For years, traditionally styled plasterboard faced access panels have been in common use throughout the building industry, and despite presenting a number of disadvantages, they still hold a well-established position in the market.
Recognising the potential for a more modern alternative, building product specialist Timloc has launched its latest range of beaded access panels designed especially to offer builders and contractors an attractive, robust and cost effective alternative to costly, dated Plasterboard faced products.
Designed for use in dry lined walls and ceilings that are pre plaster skimmed, Timloc beaded access panels consist of a metal-faced door skin with a smooth powder coated finish to facilitate over-painting. The door skin is inserted into a perforated frame that creates a good plaster key and leaves a plaster-beaded edge around the door aperture. The result is a concealed access door with no visible frame, superior aesthetic appearance and quality finish.
The panels have a fully removable door for ease of installation. The quick release hinge allows easy access and can also be positioned to open left or right handed. Fire-rated and non fire-rated versions are available.
Phil Harvey, Director of Technical Services at Timloc, comments: “Whilst plasterboard faced access panels are still in common use, the new Timloc beaded range offers so many advantages in comparison”.
“Plasterboard faced hatches and doors can be expensive and are prone to cracking and crumbling during transit, storage, installation and regular use. Doors requiring plaster skim finish also need preparation to prevent locks, hinges and tolerance gaps becoming blocked and are difficult to finish to a high standard”.
“It’s also worth remembering that having an access door/hatch finished with plasterboard alone, will not make the product fire-rated” he adds.
In line with Part J of the Building Regulations, Timloc’s fire-rated and non-fire rated beaded panel ranges also help meet the new gas safety industry requirements for concealed boiler flue inspection access. The fire-rated panels are also draught stripped and insulated which means they don’t compromise the acoustic integrity of the wall, thereby meeting Part E of the Building Regulations.
Furthermore, unlike plasterboard faced panels, which, if damaged, require a complete and often costly, replacement, Timloc panels can be transported safely and easily, but if any damage is sustained, they can be filled much more cost effectively - in a similar way to car body repairs. In situ, the beaded panels retain their aesthetics for much longer than plasterboard which can tend to age quickly after installation.
Timloc has been manufacturing and supplying high performance building products since 1977 and this continued investment in product research and service provision, further supports its on-going commitment to the building industry. All manufacturing is carried out under the BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System.
For more information please call 01405 765567 or visit www.timloc.co.uk.
Timloc is part of the Alumasc Group PLC.