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Project1_Layout 1 07/05/2013 1Project1_01992 FLAT ROOFING & WATERPROOFING SYSTEMS SFS fl at roofi ng catalogue now available Thermal imaging: technology to reduce risk and add value 080 MARCH 2018 RCIMAG.COM Zink Copper Stainless 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Flex-R has announced that it will be opening a second UK depot and creating as many as ten new jobs as part of its expansion plans for 2018. The High Wycombe-based company – which supplies EPDM materials for fl at roofi ng – is looking to open another facility in the north of England. The new centre will primarily be a training hub where roofi ng contractors based in the north of England can visit to undergo training on its range of specialist products, such as RubberBond, Sure-Weld and LQD-R. It will also have enough space to store products that it supplies on a nextday basis as the sole UK distributor for US-manufactured Carlisle SynTec single-ply products. According to Duncan Winter, trading director at Flex-R, the company has experienced strong growth over the last couple of years, and the new facility, along with the creation of new jobs, is the next step forward for the business. Duncan said: “We have identifi ed a site along the M62 corridor that will become our centre in the north of England, and plans are at an advanced stage for opening it within the next few weeks. “The new training hub is a vital part of our growth plans, because we can offer training to roofi ng contractors across the north of England who would have previously struggled to attend training at our High Wycombe base.” Flex-R has already started recruiting for staff for the new hub to increase the number of its technical support, specifi cation and sales teams. Duncan concluded: “Everyone in the business is really excited about what 2018 holds for Flex-R, and is fully committed to driving us forward.” www.fl ex-r.co.uk Safeguard Europe has revised its CPD seminar programme on two, major and commonly confused, causes of damp. When tackling any kind of damp, the single most important factor is correct identifi cation of the type and cause. Though many damp cases are often instantly attributed to rising damp, there are several potential types including condensation, rain penetration, construction moisture and contaminating salts, which attract moisture. The fi rst in the new RIBAaccredited CPD series from Safeguard – Dealing with Dampness – is an overarching introduction to the problems of rising and penetrating damp that will give architects, builders and other specifi ers enough information to help them tell the difference between the two and determine sources, while giving options on how to remedy the situation. The 40-minute seminar is delivered in the clients’ workplace, and covers existing and new technologies for dealing with the different forms of damp, and highlights why some diagnostic equipment – such as certain damp meters – can lead to confusion if used blindly. For those seeking an in-depth understanding of the various types of damp, the overview CPD is underpinned with focussed seminars on specifi c kinds. Penetrating damp There are many reasons why rainwater can penetrate masonry walls: from porous Victorian bricks to unfi lled perpends. And there are an equal number of issues that can make the problem worse, including poor maintenance of gutters, bad detailing and building alterations. The Dealing with Penetrating Damp seminar sets out four steps to deal with both the causes of penetrating damp, and the factors which can exacerbate the problem. The four steps are: assessing rainwater routes and exacerbating factors; blocking the primary paths for water penetration; controlling the exacerbating factors; and installing back-up in the form of a dampresistant internal system. The CPD reportedly walks attendees through all the issues, and considers how each can be treated. It also addresses exacerbating factors including defective guttering and downpipes, missing cills, poorly-designed details, the aspect of the building and the use of nonbreathable coatings. The one-hour long seminar also provides an update on some of the latest solutions – such as masonry protection creams. Rising damp Rising Damp: Causes and Treatment looks at everything from the physics of rising damp to the chemistry of damp proof courses (DPCs), providing a thorough briefi ng on what causes rising damp, and the range of potential treatments available, including recent developments. Rising damp occurs because capillary action results in water travelling through pores in masonry materials, with the height it reaches governed by a combination of poresize and the rate of evaporation from the surface of the wall. There are said to be several treatments for rising damp, which the seminar explains. Reportedly, the most popular treatment worldwide for rising damp is chemical DPCs, which have developed from the early silicone or stearate liquids to silane / siloxane cream injections from 2,000 and in 2014, to silane rods. The latter have been shown to be the most effective, as they ensure the even dispersion of the waterproofi ng molecules which is vital to forming a complete DPC. Safeguard says its staff can offer technical advice and support to contractors, specifi ers and owners on damp-proofi ng solutions. www.safguardeurope.com Duncan Winter, trading director at Flex-R Icopal introduces universal Icopal has recently launched the Universal range, a new collection that is ideal for fl at or pitched roofs. Available in three different variations, the product is said to be durable and environmentally-friendly. With its high puncture resistance, the company’s new addition is said to be long-lasting with a life span of up to 30 years. The single layer roofi ng system contains Polyolefi ne Copolymerisate Binder (POCB) and is further enhanced with glass fi bre and polyester. Combined with UV-protection, the Universal range is reportedly the most durable and versatile roofi ng material available. This range is reportedly also ecologically-friendly. Icopal Universal is said to comprise clean raw materials, and is free from plasticizers, chlorine and other halogens. As a result, this product notably reduces the overall environmental impact of a building. As well as this, Universal is also fullyrecyclable, adding further value to its environmental credentials. Neil Harrison, technical director at Icopal, said: “Icopal has always produced the most innovative means of building protection. Icopal Universal combines versatility and sustainability very well, and it is rewarding to see how popular it is amongst our customers.” Available in three different variations, Icopal Universal can be used in a variety of applications. The most popular version is Icopal Universal POCB, which can be mechanically-fi xed, ballasted and loose laid. Icopal Universal SA is selfadhesive, making detailing easy and safe. While, Icopal Universal WS is said to be resistant to root penetration, making it ideal for green roof applications. www.icopal.co.uk


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