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5 Quality Characteristics to Look for when Choosing Flooring Slabs

A sturdy foundation is the best starting point for any house. Only with good flooring slabs can you lay the foundations for safe, comfortable living. It is, therefore, crucial to look out for certain quality characteristics when choosing a supplier for your floor slabs

Here are our top 5 tips to help you make your choice.

1. Call in the Experts

You can spot real quality even before the building project even begins. Does your supplier leave you to do the planning yourself, or are they involved from the very beginning? Ultimately, you need someone that is competent, quality driven and a reliable partner for every stage of the design and construction process. They also, ideally, need to be involved and there to help you right from the word go, to make sure that the end result is of the highest standard.  

We take interest in visiting the site before any works take place, to get a real feel for the plot, location and soil conditions. From this, and following further consultation, we undertake comprehensive soil analysis and a grounds survey, as well as making precise plans, measurements and calculations. From this, we know everything about your plot, what you want to achieve and how we can create something unique and special. There are no nasty surprises in store – both in design and price. It definitely pays off to call in the experts from day 1.

2. Expect quality construction materials

To make sure your flooring slabs live up to your expectations, it's important to choose the best components in terms of quality and functionality. Whether it's pumps, seals, conduits or other components, insisting on the best quality right from the beginning will give you long-term enjoyment and help avoid issues or constant repair work in the future.

3. Pay attention to all components

You can have the best flooring slabs, but they’re not much use when accessory components are not up to scratch. For example, it's important to make sure that all the necessary inlet and outlet conduits are laid in the right place, right from the start of the planning process. We include all the drainage conduits and ditches with our flooring slabs and provide our own site equipment too. All in all, we ensure the very best finished product.

4. Personalised planning

Run of the mill products are never anyone's first choice. Only a design tailored to individual requirements will provide lasting satisfaction. No two houses are the same and each family has their own requirements and vision in terms of the layout of their basement. That's why high-quality flooring slabs should be of bespoke design, which is exactly what we offer.

And speaking of unique: as almost every house has different geographical conditions, any unique characteristics of the region must be taken into account. Structural engineering calculations must also be adapted to these conditions. Only in this way can you be sure that your house will be standing strong and sturdy for years to come. Here at glatthaar, we recognise the importance of this necessary condition for an all-round coherent construction project. That's why we provide structural engineering calculations for all flooring slabs. We then use the results to decide upon the ideal production process for you.

5. Insulation

Insulation underneath your flooring slabs is not always a requirement, as it depends on the insulation standard of the house, as well as numerous other factors. However, if insulation is required, there are specific factors to take into account.

→ High Quality:
You’ll need to choose high-quality insulation, to ensure there are no thermal bridges, which can prove detrimental to your energy efficiency. To avoid this, structural engineering calculations can cleverly calculate the load that will be exerted upon the insulation under the flooring slabs and thus determine the correct measurements accordingly.

→ Strong:
The strength of the insulation required is accounted for in the heat insulation certificate. Perfect flooring slabs can only be produced by taking into account the respective ground survey, and, above all, compliance with the German energy saving regulations (EnEV). Being meticulous at this stage guarantees high-quality flooring slabs and energy efficiency.

We pay meticulous attention to these details. We assess the points from the ground survey as well as the EnEV certificate and take this information into account from the planning stages right through to the final production of the flooring slabs. In this way, we guarantee our customers insulation free from thermal bridges in accordance with regulations.


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