Here's the situation:-
I have a terrace butting up against my house which is formed by railway
sleepers perpendicular to the house.They are cut into the house walls and
are supported at the outer end by brick pillars and end up hanging over my
garden by about 18 inches.
The garden is several feet below (The scene of an interesting accident when
I was building this-still it only resulted in several months off work and a
knee damaged for life! The joys of DIY!)(When you're a clumsy sod).
There are wooden joists running between the sleepers and the surface is
formed by 6ftx2ft panels which are a 'sandwich'
of dimpled steel about an asbestos filling - taken from a demolished
garage - I didn't want them but my father in law
had already struggled to deliver them to me as a 'surprise' so I felt
obliged to use them. They weighed a bloody ton !
This terrace has no noticeable flex and has stood there for about 4 years.
I originally covered it with grooved decking. However, all the planks 'cup'
in hot weather, I am assuming because they dry
out where exposed to the sun, but can't underneath because of being in
direct contact with the metal panels.
I realise I should have placed battens underneath them to provide
ventilation. This would have meant though that the deck would have been very
near, if not at, the level of the DPC.
So I ripped it all up this week and need to start again. The panels are not
exactly aesthetically pleasing and need to be
replaced with something.
Any ideas ?
I have considered flags. But even thin ones are going to be heavy - and how
would I fix them ?
I it possible to pour anything over and decorate in some fashion ?
Exterior lino ?
The requirements are that it should be relatively maintenance free, non-slip
and be able to resist stray glowing charcoals from
the barbecue !