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  1. What's better for a flat roof, Fibreglass or EPDM?

    GRP fibreglass and EPDM rubber roofing are two of the leading flat roofs systems used in the UK market. Choosing the right one can depend on which features matter the most to you. These systems have been built to stand up to the elements for decades. Property owners should thoroughly consider all scenarios when comparing two flat roofing systems like Fibreglass and EPDM to ensure their flat roofs will stand the test of time.  

    Before choosing either of them as a flat roofing membrane, one must consider some significant differences. 

    What is Fibreglass GRP? 

    Known also as glass fiber or GRP (glass reinforced polyester), fibreglass is made up of glass fibres and polyester resin. This material is an excellent waterproofing material and is frequently used on flat roofs. According to BS 6229 and BS 8217, fibreglass roofs are typically classified as flat roofs (defined as having a minimum fall of 1:40 to guarantee a finished fall of 1:80). The term 'fibreglass roof' refers to a flat roof applied with a fibreglass system as a waterproof barrier, typically over OSB3 timber. It consists of a composite laminate painted with a resin topcoat (also called a flow coat or gel coat). 

    The main advantage of fibreglass GRP flat roofs is that they can be applied directly to existing roofs. A significant benefit of this a

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  2. TriKlean, Non-Hazardous Acetone Replacement

    TriKlean is an Acetone substitute that is non-hazardous. It's an effective solvent cleanser. As a cleaner and degreaser, TriKlean works well on all Resin systems. It is completely biodegradable and safe for workers. It is also non-flammable, making it far safer than standard Acetone. Because TriKlean is so powerful (up to ten times stronger than Acetone), it takes less to get more. If used correctly, TriKlean can outlast 10-15 solvent drums and is self-recycling.

    Applications

    • Continuous duty cleaner for lamination
    • Cleans rollers, brushes, squeegees, tools, parts, etc.
    • Flushing Chopper Guns
    • Cleaning out equipment 

    It's an effective solvent cleanser. As a cleaner and degreaser, TriKlean works well on all Resin systems. It is completely biodegradable and safe for workers. TriKlean, a non-hazardous Acetone substitute, has a variety of applications, including industrial, professional, and other uses. It has a variety of uses, including continuous duty cleaner for lamination, cleaning rollers, brushes, squeegees, tools, parts, and other equipment, flushing spray guns, and cleaning out equipment, among others. Following are many key usages of TriKlean:

    Industrial use

    1. Manufacture of substance
    2. Distribution of substance
    3. Use as an intermediate
    4. Formulation & (re)packing of substances and mixtures
    5. Uses in coatings
    6. Use in Cleaning Agents
    7. Use in Oil and Gas field drilling and production operations
    8. Lubricants
    9. Metal works
    10. Blowing agents
    11. Use as binders and release agents
    12. Use as a fuel
    13. Use in functional fluids
    14. Use in laboratories
    15. Polymer production
    16. Rubber production and processing
    17. Polymer processing
    18. Water treatment chemicals

    Professional use

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    1. Epoxy Resin River Table – The Next Big Thing

      In the field of modern interior design, the Epoxy Resin River Table is a new and popular phenomenon. Each River Table conveys a unique story of life, natural beauty, and inspiration, inspired by captivating trees, fascinating rivers, and spellbinding fields. Discover what the Epoxy Resin River Table is and why it's such a unique and important trend in the world of home design and furniture. We've included a few pointers as well as a brief how-to that will show you how to make an Epoxy Resin table that will have your guests asking where you got it. Resin river tables are one of the most sought-after pieces of furniture today, with examples of decorating the sophisticated living rooms and luxury furniture showrooms. The River Table is a current interior design craze.

      Every River Table, which is inspired by captivating trees, mesmerising rivers, and spellbinding fields, tells a unique story of life, wonders of nature, and inspiration. A River Table made of reclaimed wood and resin can be the perfect choice for you if you're seeking a striking piece of furniture for your home or office, or if you want to complement your space with an elegant-looking, welcoming table that is handmade. Epoxy River Resin Tables are designed to last a long time. The use of high-quality epoxy glue and the weighty, hard, and powerful features of dry wood makes it even more unique. It's a combination of things, but the main one appears to be because they don't have an aesthetic constraint, allowing anyone to design one that fits their style and the place they're using their epoxy river table.

