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  • Introduction to handrails
    Handrailing can be fitted to staircase balusters or directly to walls, to provide a safe hand-hold as well as a decorative finish. In many historic, commercial and public buildings, handrails and banisters are installed to...
  • Introduction to internal doors
    Interior doors and doorsets can be hinged, folding, sliding or pivoting, serving both practical and decorative purposes in homes and offices. Timber doors can have raised-and-fielded or panelled for a traditional domestic...
  • Introduction to industrial doors
    Industrial doors are suitable for large, structural openings in factories and warehouses. Often made from aluminium or galvanised steel, they can be single- or double-skinned, the latter sometimes incorporating insulation.
  • 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 preblended concrete
    Ready-mix concrete has in recent years become increasingly sophisticated. Tailored to specific construction applications, the concrete mixes can be made to display various high-performance characteristics. Low-shrink...
  • 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...
  • 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 protective masonry coatings
    Protective masonry coatings are used on external building walls to protect against frost damage, rain, damp, mould, mildew and algae. External wall paints will provide protection as well as a decorative finish, and can be...
  • 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 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...
  • Introduction to security shutters
    Security shutters prevent unauthorised access to commercial and retail premises. Shop front shutters are installed behind glass or in front of store entrances for additional security in shopping centres and on high streets.
  • Introduction to architectural screens and gratings
    Architectural screens and gratings are manufactured from galvanised steel or stainless steel. The gratings can be used in a wide range of applications, but are primarily used to clad buildings, as screening, to create...
  • Introduction to roof access hatches
    Roof access hatches provide external access to flat and pitched roofs. They allow maintenance to be performed on roof-mounted equipment or the roof itself, and provide access to the roof from service stairs and ships...
  • Introduction to stages
    Stages are an integral part of performance art: in Western culture, the proscenium arch, which has its origins in ancient Roman theatre, is the most common type of stage. In purpose-built theatres, a permanent stage will be...
  • Introduction to floor screeds
    Floor screeds to apply to uneven substrates for a smooth, level surface onto which decorative floor coverings can be installed if required. The most common floor screeds are cement based. Others options include resin,...