Renowned authority on composite building materials captures his expertise on film to make it accessible to architects and site managers all over the UK

December 23, 2013

Stuart Burns of Dura Composites has filmed a series of short videos in which he personally clears up many of the myths and misconceptions surrounding composite materials and explains in clear, practical terms how architects and site managers can best take advantage of the possibilities they offer. As Stuart explains…

Part of the reason composite materials are still so underrated…

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How do composite materials compare to concrete for contract flooring?

December 17, 2013

Concrete is an extremely strong material, and performs extremely well in compression, making it ideal for contract flooring. However, related to this principal quality is concrete’s main drawback – namely its weight. Even small slabs can be difficult, if not impossible, to lift by hand, meaning jobs such as fitting concrete trench covers will require both a lot of time…

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Expert in composite building products takes the unusual step of making his expertise available online for free

December 14, 2013

Stuart Burns of Dura Composites, a leading authority of composite building products, is making his experience and expertise available to any architect or site manager who’s keen to make their next project everything it can be. By showcasing the most important lessons he’s learnt from his lengthy career in a series of free articles, he hopes that more architects and…

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How do composite materials compare to traditional building materials when it comes to creating wooden cladding?

December 12, 2013

Whilst traditional building materials such as wood, concrete and steel have certainly proved enormously successful over the years, they are far from perfect in many different situations, as you shall soon discover. However, over the past few decades there has been little in the way of viable alternatives to these well known solutions. Undoubtedly one of the most ancient building…

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December 9, 2013

Stuart Burns, Director at Dura Composites, looks at the reasons why demand for composite decking is growing over natural wood alternatives. Composites still represent less than 10% of the overall decking market but demand is growing at a rapid rate as end users and contractors realise the benefits to them. This is thanks to two factors – enhanced product quality…

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Too many building projects are held back by poor quality materials, but a leading expert in composite materials is making his expertise available for free to remedy that

December 6, 2013

Stuart Burns of Dura Composites, a renowned authority on composite building products, believes that far too many building projects are unnecessarily held back by poor quality materials. He has decided to remedy the problem by making his experience and expertise accessible in a new information guide, which he has decided to make available for free. As Stuart explains…

The success,…

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What are the benefits of composite materials when it comes to building products?

December 3, 2013

Although composite materials have been around for years, it has taken a long while for people to recognise their many qualities and enormous versatility. Let’s look at the benefits of glass reinforced plastic (GRP) and wood plastic composite (WPC) in a bit more detail… Durability Undoubtedly one of the principal benefits of composite materials is that they tend to be…

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Is GRP Composite the Answer to Speeding Up Improvements to Our Rail Network?

December 3, 2013

Extract from article in Rail Technology Magazine Oct/Nov 2013 With glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) technology now a standard construction material in a variety of industries, is it time the rail industry took a fresh look at this versatile and durable composite? Stuart Burns, managing director of Dura Composites, explains why GRP offers significant improvements over traditional materials and…

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