The use of anti-slip floor surfaces in a home or other building is a smart choice for a number of reasons. A major advantage is that it creates a safer environment. In public buildings this is important to avoid slips and falls that can cause injuries and potentially lead to litigation, as well as ensuring building owners comply with relevant floor safety standards.In homes it can prevent family and friends suffering an accident.
Anti-slip treatments can be used on most hard floor surfaces, from wood to tiles, stone and vinyl, to name a few. This means any building with this style of flooring can opt to have it installed, with application being quick, causing minimum disruption and not affecting the appearance of the underlying surface. For the many advantages that anti-slip flooring provides it is definitely an option that any property owner should consider.
Interested in anti-slip surfacing? Take a look at our urban anti-slip projects here and call us on 029 2048 9100 for a free site survey and quotation today!
We’ve all seen them in the movies or on hospital dramas, but what are helipads and why are they used?
Helipads are a small, flat area designed for helicopters to land on and take off from. They can be spotted from the sky by the large ‘H’ emblazoned in the middle of the space.
They are often used in the middle of cities on roof tops or in areas where it is not practical for planes to land. The helicopter is able to vertically land and take off, meaning that a relatively small amount of space is needed for the helipad.
Most commonly found on hospitals and expensive hotel roofs, the helipad enables quick access to the building from the helicopter. They allow a helicopter to deliver their passengers, either VIPs or injured patients very quickly to the destination and reduce the risk of delays from city traffic.
To take a look at all of our Helipad projects click here.
Pontoon bridges are a fantastic feat of imaginative engineering. Simply put, they consist of a section of road suspended on floating barges in order to facilitate the crossing of a body of water. They are typically used in situations where quick deployment and removal are of the utmost importance, such as in military applications or after a natural disaster.
Although pontoons excel in terms of their deployment speed and their suitability for rugged terrain, their major pitfall is the restricted load weights they are able to carry. Because these bridges operate by displacing water in order to remain buoyant, their maximum carrying capacity is equal to the maximum water displacement minus the weight of the bridge itself.
The airtight barges can be made of any floating material, and historically, bridges have been made of specifically tailored steel drums, plastic barrels, or even fallen trees.
To take a look at our past Pontoon projects click here.
When we re-decorate, our choice of colour should say something about us. We can’t keep changing it, so it’s important to get it right first time.
If you’re looking for peace, plump for pink or lilac. Of course, green is the ultimate in relaxation – think of the actor’s Green Room in a theatre – but blue also has a calming effect.
As the colour of sunshine, yellow will keep you cheerful, while orange has a reassuring warmth. Or turn to purple to encourage creativity. Red brings to mind energy, optimism and passion. If, on the other hand, you crave security, you may prefer brown.
Some of these will need to be balanced with contrasts – use grey to define pink or lilac, for example, and bright shades to enliven brown or neutral schemes. Accessorise with orange to warm predominantly green or blue rooms, or include paler areas for coolness amongst fiery reds.
Use your paint chart as a palette to reflect your personality!
An increasingly popular street measure, traffic calming enhances safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. This system of design and management strategies prioritizes the balance of street users. Traffic calming measures shift the idea of roadways being simply a thoroughfare for motorized vehicles to one of shared usage. By slowing down or diverting motorized traffic, these strategies create streets that can be more safely used by those on foot and bicycles, and that have a preserved neighbourhood livability and character.
Successful traffic calming strategies include slowing devices such as speed bumps, cushions, central islands, lower posted speed limits, rumble strips, roundabouts and chicanes; traffic diversion devices such as through-traffic and heavy vehicle restrictions, and pedestrian/cyclist-aimed upgrades such as widened sidewalks, build-outs and tight corner curbs. If installed and implemented properly, traffic calming measures are self-enforcing and bring the benefit of added safety to all on the affected roadways.
Thorprint is a safe, cost-effective and attractive method of surfacing. It is hot-applied and has very fast curing times. The minimal disruption involved in Thorprint application means that it is particularly suitable for situations that require traffic flow to be interrupted as little as possible, such as roundabouts, traffic islands, parking areas and traffic calming or speed tables.
Thorprint is extremely durable and hard-wearing, and requires zero maintenance. Combined with its safe, anti-skid properties, this makes it ideal for areas with high levels of pedestrian usage, such as playgrounds, pathways and car parks. Thorprint surfacing is designed to be imprinted with a wide choice of patterned moulds and has full colour depth in a variety of shades. Urban regeneration schemes will benefit from its aesthetically pleasing appearance, which is a safe and easily-applied alternative to cobbles, blocks or setts that allows customisation to suit any surroundings.
Resin-bonded surfacing is an ideal aggregate for patio, driveways, walkways and any location that experiences a high amount of traffic. This material is extremely durable and through the use of specialised epoxy binders, it will boast a superior longevity to traditional asphalt, concrete or gravel surfaces.
Cleaning and Maintenance
One of the hallmarks of such surfaces is the fact that they are extremely easy to maintain. Traditional sweeping methods can be employed as can leaf blowers and other machines to remove loose surface dirt.
However, it is recommended that a pressure washer be utilised once each year. The high pressure water will efficiently remove any buildup of grime and dirt that may have accumulated over time. Furthermore, a thorough cleansing will guarantee that the stone or aggregate will appear its natural colour.
These are a few tips to help make certain that resin-bonded surfaces will maintain their beauty and functionality.
Bridges provide a valuable service to road users, enabling them to cross water and other major obstructions, without the need for a lengthy diversion. However, their very nature means that bridges often feature slopes and other potential hazards, which are especially dangerous to cyclists on wet days. Accidents on bridges for cyclists are often extremely serious and can be fatal. Therefore, anti-slip surfaces on bridges are of vital importance.
A 2010 survey by the Bicycle Network found that cyclists rated wooden surfaces as poor and unsafe, especially when wet. Expansion joints, which become slippery in the rain and create a bumpy, uneven surface, also pose a problem for bike riders.
At Thortech we use Anti-slip material to make bridges safer for both cyclists and pedestrians. It also provides the bonus of solid substructure, which makes shifting less likely.
Many traditional materials used in domestic driveways and parking areas have pitfalls. Loose gravel can stray or become rutted. Cast concrete can crack. Slabs settle and sink. Tarmac crumbles over time. Consequently, one of the most common and visible home improvements encountered is the resin bonded driveway.
This inherently tough surfacing material was developed with heavy-duty uses in mind, from traffic-calming to anti-skid approaches for traffic lights and roundabouts. Although the surface is smooth enough for cycle lanes, it has good traction for vehicles and foot traffic alike. With their attractive and tidy finish, resin bonded surfaces are both practical and aesthetically pleasing, enhancing the market value of homes where they are installed.
Installation can be straightforward, too. Where a firm base already exists, the resin and aggregate can be applied without the need for costly and disruptive excavations beforehand. The low profile surface also leaves pre-existing levels virtually unchanged.
Bimagrip is a skid resistant surface ideal for steel ramps and decks. It gives shipowners, fleet operators, and port managers a low profile surface that can help drivers and pedestrians alike be effectively and safely loaded and discharged, whether conditions are wet or dry.
Two specific grades of Bimagrip are available – LS and LD, and they are designed to be effective for the majority of site conditions. The Bimagrip surface itself consists of top quality abrasion resistance aggregates. Through a mix of specifically formulated polyurethane resins the aggregates are held together. The result is designed to offer something that is very durable, as well as strong and flexible.
There is also additional corrosion protection offered, via the steel surface being encapsulated by the Bimagrip’s resin system. This enables the steel substrate to have a longer service life.