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Walls & Floors

Where can ventilated facades be installed?

Ventilated facades can be used to clad any type of building, including residential, industrial or office buildings, both new build and refurbishment.

Can parts of the ventilated facade be replaced quickly should one or more of the components be damaged?

Dry installing the facade's individual components enables work to be carried out on a single piece or section of tiles which have been broken or damaged.

For all ventilated facades, Granitech uses a mesh bonded to the back of the tile which holds any pieces of broken cladding in place for the time necessary to remove and replace the broken piece so no damage is caused.

What maintenance is required on ventilated facades?

The ventilated cladding system does not require scheduled maintenance, except in the event of damage or unforeseen stress which may have caused issues with the structure.

What kind of insulation can be used in a ventilated facade?

The type and thickness of insulation to be used is linked to the energy performance of the wall system and/or design of the building envelope. Any rigid insulating material which can be applied and fixed vertically to walls, and is able to withstand exterior contact with atmospheric agents (even if minimal and temporary) can be used.

Can the air gap be large enough to accommodate cables and services?

Of course. The size of the cavity can be large enough not only for natural ventilation and energy performance but also in line with aesthetic-functional requirements and therefore large enough to accommodate cables, pipework or services.

How do you choose the anchoring system for the ventilated facade?

The type of anchor used to fix the metal substructure to the wall to be clad is chosen following site survey and verification of the type of existing wall.

However, with regard to the anchoring system to fix the cladding system to the substructure, the choice is between visible or concealed anchoring, depending on the architect’s preference as well as economic factors.

Can several cladding formats be used on the ventilated facade system?

Yes. Several different cladding formats may be used or the layout of the tiles changed, even different thicknesses can be used. It should be borne in mind, however, that this may entail modification or expansion of the metal substructure, with consequent cost implications.

What kind of design and warranty support do you offer for ventilated facades?

Granitech is able to complete ventilated facade projects from initial concept through final design and construction, with calculations and reports followed by site installation. With the “turnkey” option, final warranty of the system following testing is provided.

Where can raised floors be installed?

Interior raised floors can be installed in any building where it is necessary or beneficial to create an elevated walking surface thus taking advantage of the void underneath for cabling or services.

Can parts of the raised floor be replaced quickly should one or more of the components be damaged?

Dry laying of the raised floor’s individual components facilitates prompt maintenance and replacement, if necessary, of damaged or deteriorated panels or parts. This also applies to work carried out inside the void. Work on services or the existing screed can be carried out easily with no dust or invasive work.

What maintenance do raised floors require?

This type of floor does not require programmed maintenance, except in the event of damage or subsequent work.

How do you choose which type of panel to use on a raised floor?

The choice of panel, for example calcium sulphate, fiberboard etc., is determined by the required loadbearing capacity of the floor, and also depends on the work to be carried out in the area.

How do you clean the raised floor?

Exactly the same as you clean a normal tiled floor. The only precaution is to avoid using large quantities of water since, even with an edging around individual panels, the floor is not completely watertight. However, the surface can be cleaned with water and detergent, even with machinery subject to checking the floor’s loadbearing capacity.

What kind of design and warranty support do you offer for raised floors?

Granitech is able to complete raised floor projects from initial concept through final design and construction, with calculations and reports followed by site installation. With the “turnkey” option, final warranty of the system following testing is provided.

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