No. It costs between £8,000 – £10,000 per product to gain certification. With nine products in production, we don’t believe it makes business sense for us at this time to gain certification. The downside is that some local authority work is difficult to bid for without certification.
The certificate is based on tests completed on a weather rig over a 2 week cycle. This process certainly gives a strong indication of adhesion and weather permeability – albeit under perfect application conditions and perfectly in line with the manufacturer’s specification. However, we all know that perfect conditions are often not achieved in reality – which is why Franco manufactures products which will tolerate a degree of abuse. In any event, we only recommend plastering firms who are trained in the application of our products.