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Gradus XT – the best just got better

Contract interiors specialist Gradus has updated its market leading XT range of aluminium stair edgings. New aluminium XT retains all the existing benefits of XT with the addition of new features that offer improved performance.

The Gradus XT range of stair edgings, suitable for use with both resilient flooring and carpets, offers the ultimate solution in reducing slips, trips and falls on stairs and supports the recommendations in the latest building legislation and standards.

The new XT aluminium profiles now feature a unique locking mechanism that secures the slip-resistant insert in place on both the tread and riser. This removes the need for an adhesive bond between the insert and channel and increases the resistance to moisture ingress, making the profiles ideal for use in areas subject to more frequent cleaning e.g. healthcare and education environments.

Alongside the launch of the new XT channels, Gradus has improved the design of its Xtra-grip and Xtra-grip Plus inserts. The improved range of inserts are designed for use in areas where the stair edgings may become wet e.g. stairs close to entrances or where safety flooring is used. New Xtra-grip and Xtra-grip Plus inserts provide increased surface roughness and, when combined with the new XT profiles, offers one of the most robust stair edging solutions on the market.

As outlined in Approved Document M a minimum tread of 280mm is required so stair edgings should incorporate slip resistant material that extends round the leading edge of the step. The XT range features an extended insert design that wraps around the leading edge to ensure that foot contact is always made with the slip-resistant element, providing maximum safety underfoot and minimising the risk of slip.

The stair edging profile, application and the type and condition of the substrate should all be considered when selecting the fixing method between the stair edging and the step. For the complete solution, XT stair edgings can be installed with Gradus Grip ultra-strong stair edging adhesive, eliminating the need for mechanical fixings and screw head cover plugs, providing a hygienic, aesthetic solution.

To provide up-to-date, accurate information on products for you to build into your next project, Gradus has BIM objects available for the complete range of XT stair edgings, including PVC-u Hardnose.

In the UK there is a fall on stairs in commercial buildings every 90 seconds, with the average cost of a claim from a trip or slip totaling £14,000. It’s therefore important to make sure you’re specifying fit-for-purpose stair accessories and Gradus’ XT range ticks all the boxes.

When it comes to the specification of stair edgings, there are many misconceptions. The recently launched ‘Gradus Knowledge – Stair Safety Series’ looks to dispel some of these common myths and aims to educate architects, specifiers and contractors on how to correctly specify stair edgings in commercial buildings to help prevent slips, trips and fall on stairs.

For further information on New XT, or to download a copy of the Stair Safety Series, please visit www.gradus.com or contact Gradus Technical Support on 01625 428922.

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