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  • Introduction to balustrades
    The word balustrades, according to the OED, originates from the Italian ‘balaustra’, or pomegranate flower. This is because each baluster would, originally, resemble the vase-like shape of the half-open flower. Natural and...
  • Introduction to security grilles and collapsible gates
    Security grilles and collapsible gates are used primarily in retail applications to provide security to premises. They are often specified for bars, kiosks or reception desks, where there may be a risk when the area is...
  • Introduction to suspended ceilings
    Suspended ceilings are typically used in public or commercial environments such as schools, university lecture halls, hospitals, shopping centres or offices. The most common type is a tile system , where square tiles are...
  • 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...
  • 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 adhesives
    Adhesives in this section are used for gluing or bonding different building finishes and substrates together, be they timber and laminate floors, wall coverings, tiles, facade cladding or structural elements. Synthetic or...
  • Introduction to kiosks and gatehouses
    Kiosks and gatehouses provide accommodation, shelter and facilities for personnel manning secure entrances, car parks, ticket offices or construction sites. Attendant’s cabins and guard-booths are typically insulated, and...
  • 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 portable buildings
    Relocatable buildings can be used for any number of applications, such as site offices, temporary classrooms, portable loos for events, weighbridge and toll station cabins, building site accommodation, and sportsground...
  • Introduction to roof cladding sheets
    Roofing sheets form the final weatherproofing cladding on a roof structure. Frequently made from single- or double-skin metal, roof sheeting is also available in GRP and fibre-reinforced cement. Steel, zinc, aluminium,...
  • Introduction to hygienic wall / ceiling cladding
    Hygienic cladding to line walls and ceilings in locations where the control of germs is a priority, such as hospitals and care homes, and applications that require high standards of cleanliness like commercial kitchens, food...
  • Introduction to glass manufacturers / processors
    Glass manufacturers and processors have particular knowledge of materials composition and production processes. Drawing on this, and operating specialist production machinery, they provide architectural glazing and glass...
  • 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 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...
  • Introduction to building boards
    Building boards have a variety of uses in construction, from general-purpose to more specialist applications. They can incorporate specific characteristics, such as increased moisture and impact resistance. Decking boards...