Polypads are an efficient way to lay a finished floor surface | image: The Pedestal System

Polypads are adjustable polypropylene supports that allow for easy and quick installation of a variety of flooring materials.

What are polypads?

Polypads are polypropylene supports designed to be placed under concrete paving slabs, tiles, podium decks or other surfaces in areas where a well-drained supportive flooring is required.

Renowned for their durability and strength, the supports can make installing a level surface an efficient process. While varying in design most polypads features a circular base plate of which foursquare supports are connected. The base plate has been designed with a bevelled edge to reduce the risk of damaging the existing waterproof membrane.

The spacer lugs of a polypad are able to be individually adjusted to allow for levelling of the surface material to accommodate a slope or variations in the substrate and the finished flooring material.

The benefits of using polypads

Polypads can speed up and reduce the complexity of laying paving slabs in residential and commercial settings. Their adjustable design also ensures a uniform and even surface that accommodates any variation in the substrate or the pavers.

They can support a variety of paving materials including precast concrete pavers, natural stone, technifirma pavers and marble.

As the finished flooring is raised off the substrate, the supports allow for adequate drainage and promotes quick drainage of any water pooling on the surface through the open joints. Polypads can also allow for the concealment of plumbing and electrical wiring under the finished floor material.

Polypads overcome the maintenance challenges experienced by traditional laying methods. They don’t require a bedding layer and expansion and contraction of the pavers can occur without damaging the substrate or membrane.

Common uses

Polypads suit a variety of internal and external applications providing a durable pedestrian surface. Polypads are now commonly found in:

  • Outdoor rooftop areas
  • Outdoor podium areas
  • Exhibition spaces
  • Gardens and courtyards
  • Swimming pool surrounds
  • Balconies and verandahs
  • Internal podium areas
  • Internal pedestrian access floors

Feature image: An example of polypads by The Pedestal System