surface that keeps workers upright while working on machinery or in slippery areas. Incorporating various types of slip resistant products can help create a facility safety plan that can be utilized for years.
Ohio Gratings. “RECTANGULAR PUNCHED Aluminum Heavy Duty Plank Gratings” http://www.ohiogratings.com/docs/3Part/Aluminum/Alum_Plank/RECTANGULAR_PUNCHED.pdf