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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Introduction to fire resistant doors
    Fire protection doorsets are installed in commercial, industrial and public buildings to help prevent the spread of fire, ensure safe escape routes, and limit the damage caused by smoke and heat. The stability and integrity...
  • Introduction to green walls
    Living walls, sometimes called vertical gardens or biowalls, have been the subject of growing attention in the quest to make our built environment more sustainable. Like green roofs , facade greening can help absorb CO2,...
  • Introduction to metal meshes
    The four main metal meshes - welded, woven, expanded metal and perforated - are widely used in architectural, decorative and industrial applications. They tend to be produced in 304 or 316 stainless steel and galvanised...
  • Introduction to acoustic panels and baffles
    Acoustic panels and baffles are used to absorb noise and reduce the passage of sound through a building. They are specified to help a building comply with Part E of the Building Regulations. Depending on the product, it may...
  • Introduction to construction sands and aggregates
    Approximately 90% of aggregates in the UK are used by the construction industry. Construction aggregates include crushed rock, gravel and sand, as well as recycled and secondary aggregates. Crushed rock, such as granite,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Introduction to fascia boards
    Fascia boards perform both a decorative and a practical function. Also called bargeboards, they are fixed to projecting roof gables to strengthen them. They also serve to conceal and protect the horizontal roof purlins in a...
  • 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...
  • Introduction to sports and performance floors
    Sports and performance floors are ideal for high-impact activities, ranging from dance to ball sports and aerobics to weightlifting. They will also often have to cater for secondary uses, such as exhibitions or school...
  • Introduction to rooflights
    Rooflights, also known as skylights, can be installed on pitched or flat roofs to maximise natural daylight and reduce dependency on electrical lighting, saving energy and reducing costs. Rooflights help to promote a better...
  • Introduction to timber windows
    Timber windows give an aesthetically pleasing and traditional appearance to buildings. Because of this, they are suitable for the sympathetic, sensitive requirements of heritage buildings and traditionally designed homes.
  • Introduction to wall ties
    Wall ties are fitted into cavity walls during construction. Commonly made from stainless steel, their job is to tie internal and external brick or blockwork walls and leaves together, for example when building an extension...