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    Our closed-cell Glass Reinforced Polymer (GRP) is water-resistant, fire-safe, anti-slip and weathers at a consistent rate over its lifecycle without the loss of significant strength.

    Our closed-cell Glass Reinforced Polymer (GRP) is water-resistant, fire-safe, anti-slip and weathers at a consistent rate over its lifecycle without the loss of significant strength. It is workable with standard hand power tools and is perfect for demanding retail applications where heavy footfalls are common.

     

    Tried and tested

    GRP products provide an anti-slip, fire-tested and load-tested solution for retail environments, negating the need for the continual replacement cycle that’s common with plywood flooring (due to refrigeration leaks and drinks spillages in store). In a recent project for a major Supermarket chain, we supplied the full design and layout for replacement subframes and flooring to provide a durable alternative to the customer’s current solution which was continually failing in 3 year cycles. The design required the Dura Composites solution to achieve a point loading of 3.6kN for a 50×50 patch and a 4KN/m² UDL – to simulate the effects of a trolley load. The allowable deflection was set at 5mm. As well as being able to demonstrate how our products could achieve the above, we were also selected due to the ability to bond the Supermarket’s chosen finished floor tile (either Amtico or Gerflor) to our Dura Grating Solid Top GRP flooring product.

     

    Unlock the power of composites

    Whether installing GRP fresh or replacing an existing material, works can be carried out swiftly with minimal disruption to the day to day running of the business, which is ideal for retail infrastructure projects. As the above example shows, where long-performance flooring with minimal ongoing maintenance is required, our GRP products are the ideal solution. Our advanced composite materials boast a range of benefits, including:

    • Lightweight with an incredible strength to weight ratioNon-corrosive
    • Non-conductive
    • Low-maintenance lifecycle
    • Fire-tested
    • Load-tested
    • Proven anti-slip
    • Water resistant versus ply

     

    Why Plywood is not the long term and most sustainable solution

    Plywood has been a common material within the retail sector throughout the years, used for flooring, internal and external walkways and stairways. But as composite materials advance, plywood is no longer the best material for these applications. Plywood is highly susceptible to ingress of water which causes delamination and degradation of the product. The open cell nature of plywood means that water absorption occurs at different rates from panel to panel, making product performance and ultimate failure rates hard to predict. As well as this, whenever holes are drilled into plywood for installation, water is able to penetrate. This becomes a major concern when plywood is used below fridges and freezers, as water leakage is common.

    There are methods installers often take when working with plywood in order to increase its fire safety, but most of these methods can compromise the integrity of the material over time. For example, phenolic coated ply has a higher standard of fire resistance than traditional plywood, but water leakages can find their way into the core of the ply, resulting in the failure of the material within weeks. Fire retardancy can be added into standard plywood, but this weakens the glue line, in turn weakening the entire plank.