ESS Concrete Slabs and Floors hold great expertise in their field. Our unique ESS slab system holds many advantages over competing methods.
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With that said, this article will detail the various benefits of our own system in comparison. And why our company is the preferred supplier of concrete slabs and floors.
The components making up the concrete slabs and floors system are lightweight. Thus, they’re much easier to install without lifting equipment or excessive manual labour. The construction materials of ESS slabs mean they are 35% lighter than alternatives.
The components of a concrete floor slab put them close to dimensional tolerances. Additionally, their light weight means that positioning them is quick and easy.
If needed, the concrete floor slabs are easy to cut into shape when full blocks do not fit into a particular area. It’s also a simple matter to cut and run electrical and plumbing components into the slabs.
During construction phase, the ESS concrete slabs can support heavy weight. This includes personnel and heavy equipment. The advantage is that the slabs allow full site access. Thus, there is no fear of breaking or damaging the concrete slabs and floors.
Additionally, the system is able to support concrete pouring. So long as the channels are propped at the recommended intervals. A fire-retardant grade of EPS is also used in the manufacture of the ESS slab system.
As a result, the concrete slabs do not contribute to any existing fire hazard. The construction materials they comprising the slabs do not propagate or develop flames.
Outside of its use in our concrete floor slab systems, EPS is a material used for thermal insulation. To this end, it’s a popular material for use in buildings thanks to energy cost savings.
Further demonstrating its flexibility, EPS also acts as a sound insulator. This means that EPS is able to mute unwanted sounds outside the building. This is further enhanced in combination with our concrete floor slabs.
The EPS used in out concrete slabs and floors are rot, rodent, and termite proof. They are also dimensionally stable. Which means they keep their thermal and sound properties over the building’s lifespan.
The concrete slabs are also highly cost-competitive. Indeed, when comparing material vs traditional concrete systems, our system holds greater value. It’s further evident when accounting for labour costs, equipment costs, and time. Installation requires fewer props per square meter as opposed to concrete systems.
Traditional “rib-and-block” systems that use concrete construction materials need a lengthy curing period. This ensures that they reach full strength before installation. Yet, this also serves to increase supply lead times.
With the ESS concrete floor slab system, moulding the blocks takes mere seconds. What’s more the rolling and cutting the ribs to size is an instant process. Reduction in lead times are considerable when using these alternative manufacturing methods.
The ESS slab system can span in two directions. This serves to make complex designs much easier to accommodate. Both the ESS slab system blocks and steel channels can be readily cut and welded on-site. This allows for odd shapes and openings to be possible to install into.
Various sizes of channel can form different steel formwork edges.
Skylights are also easy to install by leaving out ESS slab system blocks. Instead, you can create edge formers from cold rolled steel sections.