After a tremendous summer of activity, we turn our attention to Flood Expo ’17 and the first public showing of our composite and uPVC domestic flood defence doors since we gained a fantastic BSI kitemark for both products. We believe we are the first company in the UK to achieve this double accolade.
When we look back on three years of research and development to design products that stand up to the most stringent testing, it is with immense pride that we can now put them on display.
This is the world’s largest flood exhibition and conference and it is designed to help the most progressive flood professionals and property owners discover the latest innovative products, services and strategies that transform the way flooding is predicted, prevented and managed.
In securing a British Standard Institute (BSI) PAS1188-1 kitemark both doors were tested against the standard set of tests which represent typical conditions that might be experienced during a flood in the UK. This includes testing the product for leakage under static water levels of 600MM above aperture threshold levels, waves of up to 0.1 meter high and parallel currents of up to 1.0m/s.
The Watergate composite flood door has a fifteen point locking system that extends all the way down the lock side along the bottom and 600 mm up on the hinge side. The outer frame and door sash are fully reinforced with steel. The sash consists of two 5mm glass reinforced plastic (GRP) panels that are filled with high impact foam. The door has an extended disabled access handle to enable easier action when locking the door. Bespoke designed gaskets ensure the doors are totally watertight and the product is covered by a ten year manufacturers’ warranty.
The Watergate uPVC door has all the above features, but the centre panel has a double reinforced uPVC panel as opposed to the GRP ski.
Flood Expo ‘17 takes place at the Excel in London on 27 – 28 September and we will be exhibiting on stand F4021. So, if you are attending, make sure you come and visit us! You can be assured of a very warm welcome. It is an opportunity for us to liaise with a range of industry specialists as well as raising further awareness about our products.
We are in good company as the exhibition is playing host to a range of specialist keynote speakers such as Dr David Green, NASA, Tiffany Hodgson, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat and Dr Nick Dunstone, Met Office.
It is a very exciting time for the company, as we await our composite door being approved to carry the Secure By Design logo, issued only to companies that have subjected their products to rigorous testing.
While sales of our products in the UK are at record levels, we have also opened the ‘flood doors’ to the Middle East where we have identified a gap in one niche market and we are in great shape to offer a solution.