Composite innovators: paving the way into Africa

by Tania Wannenburg
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Composite decking was installed by a reputable company in South Africa and resulted in the successful decking of an astounding international product.

Years of planning and hard work have finally culminated in the fruition of EnglishPoint Marina, which came to be as a result of the close collaboration between the EnglishPoint team and Eva-Last*, who supplied the decking and cladding used at EnglishPoint.

Eva-Last is one of Africa’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of wood-plastic composite products and was closely involved with EnglishPoint developers from the start, adding technical and design expertise gained from their many years in the wood-plastic composite industry.

EnglishPoint Marina lies on the spectacular coastline of Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa – a brand new coastal playground that openly welcomes the rich and famous. Dubbed “The Future of Mombasa”, EnglishPoint is the first serviced marina on Africa’s east coast. This is quite a feat for Kenya, and of course the African continent as a whole. EnglishPoint places Kenya in a new category as it aims to boost tourism and lure investors with its lavish offerings and panoramic views of Mombasa’s skyline.

EnglishPoint is all about absolute luxury and lavish lifestyles aimed at the rich and even richer. Boasting a 26-room boutique hotel, 96 apartments and eight en suite penthouses, each with a price tag of two million US dollars, only the best of the best was considered for this prestigious development which opened its doors to its first official guests in December 2014.

Upon exploring the 4-acre EnglishPoint site, one sees a modern touch is added by white walled exteriors and glass balconies, while sun-kissed decks and specialised cladding add natural lines, elegance and a feeling of complete synergy with the coastal scenery.

Eva-Last, supplier of Eva-tech wood-plastic composite (WPC) decking and cladding used at EnglishPoint, is one of the international market leaders for outdoor materials. WPC is growing in popularity – a direct result of its unique characteristics and benefits, which is most likely what helped to convince the EnglishPoint Engineering Department that Eva-tech WPC was a better alternative to timber for this specialised marine application.

Eva-tech WPC is ultra-low in its maintenance and environmentally-friendly. It consists of 60% reclaimed hardwood fibres and 40% recycled high-density polyethylene plastic, resulting in less expansion and contraction compared to other composites and natural timber. The unique combination of wood fibres and plastic also eradicates the need to seal, oil, varnish, or in any way treat Eva-tech.  Furthermore, Eva-tech is an internationally recognised green product, taking the environment into account at all levels of production, transportation and usage, a perfect complement to the eco-friendly vision of EnglishPoint Marina.

Apart from specialised applications, Eva-tech can be used instead of timber in a vast array of home and commercial applications too, significantly reducing the need to destroy endangered tropical hardwoods. Furthermore, not a single tree has ever been felled in the creation of any Eva-tech product, which is impressive indeed. Eva-tech is an innovative product that encapsulates the true meaning of being environmentally friendly.

For homeowners and developers alike, Eva-tech composite saves substantially on time and money when it comes to cleaning and caring for it. Fortunately, as there’s a lot of it at EnglishPoint. Ultra-low maintenance means it needs no heavy-duty cleaning; only an occasional sweep and hose-down is necessary to keep Eva-tech looking its best. Eva-tech was designed not only to enhance outdoor spaces and help the environment, but to perform well under extreme climatic conditions too, making it ideal for the blistering Kenyan sun.

Eva-tech has one of the highest non-slip ratings of any outdoor flooring product available on the domestic and international market. The grooved and embossed finishes are perfectly suited for applications around swimming pools, jacuzzis or marina resorts. To top it all, Eva-tech products come equipped with a comprehensive limited ten-year warranty against cracking, splintering, warping or significant fading.

Add lighting to an Eva-tech deck and it is all the more glorious – just like EnglishPoint has proven – glowing and lustrous at night. With Eva-tech the options, applications and possibilities are endless.

To find out more about Eva-tech, how to install and to watch informative videos on the company, product range and Eva-tech’s environmental impact visit www.eva-tech.com or call an Eva-tech Expert on 010 593 9220 for advice and pricing.

Eva-tech is truly designed for life.

*Eva-Last is a Registered Trademark

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