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Article Date: 14th October 2014

Bilco Achieves Lift-Off with 70% Lighter Floor Access Covers

Floor Access Covers - Roof Access Hatches - Access Covers

Bilco Floor Access Cover

Bilco has lightened the load for floor access covers with the launch of an innovative new range of lightweight floor access covers which are 70% lighter than conventional concrete filled covers; as well as being easier to install. Using patented ‘honeycomb’ plates which replace the concrete normally used, the access covers come pre-filled and will significantly reduce installation times. Designed for interior use, the cover has been tested and shown to withstand loads of up to 15kN and is therefore ideal for areas with pedestrian traffic only. These new Bilco floor access covers come already filled with material used in the aviation industry in order to keep load bearings to a minimum. Bilco lightweight floor covers come in CLA type, hinged and lift assist versions.

The frames are manufactured from extruded aluminium with a pan depth of 24mm and an EPDM rubber seal. These lightweight covers are reading to receive a wide variety of floorings including carpet, tiles, slabs and parquet, which can be fixed directly to the honeycomb plate filled cover using adhesive. When using thin tiles, the difference in height can be compensated for by using waterproof building board and a suitable adhesive such as MAPEI Keralastic.

This eliminates the need to fill the door cover with concrete as in traditional products. As a result the access cover is 70% lighter than conventional concrete floor hatches. It also speeds installation times as there is no need to wait for concrete to set; the cover can be installed immediately. The 70% lighter product is easier to handle and install on site, making life simpler for the installer. On a typical 60cm x 60cm cover, a standard concrete cover might weigh 75kg, compared with just 20kg for Bilco’s new lightweight cover.

With this new access cover, Bilco has provided a product which makes the floor door easier to open and close, helping to improve its longevity as it places less strain on the hinges and therefore results in less day to day wear and tear. Tested to 15kN, Bilco’s range of lightweight floor access covers are robust, well-constructed and will give many years of reliable service. These new covers are ideal for use in the floors of airports, educational establishments, offices, hospitals, hotels, retail outlets and even family homes. The patented honeycomb material is commonly used in aircraft panels and passenger deck flooring to provide a strong, practical and lightweight structure.

This new lightweight CLA type floor cover pan is part of a range of floor access products available from Bilco at www.bilcouk.com. Bilco is also a leading manufacturer of roof and floor access products and NSHEV smoke vents. It provides fixed safety ladders, hatch safety railings, fall protection gratings and Bilco’s LadderUp® Safety Post.

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