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EcoGrid FAQ

I have a driveway that slopes, can I lay the grid? Absolutely. Ecogrid is unique in the fact that it has the worlds only patented locking system. Each piece is firmly locked on two sides to the next creating a highly secure surface.

If you are still worried about laying on a slope then lay on a 45 degree angle to the slope. The Ecogrid is easy to cut and a 'fancy' pattern looks great anyway! We supply pins if you are still in doubt.

 

Won't the gravel in the grid run down the slope?

Absolutely not, the actual grids within the main grid are a little over 50mm square within a single grid of 330mm square, the gravel is locked in to the squares.

 

Do I have to use an approved installer?

Not at all, we approve installers who have been on our training course but this only gives them a little more product knowledge. Your local builder or landscaper can have 'on the job' training from us. We have installation guides and lots of tips and tricks to share.

 

Do I need planning permission for this surface?

No, that is the great thing about Ecogrid, it is positively encouraged by the planning departments as it has a positive environmental impact, reversing decades of paving over driveways with unsightly concrete, block paving, tarmac and resin bonded surfaces.

...Note that if you are laying over 5 square metres of the surfaces as below.

YOU DO NEED PLANNING PERMISSION.

and could be asked for it retrospectivly if you lay these surfaces and this is extreemly expensive....be warned! This applies to drive extensions also

Tarmacaddum

Patterned imprinted concrete

Block paving

 

Can I turf or lay seed in the grid to create a 'lawn' that I can park on?

Yes, yes. and wow what a fantastic concept, imagine going out to 'mow' the driveway!!. Totally porous, aesthetic and environmentally friendly. We supply specialist seeds to facilitate this and also offer on-site advice for turf filled grids. It is possible for suitably trained professionals to lay Ecogrid tiles, part fill with our 30/70 soil mix and then roll turf in to the grid with a vibrating roller or plate compactor.

 

What thickness is standard for a shed base?

Well if you are going to dig out the turf first, then I think the 30mm will do just fine, however to be on the safe side, I would lay the S50. A thicker tile which will better be placed to keep damp at bay

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I don't know what the numbers refer to.

E50 is the strongest tile with a load capability of 350 tonnes(Empty) and 50 is the depth of the tile, S50 is still 50mm deep but has a load of 120 tonnes (fine for most situations), E40 is 40mm and still 120 tonnes load, EL30 is 30mm and again 250 tonnes .

 

Will you help me with measuring up?

Of course, send us a sketch, deviding the areas in to squares or triangles, we will do the rest and give you a fixed material price.

 

How long would it be until the goods arrive?

Well, we keep over 10,000 square metres in stock at any one time so general deliveries can be dispatched the same day that an order comes in as long as it does so before 1pm. Larger orders over 1200 square metres will probably be sent direct from our factory in Arzberg, Germany. If this is the case then the lead time is generally 4-5 days.

 

What happens if I want to collect goods?

We have a trade counter and fork lift loading facilities, if you need help then there is always some assistance available from our warehouse staff who will be happy to help.

 

What are your opening hours?

Monday to Thursday 8.00am-5.00 pm, Friday 8.00am-4.00pm although there is usually someone here at 7.00 am, if the gates are open then we are open

 

Questions about our resin bound stone toppings and stablilised grid base systems.

 

 

Do I need to lay Ecogrid resin bound stone on Tarmac or concrete?

No, that's what makes Ecogrid resin stone unique! Unlike other companies who lay resin surfaces Ecogrid is the only company who produce a resin bound surface that is totally porous. Unlike other resin paving companies there is no need to lay Ecogrid resin stone on either Tarmac or Concrete. Because of this massive saving Ecogrid resin stone is very competitively priced. Far cheaper than companies that employ the use of costly shredded rubber which is coated in a resin mixture.

Is Ecogrid resin stone affected by freezing conditions?

Ecogrid resin stone has been thoroughly tested to withstand freeze thaw conditions. It will not crack or lift as water freezes and expands. Unlike other resin finishes which don't have our unique Ecogrid fully load bearing base system.

 

What is the advantage of an integral Ecogrid base?

The type3 Sub base contains voids within its structure. The voids hold and slow down the flow of water back into the water table. This action prevents flash flooding. Both the Ecogrid reinforced base system and resin are able to expand and contract without cracking so water freezing within the voids does not present a problem.

Do I need Planning permission to use Ecogrid resin stone.

No. Because Ecogrid resin stone is totally porous and water soaks back into the water table unlike other resin systems, no planning permission need be applied for. Ecogrid is made from completely recycled materials and is classed as environmentally neutral

Will I still be charged for surface water run off by my water company?

No! Because rain water soaks back in to ground and not the main drain controlled by the water companies.

Is Ecogrid resin stone easy to maintain?

Ecogrid resin stone is maintenance free and easy to look after. It can be cleaned with a power washer if desired or simply brushed with a stiff broom.

 

What finishes are available?

We offer 15 colours in our standard range. However we are happy to quote on any other colour outside our range.

 

Questions from our UK reseller network

 

• What are your payment methods?

30 day account form request.

BACS transfer RBS Account number :11145552 Sort code 16-24-06

Company debit card

Company credit card (surcharge applies @3%)

Cheque – goods only released when funds have cleared

• What are delivery charges?

Varied really. Most of our orders need to go on a pallet. A pallet costs £40.00 to most UK destinations. Full load rates on request which are generally carriage free. You can always either pick goods up for nothing or use your own hauliers.

• Can I mix a pallet?

Absolutely, you can have, lets say. 10 metres of one grid, 10 of another and some bay markers and geotextile. We will always do our best to keep haulage down to a minimum.

• Where can I get additional product information?

We have a number of websites that contain information and the team will be happy to let you know which one applies. We also have many product specification sheets and or installation sheets/instructions available should you require them.

• Who is my contact?

If you have an account, you usually will have an account manager, however any member of our team will be happy to assist you with your query.

• Are discounts available?

Put simply: not really unless you are an approved installer or stockist, the price list reflects the various amounts of discounts available directly pertaining to the contract value. We will not deviate from these rates. We consider that this is a good thing as we also will not give your competitor a better discount including Tescos, B&Q etc!

• Is there any Point of sale available?

Generally brochures which can be given in digital form so that you can print them off with your own company details. Counter stands for Ecogrid are available with purchases.

• What about area exclusivity?

A difficult one considering the way we are able to market products nowadays. If you look to stock a product range then we are open to discuss potential area exclusivity. However maintained purchase levels would need to be achieved.

• Do you do installations?

No per-se but we do have classroom facilities where we teach sustainable building practices, individuals and companies that have been correctly instructed are added to an approved contractor list which we offer on an area specific basis, then we will refer your proposed installation to them, this way we know that you are getting treated well by bona-fide companies.