Moulded fibreglass GRP stair tread provide an easy, cost-effective way to increase the safety of stairways.
- Can be applied to any existing concrete, metal or wood steps.
- Robust fibreglass GRP construction designeds to withstand the harshest of conditions.
- Impregnated heavy duty grit surface protects against delamination: a common problem with metal backed alternatives.
- Impregnated fire-retardant additives ensure excellent fire and heat resistance, conforming to ASTM E135
How to clean GRP Stair Treads:
Being a highly durable material, use of a stiff brush will normally be sufficient to remove everyday dirt and debris, and for more stubborn dirt a mild detergent with warm water is often effective. A pressure washer on a low pressure setting can be used to clean the GRP, however care should be taken to ensure that this does not harm the integrity of the fixing, which is likely to be screws of and adhesive. Always test any cleaning methods and liquids on a small inconspicuous area before applying to the Spills should be cleared up immediately in line with the product data sheets and the company’s own safety procedures.
How to maintain GRP Stair Treads
The integrity of all fixings should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that the GRP remains in a firm and stable position. The gritted surfaces and GRP substrate should also be checked regularly, the frequency of which will depend on the nature and volume of footfall. As a guide, for high traffic areas a monthly inspection would be advisable, however this should be carried out in conjunction with the company’s procedures.
What is the life expectancy of GRP Stair Treads
Design life of 10+ years, subject to traffic and footfall. The life expectancy of any flooring product will be dictated by the nature and volume of the traffic it receives. Factors such as footwear type and material, weight of individual, non-pedestrian traffic, and any contamination such as dirt or grit are all factors that will influence the life term through the natural wear and tear of the GRP.
How to cut GRP Stair Treads
Minor adjustments, small cut outs, can be made with a hacksaw or a jigsaw with a suitable blade. Should you wish to cut yourself, GRP can be easily cut to size using orbital cutting equipment with either a stone or diamond blade. Cutting should be carried out externally or where there is dust extraction or suitable ventilation. Appropriate protective equipment should always be worn.
How to install GRP Stair Treads
We recommend a double fixing method for installing stair tread covers consisting of a high strength bonding adhesive and mechanical fixing to each end.
GRP Adhesive is recommended for bonding GRP to sound surfaces such as concrete, wood, metal and steel. Other products may be more appropriate where the substrate surface is inconsistent or damaged. The adhesive is also a sealant and can be used to seal around the edge to stop water lying between the stair cover and the substrate (water will not harm the stair cover but can affect wood or metal substrates causing rot or rust). Furthermore, use of Sikaflex will also help eliminate any drumming noise, when walked upon, that can be created when fitting onto an existing substrate.
As an approximate guide, with a 6mm bead 1 x 290ml of GRP adhesive should be sufficient to bond 3.5 linear metres of Safe Tread Anti-Slip Stair Cover