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Composite materials can help improve the load capacity and slip resistance of your flooring

By Stuart Burns January 3, 2014

One of the most important things to get right in any industrial environment is the flooring. Usually, the following areas all need to be considered…


Working out how much weight (load) your flooring needs to be able to take should be one of your first considerations, as failing to calculate this properly could well lead to flooring failure and injury further down the line. Luckily, despite its lightweight design, composite fibreglass grating and floor slabs are able to take high loads and are designed to deflect and reform within parameters before failure occurs.

Maximising your floors’ slip resistance

As most industrial environments require individuals to transport large, hazardous or heavy items from one place to another fairly frequently, it is important that your floors provide the maximum amount of slip resistance. Not only can falls be extremely dangerous for the individual(s) involved, it can lead to expensive and time consuming litigation for the company too! Whilst concrete and metal surfaces can get very slippery when wet, the same is not true for fibreglass flooring. At Dura Composites, our fibreglass flooring products have angled quartz bonded to the top surface using resin, producing a surface with an extremely high slip resistance. Indeed, according to the British Standard Test BS4592 (a test devised to determine the slip resistance of industrial type flooring intended for use in wet areas), this type of flooring is over twice as effective as metal grating and over three times more so than chequer plate flooring.

For more on the many advantages of composite materials when it comes to creating quality flooring with excellent slip resistance, just visit our home page, where you’ll be able to obtain a free copy of my new guide, “How to Choose Composite Building Products”.