Wisley’s new Glasshouse was constructed in 2007 and is serviced by four large glasshouses which grow all the plants for the stunning displays. Originally a lesser quality rubber mat had been used on the smooth floors but that had become slippery due to the heat, humidity and puddles of standing water from the large quantities of water needed for nurturing the tropical plants. As a result, the surface was no longer safe for nursery staff and the public who take part in guided tours.
Working closely with Plastic Extruders and following several tests, Vynagrip was found to be the best solution. Its high profile section enables the mat to straddle standing water while its aggressive and deep etched surface provides a very effective slip resistant surface, even when soaking wet. This is because the open grid construction encourages quick dissipation and dispersal of water through the surface which is also resistant to mould, algae, oils and other chemicals. The addition of a gentle angled ramp welded to the mat facilitates the passage of plant trolleys and wheeled equipment and prevents tripping.
Loose laid Vynagrip can be cut on site around obstructions and is easily rolled up for cleaning beneath. Available in standard colours of red, blue or black, the mat is manufactured with a minimum of 30% post-industrial recycled material with the added option of safety yellow or dark grey edges. It is supplied in rolls 5m or 10m long and 60, 91 and 122cm wide. It is also available in standard modules of 80cm x 120cm or 100cm x 150cm with bespoke sizes available to order.
Samples and information are available from Plastic Extruders Ltd: tel +44 (0)1268 571116.