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  • Introduction to hygienic paints and coatings
    Hygienic paints are typically suitable for use on walls and ceilings in hospitals, food processing facilities, laboratories, and other environments where a sterile finish is required. Anti-bacterial coatings help to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and prevent hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA and E.coli. Anti-microbial additives can...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to roofing membranes
    Roof membranes can be liquid applied, torched on or mechanically fixed to a variety of roof structures. Breathable membranes are vapour-permeable sheets used as underlays in cold and warm pitched roof construction. They allow the roof to breathe while remaining waterproof, and stop condensation forming in roof spaces. Non-breathable membranes are...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to wall and parapet copings
    Copings and cappings perform dual functions: they provide a neat finish to the top of a wall, and are also designed with protective overhangs or drip grooves that lead rainwater away from the substructure. Often referred to as coping stones, they are traditionally made from natural or cast stone, but are also available in precast concrete, GRP...
    Guidance, 06 December 2012
  • Introduction to porticos
    Porticos provide shelter from the weather at door entrances. Historically, they have also been used to lend an imposing appearance to the facades of temples, basilicas, country houses and stately homes. Traditionally, porticos have open sides and a roof supported by two or more columns. With a higher number of columns and a wider area of coverage...
    Guidance, 06 December 2012
  • Introduction to retail kiosks and booths
    Retail kiosks are a popular means of pushing back against town centres and high streets losing their distinctive identity and becoming dominated by large chain retailers. They are a good way of raising the profile of independent shops, local business and market stalls. Traditional, heritage and ornate designs, and a bespoke approach to design and...
    Guidance, 06 December 2012
  • Introduction to damp proof membranes
    Damp proofing membranes, or DPMs, prevent moisture from entering a building’s interior. The membranes can be mechanically fixed or liquid-applied to foundations, floors, walls or ceilings. They form an integral part of new-build construction, or can be used as part of remedial measures in older properties. Various membrane types are suitable for...
    Guidance, 11 August 2015
  • Introduction to door operators
    Door openers and closers are used for the control and operation of automatic entrance systems, particularly in commercial and public buildings. Doors of any configuration, such as sliding, folding, revolving or swing doors, can be fitted with manual, electromechanical or electrohydraulic door drives to aid the smooth and safe operation of the...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to floor finishes and coatings
    Floor finishes and coatings are suitable for use in both commercial and industrial applications and are normally applied on top of a floor screed. Coatings can be supplied with special properties: textured anti-slip coatings are for areas where the risk of slip is high; high-visibility coatings for highlighting trip hazards and for line marking in...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to drywall accessories
    A wide choice of drywall accessories is available to assist in the construction of drywall partitions. Drywall was originally invented in 1894 as sackett board, and has since evolved in composition and form, becoming known as gypsum board, gyproc or plasterboard. It can be used to quickly create cost-efficient interior walls and ceilings...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to soffit boards
    Soffit boards are finishing elements fixed to the trusses or rafters of a roof structure. They form the underside of the ceiling that projects from the top of an exterior wall to meet the outer edge of the roof. Etymologically, the word soffit stems from the Latin suffigere, meaning to fix underneath. It can also be used to describe the underside...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to staircases
    Staircases can be made for internal or external applications. Feature stairs are used as an architectural focal point for commercial interiors such as offices or shopping centres, or the hallways of large domestic properties. Straight flight staircases can be designed in solid timber, with glass balustrades or stainless steel handrails to create a...
    Guidance, 06 December 2012
  • Introduction to entrance canopies
    Entrance canopies provide shelter at the main doorways to public and commercial buildings, including schools, hospitals and leisure amenities as well as offices, shops and industrial premises. At the same time, their creative use of glass, plastics or metals - polycarbonate, toughened glass, PET, tensile fabric, plastisol or steel – makes them...
    Guidance, 06 December 2012
  • Introduction to turnstiles and barriers
    Pedestrian turnstiles and barriers help control access in busy public environments, such as at concert venues and football stadiums, as well as in transport terminals like railway, bus and underground stations. They can also perform functions like checking or issuing tickets and tokens, counting the numbers of people passing through, or...
    Guidance, 06 December 2012
  • Introduction to waterproofing and tanking membranes
    Waterproofing and tanking membranes are used for protecting basements, foundations, floors, walls and balconies from water and damp ingress. Tanking membranes are most often used in cellars, basements or below-ground structures where a high level of water-proofing is required. Fully sealed and impermeable membranes prevent all moisture from coming...
    Guidance, 11 August 2015
  • Introduction to cavity trays
    Cavity trays, closers and spacers are used in the damp-proofing of buildings, preventing rainwater and damp from penetrating cavity walls around windows, roofs, floors, lintels, stepped gable abutments, service apertures and parapets. Commonly formed as a one-piece, angled length of rigid plastic, cavity trays span the inner and outer cavity wall...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012