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Why use Dura Slab?

By Stuart Burns September 13, 2011

Fibreglass Trench, Gully CoversANTI-SLIP

Dura Slab flooring features a gritted surface that provides outstanding anti-slip protection for personnel - in wet and oily environments. The grit is embedded in the top surface of each panel prior to curing. This combination of integral construction, plus depth of the embedded grit, creates a long-lasting maximum anti-slip top surface.


The ability of our Dura Slab flooring to guard against deterioration from industrial chemicals and environmental factors mean that it is a logical and cost-effective alternative to carbon steel, aluminium, wood or other conventional materials. The panels will not corrode even when exposed to continuous submersion, splash, spills, fumes or gases.


Dura Slab is available in various resin systems, two of which meet the Class 1 flame spread rating of 25 or less, in accordance with ASTM E-84 Tunnel Test Method and to British Standard Part 7 Class 1. classification.


The non-magnetic properties allow the panels to be used in sensitive installations where the inherent magnetic properties of other materials would prove unsuitable.


The construction of Dura Slab Flooring means that even after repeated impacts there is no permanent deformation. The material structure allows deflection, however, once the load is removed, the panel will return to its original shape.


The non sparking qualities of Dura Slab are ideally suited for those installations where hydrogen or other combustible gases may be found. This prevents explosion or fire resulting from sparks produced from accidental dropping of tools onto the panel surface.


The use of Dura Slab virtually eliminates maintenance. This can drastically reduce costs since painting is not required, and UV inhibitors protect against degradation from the sun which means the material does not need replacing.


Dura Slab panels weigh about one-quarter as much as steel grating. Two men can easily handle full panels, without the need for hoists, pulleys or dollies. If the panels need to be moved for cleaning, maintenance or utility access, there is less chance of back injuries. The lightweight design of the material therefore reduces installation costs.


The design procedures associated with Dura Slab are entirely different from those associated with traditional materials. The prime consideration in designing with fibreglass is allowable ‘deflection’ as opposed to ultimate ‘loading’ used with steel and aluminium. The reason for this is the inherent elasticity of reinforced plastic, permitting far greater deflection than steel, without the danger of structural failure or permanent deformation.


A minimum of 38mm bearing support can be provided under the edges of Fibreglass panels. This complies to industry standards.


Dura Slab can provide significant savings over the use of most other materials when taking into account ‘life cycle costs’. This is due to the fact that heavy installation equipment is eliminated, there is zero maintenance plus the fact that access can be provided for servicing simply by lifting the panels.


The non-conductive properties make Dura Slab panels ideally suited for work platforms and flooring situated in electrically hazardous locations.


Fibreglass weighs considerably less than conventional materials, and is easier and less expensive to transport, install and remove. Only simple hand tools are required for installation and removal, eliminating the need for costly equipment and labour costs associated with heavy lifting, cutting and welding equipment.


The high glass-to-resin ratio of Dura Slab flooring provides superior strength and load-bearing characteristics. With structural integrity protected by its unique corrosion resistance capabilities, fibreglass lasts longer than traditional materials.


Breaking strength under a lateral force is exceptional. The uni-directional continuous fibreglass reinforcement offers numerous advantages, including rigidity, shock-resistance and no permanent deformation after overloading. These factors provide excellent mechanical strength and a generous factor of safety. Fibreglass is designed for maximum safety in intensive industrial use.


Dura Slab can be supplied with a specially formulated carbon, black surface, which will eliminate hazardous static electricity when properly grounded. This anti-static property is most advantageous in high tech electronic industries where sophisticated equipment may be damaged due to static electricity. It also provides a safe environment in combustible areas by not allowing static sparks. It can be used in railway fuel stations, circuit board manufacture, oil refineries, underground mining operations, ammunition factories etc. The surface electric resistance is 1 x 105½ to 5 x 105½.


Many plant operations have a need for slightly elevated flooring. Fixed or adjustable pedestals can be used for applications up to a height of 600mm.


Composite structural materials have demonstrated a proven ability to withstand the harsh side effects of corrosive conditions better than galvanised steel. For many years, composites have been reliably used in traditionally corrosive industries such as chemical processing, plating and marine construction. While the cost of material is an important criteria in the design of a project, it does not reflect the total cost of the project. Beyond material purchase price, the engineer also should consider the related costs of installation, maintenance over time and replacement of debilitated materials.