Sintered Stone Facades
Sintered Stone Facades
Neolith® is one of the largest sintered stone available in the market. It is 100% natural product composed of feldspar, silica, clay and other natural minerals and it emulates what nature takes millennia to produce in just a few hours, through an exclusive and highly technological sintering process. Neolith® offers the most efficient solutions for the most demanding architectural projects, as well as an extensive combination of colors and finishes, making it a designer product that can be used in numerous applications for interiors, exteriors and furnishings. Neolith® possesses excellent physical properties, making it well suited for use on exterior application. Furthermore, it’s colors, made of 100% natural pigments, allow it to remain unfaded over the passage of time.
This option developed for Neolith® cladding, consists of a hidden support system using chemical elastic longitudinal fixation mounting on vertically “T”-shaped or “L”-shaped profiles, depending on whether the profiles match the joints between Neolith® slabs or if they are reinforcing the center of the joint and supporting the bearing through retention or sustentation brackets.
This system consists of a metallic self-supporting substructure kit for ventilated façades, designed to support ceramic coatings of different formats and thicknesses. It has been developed for Neolith® façades based on a visible mechanical fastening system composed of sustentation and retention brackets, vertical “T” or “L”-shaped profiles and safety clips upon which the cladding system rests.
Flatness of the vertical T or L-shaped profiles is achieved thanks to the supporting and retention brackets or spacers. Complete flatness will depend on whether the profiles match exactly the joints between the slabs, correcting possible deviations on the interior layer of the façade to cladding.
The clamps responsible for sustaining the structure described above are located on Neolith® slab as well as on a grooved area for the application of adhesive, granting greater security to the system.
The Strongfix system is a mixed hidden longitudinal fastening system (chemical and mechanical), which works by the compression exerted by the system on the back of the Neolith tile.
These tiles are industrially mechanized in a longitudinal profile at the top and bottom of its backside with a double 45º groove in the shape of a dovetail where a couple of aluminum profiles are inserted and fixed with a MS adhesive putty in order to secure the Neolith tile. These metal profiles make up the hanging mechanism of the tiles and result very beneficial given that they are very easy to extract and replace.
The system is composed by aluminum vertical profiles, supporting retaining brackets. Through the brackets it’s possible to install the aluminum “T” profiles totally flatness, thus correcting possible wall deviations of the facade to be coated. The panels are handset to a horizontal supporting profile with a mechanical longitudinal fixation system composed by two aluminum profiles fixation.
This aluminum set becomes indivisible given the mechanizing method of the tile and the fixing of the profiles. This system eliminates the risk of Neolith slabs becoming detached from the structure in case of breakage. This is the reason why this system is considered the safest in the market. Furthermore, the way in which the Neolith slabs are hung on the horizontal structure provides for perfect flatness and aesthetic finish. The Strongfix system also allows for easy extraction and replacement when needed.
Neolith® due to the physical and mechanical characteristics is an ideal architectural product to be used for facades applications. Thin-set application is one of the most common facades system. Neolith® confers a very light solution with no maintenance and proposing a large possibilities of designs. It is the simplest form, panels can be attached using Neolith® recommended thin-set adhesives to create a chemical bond between Neolith panel and an appropriate substrate.
There are a number of benefits of this direct-set installation, not the least of which is the complete lack of any need for mechanical fasteners. The adhesive attachment is done completely on the back side of the panel, which means the panel joints are all that is seen on the face.