Berlin Ikea chooses Crossgrip PVC for roof protection | Plastex

Crossgrip PVC ensures safe rooftop access

To mark out safe walkways for maintenance staff, a new Ikea store on the outskirts of Berlin needed 700 metres of roof matting.

The problem

Ikea houses vital services and plant equipment on the rooftops of its stores, which means they can maximize their retail display areas, plus keep the public away from potential dangers. The building owners of a new Ikea on the outskirts of Berlin needed to find an easy and safe way for engineers to access the roof and ensure the highest quality roof protection at the same time.

The checklist

  • Quick and easy to install, with minimum maintenance required
  • Remains stable in high winds and can withstand extreme weather conditions
  • Quickly drains and dissipates liquids and debris
  • Contours over uneven surfaces and protects the roof membrane from damage

The solution

In this case, our specialized Crossgrip PVC roof matting was the obvious solution. The durable, two-layer construction protects the roof membrane, while the diamond-cut pattern and cross-directional top ribs ensure a firm grip underfoot. Crossgrip PVC also remains stable in winds up to 96km/h (60mph), and the vinyl composition means that it's naturally resistant to bacteria growth.

Made of flexible PVC, it effortlessly contours over uneven surfaces, including membrane seams, ramps and changes in levels, and can be cut on site to fit around obstacles and machinery. This, coupled with the fact it’s designed to be loose laid without the need for fixing, means the roof matting can be installed quickly and easily even in adverse weather. The IKEA installation was so faultless, in fact, that roofing contractor Dachland Berlin was able to lay all 700 metres in one day.

At a glance




Highly durable, slip-resistant roof matting that provides safe access to the store’s rooftop services while protecting the roof membrane.


Berlin, Germany



Product spotlight

Crossgrip PVC

A highly specialized walkway matting for gantries, high-level walkways and flat roof protection, Crossgrip PVC is certified slip resistant and can withstand all types of weather.

Flexible format

Supplied in 10m rolls

Simple installation

Loose lay, no fixing required

Easy to maintain

Five year warranty, UV resistant

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“This was a large project that needed a specialised solution. Hundreds of metres of matting were needed to mark out the safe walkways to the building’s services and it frequently needed to be cut to fit around obstacles, accommodate wide stairs and transverse ridges, cables and seams. Crossgrip provided a perfect solution and, most importantly, it was laid very quickly, which saved a lot of installation time and money.”
Jean-Cedric Violet, Etanco GmbH

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