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I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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Building an extension for my mother-in-law

Floor Grating for Processing Plants: How Much Do You Know?

by Chloe Cooper

Floor grating is a popular choice for ordinary flat surfaces such as walkways, staircases and flooring. The grating is common in commercial and industrial facilities, where you need lots of square footage of flooring. You can extend the customised grating for additions such as staircases used to access basements and raised production platforms. Modern grating materials come in various styles to deliver aesthetic appeal, excellent ventilation, resistance to slipping and other desired attributes. Installation is relatively easy and cost-friendly compared to installing ordinary flooring. The following discussion touches on the essentials of floor grating to help you make the right choice for your business facility: 

Aluminium Grating

Aluminium grating is the material you should choose if minimal weight is a priority after construction. Unlike materials like iron and steel, aluminium stands its ground as being both lightweight and reliable. It suffices for light-duty applications in a processing plant. People can walk over the grates and push light, walk-behind equipment across the floor grating.   Aluminium's aesthetic appeal means that you do not have to give up beauty for functionality. You still get good performance from your extensive floor while the place looks elegant. 

Steel Grating

Steel beats many other materials when you want to make industrial floors.  It has renowned strength and durability and the ability to withstand corrosion when it's properly treated. These are the ideal qualities for a grating material meant for the floor of a busy production or processing plant. Steel's tensile strength yields great counteractive forces that enable it to stand up to heavy loads. You don't need to worry about heavy equipment damaging the floor of your facility in the course of work. 

Your best bet is to opt for steel grating made using horizontal cross bars and vertical load bars. Make sure that you get a serrated grating finish, which is excellent for enhancing the non-slip attribute of the floor. Lastly, examine the load-bearing abilities of the grating before making a decision. It would help if you brought a list of any loading and hoisting equipment in your facility. 

Fibreglass Grating 

Fibreglass grating is the perfect replacement for places where you don't want to use metal in your facility. For example, the fibreglass will not spark if you drop metallic objects on it. This makes it ideal for applications involving highly flammable liquids. Fibreglass can withstand the rough and tough atmosphere of an industrial facility.

For more advice, contact industrial construction contractors in your area.