Public and commercial buildings are used by large numbers of the general population and consequently endure high levels of traffic – both human and other, such as service trolleys or machinery. Subject to wear and tear, these areas need special consideration to reduce damage and maintenance costs.
There are two main types of impact and resistance tests to determine the performance of a product. Soft body tests simulate the kind of loads applied to a wall system by the human body, whereas hard body tests simulate loads such as a trolley or swinging a heavy suitcase. Both types of damage cause unsightly marks, scores, dents and holes which detract from the overall quality interior finish. Furthermore, on-going maintenance to repair such damage is costly to the building owner.
Various products and systems are available to minimize wear and tear in high traffic commercial areas. Depending on the application and project, systems with different additional performance characteristics can be selected, for example DenseShield combines good impact resistance with good acoustic performance, and fire resistance.