      Find out more about the River Resin Table and why it's such a big deal in the world of interior design and furniture.

      Characteristics of an Epoxy Resin River Table

      • An Epoxy River Table is a hybrid piece of furniture consisting of wooden planks with epoxy resin in the middle.
      • The contained Resin Epoxy often has natural edges, and the blanks look like a flowing
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    2. Choosing the Right Epoxy Resin for your Project

      Choosing the right epoxy resin for your project 

      Epoxy Resins are now available for a wide range of different applications. However, choosing the right Epoxy Resin for your project can be difficult. This Epoxy Resin Selector Guide provides a good overview of which epoxy resins are ideal for your project. 

      What to look for when buying epoxy resin 

      Epoxy resin has exploded in popularity, so more and more cheap products are on the market. To avoid compromising quality, we recommend using branded resins from well-known manufacturers like FibreGlassDirect, which may be more expensive but are a much better grade than cheap resins. 

      Epoxy Resin for Jewellery 

      Beautiful jewellery can be cast using epoxy resin and silicone moulds. Various materials are used, ranging from clear or coloured resin to wood or combinations of these materials. Casting is also possible using this technique. The casting of smaller objects depends less on layer thickness than on UV protection, good workability, and good colour separation when casting multiple colours. The casting of objects also requires crystal-clear cur

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    3. Common Mistakes using Epoxy Resin

      Epoxy poured correctly can solve many problems. However, mistakes and mishaps can easily be made. Design flaws, incorrect mixing ratios, and uneven hardening of Epoxy can result in problems. However, remember that it will be much more challenging to recover from a mistake once the Epoxy has thoroughly dried. Fortunately, most of these mistakes are still reasonably easy to fix. 

      Common Mistakes Made with Epoxy Resin

      Tacky or Sticky Resin 

      One of the most common issues for Epoxy is that it remains tacky or sticky after curing. It may be caused by an incorrect ratio of Resin to hardener or by the temperature being too low during curing. It's also quite common for debris or an insect to land in the Epoxy. Using tweezers or a wooden stick, remove the object while the Epoxy is still wet. 

      Epoxy Resin and Hardener mixture 

      Epoxies typically come in two-part component kits (Resin and hardener) that must be mixed before use. The mixing ratio is crucial and must be strictly followed. Depending on the epoxy mixing instructions, you will mix it by weight or volume. Be sure to pay attention to these instructions. A mistake in the mixing ratio will cause

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    4. A Guide to Epoxy Resin

      Interest in Epoxy Resin is at an all-time high. With this in mind, we've written this article to help our customers understand the basics and potential of this fantastic product range. Find out more about this hard-wearing, easy to use family of Resins.

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    5. Fibreglass Roof Price

      Looking to get a fibreglass roof price? FibreGlassDirect has an online tool which makes getting a price for your fibreglass roof materials easier than ever. Have a look at our step by step guide and get a price for your materials today!

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    6. Difference between Resin Bound and Resin Bonded Driveway Resin

      Resin Driveways have become increasingly popular in recent years for paving applications in the UK and Ireland due to their versatility and hard-wearing surfaces. Learn a little more about the two types of Resin Driveway Systems on offer at FibreGlassDirect and find out which one is the right one for you.

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    7. Which Clear Casting Resin is best for you?

      Casting with Resin has become more popular than ever. Naturally, there are more questions than ever! To help you choose the right Casting Resin for your project (Polyester or Epoxy), we've put together a list of the main differences. Hopefully this will help make your decision a little easier! 

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    8. Making a Mould from Liquid Latex

      Making a mould from Liquid Latex is a relatively simple process as a result of its easy to use nature and versatility. It is also an extremely cost-effective way to produce a mould, not only in terms of material costs but also in relation to the long-lasting properties of this material.

      Whilst cost benefits and durability are two of the key benefits of this process, one of the drawbacks is the length of working time. It can be a lengthy process as Latex moulds are built through multiple layer application.

      With the right preparation and application tips, you can easily make many duplicates of your chosen item.

      What you will need;

      Choosing an Item to Mould

      A common question asked by our customers at FibreGlassDirect is ‘What object can I make a mould from using Liquid Latex?’ Liquid Latex can be used to mould almost anything with the exception of skin. Applying directly to a person’s skin will cause damage and seal the skin from the air.

      Some common Liquid Latex moulding projects include;

      • Special effects
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