Strata Stone Cladding Systems

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Introducing

Strata stone

Britain's long and complex geological history has produced a diverse range of stone types, many of which have been quarried for building purposes over the centuries. Some of the country's building stone quarries have operated continuously since earliest times.

Stone cladding facade systems provide a natural finish to complement and harmonise with their surroundings, often in conservation areas among long standing traditionally built stone projects.

The growth of natural stone rainscreen has evolved with clients and architects still looking to achieve a natural stone facade but with the benefits of reduced weight, construction programmes and environmental impact of using less raw material.

Taylor Maxwell partner with established suppliers of both stone and framing systems that are designed and engineered to meet all current British and European standards.

Consulting from the early project concept stages, we are able to offer design assistance, performance specifications and sample sourcing to facilitate a robust tender submission. All Strata stone systems supplied by Taylor Maxwell comply with the latest BS standards and pricing always includes both the stone, framing and fixing components.

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Systems, finishes and formats

The appropriate framing system is dictated by the stone finish that you are looking to achieve and the projects' local vernacular. Our framing systems are designed and manufactured in the UK and include secret undercut fix, mechanical kerf fix and traditional hand set.

On these systems we are able to supply a range of finishes including natural stone, technical stone and porcelain. Depending on the method of construction, technical stone is an ideal solution where you are looking to achieve large format cladding panels which can span floor to floor.

Our stone suppliers are also able to fabricate complex geometric forms including traditional stone features such as columns arches and complex string course profiles.

If you're looking for something different, please send us your design intent and we will work with our supply chain partners to see if it is achievable.

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System 1

Secret undercut fix - adjustable cladding zone

The facade panels in this system are supported by specialist undercut anchors. Panels will typically feature four undercut anchors at equal distances from each of its corners to guarantee an even distribution of the load. Panel clips create the hook on connection to the horizontal rail which is mechanically fixed at two points for stability and security.

The secret fix undercut anchor is an ideal support system for a wide range of porcelain, ceramic, technical stone and natural stone panels with a thickness range from 10mm to 50mm. The system is suitable for both standard grid and random pattern facades.

The secret fix undercut system has been tested by Wintech Engineering to CWCT standards for:

  • Water Penetration - Dynamic Pressure to CWCT Section 7
  • Wind Resistance - Serviceability to CWCT Section 11
  • Wind Resistance - Safety to CWCT Section 12
  • Hard & Soft Body Impact test - Retention of Performance to CWCT TN76
  • Hard & Soft Body Impact test - Safety to Persons to CWCT TN76
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System 2

Secret undercut fix - restricted cladding zone

Where the design of the project necessitates a restricted cavity zone, the horizontal rails of this system can be fixed directly to the substrate. Typically this system can be used in internal reception areas and as part of external insulated panels systems.

The facade panels are mechanically fixed with specialist undercut anchors. Panels will typically feature four of these at equal distances from each of its corners to guarantee an even distribution of the load. Panel brackets create the hook on connection to the horizontal rail which is mechanically fixed in 2 places for stability and security.

The secret fix undercut anchor is an ideal support system for a wide range of porcelain, ceramic, technical stone and natural stone panels. The system is suitable for both standard grid and random pattern facades.

The secret fix undercut system has been tested by Wintech Engineering to CWCT standards for:

  • Water Penetration - Dynamic Pressure to CWCT Section 7
  • Wind Resistance - Serviceability to CWCT Section 11
  • Wind Resistance - Safety to CWCT Section 12
  • Hard & Soft Body Impact test - Retention of Performance to CWCT TN76
  • Hard & Soft Body Impact test - Safety to Persons to CWCT TN76
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System 3

Mechanical kerf fix

The facade panels in this system are supported by an adjustable panel clip. Panels will typically feature four of these at equal distances from each of its corners to guarantee an even distribution of the load. Panel clips create the hook on connection to the horizontal rail which is mechanically fixed for stability and security.

The kerf fix anchoring system is ideal for a wide range of agglomerate stone, terrazzo and natural stone panels with a thickness range from 30mm to 50mm. The system is suitable for both standard grid and random pattern facades.

  • Water Penetration - Dynamic Pressure to CWCT Section 7 (Pending)
  • Wind Resistance - Serviceability to CWCT Section 11 (Pending)
  • Wind Resistance - Safety to CWCT Section 12 (Pending)
  • Hard & Soft Body Impact test - Retention of Performance to CWCT TN76 (Pending)
  • Hard & Soft Body Impact test - Safety to Persons to CWCT TN76 (Pending)
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System 4

Traditional hand set

This traditional hand set fix system is an ideal support system for a wide range of natural stone panels with a thickness range from 30mm to 100mm. The system is suitable for both standard grid and random pattern facades.

Panels can be independently supported using specialist fixings. This fixing method offers a combined dead load and restraint solution and enables a panel to be removed without having to deconstruct adjoining panels.

Due to the bespoke nature of traditional hand fix systems, testing to BS8298/CWCT is typically provided on a project by project basis by a UKAS accredited test house.

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Natural stone

For projects where only natural stone will do, a stone ventilated cladding system offers the ideal combination of classic tradition and contemporary performance and buildability. These systems enable the use of a natural stone in a contemporary and convenient format that is compatible with lighter building structures.

We offer a full portfolio of classic natural stone facades including marble, granite, sandstone, Portland stone and limestone.

The most popular stone types to be used on rainscreen systems in the UK are limestones. Jura and Moleanous limestones are predominantly used due to their superior flexural strength. Sandstones, including UK sourced options such as Catcastle Buff and Stoke Hall are also extensively used.

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Technical stone

For projects where a large format panel size is required, up to 3000x1200mm, our technical stone provides an excellent alternative to natural stone.

A rich, high quality precision facade can be created using panels from our Technical Stone range. A vast array of carefully chosen colours are available using aggregating crushed quartz, granite or marble with low toxin colour bonding agents to create a highly durable, natural and uniform conglomerate, simulating its natural counterpart but without the natural inherent flaws such as soft spots, fissures, insistent colour and markings.

Engineered technical stone panels are cut directly from solid stone blocks, meaning they can be cut on a curve to form rounded facades and column casings whilst maintaining the appearance, texture and natural aesthetic of stone but at 20mm thick is both lighter and structurally stronger than natural stone.

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Porcelain

Porcelain is harder than granite, and with advanced technology and innovative manufacturing methods allows the creation of formats of up to 3200×1500 mm, combining detailed aesthetics with guaranteed technical performance. This manufacturing process gives each panel a natural, matt finish that varies subtly each time, but it also means that the facades are extremely durable.

Our extensive range of porcelain offers over 2000 colour options including solid or stone colours with a matt, polished or bush-hammered finish.

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