Portland, OR (PressExposure) June 01, 2009 -- A 5 year old company finds growing interest in alternative outdoor floor solutions. What began with GratedeXÂ®-a best solution to place stone or tile on an elevated deck-has now expanded to rooftop terraces with the introduction this year of PierdeXâ¢.
With this has also come a re-branding of these products now known as the Outdoor Floor Systemâ¢. As a system, the manufacturer has included all of the components necessary for a successful installation; the underlayment, fasteners and adhesives. But It's the open design of the FRP underlayment that made the GratedeXÂ® a suitable choice for new decks or reconstruction. This feature reduces the systems weight without reducing its strength. No additional structural reinforcement is required to support the finished load. And with the open cells, water can drain through the GratedeXÂ® underlayment to the surface below.
With these same design parameters, PierdeXâ¢ was launched to respond to another important outdoor floor need; rooftop terraces. Current practices require the use of heavy concrete slabs supported on expensive pedestal systems. Although they are functional, they do by their nature create their own limitations, primarily weight and surface aesthetics.
As with the GratedeXÂ® system, the Pierdexâ¢ is the same lightweight FRP structure. This allows this Outdoor Floor Systemâ¢ to be used in older retro-fit structures without overloading the bearing surfaces. And when it comes to seismic engineering issues, this system is a huge benefit. The reduced weight means a reduction in potential seismic motion translating to reduced structural support and potential cost savings.
But it's not just the engineers who are happy with this option, but also the architects. Because the PierdeXâ¢ system is providing an underlayment, this allows the designer to select the material of choice for the finished surface. No longer are they locked into concrete type finishes and materials. Instead, they can select from a full pallet of stone or tile materials that fit the overall design scheme. These are bonded to the underlayment with the systems included adhesive.
And of course the PierdeXâ¢ comes with LEED value. The free draining nature of the system and installation design means rain water can be recaptured and reused. Additional green values include (1) inert to moisture degradation, (2) non-wood product reducing fiber consumption and (3) reduced maintenance cost over time.