Fresh opportunity in the flood market
The Glazerite UK Group now offers a high specification flood door package following the partnership with Flood Angel, the flood defence specialists.
All Flood Angel Approved installers will have access to a wide range of flood doors, including residential, french and composite, along with the opportunity to become part of an exclusive retail partner network authorised to market the products throughout the UK.
More than a dozen companies have recently enrolled to complete the essential Flood Angel training programme in order to gain the specialist knowledge and expertise required to become a Flood Angel Approved Installer. The two-day course helps participants to build surveying skills and learn the installation methods required to meet Kitemark standards, as well as providing a general overview of flood mitigation products.
Flood Angel CEO Frank Kelly said: “Any flood door is only as good as the quality of fitting. Every applicant to the retail network must undergo intensive training by the manufacturer to ensure installation standards are as high as the specification demands.”
Much of this takes place at a testing facility based in Droitwich, Worcestershire, which is equipped with a replica house placed inside a dedicated test tank, and is the first ever privately owned BSI approved research and development testing facility in the UK.
The test tank features a Self Activating Flood Barrier (SAFB), an industrial flood gate and the Flood House. This Flood House allows visitors to experience flood conditions from inside the house, which is protected with flood defender doors, anti-flood airbricks, a non-return valve and sump and pump system. The facility is designed to test a range of products up to a depth of one metre and also has ‘wave simulation’ capability creating water speeds in excess of 1.5m/s.
All Flood Angel manufactured products have been tested to meet Kitemark standards or equivalent. The composite door – based on a Palladio monocoque slab, Halo frame, patented seals and Maco hardware – complies with PAS 1188 –1:2014, which guarantees that the doors are able withstand water levels up to 600mm deep.