Which materials do Glasdon use for their seats and benches?

Glasdon outdoor seats and benches are made from a range of hardwearing materials that have been specially selected to stand up to heavy use and abuse.

Enviropol® Material has featured in our seating range for more than 20 years. It's made from post-consumer and industrial polythene, including used supermarket carrier bags. We maintain strict controls over the plastics used to formulate Enviropol to make sure the end product meets rigorous quality control standards.

Enviropol Material requires very little maintenance. The material is self coloured and will never need painting or varnishing. Enviropol is impervious to water, frost and most corrosive substances. It is 100% recyclable at the end of its service life.

Timberpol® Material is a wood-replacement composite. Sawdust from timber production that would otherwise go to waste is mixed with recycled polypropylene to create a versatile product with many benefits.

Timberpol Material looks like wood, but doesn't splinter and is totally knot-free. It is self coloured and will never need painting or varnishing, but as with all products containing natural timber a certain amount of natural colour fading will occur in the seat's first few years.

Enviroplus® Material is available as a slat option on the Stanford™ Seat and Bench and is made entirely from recycled materials.

Enviroplus Material offers all the advantages of Enviropol Material with a smooth, integrally moulded outer skin that strengthens the profile while making it easy to wipe clean. As with Enviropol Material, Enviroplus Material is 100% recyclable at the end of its long working life.

Our metal frame and slat components are protected with an Armortec® Coating. Armortec Coatings are significantly more durable than standard painted finishes.

To demonstrate the superior performance of our Armortec Coating process, we took two pieces of mild steel: one protected by a standard black metal paint, and the other treated with the Glasdon Armortec Coating.

Our Quality Assurance team bashed each piece of metal repeatedly with a hammer to chip away part of the finish, and then they were put in our salt spray cabinet for six months. Salt spray tests are extremely aggressive and used in industry to simulate many years of environmental damage in coastal environments.

The painted sample was ruined: rust got in at the scratch point and spread under the paint. The finish flaked away and the structural stability of the steel was compromised.

The piece protected with the Armortec Coating showed some signs of corrosion at the exposed points, but unlike standard paint the rust did not spread under the rest of the surface.

The Armortec coated sample lasted 5 times longer than the painted steel.

We use Grade 316 stainless steel where we can: 316 stainless steel is also known as "Marine grade" for its high resistance to salt-based corrosion compared to the more common Grade 304 version. As well as coastal applications, Grade 316 stainless steel is used for food and surgical stainless steel applications.

While stainless steel is extremely resistant to corrosion and will never need painting or any kind of treatment, some light cleaning may be required to keep it looking brand new. Warm soapy water should be enough to restore its finish - tougher stains can be removed with WD40 or an equivalent.

We hope this information has been interesting to you. If you would like to know more about our seating range, please call (01253) 600 410 or email seating@glasdon-uk.co.uk today.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

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